When you think of Wigan St Patricks ARLFC, you think of the abundance of professional players to have come through their ranks over the years.
Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Liam Farrell are just three of more than 50 former St Pats players to have gone on to play for Wigan Warriors and England.
Perhaps one name that doesn’t spring to mind though is Dean Hatton.
Who!? You ask? Well, Hatton holds the official world record for the fastest try in rugby league history.
In May 2015 when Wigan St Pats played Egremont Rangers in the National Conference League, he was able to touch down after just 7.3 seconds.
Yes you heard that right, 7.3 seconds! As you can imagine the score required a combination of skill, speed and of course a bit of luck.
Hatton was rewarded for his speedy chase from the kick-off, with Egremont failing to field the spiralling ball which ‘came down with snow on it’ – as our old mate Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson would say.
The ball then bounced into Hatton’s path, with the St Pats player able stretch out, grasp the ball and put it down on the try line.
Thankfully, someone had the responsibility of filming the NCL fixture that day and the tape was sent to the Guinness World Record headquarters.
After a review, Hatton’s try was certified as an official Guinness World Record a year later and is still yet to be broken almost six years on.
So you can add Dean Hatton to the list of ex-Wigan St Pats players with great honours next to their name!
Watch his quick-fire four-pointer from 2015 below…