Former Warrington favourite Johnson passes away

Warrington Wolves have announced that Brian Johnson, the former player and coach, has died aged 59.

Johnson, who made 103 appearances for the Wolves, had been battling with Alzheimer’s. He found success in Australia with St George, winning the Grand Final in 1979 before moving to Warrington in 1985. In his playing days at the club, he appeared in Lancashire Cup and Regal Trophy finals and scored against Halifax in the Premiership Trophy final of 1985.

He went on to coach the wolves between 1988-96, guiding the team to the 1990 Challenge Cup final, losing to Wigan.

A Warrington spokesman said: “All at the club are saddened to hear of the passing of former Wire player and coach Brian Johnson. Our thoughts are with all who knew him.”