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fm26 - Phil Gould and Daryl Brohman - heckled by supporters in their Canterbury Bulldogs days.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

The Prodigal Son
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Australia
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Prodigal Son, a member of the Kennel, Canterbury fansite.

Now, that reminds me of a funny (but true!!!) story involving Phil Gould and Darryl Brohman (and me and a friend) in 1984.

Now, Phil Gould and Darryl Brohman came from Penrith to Canterbury at the start of 1984. Me and my friend (who went together to about 15 Bulldogs games that year) were not too keen on this as we considered at the time that their defence was suspect and their attacking skills were overrated (and that there were better players that Canterbury could have purchased). Nonetheless, they were there.

In the mid 1980s me and my friend used to sit behind the goalposts at the Canterbury Road end of the ground, as this was where the most vocal/passionate Canterbury supporters would congregate (by comparison the Stewart Stand was like an English County Cricket crowd!). In those days we would get there early and see all 3 grades!

Anyway, Gould and Brohman are playing in Reserve grade and are having shocking games, especially Phil (dropping ball, missing tackles etc). Its not even half time, and the score is already something like 24-0 to the opposition (I forget who the opponents were - after all, it was 20 years ago!). To make matters worse for Phil, he is the captain and is not talking to his players (in period between when opposition score their tries and conversion is taken).

Anyway, another opposition try has just been scored and the Bulldogs Reserve Grade team are (yet again) near the goalposts waiting for the conversion to take place.

By this stage my friend has had enough and gets stuck into Gould big time (from memory Gould missed a tackle that led to the try).

He shouts things like ..........."you're the captain Gould, why don't you talk to your players.......you're useless Gould..........you're as useful as a bump on a log...........(and finally).........go back to Penrith".

Just before my friend called out "go back to Penrith" Darryl Brohman (who was larger around the stomach area than most players) had walked up to Phil and put his arm around him as if to say "Don't let it get to you mate".

Immediately after my friend yelled out to Phil "go back to Penrith", I called out "and take your fat mate with you" (as I was annoyed with Brohman's performance during the game).

As soon as I said "and take your fat mate with you" Darryl dropped his arm and moved away from Phil as quickly as he could - it was as if he had just been told that Phil Gould had leprosy!

Darryl was a big forward not noted for agility, but he moved quickly on this occasion!

About 4 Canterbury Reserve graders saw what happened and burst into laughter!

 

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fm27 - I was there when they burnt Cumberland Oval after the 1981 Grand Final victory. Parra's first ever victory

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

Misty Bee
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Australia
Parramatta .. is the club I follow

 

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See additional entry below from Taity Sydney 07/06/2006

From Misty Bee, a member of the Parra Forum of the League Unlimited

I was there!!!!!

Cumberland oval was the closest thing a fan had to being part of the game. The old ground smelled of a combination of beer, sweat, blood, dirt and tobacco. It seated 2000 people, and 22000 would cram into it. Clouds of dust rose from the ground when big bodies collided. It was a gladiatorial cauldron the likes of which, atmosphere wise, does not exist today.

There was discussion about converting the old girl into a modern stadium. With Denis Fitzgerald fresh in the job, we would still be waiting. However, somewhere some brillinatly minded Parra fans decided that a champion team deserved a champion's ground.

I was at the SCG for the game. My mates and I drove back to the Leagues Club, but as we approached, we noticed some activity at Cumberland. We went over, and discovered people going berzerk. The fence palings that ringed the ground where ripped of and strewn everywhere. Signs were ripped down, seats were ripped up. The dressing rooms and canteens had been looted. Toilets were smashed, shower heads were ripped off, and tomato sauce was strewn everywhere.

Funnies t thing was the old scoreboard, a fibro structure on a 6ft brick stand. A group of blokes were on the stand, trying to rip down the clock. below, some other blokes decided to burn the stand. Up top, blokes began to realise that they were being burned, but still reefed at the clock!!!

The most surreal moment was the sight of a well dressed woman, savoring the moment quietly in the grandstand, while the mob rampaged around her at the seats! THAT Was the passion that was unleashed when Parra truimphed. A far sight more passionate and determined than the johnny come lately softc*cks who cannot see life beyond Brian Smith!!!!!

(Hey this is some sort of a disclaimer here - these are the opinions expressed by Misty Bee)

FURTHER ENTRY ADDED 07/06/2005

Taity, Sydney,
Club followed : SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

I was at the SCG 1981 along with my Family and about 20 other friends, for our yearly gathering to see the Grand Final. It never mattered who was playing, we all just wanted to see the G.F. This year was a little special as growing up in the Parra District and my Father been an Official for Parra it was pleasing to see the Eels finally getting up to win ( To get the witch off there backs ).

After the celebrations at the SCG we all headed back to Parra to welcome the team. While trying to get into the club through the crowd, the word got around that Mr. Ron Casey was going to meet a Parra supporter in the middle of Cumberland Oval to pay a bet that he made on his radio show earlier that week. So a few of us younger ones opted to go to the Oval instead of waiting in line to get into the club.

A quick walk across the car park we where at the oval and could not believe what was happening. As being young and stupid we joined in the mayhem, our first point of call was the dressing rooms to see what we could find? After a few minutes in the dressing rooms we could smell smoke so we opted to get out quickly, we ran through the players tunnel and the smoke was much thicker, once we a merged from the grandstand we looked behind us to see the middle of the stand was a blazed. By that time the stand wasn’t the only thing alight – there where fires all around the oval with the scored board well alight as well.

But among all that the funniest thing ( ??? ) was seeing this man scaling up the goal post at the scoreboard end to get the flag off the top of the goal post. A couple of blokes where at the bottom of the goal post and thought they would give the spider man a hand by seeing if they could push the goal post from one side to the other. The goal post in question started to get a good swing up and then in slow motion the goal post started to fall with spider man still on top of the post. After hitting the ground the spider man jumped up and waved his part of history. Shortly after this the fire brigade and police arrived and the crowd quickly departed.

After all that excitement we then headed to the club to see the players. We a merged from the club and it was daylight, even not been a Parra fan it was a night and a part of history I will never forget.

 
 
 

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fm28 - A Very interesting story from old days of French Rugby League.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

Cliff Spracklen
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United Kingdom
NA .. is the club I follow

 

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A friend, who is a former Caumont player,( Name supplied by Cliff) knowing I have a love of Corsica always tells me the story of the times he played there for Caumont X111 a BARLA equivalent team from near Avignon on the mainland.

The Caumont team arrived on the island and were welcomed at the local club's ground(there were about 15 teams in Corsica in the 1980's) where they were warmly received. It used to be the tradition throughout French RL to have a "sportsman's lunch" comprising, hams, salad, steack and very pureed potatoes. Our Hunslet BC lads used to be offered this at Carpentras. This was PRIOR to the match. But the Corsican hospitality went beyond the the obligatory glass or two of red wine . It included several glasses of pastis, the aniseed/liquorice aperitif, and after several glasses, plus wine the meal ended with "digestifs" the strong marc or brandy.

The French were very dubious but given that "our lads are eating and drinking with you" thought tha at least the playing field was level. After all the Corsican lads were well pisserd by the end of the meal .

Hardly looking foward to playing, but consoled that at least the Corsican players were even worse, they got a shock as they entered the dressing rooms to see the actual Corsican team, stripped, fit looking , ready to play, having supped barely a small lemonade.

Needless to say they were hammered.

I accept that the french often have harsh things to say about Corsicans, but I can see a glimmer of truth in the description, as last year I attended a Corsican soccer match between the locals and Nice Reserves.

By half time the announcer, who doubled up serving wine from the barrel had to be physically restrained by his own officials. Increasingly drunk he hurld abuse after abuse at the referee and refused to let go of the mike. Oh happy days! .

 

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fm29 - A great day for North Sydney Bears Rugby League - they beat Manly.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

John Low
Blue Mountains, NSW
Australia
North Sydney Bears .. is the club I follow

 

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My favorite Moment is For a North Sydney fan the likelihood is that one’s favourite (and indeed one’s worst) memories are probably linked to games against Manly-Warringah. It certainly is for me.

Sometimes, when the need takes me, I get my scrapbook down and flip the pages and the calendar back to a match between Norths and Manly that took place at North Sydney Oval on 13th June 1982, a sunny Sunday afternoon that still resonates vividly in my memory.

The Bears got the measure of their old enemy that afternoon and the game, one of the best I’ve seen North Sydney play, provided one of those moments a home crowd long for, the local hero engaging and vanquishing the enemy’s ‘hard man’.

In coach Ron Willey’s ‘computer room’ England’s hooker John Gray was flanked by two of the biggest (and more handsome) front-row forwards in rugby league. Don McKinnon and Steve Mayoh, both over six-feet and weighing around seventeen stone, mauled the Manly-Warringah pack all that June afternoon.

A local policeman whose father had also played for the Bears, Don McKinnon was a much loved icon at North Sydney during the 1980s, though not above censure from the judges on the Hill (it was not unknown for him to drop the ball at crucial moments!). On this day, though, he could do no wrong. At one point, with a broad smile on his face, he stood over Les Boyd and took on the Manly ‘enforcer’ in a brief bout of fisticuffs. In the ‘hard man’ stakes Leslie Boyd was not often made to look second rate. That day, however, he was and the home crowd loved it! In the press the following week ‘Big Don’ was dubbed the “Terror Bear”.

But this game was not just about tough physical contact. There were also moments of almost light-hearted magic, as when second-rower Peter Cross spirited the ball from the hands of Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin and sprinted 40 metres for a try under the posts. Or when John Gray, emerging from the ruck, orchestrated the play with the finesse of a classical conductor! His ability to inject into the action, at precise moments, the pace and mobility of the tall Kiwi second-rower Mark Graham was a joy to watch.

It was a remarkable game. Norths led 13-4 at half-time and, when Manly scored two tries early in the second half, it seemed likely that the stereotypical North Sydney collapse was imminent. Instead, the safe hands of centre John Adam intercepted a pass thrown by the Manly fullback, Graham Eadie, and raced away for a try that stiffened the Bears’ resolve. They showed their claws and growled and it was Manly that lost its nerve.

When it was all over, with the score at 31-12, the North Sydney fans were reluctant to leave the ground. There was a palpable sense of shared elation. We just stood and applauded, as if an encore was expected. It came, I guess, with the Bears making the finals for the first time since 1965. But, with John Gray injured, they just couldn’t recapture the form of that June afternoon.

 

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fm30 - Memories of when Wigan Super League beat Manly Warringah 8-2 to win the ‘unofficial’ World Club Challenge Championship in 1987.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

Damien Ratchford
Wigan
UK
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The greatest match that I have ever been to?

For me it has to be when Wigan beat Manly 8-2 to win the ‘unofficial’ World Championship in 1987.

I remember it being the talk of Wigan for weeks beforehand. Everyone could sense that it was going to be a huge match/occasion.

The atmosphere was incredible with 37,000 people squeezed into Central Park.

I was only young at the time but I remember everything and it is a match that has always stayed with me.

I remember huge queues outside the ground and being more squashed then I have ever been in my life.

The game was tense, physical and was really close throughout.

To top it off an all English Wigan team beat the mighty Australians (in my eyes at the time).

It really was a once in lifetime match/occasion for me and one, in the age of all seater stadiums and health and safety, that will probably never be repeated.

I have probably seen better matches but for the entire occasion and atmosphere I always think of it has being the greatest match that I have ever been to.

 

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fm31 - Great memories of Bob Lindner at Oldham 1993, Illawarra's loss, their gain

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012

Andy Colclough,
Oldham
UK
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Bobby came to Oldham in 1993 having been signed from Illawarra. He was and most definatley still is the most expensive, top class signing we made in recent times. He arrived at Watersheddings under a media circus and it didn't take long for us to understand why. His leadership was first class, he had undoubted ability and the courage to go with it.

With around 10 games of the season left he became club player coach after the departure of Andy Goodway to Wigan. At the time the team was struggling with no cohesion and a total lack of discipline. Bobby changed all that and although we ended the season with loss (at home to champions elect Wigan) we managed to avoid the drop with some memorable victories the highpoint being a win over St Helens at Knowsley road.

What sticks in my mind however was when Bobby was practically concussed in a three man tackle in an away game at Leigh. He was not for coming off at all and his commitment to the cause in that game made everyone realise that here was a guy who would put his body on the line for the club and its supporters.

Overall a fantastic player (our gain WAS Illawarra's loss) with heart, guts and a steely determination. He only stayed at our club for around 12 months but in that time he became a legend.

 

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fm32 - Taking Dad to Wembley - great memories, Hull -v- Wigan

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012
Jackie Clowes
London
UK
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After attending numerous games of league from being a small child on dad's shoulder's, including many cup-finals nothing really matches the Wigan v Hull Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Despite having followed the game for the best part of 30 years this was the first match at Wembley that my dad had attended and I don't think I could have picked a better game to take him to.

The whole day had everything, from the pre-match build up on Wembley Way, seats almost on the half way line and so on. The game itself was a classic, with both teams holding the upperhand at stages and the result in doubt right until the end. As Lancastrians the game ended on a high for us with a Wigan win but the scoreline was irrelevant after what happened at the end of the game. Two supporters - one from Wigan, one from Hull - both in tears and hugging each other over a barrier. To me that summed up the ethos of the great game of Rugby League, that regardless of your colours the game is really the only thing that matters.

I am not the greatest at putting things in writing but it sums up my feelings after 35 years of following the game

 

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fm33 - 1974 Third Test Aus -v- G.B. at the Sydney Cricket Ground, And it fattened my wallet to

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012
Pogo
Sutherland Shire
Australia
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My greatest game I attended, well ..... canberra vs balmain grand final is up there but....

The 1973 or was it 1974 3rd test at the cricket ground vs the pommies, when ron turner got recalled and we won the series, an absolutely massive day at the footy.(Quigs here, "I've just checked my book and it was 1974")

The atmosphere at that test was unbelievable, i was pretty young then and worked with a few lunatics who convinced me it was the norm to begin at the first and last at circular quay, then progress to the ship inn then to the captain cook then the olympic and finally to the game.

well we were all a mess by the time we got to the footy and the series was on the line.

i was working with ronnie turner at the time and he was very confident we could get the money so i put the lot on the aussies.

the pommie kicker john gray was slotting them from everywhere but not to be denied the aussies thru changa langlands and beetson got us home. langlands scored an awesome try in the hill scoreboard corner and the scg went wild.

that is a try i will always remember....so will my wallet!

great memories when test matches were the ultimate and not state games.

i would love to get a programme from that game....maybe some one has one that they could scan and post.

great memories indeed.

 

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fm34 - Illawarra's big win over Brisbane at Wollongong Stadium 1994.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012
Man of Steel
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Australia
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1994 - Steelers Stadium, Wollongong. Friday Night.

Illawarra Steelers 26
Brisbane Broncos 4

I was sitting in the Western concourse in the front row, the crowd was amazing.

It was mid season, both Illawarra and Brisbane were sitting on about 8th and 9th and needed to win this match to show they had what it takes. The Steelers had celebrated the launch of David Middleton's book on the Illawarra RL and Steeler's history through the week and the build up to the match suggested something big was going to happen.

The crowd was absolutely crammed in, with gates closed to the northern cement steps and hill for safety purposes. John Simon smothered Langer and didn't allow him to have any impact on the game and the Steelers defence was brillant.

At half time we lead 12-0 and got a standing ovation, with talk around the ground saying that they need to go another gear to shut Brisbane out. They did exactly that, leading 26-0 with Brisbane scoring a late try before fulltime in the north-western corner.

The best moment was when Ref McCallum sent Alfie to the sin bin, the crowd were so vocal - it's something I think will never be matched. The massive screams of "off! off!" were quickly interrupted by a massive roar of rejoice. Then what seemed like every single person was on their feet booing, leaning over the fence as langer hurriedly made his way back to the sheds, not looking up once.

I got home in time to see the second half on the TV delayed, and hear just how loud the crowd were on TV, with Steve Roach saying it was so loud he couldn't hear the bloke next to him. It didn't let up all match, with touchies copping constant "suggestive" remarks all match.

The way the crowd played a part, passionately lifting the boys to a level of footy that simply blew Brisbane away is something that is rare in Australian sports (paricularly today where people sit there like stunned mullets). Wayne Bennett said that no other team could of come close to Illawarra that night, admitting it was one of the best performances he'd seen.

Unfortunately, at seasons end Brisbane finished 5th, while the Steelers were 2 points behind them in 6th, just missing out on the top five.

A very similar thing happend late in the year in a must win game against the high flying Canberra, us leading 8-0 at half time and the crowd wipped into a frezny, applauding and chanting as they left the field, Ray Warren commenting "look at the crowd! they want more!". Unfortunately I wasn't at that match, and Canberra managed to get home, Mal Meninga saying it was the best game they played all year. Because we lost that one, and that fact I only saw it on TV makes the Brisbane game my obvious favourite.

That friday night win against Brisbane is something I will never forget.

(the extreme passion of all RL people that was shown before super league, seems to be lost forever).


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fm35 - My second Broncos Game

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Monday, May 14, 2012
Bronco Lad
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My second Broncos game.

Being a Broncos supporter in Newcastle, i'd only ever been to a few footy games before that - Mariners home games against the Cowboys, Broncos and Rams - but they were what was then known as Breakers Stadium and it only had a capacity of about 5-6,000 from memory.

But the Knights home game against the Broncos was the first decent sized crowd i'd been in - I think it was about 28,000 that night.

It was pissing down rain, and the Knights were talking themselves up all week in the news, and it was being built up as the "superbowl" after both teams won their respective premierships the year before.

Being the hostile lot that they are, the Knights fans were absolutely giving it to us all the way up to kick-off and until the first try that was scored by the Knights after just a few minutes.

But after that, the fun started - Brisbane 26, Newcastle 6 Happy days.

 

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