Ernie Swinton to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Ernie Swinton to be inducted into Hall of Fame

19th October 2018

2018 commemorates the centenary of the First World War, and Widnes Vikings are proud to announce that former player Ernie Swinton will be the third new inductee to the club’s Hall of Fame, at a celebration dinner on Friday 26th October.

After entertaining Widnes supporters on the field, Ernie gave his life for his country during the First World War and as part of the Hall of Fame Dinner, the club would like to welcome his family members to come forward and collect the special award on his behalf to celebrate his career and life.

Swinton was a try-scoring sensation of his era, with the winger crossing for 42 tries in 84 appearances between 1910 and 1914, before he was fatally wounded during the First World War.

His debut came at home to Ebbow Vale on New Year’s Eve in 1910, where he crossed for the first of nine tries that season, which included a hat-trick against Dewsbury. The next year Swinton equalled the club record for tries in a season, as his managed to score on 18 occasions.

Ernie was a former pupil of Farnworth Grammar School and was a star of his time, thrilling thousands on the rugby league field for his hometown club. He also picked up an engineering degree from Liverpool University, and would go on to use his expertise in that field whilst serving his country.

An article from the Widnes Weekly News on Friday 4th June 1915 reported that Swinton’s military funeral was attended by around ten thousand people, as they paid their respects to a true Widnes hero.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank Club Historian, Deb Townsend, for providing information on Ernie’s career with Widnes and his involvement in the First World War.

If anyone has any information on the family of Ernie Swinton, please contact the club on 0151 495 2250.

Ernie Swinton to be inducted into Hall of Fame