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Title: ... p60 - Jim Mills-Memories of Big Jim inc 1970 World Cup Final - Geoff and Elaine

A great prop forward but he had a very short temper on the pitch

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Geoff / Elaine

Widnes

Early 1970's

13/01/2004

Jim was sent off 22 times in his career I think. A great prop forward but he had a very short temper on the pitch and the oposition often riled him on purpose. He went to Working ton at one point where he was out of the limelight and less high profile games before returning to Widnes.

Two clashes stand out in my memory. First against Wigan at home in a league game in the 1970's. Bill Ashurst, no small man himself riled Jim until Jim just took matters in his own hands. He was dispatched with a punch or two, at a play the ball I think. Mills walked Ashurst was carried off on a stretcher out cold. It is alleged on his return to the living he said" Vinty can get someone else to rile him next time!" Karalius was coaching Wigan at the time.

The most memorable assault I can recall was in a test match at Bradford. O'Neill an Australian forward must have miffed Jim. It ws right infront of me. Again at a play the ball I think. Jim head butted and threw a left and a right before his adversary hit the ground. (See Memorable Matches No 4 - 1970 World Cup Final)

Not sport at all but it was accepted as part of the game in those days. Like him or loathe him Jim was one of many characters and there are none around today, and he was a tremendous forward and was an automatic choice for Wales and Great Britain .


Appears in the following pages ....P60_Jim MILLS
Date of posting ... 13-Jan-2004
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