Welcome to the mywarrington website, updated for 2022 with a new layout!

The original website mywarrington_me_uk has now closed down.

mywarrington is a journey through my hometown of Warrington in northwest England, featuring photographs, stories and memories.

News feature – also viewable on Sporting People

Danny Murphy – Burtonwood Footballer, born 10 May 1922.

Danny Murphy. The Burtonwood milkman who played for Bolton Wanderers.

Information kindly supplied by Tony Cowley from The Burtonwood Village Site Facebook group. Become a member of the group to see more pictures

Hi everyone, today, 10 May 2022, we celebrate the amazing life of one of our local Burtonwood legends Mr Daniel Murphy. Dan or Danny to friends would have been 100 years old today.

For all those who knew Danny, they will have known him for his amazing football career, a man’s man, hard working local milk man and a true Tewitt to name but a few. The family have provided some photos and a short editorial into his life. I am sure you will be able to add to the story with your own memories. Happy Heavenly 100th Birthday Danny, your memory lives on and will I am sure enlighten, our youngsters of today. Written with respect of such a lovely man. Tony.

Daniel Murphy: Born 10/05/1922. Died 13/06/2001.

Father: Patrick Murphy born in Westport Co Mayo Eire.

Mother: Ann Cain from Fairclough Street, Burtonwood.

Pat and Jim Mannion travelled up from Nottingham in search of work in the Northwest coal mines. The friends got off the train at Earlestown Station and went into the Railway Hotel (recently demolished) to quench their thirst. They met two sisters, Ann and Mary Cain who were working in the Railway. Pat and Jim later married the sisters and moved to Burtonwood where the girls had grown up.

Danny’s parents first lived in Irish Row and then moved into 7 Fairclough Street where Danny and five of his siblings were born. The growing Murphy family also shared their home with two lodgers. The next move was to 18 Gorsey Lane, the family moved into their new home when it was brand new.

Pat and Ann Murphy had a total of eight children: Julia born in 1918, Nora, Danny, Pat, Billy, Molly, Tom and Sally. Tragically Tom died aged four and Molly aged 20.

Danny was a natural athlete, excelling in both boxing and football. His father told him he was better at football than boxing and so his footballing career began. At the age of nine he started playing for Burtonwood, the team photos show him at around the age of 14. Danny was also 14 when he started working at the Vulcan Foundry and 15 when he signed for Blackpool.

Blackpool sold Murphy to Bolton Wanders in 1946, where he stayed until 1957. He was playing on the day of the Burnden Park Disaster and was interviewed by the BBC on the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. On that terrible day Bolton’s opponents were Stoke and Stanley Mathews was also on the pitch.

Danny played alongside greats such as Nat Lofthouse, Harry McShane (actor Ian McShane’s father), Jackie Millburn and Tom Finney.

After leaving Bolton he played for Crewe Alexander, where he still holds the club record of 63 consecutive games. He left Crewe and signed for Rochdale. Danny played a total of 282 professional games. In his late 30s he played semi professionally for St Helens Town as he had purchased his milk round. He continued to work until 1986 when he retired and sold the milk business.

Danny was conscripted into National Service and was immediately signed up for the army football team. He scored nine goals on his first appearance against an RAF team!!!

Whilst on summer break from Bolton Wanderers in 1948 he travelled to Westport in the west of Ireland. Visiting his father’s side of the family whom he had never met. On this trip he met Agnes Corcoran a beautiful local girl, one of the original WAGs. They courted for three years and were married in Fahy Church, Westport on 27 June 1951. They were married almost 50 years, sadly Dan died only a couple of weeks before their anniversary. They had four children Eileen, Ged, Bernice and Patrick. Followed by 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

The Murphy family are so proud of what Danny achieved both on and off the pitch. He was a true gentleman, a devoted family man, astute businessman and devout Catholic, never missing Mass. His shining example has always been a template for how to live a fulfilling, good and honest life.

Thanks to all the Murphy family for this amazing piece of our local history.

Gone but never forgotten. I’m sure Danny will be having a few drinks up there with the growing family of Wooders building a new Village for us all.

God Night God Bless Danny, I hope you will all join me in wishing him a very Happy Heavenly 100th birthday.

Many thanks to the Danny’s family and Tony Cowley for supplying the information to mywarrington, which will become part of the Sporting People section just as soon as I can add the section to the website!

Warrington – an introduction

Warrington is an industrial and market town with a population of around 200,000. It is situated on the River Mersey mid-way between Liverpool and Manchester. The first crossing point of the River Mersey west of Manchester was at Latchford, by way of a ford. The name Warrington comes from “werid” meaning ford, “ford town”, the town on the ford. The Saxons called it Walintune – “Town of Welshman in a river bend”.

The Tiger Too building in the centre (above) was originally called the Packet House Inn and served as the ticket office for passengers travelling to Liverpool from this point, but long before the current road layout. In those times other buildings stood between the pub and the river. One such building was the Railway pub, which was later known as the British Workman. A Package Stage is shown on the maps at the turn of the 20th century just east of the bridge. Other pubs associated with waterways or the sea in the area included the Seven Stars (presumable named after the seven stars of the Plough used by ships for navigation), The Higher Seven Stars, the Mermaid and The Ship.

Warrington Town Hall is set in the grounds of Bank Park. It was originally known as Bank Hall and built for industrialist Thomas Patten in 1750 who had a copper smelting works alongside the River Mersey half a mile away.

The house stayed in the family until Thomas Patten’s great-grandson, Colonel John Wilson Patten, later Lord Winmarleigh, put it up for sale. The town council bought it from them in 1872 for £9,000 and paid £13,000 for the 13-acre grounds surrounding it.

The Barley Mow is the oldest building in the town centre. A ‘mow’ is a heap or pile of hay, corn or barley, etc.

The pub has stood on the same spot since 1561.

The passageway at the side used to lead to the old general market. 

Inside the Barley Mow you can view a Jacobean chimney piece with fine carved panelling. In 1964 the premises were leased to Walker Cain Ltd, joining the estate of Tetley Walker Ltd in 1987, then Allied Domecq Inns in 1998 and finally becoming Bass Leisure Retail in 1999.

The pub is located within Golden Square shopping centre.

I didn’t Know that about Warrington

The centre of town used to be on Church Street

Warrington became the first paved town in Lancashire in 1321.

The first newspaper in Lancashire, the Warrington Advertiser, was published by Eyre’s Press on Horsemarket Street in 1757.

Warrington experienced an earthquake on 2 April 1750.

Sailcloth for Nelson’s fleet was made here in the 18th century.

The Glaze Brook and the Sankey Brook were formerly the eastern and western boundaries respectively of the ancient Parish of Warrington.

Entertainer George Formby is buried in Warrington cemetery.

Warrington had a castle at Mote Hill, close to the Parish Church.

St James’ Church Sunday School opened in 1779, believed to be the first in the county.

Warrington Wolves (The Wire) have never been out of the top flight since the Rugby League was formed in 1895.

The first Boulton & Watt steam engine used in Lancashire was installed in a Latchford cotton mill in 1787.

The town’s first MP was Edmund G. Hornby (Liberal) in 1832.

The first ever Lancashire county cricket match was played in Warrington in 1864.

Former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott once worked at the Patten Arms hotel as a commis chef.

Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and Johnny Weissmuller were stationed in the town during the Second World War.

Charlie Chaplin performed at the Royal Theatre of Varieties on Scotland Road before it became the Futurist then Regent cinema.

There are currently no street names in Warrington beginning with either X or Z (unless you know different!).

Walton Hall, left, was originally the home of the Greenall brewing family.

The mansion is Elizabethan in style, but was actually built in the 1830s, as the family home of Gilbert Greenall and designed by Edmund Sharpe of Lancaster, who later became famous for the Gothic revival in architecture.

Here, the Warrington brewer adopted the lifestyle of a country squire with great success

and earned the title of Lord Daresbury. 

Lewis Carroll is believed to have been one of the early visitors.

The interior is breathtaking. Time has mellowed the oak panelling and elaborate mahogany fireplace in the hall. Stained glass panelled windows light up the impressive collection of Victorian paintings lining the staircase.

There is still lots of information to add, which I will add over the coming months (when I can find time between my college studies and work as a Director and Director of Finance at Rainbow After the Storm (Where Mental Health Matters).