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Farnworth Viking
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Been announced that he’s died aged 81. Don’t think there will be many Widnes fans mourning him.

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Topic starter Posted : 17/05/2022 11:19 am
Sinbad
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I wasn't his biggest admirer I won't pretend otherwise but I don't blame him for Widnes missing out on SL.That was our own doing for finishing too low in the table and then complaining afterwards that we didnt know what we were playing for.The squad had been decimated by this point due to overspending on players we couldn't afford and we can't blame Lyndsay for that.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 12:58 pm
widneslatic
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Ruined Rugby League, and drove a massive wedge between the 2 professional sporting clubs in Wigan (which is still more than evident today).

Won't be missed in this part of WN3.

 

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Posted : 17/05/2022 2:37 pm
Mr doovde
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A polarising figure.

Wigan had much success but it was not good for the game. Eventually the wheels came off - they needed to clean up just to to break even.

He was involved in the sky deal. 26 years later i'm not sure the game is any healthier.

 

 

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Posted : 17/05/2022 2:54 pm
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Sinbad
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Wigan had to sell central park and go renting at the football club eventually.All that success and big name signings came with a price which they are still paying today.It's criminal that an iconic, historic rugby league stadium was allowed to be lost like that.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 3:13 pm
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Cuerdley Viking
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Horrible man 

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Posted : 17/05/2022 3:50 pm
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widneslatic
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Posted by: @sinbad

Wigan had to sell central park and go renting at the football club eventually.All that success and big name signings came with a price which they are still paying today.It's criminal that an iconic, historic rugby league stadium was allowed to be lost like that.

Tom Rathbone and Jack Robinson sold Central Park to Tesco in 1997, but its fair to say a large chunk of their debt was racked up during the Lindsay years. 

Interestingly, Wigan Warriors would have been homeless had Dave Whelan not bought the club before the start of the 1999 season, as Central Park was sold without a new home being agreed.

 

 

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Posted : 17/05/2022 4:35 pm
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@widneslatic Central Park was the Headingley of Lancashire and it should have been cherished and preserved.Not just for Wigan fans but for everyone and the game itself.A massive loss to RL.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 5:32 pm
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Warrington, Saints and Salford have all sold their stadiums as well. It's only Widnes this side of the pennines that have rebuilt on the current site.

Other than Leeds redeveloping in Yorkshire and Hull selling the Boulevard the rest of them (Cas, Wakefield and Bradford) haven't done anything at all.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 6:38 pm
jeffjonno
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@sinbad We we’re mathematically certain of not going down with a handful of games to go,Do you think Tony Myler would have played a load of kids for the remaining fixtures if he knew the goalposts were about to changed? We would have comfortably finished 10th or 11th.He ruined Keighley by denying the promotion in favour of London..20 odd years on they’ve never recovered.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 6:43 pm
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Posted by: @sinbad

@widneslatic Central Park was the Headingley of Lancashire and it should have been cherished and preserved.Not just for Wigan fans but for everyone and the game itself.A massive loss to RL.

Correct.

I was lucky enough to go to the penultimate game there (Wigan A team v Widnes A team) which took place the Wednesday Night before the Final game against Saints.

With it being an A team game, I could sit or stand anywhere, so after a full walk round the ground, I chose the Rathbones Stand (the big terrace behind the posts) and I had the whole stand to myself.

Despite the (almost) newly built Whitbread Stand, the rest of the place did look tired (probably due to the lack of money spent on it), and despite the fact we lost the game 56-6, it was a real pleasure to go and say goodbye to old girl - The best RL ground in the world for atmosphere.

And... if anyone asks you, who was the last Widnes player to score a Try at Central Park.

The answer is.... Fabien Devecchi 😉👍

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Posted : 17/05/2022 9:46 pm
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widneslatic
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Posted by: @dan1

Warrington, Saints and Salford have all sold their stadiums as well. It's only Widnes this side of the pennines that have rebuilt on the current site.

Other than Leeds redeveloping in Yorkshire and Hull selling the Boulevard the rest of them (Cas, Wakefield and Bradford) haven't done anything at all.

Wigan sold their ground without securing a place to play.

They were on the verge of having to ground share with Bolton Wanderers until Dave Whelan bought the club, and moved them to the JJB.

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Posted : 17/05/2022 9:48 pm
Royston Vasey
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I shall follow the old adage “if you haven’t got anything good to say then don’t say anything”.

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Posted : 18/05/2022 12:11 am
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Posted by: @royston-vasey

I shall follow the old adage “if you haven’t got anything good to say then don’t say anything”.

I thought exactly the same.

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Posted : 18/05/2022 6:25 am
PaulieWalnuts
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Been announced that he’s died aged 81. Don’t think there will be many Widnes fans mourning him.

His name was Lindsay, show some respect by spelling the name correctly, to the man who enabled Widnes RLFC to become 'First Official World Club Champions', after being innovative in bringing Manly over to play Wigan in 1987.

 

Paulie xx

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Posted : 18/05/2022 10:20 am
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