Wigan St. Patricks is an amateur rugby league football club based in
the Scholes area of Wigan, Greater Manchester. The first team plays in
National Conference League Premier Division.
In 1986, the club was one of ten founder members of the
Amateur League (now known as the National Conference League). As of
2014, they have never been relegated from the league's top division.
The club is renowned for producing talented young players. More than
50 former St Pats players have gone on to play for the town's
Wigan Warriors, including internationals Joe
Egan, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin,
Josh Charnley and Sam
In 2014, St Pats reached the third round of the Challenge Cup, and
were drawn against Leigh Centurions. Although St Pats were drawn at
home, the club played the fixture at Leigh Sports Village, as their
own ground did not meet the RFL's minimum requirements to host the
fixture. St Pats were defeated 6–74.
In January 2015, the club announced that they would not be taking part
in the 2015 Challenge Cup, as "it was not in the players or clubs
interest to enter the competition this year". Although cup matches
against professional opposition usually generate a significant
financial windfall for amateur teams, St Pats revealed they had made
just £63 from their
Challenge Cup game against Leigh in the previous
year due to the costs of hosting the game at another venue.
In 2017, St Pats' first round
Challenge Cup tie against Leigh Miners
Rangers was broadcast online on the
BBC Sport website, and was the
first time the opening round of the
Challenge Cup had been shown
National Conference League Premier Division
Winners (1): 1991–92
BARLA National Cup
Winners (1): 1987–88
BARLA Lancashire Cup
Winners (1): 1983–84
^ Macklin, Keith (13 May 1986). "Early kick-off for amateur pioneers".
Times. London. p. 28.
^ "Heritage Numbers" (PDF). wiganwarriors.com. Archived from the
original (PDF) on 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
^ Wilson, Andy (26 November 2012). "Joe Egan obituary". The Guardian.
Retrieved 17 August 2014.
^ "James Roby and James Graham go back to their Blackbrook roots". St
Helens Star. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
^ Parkinson, David. "Safe passage for Leigh Centurions". Leigh
Journal. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
^ "Club made just £63 from
Challenge Cup tie against pro opposition".
Love Rugby League. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
^ "BBC To Show Early
Challenge Cup Rounds". The Rugby Football League.
24 January 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
Wigan St. Patricks website
St Pats on the NCL website
National Conference League
Leigh Miners Rangers
Thatto Heath Crusaders
Wath Brow Hornets
Wigan St Patricks
Hunslet Club Parkside
Ince Rose Bridge
Shaw Cross Sharks
Bradford Dudley Hill
Salford City Roosters
Wigan St Judes
Clock Face Miners
Dewsbury Moor Maroons
Oldham St Annes
See also: Conference Challenge Trophy, Confe