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fm51 - Memories of Jarrod McCracken when playing for St Helens

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

John Lee
St Helens
England
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The Saints once had a real hard man called Jarrod McCracken playing for us,and one game was against Wigan at home.

He was nearly decapatated by Kelvin Skerret and after the kick to touch insisted on taking the first tackle and ran flat out at three wigan forwards and scattered them all.

Later in the game Dean Bell felt the full force of a Jarrod special,rumour has it Bell said 'Is that the best youve got?'

As he got up to play the ball, but he didnt play the ball because he couldnt get up!

 

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fm53 - Hull K.R.'s Frankie Fox and a new way to do push ups. (1960's)

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Steve in N.Z.
Nelson
New Zealand
Hull KR, GB, NZ Warriors, .. are the club I follow

 

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My favorite Moment is: Hull KR were playing Rochdale Hornets in a Challenge cup round at the old Craven Park. KR were a strong team and no way were the Hornets going to win this game unless they played out of their skins. However their hooker, I think his surname was Taylor, started the biff. He went to it although he got a good deal back from the KR forwards.

Nearly at the end of the game he had the ball and was tackled by KR's prop Frank Fox. Frank was a fair player who could dish out the biff but usually sorted it out with ferocious tackles. He was a real powerful man who did lots of weights. Fox, this tremendous tackling forward dropped Taylor like a stone with a good tackle around his knees. With Taylor prone face down Frank released his grip around his knees and made ground up Taylor's upper body until he was at Taylor's head. With Taylor still prone face down he then preceded to do about 6 push ups off Taylors head.

With about sixteen and a half stone of Frank on him Taylor was unable to move as his head was pushed right into the muddy feild. Even the Rochdale players were laughing. When Frank released him he looked at the ref for a penalty but the smiling ref told him to play the ball and get on with it. The whole ground with about 7000 fans inside were laughing. Taylor kept a low profile from then on.

 

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fm54 - Thoughts and memories of Parra's Ray Higgs

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dave Taska
Toongabbie, Sydney
Australia
Parramatta .. is the club I follow

 

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my earliest rugby league memories are of ray higgs charging into the defence with his tongue sticking out.he was a hard man and a leader. a few years ago i met john jansen and told him higgs was my first rugby league hero, to which he replied. higgs liked to drop the knees. anyway i cant believe he isnt in any of your lists and i hope i can correct this oversight. p.s. graham shovells olling deserves a mention as well.

(From Quigs - If I remember correctly and I could be wrong here, Graham Olling was on the front of an old RLW many years ago when playing for Parra. The article was all about this new bulking up supplement, and Olling had been on it during the off season and had bulked up 20 or so kilo. These days we all know what it was but in those days it was legal and a sports supplement. Can anyone out there remember this article. I know that Olling was the first one I can remember speaking about it in RLW)

 

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fm55 - Memories of an old clash between New Zealand and Wales

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

David Duffin
Upper Coomera Qld
Australia
Manly .. is the club I follow

 

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Posted by Quigs - reposted this link 11/5/2012, over from Biff's old site
Videos - props biff some good scraps inc jim mill stamping on new zealand player john greengrass which lead to a life ban,also good punchup between terry oconner and gordan tallis - (Thanks Phil of Widnes) To view just click here


As a kid I was watching the NZ v Wales rugby league international from the UK. (1978)

It was a pretty forgettable game apart from one incident that would have to go down as worst (and in hindsight funniest!) display of bad sportsmanship in the entire history of rugby league!

The Kiwis has just scored a try to wrap up the game, a no-nonsense type of try scored by a forward whereby after a few moves he busted his way up the center and dived over to plant the ball down in a moment of triumphal satisfaction.

As he is laying there flat on his stomach, saviouring the moment, one of the retreating Welshman proceeds to viciously stomp the unfortunate kiwi in the back of the head with his boot! Leaving him bloodied and bewildered! Such an injustice...still I'm not sure what went on during this spiteful game involving these two players but on reflection this one incident was in very bad taste...shame on you Wales!

 

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fm57 - Memories of Manly's first ever GF victory - 1972 Defeated Parramatta

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

David Duffin
Upper Coomera Qld
Australia
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I was about ten ,i think, and my twin brother and good friend, chris, had just seen manly beat parra 10 -7 in the grand final at the s.c.g.

It was the first year that they put barb wire around the fence so you couldnt run on the ground after the match.

We were pretty dissapointed about that, i'll tell ya.

So we were half way round the hill exiting when, out of nowhere,this brown bomb exploded inches from my face.some pissed of 'parra-poof' fan had chucked an empty stubbie that landed on chris' head.geez, what a mess.blood everywhere.rotten shot.missed the grass by 30 feet i reckon.

Well,we couldnt get round 57,000 fans quick enough to get to the good old st.johns ambulance crew quuick enough so some grown-ups threw the three of us over the bloody barb wire fence.

Talk about mixed feelings!there we were,the only victorious fans,running across the s.c.g. half of me asking, are you alright mate? and the other half shouting ''we are the champions'', whilst picking up tufts of 'greame eadie grass'.what a great day!

 

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fm58 - Memories of Mad Mick Alchin, wild Western Suburbs winger, famous clash with Saints in 1968, Saints 2nd home game loss in 14 seasons.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tony Lewis
Sydney
Australia
Western Suburbs Magpies .. is the club I follow

 

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Tonys great website is Kelly's Kids, honouring Noel Kelly and the Western Suburbs Magpies 1966-1969

I'd nominate a Wests player for your Biff section? When I was a kid playing on the wing he was the player I modeled my game on his name is Mad Mick Alchin....do you remember him?? Right winger came down from Newcastle very fiery...was sent off the night that Wests played France at Lidcombe Oval in 1968...he hated refs. He also played for East's then captain/coached Wentworthville in second division...very tough bloke loved to fight. Last I heard of he was training horses up Cessnock way.



Tony the pup, and a mad west supporter .....

BELOW IS AN ARTICLE FROM TONY'S GREAT WEBSITE..... CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO VISIT.

What a Game!! - St George vs Wests
Kogarah Oval - Sunday 14th July, 1968


Who can remember this great game between Western Suburbs and the star studded St George. Were you there? I was and so was the 'web master'. I went to school at Marist Brothers Kogarah right in the heart of Dragon country so it was a chance to catch up with a few schoolmates who followed Saints. A kid I played football with at Arncliffe Scots was the St George ball boy. It was played at Kogarah Oval on the 14 July 1968 on a cold but fine Sunday afternoon. Saints had 8 internationals playing for them that day. Also 2 players who made history that year. Stan Gordon the winger scored 28 tries in 1968 making him the leading try scorer and Dennis Preston who beat Graeme Langlands to become Saints leading points scorer for 1968. West’s had beaten St George in the first round, which was played at Lidcombe Oval on 24 th April. The score that night was also in the Magpies favor 22 – 6 but that is another What a Game!!



The West’s team was not per program they had 2 of their in form players out with injury’s Jim Cody and Rod Smith. Johnny Baker and Johnny Armstrong replaced them. This was Johnny Bakers first run in First Grade since he had come down from the Lithgow area. West’s had a few rookies playing in this game. Tim Murphy at the age of 19 was playing only his second game in the top grade and also aged 19 Big Steve Winter had only played a few games since he had come from sunny Tamworth and lets not forget the old hard heads like Ken Stonestreet, Alan Allison and Dave Barsley. One of my favorite players made quite an impact in this game as he did most weeks…. Mick Alchin. He scored a classic wingers try plus his defense was punishing to say the least. Speaking of big tackles I have just looked at the video of the game ( tenth time I think) just now and I saw Alan Allison almost knock Johnny Raper onto the Princess Highway at Carlton.

Mad Mick Alchin

Anyway lets get on with the game…. West’s were at the southern end of Jubilee Oval and Saints were defending the Rockdale end. Saints kick off straight to Mick Alchin…for some reason they did this 10 or 12 times during the game. West’s scored first with a long-range penalty taken by Fred Ford who almost kicked it on to the car park of the recently opened Rockdale Plaza. Then Barry Glasgow the boy from Tullibigeal landed a 40-yard field goal. West’s 4 Saints 0. West’s defence is rock solid….. some extra strong tackles by John Elford helped keep Saints out. Then after many sets of 4 tackles Graeme Bowen goes over next to the posts, Dennis Preston converts and it's now Saints 7 West’s 4. Are the 'webmaster' and I worried - a big NO. Steve Winter receives a caution for telling the Touch Judge that perhaps he should go to Gibb and Beman on Monday. Dennis Preston has got his kicking boots on today Saints 9 West’s 4. West’s keep attacking and at last Mr. Laurie Bruyeres gives West’s a well-deserved free kick. A. Ford kicks one more.

Half Time score Saints 9 West’s 6.
In the second half, West’s come out firing on all cylinders…Tony Ford lands 2 more penalties and the score is 10 –9 in the Magpies way. Mick Alchin slips a Saints player a shot to the head and old radar boot Preston makes it Saints 11 West’s 10. Then it happened...I don’t know what but it did. West scored 3 unanswered tries.
Try number one went like this….Murphy passes to Baker on the St George side of half way Baker then slips it inside to Glasgow who brilliantly draws 2 defenders and passes the ball to Alchin who runs 20 yards to score. Tony Ford misses one and the score is West’s 13 Saints 11.
Second try… Langlands kicks to Alchin he catches the ball 10 yards out from his line takes the tackle then after many passes Tim Murphy passes what they now call a flat pass to Steve Winter who scores near the posts.This was to be Steve’s only try in first grade for West’s over the next 5 years. Ford puts the ball between the posts and onto Jubilee Avenue. Now it is West’s 18 - Saints 11.
Try number 3….this try was the one that broke Saints and also the best try seen at Kogarah Oval for many years. Langland’s kicks from the restart of play to yes that’s right Alchin who, with much skill, stops it from going into touch and takes the tackle. Armstrong is dummy half passes the ball to Allison who is tackled. Baker at dummy half passes to Armstrong he runs straight and hard nice pass to Alchin who accelerates down the right wing beats 2 tackles makes 20 yards basketballs it inside to Barry Bryant who quickly passes it to Ken Stonestreet who passes it back inside to Bryant who looks for support sees the ex threequarter Johnny Armstrong looming on his inside.. passes to him… Armstrong puts the foot down and scores adjacent to the uprights. Ford then converts. It's West’s 23 - Saints 11 and the game is as good as over. Big smiles all round on the hill. West’s won plenty of good ball from the scrums thanks to a great front row and a first rate hooker named Ken “Nebo” Stonestreet. Ken played for N.S.W in1969 and scored a try in that match to boot.

West’s had one more try to score a simply wrap round between Bruce Beer and rookie lock John Baker. Final score West’s 28 - St George 19. This was only the second time in 14 seasons that Saints had been beaten on their home ground the first time was West’s in 1966 when they beat Saints 12 to 9. Also the crowd of 16,205 was the second biggest ever at Kogarah Oval.

As luck would have it I ran into two mates from school after the game and I heard their usual excuses why the Mighty St George had lost. It was a good day to be a young Magpie fan. If you have any memories of this day please send me an email or perhaps you would like to nominate another What a Game from the Kelly Kids era.

visit Tony Lewis and Greg Willis great Western Suburbs Magpies website, Kelly's Kids, honouring Noel Kelly's time at the helm at the Magpies.

The Era of the Biff highly recommends a visit Tony Lewis and Greg Willis great Western Suburbs Magpies website, Kelly's Kids, honouring Noel Kelly's time at the helm at the Magpies.

 

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fm60 - The toughness of Chris Mortimer, playing for Penrith late 80's

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

jamie Robinson
Wakefield
Great Britain
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I had the honour of working with this "quiet, hardman" when he guested with Wakefield Trinity in the early 1990's. Tough as teak, never gave a backward step.

His best stories come from his days "Down Under" when he played with Canterbury and Penrith.

I once heard a story (which is qualified in Royce Simmons' autobiography)when "Louie" played with a broken thumb in a play off game in 1989. Not only did he play, but before the game he took off the plaster cast, and took out the pins (holding his thumb together) with his drill !

Unfortunately, he broke his hand again .... but a tough character !

 

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fm61 - The Roo, The Mascot 1990 Rugby League Week Supporters tour of England.

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Derek Marsden
St Helens
UK
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Quigs
Emu Park Central Queensland
Australia
Sharkies

 

WHERE IS THE ROO ???

I was lucky enough to be part of the 1990 RLW Supporters Tour to England. One of the joys of the tour was watching the antics of our "unofficial" Mascot. The Roo.

He was adopted by the Official Tourist and was present at all pre game and the half time entertainment. It was great and the Poms loved him too.

I would love to find out where he is and what he is up to these days. Relive some memories.

Below is a quote from the Widnes League Forum page that triggered my curiousity.

"I also remember Tommy Stains trying to run on from the cow sheds to punch the Kangaroo mascot. Cracking game aswell got Laurie Daleys autograph along with Mal Meninga.

REMEMBER THIS ????


Can anyone out there enlighten us with more info and details about the Roo.. I'd like to get in touch with him.

Email Era if you know any more.


Quigs and the Roo, 1990 at Manchester, "Yeah I know, great haircut"

 

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fm62 - Memories of Dougie Greenall, St. Helens and Great Britain Centre and Al Jolson No: 62

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Derek Marsden
St Helens
UK
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Dougie Greenall, St. Helens and Great Britain Centre...Great character off the field, his party piece was a take off of Al Jolson...



The story begins with the Clive Churchill Tour of 1952...When they came to play the Saints, Sept 1952, Dougie played with his fore-arm strapped,and the Saints licked the Aussies 26-8( the only club side to beat them)

Dougie went through the entire side, and one of the Aussies was interviewed by the local press and observed all we heard from the crowd was 'Give 'em Mammy Dougie' and we soon found out what this meant...

He then toured Australia in 1954, and hordes of Aussie press were at Sydney Airport to see the man who had wiped the floor with the big brave Aussies....expecting to see someone resembling Big Jim Mills, they were astounded to see a less than 12 Stone weakling...that was Dougie...still alive and kicking.

ADDITIONAL STORY ABOUT DOUGIE SENT TO THE ERA BY JACK, ST HELENS ON THE 13/04/05

1954 England -v- New South Wales
Game Abandoned


The story of the England - NSW brawl in 1954 was so big that it made the front page of all major Sunday papers. This is how the Sun Herald showed the notorious day. From left to right, H Wells Aus, Touch Judge, D Greenall UK, Ref Oxford, Noel Pidding, J Henderson, A Burnell and Clive Churchill.

Read more in Memorable matches No 3

Visit Clive Churchill's page in the Hardmen and Heroes List.

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Comment from from Albert Lister, Warrington,England
club supported - Warrington WolvesAlbert Lister

On the field doug was as hard as nails always hitting anything that moves. He toured with G.B Now Doug well into his 70,s can only talk about the as he calls it great days of rugby and if he comes into the supermarket where I work you can bet I get into trouble for talking to long to this great rugby man.


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fm63 - The Story of Jack Harrison MC VC a Hull and UK hero killed in action in WW1

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Dave Beales
Hull
UK
NA .. is the club I follow

 

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Thanks to Dave for sending this information and pics:

Jack Harrison VC MC

Most of us, I'm sure, can recall our special heroes of test match rugby, whether they wore the green and gold or red, white and blue. However, the city of Hull has its own special hero, who although he never graced the international stage, certainly made his mark on and off the field.

Jack Harrison was born in 1890, the son of a boilermaker and plater, he grew up in a tough and austere background and soon learned to look after himself. Unlike his contemporaries, Jack did not leave school at the age of twelve, his parents recognised his talents and made enormous sacrifices to enable him to further his education. Their faith was rewarded in 1910, when he was accepted for teacher training at St John's College, York.

During his training at St John's he first came to the attention of the York Northern Union Club. Already an ever-present in football, cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics, it was his sprinter's speed and strong build that encouraged York to sign him in the 1911/12 season.

Returning to his native city to take up a teaching post in 1912, he signed for the Hull NURFC, stepping out in the famous black & white irregular hoops on 5 September 1912. During that date and 1916, Jack played 116 matches, scoring 106 tries and two goals, playing on the wing outside of the famous centre, Billy Batten. In the 1913/14 Challenge Cup Final, Jack scored one of Hull's two tries in the defeat of Wakefield Trinity and in the following season, he scored 52 tries, a club record that stands to this day.

In 1914, the British Army recognised the need for more officers and offered immediate training to men with 'suitable qualifications'. Jack reported for training in November 1915 and was commissioned as Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the East Yorkshire Regiment on 5 August 1916, ultimately joining the 11th (Tradesmen's) Battalion.

After the East Yorks entered the front line at Arras, Jack was involved in an attack on February 25th that saw him awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry.

The German-held area around the village of Oppy was well fortified, with barbed wire, machine guns and trench mortars. The men of the Hull Brigade set out to attack on the night of 2nd of May under a clear sky and a full moon. Two attacks by Jack's Company were repulsed with heavy losses from machine guns. Desperate measures were required and Jack showed no hesitation in taking them.

Telling his men to keep the machine gun under constant fire and armed only with his pistol and a grenade, Jack called upon all of his experience gained on the rugby field. Using his speed and side-step, he weaved through no-mans-land until he reached his objective. Silhouetted by flares, Jack's men saw him fall forward as he threw his grenade. The machine gun was silenced. 2nd Lt Jack Harrison was never seen again.

This act of bravery earned him the Victoria Cross; which was presented to his widow, Lillian, by King George V on 2nd March 1918.

But Jack's story is far from over. In 2002, a number of Hull FC fans, began discussing the possibility of a lasting, public tribute to Jack Harrison. The Jack Harrison Memorial Trust was set up to raise the funds necessary to provide a lasting tribute to a man of honour and bravery.


The Jack Harrison Memorial at Hull's Ground

Collections, donations and fund-raising events have ensured the first part of the project, the memorial, was ready to be unveiled prior to today's game. The memorial is situated adjacent to the main entrance to the Kingston Communications stadium. If you have not already done so, please take the time to view the memorial at the end of the game.

The second part of the project is a Trust that will encourage children of lesser ability to use The Greatest Game in overcoming adversity. This, it is hoped, will be Jack's legacy to Rugby League. A Jack Harrison Memorial Medal will be struck and awarded to all who participate, as a reward for their courage.

The Committee would like to thank all who have contributed; with special thanks to Jenny Oliver (the sculptress), Sweetmore Engineering of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Campbell Laser Products of Hull for donating the bronze casting and plinth, free of charge. But most of all, we thank you, The Great Family of Rugby League for your support in this project.



Donations are still required to ensure the success of the Trust and can be made to the Hull FC club or electronically through the official website; www.jackharrison.org.uk.

Jack Harrison VC MC: Husband, Father, Citizen Soldier, Sportsman, Hero.

Lest We Forget

 

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