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'''Brian Carl Lloyd Nordgren''' (23 October 1925 – 15 May 2007) was a New Zealand rugby league player who played professionally for [[Wigan Warriors|Wigan]].
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'''Brian Carl Lloyd Nordgren''' (23 October 1925 – 15 May 2007) was a New Zealand rugby league player who played professionally for Wigan.
   
 
==Early years==
 
==Early years==
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Nordgren joined [[Ponsonby Ponies|Ponsonby]] in 1945. He was a standout that season, scoring 267 points in the Auckland Rugby League competition and representing Auckland.
 
Nordgren joined [[Ponsonby Ponies|Ponsonby]] in 1945. He was a standout that season, scoring 267 points in the Auckland Rugby League competition and representing Auckland.
   
Along with [[Ces Mountford]] he sensationally signed with [[Wigan Warriors|Wigan]] in December 1945, catching the New Zealand Rugby League unawares as they had not realised a 1937 international transfer ban had lapsed in 1941.<ref>[https://archive.today/20130216172803/http://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=28154 NZRL pays tribute to Rugby League great Brian Nordgren] ''rleague.com'', 19 May 2007</ref>
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Along with [[Ces Mountford]] he sensationally signed with Wigan in December 1945, catching the New Zealand Rugby League unawares as they had not realised a 1937 international transfer ban had lapsed in 1941.<ref>[https://archive.today/20130216172803/http://www.rleague.com/content/article.php?id=28154 NZRL pays tribute to Rugby League great Brian Nordgren] ''rleague.com'', 19 May 2007</ref>
   
 
Nordgren made his début for Wigan against [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] on 3 April 1946 and went on to play in nine matches that season.<ref>[http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=757 Brian Nordgren] ''wigan.rlfans.com''</ref> During his time at Wigan he was the top try scorer in the [[1949–50 Northern Rugby Football League season|1949-50 season]], with 57 tries, and played in two Challenge Cup finals in 1946 and 1951. Wigan lost to [[Wakefield Trinity]] in 1946 after Nordgren missed a long-range penalty goal, estimated by Nordgren to be about 54m.<ref name=nzherald>[http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10443172 Obituary: Brian Nordgren] ''nzherald.co.nz'', 2 June 2007</ref> The team won the Challenge Cup in 1951, defeating [[Barrow Raiders|Barrow]].
 
Nordgren made his début for Wigan against [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] on 3 April 1946 and went on to play in nine matches that season.<ref>[http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=757 Brian Nordgren] ''wigan.rlfans.com''</ref> During his time at Wigan he was the top try scorer in the [[1949–50 Northern Rugby Football League season|1949-50 season]], with 57 tries, and played in two Challenge Cup finals in 1946 and 1951. Wigan lost to [[Wakefield Trinity]] in 1946 after Nordgren missed a long-range penalty goal, estimated by Nordgren to be about 54m.<ref name=nzherald>[http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10443172 Obituary: Brian Nordgren] ''nzherald.co.nz'', 2 June 2007</ref> The team won the Challenge Cup in 1951, defeating [[Barrow Raiders|Barrow]].
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===County Cup Final appearances===
 
===County Cup Final appearances===
Brian Nordgren played {{rlp|rw}}, i.e. number 2, in [[Wigan Warriors|Wigan]]'s 9-3 victory over [[Broughton Rangers|Belle Vue Rangers]] in the 1946–47 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1946–47 Northern Rugby Football League season|1946–47 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 26 October 1946,<ref name="1946-1947 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1370|title=1946-1947 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in the 10-7 victory over [[Broughton Rangers|Belle Vue Rangers]] in the 1947–48 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1947–48 Northern Rugby Football League season|1947–48 season]] at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 1 November 1947,<ref name="1947-1948 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1420|title=1947-1948 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}} in the 14-8 victory over [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] in the 1948–49 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1948–49 Northern Rugby Football League season|1948–49 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 13 November 1948,<ref name="1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1474|title=1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 4-tries in the 20-7 victory over [[Leigh Centurions|Leigh]] in the 1949–50 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1949–50 Northern Rugby Football League season|1949–50 season]] at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 29 October 1949,<ref name="1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1519|title=1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 2-tries in the 28-5 victory over [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] in the 1950–51 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1950–51 Northern Rugby Football League season|1950–51 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 4 November 1950,<ref name="1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1566|title=1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 2-tries in the 14-6 victory over [[Leigh Centurions|Leigh]] in the 1951–52 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1951–52 Northern Rugby Football League season|1951–52 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 27 October 1951,<ref name="1951-1952 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1613|title=1951-1952 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> and played {{rlp|rw}} in the 8-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1953–54 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1953–54 Northern Rugby Football League season|1953–54 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 24 October 1953.
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Brian Nordgren played {{rlp|rw}}, i.e. number 2, in Wigan's 9-3 victory over [[Broughton Rangers|Belle Vue Rangers]] in the 1946–47 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1946–47 Northern Rugby Football League season|1946–47 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 26 October 1946,<ref name="1946-1947 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1370|title=1946-1947 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in the 10-7 victory over [[Broughton Rangers|Belle Vue Rangers]] in the 1947–48 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1947–48 Northern Rugby Football League season|1947–48 season]] at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 1 November 1947,<ref name="1947-1948 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1420|title=1947-1948 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}} in the 14-8 victory over [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] in the 1948–49 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1948–49 Northern Rugby Football League season|1948–49 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 13 November 1948,<ref name="1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1474|title=1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 4-tries in the 20-7 victory over [[Leigh Centurions|Leigh]] in the 1949–50 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1949–50 Northern Rugby Football League season|1949–50 season]] at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 29 October 1949,<ref name="1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1519|title=1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 2-tries in the 28-5 victory over [[Warrington Wolves|Warrington]] in the 1950–51 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1950–51 Northern Rugby Football League season|1950–51 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 4 November 1950,<ref name="1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1566|title=1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> played {{rlp|lw}}, and scored 2-tries in the 14-6 victory over [[Leigh Centurions|Leigh]] in the 1951–52 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1951–52 Northern Rugby Football League season|1951–52 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 27 October 1951,<ref name="1951-1952 Lancashire Cup Final">{{cite web|url=http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1613|title=1951-1952 Lancashire Cup Final|publisher=wigan.rlfans.com|date=31 December 2014|accessdate=1 January 2015}}</ref> and played {{rlp|rw}} in the 8-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1953–54 [[RFL Lancashire Cup|Lancashire]] [[Rugby league county cups|County Cup]] Final during the [[1953–54 Northern Rugby Football League season|1953–54 season]] at [[Station Road, Swinton]] on Saturday 24 October 1953.
   
 
==Later years==
 
==Later years==
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{{Wikipedia|Brian Nordgren}}
 
{{Wikipedia|Brian Nordgren}}

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Brian Nordgren
Born (1925-10-23)23 October 1925
Greymouth, New Zealand
Died 15 May 2007(2007-05-15) (aged 81)
Hamilton, New Zealand

Brian Carl Lloyd Nordgren (23 October 1925 – 15 May 2007) was a New Zealand rugby league player who played professionally for Wigan.

Early years

Born in Greymouth in 1926, Nordgren grew up in a Christchurch orphanage. He successfully joined the Army in 1940, claiming to be almost 18. However, in 1944, while awaiting shipment to Europe, a family member revealed he was only 17, and he was discharged.[1]

Playing career

Nordgren joined Ponsonby in 1945. He was a standout that season, scoring 267 points in the Auckland Rugby League competition and representing Auckland.

Along with Ces Mountford he sensationally signed with Wigan in December 1945, catching the New Zealand Rugby League unawares as they had not realised a 1937 international transfer ban had lapsed in 1941.[2]

Nordgren made his début for Wigan against Warrington on 3 April 1946 and went on to play in nine matches that season.[3] During his time at Wigan he was the top try scorer in the 1949-50 season, with 57 tries, and played in two Challenge Cup finals in 1946 and 1951. Wigan lost to Wakefield Trinity in 1946 after Nordgren missed a long-range penalty goal, estimated by Nordgren to be about 54m.[4] The team won the Challenge Cup in 1951, defeating Barrow.

He represented Other Nationalities against France in 1951 and retired in 1955, having played in 293 games and scored 1154 points from 312 tries and 109 goals.[5]

County Cup Final appearances

Brian Nordgren played Template:Rlp, i.e. number 2, in Wigan's 9-3 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1946–47 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1946–47 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 26 October 1946,[6] played Template:Rlp, i.e. number 5, and scored a try in the 10-7 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1947–48 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 1 November 1947,[7] played Template:Rlp in the 14-8 victory over Warrington in the 1948–49 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 13 November 1948,[8] played Template:Rlp, and scored 4-tries in the 20-7 victory over Leigh in the 1949–50 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 29 October 1949,[9] played Template:Rlp, and scored 2-tries in the 28-5 victory over Warrington in the 1950–51 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1950–51 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 4 November 1950,[10] played Template:Rlp, and scored 2-tries in the 14-6 victory over Leigh in the 1951–52 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1951–52 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 27 October 1951,[11] and played Template:Rlp in the 8-16 defeat by St. Helens in the 1953–54 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1953–54 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 24 October 1953.

Later years

Nordgren studied law at the University of Liverpool and was called to the bar in 1951. After retirement he returned to New Zealand and practiced law in Auckland and Hamilton. He also spent some time coaching Ponsonby.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Coffey, John and Bernie Wood Auckland, 100 years of rugby league, 1909-2009, 2009. ISBN 9781869693664.p.131.
  2. NZRL pays tribute to Rugby League great Brian Nordgren rleague.com, 19 May 2007
  3. Brian Nordgren wigan.rlfans.com
  4. Obituary: Brian Nordgren nzherald.co.nz, 2 June 2007
  5. "Brian Nordgren". 15 May 2007. Archived from the original on 15 August 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140815080611/http://www.wiganwarriors.com/WContent.aspx?id=1951&type=news. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  6. "1946-1947 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1370. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  7. "1947-1948 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1420. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  8. "1948-1949 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1474. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  9. "1949-1950 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1519. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. "1950-1951 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1566. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  11. "1951-1952 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. http://wigan.rlfans.com/readarticle.php?article_id=1613. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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