The History of Wigan Warriors stretches back to the club's foundation in 1872. The English town of Wigan's first rugby football club, it was one of the founding members of the Northern Rugby Football Union after the schism from the one code of rugby football in 1895. At the elite competition level, Wigan is the most successful club in the history of British Rugby League, measured by total of trophies won. The club has won 19 Rugby Football League Championships (including 2 Super League Grand Finals), 18 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Challenge trophies. Wigan enjoyed a period of sustained success from the late 1980s to mid-1990s which included winning the Challenge Cup eight seasons in succession and the League Championship seven seasons in succession. During this period Wigan won many other trophies including the Regal Trophy six times and the Premiership four times. The Wigan club has a Hall of Fame and has honoured several former players via induction into it. The inductees include former players Billy Boston, Ellery Hanley, Dean Bell and Shaun Edwards.
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