Ellis Rugby Andy Gregory Podcast Episode 8 with Special Guest Andy Gregory former Widnes, Warrington, Wigan, Illawarra, Leeds, Salford and Great Britain Rugby League International player. Andy is one of the finest scrum half’s england has produced. He was the first player to win five Challenge Cup Finals, including two Lance Todd Trophy Man of the Match awards. And only two players to have played in six Ashes series. In 2019 Andy was inducted in to the Rugby League Hall of Fame.
The eighth episode of the Ellis Rugby Podcast. Ellis Rugby Founder Kevin Ellis interviews the outstanding Andy Gregory.
Ellis Rugby Andy Gregory Career in Rugby League
Born in Ince-in-Makerfield, close to Wigan. He played junior rugby league for the local Wigan St Patricks ARLFC side. At School he was heavily influenced by his School Teacher – Mr Birchall to persevere with his rugby career.
Early years in Wigan & success at Widnes.
Success continued at Widnes and made it to the Final of the 1982-1983 Premiership, played at Headingley, the opponents were Hull FC. Gregory crossed for a try, along with John Basnett who scored 2 and Tony Myler. Joe Lydon kicked 5 goals – in the 22-10 victory.
The team made it through to Wembley again the following season. New players included in the squad were Kevin Tamati in the pack and Keiron O’Loughlin who partnered Gregory at half back. Widnes defeated Wigan 19 points to 6.
Brief spell with Warrington
Andy Gregory Signs for Wigan
Andy Gregory joins Australian club Illawarra
In 1989, he joined Illawarra Steelers in the NRL (NSWRL) along with his Wigan teammate, fullback Steve Hampson.
He played a big role in the thrilling 20–22 loss to Brisbane Broncos in the mid-week Panasonic Cup Final played at the Parramatta Stadium in Sydney, winning the man-of-the-match award. It was the first time Illawarra had qualified for a cup final.
More Wigan Success
That season he Captained Wigan in the World Club Challenge 21-4 victory over Penrith Panthers. The Panthers included the likes of Brad Izzard, Greg Alexander, Royce Simmons and John Cartright in their ranks. Tries through David Myers and Sam Panapa with Frano Botica 6 goals and Joe Lydon a drop goal secured the win.
Towards the end of his career Gregory left Wigan and joined Leeds, then later Salford. In 1995 he retired, but continued to Coach Salford.
Andy Gregory International Career
He first set-up a try through Martin Offiah, following a neat run around move with Kevin Ward. Then Phil Ford went on his mazy runs to score a great individual try. The Kangaroos came back with tries through Sam Back and Wally Lewis. Henderson Gill then scored from Gregory’s pin point kick. This was followed by Paul Loughlin who broke from his own half and found Henderson Gill in support who then outpaced Garry Jack to score. To add icing on the cake, from deep inside the British half Gregory made a break from dummy half and then found his name sake, loose forward Mike Gregory in support who ran it in from half-way to complete a 26-12 victory.
1990 Home Ashes Series
The first of the three Test series was at your Gregory’s stomping ground Wembley. In front of 55,000 fans Great Britain defied the odds and defeated the mighty Kangaroos 19 points to 12.
Paul Eastwood 2 and Martin Offiah 1 try. Eastwood 3 goals and Garry Schofield a drop goal. For the Aussies Mal Meninga and Mark McGaw scored tries with Meaning adding 2 goals.
This was a great GB Team and had quality everywhere. Gregory and Schofield at half-back and a pack featuring Karl Harrison, Lee Jackson, Paul Dixon, Roy Powell, Dennis Betts Ellery Hanley and reinforcements in the shape of Kevin Ward and Karl Fairbank.
The Second Test was heart braking. Great Britain had scored tries through Dixon and Loughlin – Australia replied with Shearer and Lyons. The score was finely balanced at 10-10. Then Ricky Stuart dummied broke from deep inside his own half on to Meninga who crossed to score. The Final score 14-10 to the tourists.
3rd Test finished 14-0 to the Kangaroos – Andrew Ettingshausen, Mal Meninga and Ben Elias tries. Meninga a goal.