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  • #2656
    Viking Man
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    Keeping sane with no sporting distractions may be a challenge for some, especially those that are on their own.  Up to you whether you join in with the below, but thought this may allow us to share some great memories from over the years whilst we’re waiting for this to disappear.

     

    Favourite all-time player:

    Earliest Widnes memory:

    Best Coach we’ve had since watching:

    Most Underrated player:

    Most Overrated Player:

    First Game:

    Best Widnes memory:

     

    #2657
    Viking Man
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    Favourite all-time player: Jonathan Davies

    Earliest Widnes memory: 20-8 win over Warrington (around 91) Flymo scoring Lowerhouse Lane end

    Best Coach we’ve had since watching: Dougie

    Most Underrated player: Darren Wright

    Most Overrated Player: Karle Hammond

    First Game: Around 1991 – no idea which fixture

    Best Widnes memory: Challenge Cup Semi Final 93. 39-4 win over Leeds

    #2660
    Widnes65
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    Favourite all-time player: Tony Myler

    Earliest Widnes memory: My Dad taking me to a home night game v Bradford Northern must have been around 1975

    Best Coach we’ve had since watching: Dougie

    Most Underrated player: Darren Wright

    Most Overrated Player: John Devereux

    First Game: as above

    best Widnes memory : picking 3 😀first time at Wembley 75 we lost but loved the experience as a kid. Joe Lyndon 2 tries against Wigan what a great day out and maybe the best of all Old Trafford 1989 World Club Champs what a fantastic night

    #2663
    Anotherposter
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    Favourite all-time player: Tony Myler Earliest Widnes memory: My Dad taking me to a home night game v Bradford Northern must have been around 1975 Best Coach we’ve had since watching: Dougie Most Underrated player: Darren Wright Most Overrated Player: John Devereux First Game: as above best Widnes memory : picking 3 😀first time at Wembley 75 we lost but loved the experience as a kid. Joe Lyndon 2 tries against Wigan what a great day out and maybe the best of all Old Trafford 1989 World Club Champs what a fantastic night

     

    We won in 1975 so you must be thinking of 76 v saints or 77 v Leeds

    #2664
    Widnes65
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    First time post and I get it wrong !! Yes it must have been 76 because i saw us loose twice, saints and Leeds before winning against trinity in 79.

    #2665
    CJ91
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    I think my one will show the standards my generation of fan has had to get used to, compared to others, sadly:

    Favourite all-time player: Phil Cantillon

    Earliest memory: Bits of my first game, against Swinton 1999, but more clearly my next game, we lost at home to Batley!

    Best Coach: Neil Kelly.

    Underrated player: Joe Mellor (I think he got lost in people being all over Brown in the period 13-15)

    Overrated player: Anthony Gelling

    Favourite Memory: Northern Rail Final 09.

    #2667
    MT
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    Good poll Viking Man. I’ll have a go.

    Favourite all-time player : Martin Offiah (the buzz round the ground every time he got the ball may never be recreated)

    Earliest memory : My first game – a 26-10 win over Workington in 1983. Burke and Basnett amongst the point scorers.

    Best coach : Much as I liked Neil Kelly it has to be Doug Laughton.

    Underrated player : Barry Dowd, had a lot of quality about him and could play anywhere in the back line or even the back row at a push. Probably suffered a bit from being too versatile and also from injuries.

    Overrated player : Misili Manu. Could run a bit. Couldn’t pass, catch or tackle.

    Favourite memory : Beating Wigan to lift the league title. Probably the only time I have ever been to Naughton Park and the ground was genuinely full. Amazing atmosphere and the fact we beat Wigan to win it made it so much sweeter.

     

    #2668
    Rafe Wrench
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    Favourite all-time player: Stuart Wright/Jim Mills
    Earliest Widnes memory:
    Watching them on the B&W telly playing Hull in the mud…imagine what that looked like
    Best Coach we’ve had since watching:
    Sir Vincent
    Most Underrated player: 
    Alan Dearden? 
    Most Overrated Player:
    GOT to be Gelling
    First Game: 
    Wembley 1975
    Best Widnes memory: 
    Too many….I’ll say the 1984 CCSF at Station Road (that boy Lydon, wow)

    #2672
    doc
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    Favourite player: Tony Myler

    Earliest Widnes memory: John Bentley running the length of the pitch and scoring in the corner! Also my first game. I was hooked!😁

    Best coach: Dougie!

    Most underrated player: Darren Wright

    Overrated player : Gelling

    First Game: October 1979. Widnes v Castleford. 30-15.

    Best Widnes memory: got to be 1989, Old Trafford, World Champions!!!

     

    Peace and love, and happiness and stuff!

    #2675
    Anotherposter
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    I think anybody around my age would struggle with this, being a kid /teen in the 70’s and 80’s there are so many choices but…

    Favourite all-time player:  Joe Lydon – The complete RL player IMO

    Earliest Widnes memory: waiting for the gates to open at half time to get in free when i was 7 or 8, first match i remember was Whithaven in about 1972

    Best Coach we’ve had since watching: Vinty – had us at a professional level especially fitness wise before the true pro era

    Most Underrated player: David Eckersley – played everywhere along the back line and was class in all positions

    Most Overrated Player: almost everyone from 97 onwards

    First Game: no idea

    Best Widnes memory: millions – but for drama it has to be Keiron O’Loughlin’s try in the CCSF against Leeds at Station Road when we were all but beaten

     

    #2677
    Frankg
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    Keeping sane with no sporting distractions may be a challenge for some, especially those that are on their own. Up to you whether you join in with the below, but thought this may allow us to share some great memories from over the years whilst we’re waiting for this to disappear.

    Favourite all-time player: There are a number, but probably Frank Collier – a big signing at the time and one of the best at offloads.

    Earliest Widnes memory: Probably around 1956 – climbing over the wall and playing tick around the terraces

    Best Coach: Vinty Karalius – well ahead of his time in fitness and conditioning

    Most Underrated player: Andy Currier/Bob Blackwood

    Most Overrated Player: Anthony Watts

    First Game: Not sure – around 1956 – Harry Dawson was playing

    Best Widnes memory: Lots, but best (and nearly last) memory was picking up my ticket for the 1964 CC final and in the excitement running straight in front of a van travelling along Lowehouse Lane.  Also, going to the 1961 challenge cup replay against St Helens after drawing on a mud bath at Knowsley Road – a crowd of over 24,000 crammed into the ground on a mid-week afternoon, when the town came to a stand-still for the game.

    #2678
    Glynn
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    Most Underrated player: darren wright

    just looked up after posting and was glad to see others have picked dw, thought i was the only one

    #2681
    Rafe Wrench
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    Darren was inexplicably underrated by other teams – IIRC nobody in the top flight offered him a contract that first short season when our demotion had finally been confirmed. Mind you so was Mal Aspey, and he was still a great centre at 34.

    #2682
    The Vicar
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    Favourite all time player – Tony Myler

    Earliest Widnes Memory – an A&B motors game against Leigh in 74 I think.

    Best Coach – Doug Laughton

    Most under rated player –  Mike O’Neil

    Most over rated player – Kevin Brown

    First game – probably some time in 74

    Best Widnes memory – Obviously Old Trafford or Beating the Aussies would be the standouts . But I also think that first night back in SL v Sts was a great moment .

     

    The Vicar

     

     

    #2683
    Mick George
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    All down to opinions of course I think we should have a best player as well as a favourite one.

    Best player Tony Myler ( nothing needs saying)

    Favourite player Alan Dearden ( Hardest player ever to play the game and best ever tackler even though he was lightweight. Big Jim backs this up in his book)

    Best Coach Frank Myler (Alot forget what he achieved and foundations laid)

    Most Under rated Andy Currier (Had uncanny ability to make a break from a standing start never understood the animosity towards him. Top goal kicker who should of got more of the kicking duties. Ask the Balmain Tigers fans how good he was The White Pele to them.

    Most over rated Darren Wright (Was a good player but the only reason i select him is because of the ” Offiah would never of scored without Darren and he made Offiah look good” attitude. My granny could have played as Offiah’s centre and he would of still scored bucket loads and still of been a superstar.)

    Fist game 1966 and a real Denis Brown fan

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