Salford icon David Watkins tragically passes away. RIP David Watkins.

By | September 3, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Salford icon David Watkins has passed away, leaving the League Express saddened. Condolences have been sent to his family. Rest in peace.

Salford Rugby League Club and the wider rugby league community are mourning the loss of a true icon, David Watkins, who passed away at the age of 78. The news of Watkins’ death has left a profound sadness among fans, players, and officials alike.

Watkins will forever be remembered as a legend of Salford, where he enjoyed a remarkable career. Born on March 15, 1945, in Newport, Wales, Watkins began his rugby league journey with Salford in 1961. He quickly established himself as a formidable force on the field, showcasing his exceptional skills and versatility.


During his time with Salford, Watkins played in multiple positions, including fullback, halfback, and center. His ability to read the game and his lightning-fast speed made him a nightmare for opposing teams. Watkins was a key figure in Salford’s success during the 1960s and 1970s, helping the team win the Championship in 1974 and the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy in 1975.

Watkins’ impact extended beyond his club career. He represented Great Britain and Wales on the international stage, earning 19 caps for his country. His performances for Great Britain in the 1970 World Cup, where he was the tournament’s leading point scorer, are etched in rugby league history.

Off the field, Watkins continued to contribute to the sport. He coached various teams, including Salford and the Welsh national team, sharing his knowledge and passion for the game with future generations.

David Watkins’ legacy as a rugby league icon will live on forever. His skill, dedication, and love for the sport inspired countless players and fans. As the rugby league community mourns his loss, our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. Rest in peace, David Watkins..