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Martin Offiah was born on December 29, 1966, in Hackney, London. He was a talented young cricketer, representing the Essex second XI, but rugby union side Rosslyn Park spotted his potential and convinced him to concentrate on their sport instead.

Scouted while playing in the Middlesex Sevens tournament, rugby league side Widnes convinced the flying winger to switch codes and sign for them on a professional basis in 1987.

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During four never-to-be-forgotten seasons with Widnes, Offiah scored 181 tries in 145 matches, earning himself a reputation as the most dangerous winger in the game.

Just a year after making his debut in rugby league, he was picked to play for Great Britain on their tour of Australasia. He went on to score 104 points in 33 appearances.

In January 1992 Wigan signed Offiah from Widnes for a world record £440,000 fee. A figure that stood until 2006.

His first season at Wigan was simply sensational. Playing on the left wing he scored 30 tries in 15 games, setting a new record of 10 in one match against Leeds.

Offiah was awarded an MBE in 1997 for his services to sport. As a Wigan player, he won four Challenge Cups, five Championships and three Regal Trophies. He left in 1996 having scored an amazing 749 points for the club.