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Rugby League Quotes The Good the Bad and the Ugly

No 09-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #9

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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They played like Hollywood stars on the wrestling show - they thought the other team had to win.- Jack Gibson after Cronulla's loss to Easts, 1985


Ronnie Gibbs was leaving the field at half time when a BBC TV Roving Reporter entered the field of play and made straight for Ronnie,asking as he left the field, "Ronnie you took a big hit there do you think you'll be back out for the second half?" At the time Ronny was unsteady, wobbly on his feet and seeing stars.

To which Ronnie replied "Dunno mate you'll have to ask the coach" Read More


"THAT Mark Harrigan tackle", remembered always by the Rochdale Hornets folk for his felling of the Blackpool prop in retaliation for him being the victim of a brutal tackle that left his face cut and his eye almost closed. A tackle the ref chose not to see. He was taken from the field for treatment and stitches. only to return some 15 minutes later.

"It's not bad, but I broke my arm when I went back on and that's hurting a bit" Billy Wilson answering a question from St George official Frank Facer when asked after the completion of the game, about his lacerated eye, which had forced Wilson from the field only for him to return after being stitched up.... in the days of no replacements.

"I'm going okay.... but I've broken my arm again" Wilson again to Frank Facer - Wilson had returned to early next season and not allowed enough time for the initial broken arm to mend. However, needless to say, Wilson trooped back out for the second half moments later.

"They (the English) were out to get Churchill, Noel Pidding and me. But when I became a referee, I realised that the referee might have handled it better by sending three or four players off. That would have stopped it." Keith Holman on the 1954 abandoned Tour match Great Britain v New South Wales due to ongoing violence

State of Origin will never work" Ray Price

"They'd butt each other like a pair of billy goats and would both look like a mess at the end of the game. I'd often see Billy an hour later sharing a beer with his rival, with both blokes sporting half a dozen stitches in their scones. They were a breed apart, fornt-rowers - blokes like Bluey were proof of that." Johnny Raper on Billy Wilson and other front rowers of the time

"Waiting for Cronulla to win the Premiership is like leaving the porch light on for Harold Holt." Supercoach Jack Gibson.

"I'll see you all for victory drinks in the Members Bar after the game." Billy Wilson after being sent off for decking West's Jim Cody during the 2nd half of the 1962 Grand Final. Cody had earlier dispatched the Saints skipper Norm Provan.

"We had a ploy to win. Whenever they looked dangerous, one of us would hit the deck." Terry Parker former Balmain Player on the 1969 Sydney Grand Final Balmain upset South Sydney.

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!!! - Misty Bee on the day they burnt down Cumberland Oval. Read More

Particularly for an 11 year old, the view of the pitch from this position was severely limited, so my dad scouted around the nearby perimeter fence, found a heap of rubble, and proceeded to build me a small pile of bricks to stand on. From my new vantage point I could see from the halfway line to the dead ball line at the Rooley Avenue end, probably more than a lot of those present. - Laurie Hopkinson, who in 1954 was another one of 103,000 plus spectators who attended the 1954 Cup Replay, played at Odsal, Warrington v Halifax

Bill Arthur interviewing Brian Carney straight after Wigan had won at Leeds to reach the 2003 Super League Grand Final.
"You must be over the moon Brian"
"Bill, I'm as happy as a rabbit with two cocks"
"We are live on TV Brian"

"In football, if you are standing still, you're going backwards fast' Supercoach Jack Gibson.

His nickname was Grasshopper, but that was the nicest thing anyone from NSW ever called him, Ray Price on (Queensland Referee) Barry Gomersall
"That's not a try, that's a Miracle!" Sydney Commentator Ray Warrens famous call of the Mark Coyne miracle try in the dying minutes of the first State Of Origin match 1994.

Vince Karalius had a right hand man when he was coach at Widnes called Harry Dawson ex player , He always said he couldn't be a referee Quigs , Because he'd learned to read and write !!!!

 
 
 
 

No 08-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #8

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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Bishop is a little marvel and you never know when you have him. - John Sattler Souths Legend


The funniest thing was that I Reported to RFL headquarters that I had sent 2 players both from Cardiff off for fighting with each other!!!! - The Referee in John Bevans testimonial match between Warrington and Cardiff involving Mike Nicholas and Chris Seldon

Huge men who ran like the wind, they would charge at Churchill like runaway locomotives, only to be dropped like stones - time after time. Elie Brousse

Terry Randall. Had the look about him that he had never cracked a smile in his entire life. GK, Croydon NSW

We sung out all day: watch Miller! Well, we watched him... and we watched him go. We couldn't handle the boy. Brisbane players speaking to Jack Gibson about Gavin Miller after a game.

A giant of a man who, as skipper of Australia, terrorised British defences in the centre. - Ray French on Mal Meninga

"(Referee) Manson's called out Coyne, Holmes and Strasser for Valleys. And McKay, Wharton and Evans for Norths." "If Manson sends one, he could send ten." TV Commentator at the 1990 Brisbane grand final - Valleys v Norths
Come on, we've got to do this for Australia - Mark Geyer acting as if he was berserk after Halifax scored two late tries against the Roos during the 1990 tour. Causing fellow teamates Alfie Langer and the Walters brothers to crack up laughing behind the posts. Australia was leading by 30 odd points.

No. Well, that's it. A lot of people don't know that. But I was plucked out of - I had been playing first grade in Sydney. And after the Origin match I was dropped.
Arthur Beetson on his selection to State of Origin No1

"We were lucky to beat the Poms in the final, though," "They had a top side and if we played them 10 times, they'd probably win eight, but this was our day. - John O'Neill on the 1970 World Cup Final - The Battle of Leeds.

"Play was only going a minute when he started carrying on so I gave him a back hander. it was on from there. I gave him a boot up the arse a couple of times. He kept giving me cheek." - Noel Kelly on his first game against Tommy Bishop

"why thats my first offence" Bill Ashurst to ref after being sent off for stiff arming Stan Owen. Ref replied, "I know its for your own good cause when he comes round he will kill you"

" The best Junior league player I've ever seen" Gordon Lowrie's - St George Junior Rugby League Secretary 1947 comments on a Young Billy Wilson

We used to sing the song about the wise man.. built his house upon the rock and I think those three guys were the rock.
Cronulla Coach John Lang on ET, Danny Lee and Les Davidson

"He was the hardest player I faced". "One day he caught me around the throat with a stiff arm and I thought he'd taken my head off." Billy Wilson on Rocky Turner

"Bill can go on the field smoking a pipe if he likes" - North Sydney Bears long serving President Harry McKinnon who was the prime instigator in keeping Billy Wilson playing for the club at the age of 38.

"It's alright for you, you bastard, I've gotta carry the big bastard". The Senior St Johns Amublance man after being heckled from the crowd at Jubilee Oval, as he ran carrying the stretcher towards St George giant Apisai Toga who had just broken his leg. Read More

"hit him Roy".- Leeds Coach Roy Francis to Roy Dickinson, a big 19 year old lad who played prop for Leeds in the 1970's - his target Widnes's Jim Mills - Read More about this humerous encounter

"I didn't want any truck with the front row but Kearney (St George Coach) finally won through," ..... "Once I tried it, I found I loved the physical contact and, if I had my time over again, I wouldn't have waisted all those years in other positions." Billy Wilson after being moved into the St George Front Row.

Referee to Jim Dymock "You were the agressor.."in 1999 when called out and cautioned after a fight. "Of course I was. I f*cken smashed him!" Jim Dymock replied

"And you have the fookin nerve to ask me if I'd prefer to play today ....." Roy Dickinson, former Leeds prop from the 1970's -his feelings on comparing the modern game to that of years gone by - Read More

We didnt move off the carpark for 2 hours & then it was a slow crawl for many a mile, all the eating & drinking places had closed. We arrived back home in the early hours very hungry & thirsty. - George of Widnes, Cheshire. who in 1954 was another one of 103,000 plus spectators who attended the 1954 Cup Replay, played at Odsal, Warrington v Halifax


 
 
 
 

No 07-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #7

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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Widnes front rower Terry O'Connor (then of Wigan) locking horns with Gordon Tallis. Tallis hit Terry half a dozen times for what appeared to be no good reason so Terry responded in kind leaving both with busted noses.
When asked about the dust up Terry said of Tallis's punches, "My
Grandmothers hit me harder"
Possibly in a test match or in the club championships in the mid 90's.


"Anyone who does not watch rugby league is not a real person."

-John Singleton,


On yet another Union defection to League - It's not Terry Holmes that Bradford Northern need - it's Sherlock! - Alex Murphy (1985)

To play rugby league, you need three things: a good pass, a good tackle and a good excuse. - Anon

The main difference between playing League and Union is that now I get my hangovers on Monday instead of Sunday. Tom David

"We invented the bloody game and now we can't play it" an English supporter after the 2nd test 1986 - Australia 34 Great Britain 4.

English Referees, I don't want to talk about them, I haven't found a good one yet Ray Price

"I was there. I remember Arkie hitting 'The King' - it was so late that Lewis passed the ball in the first half and Arkie decked him in the second." - MickeyMo off the Red Vee St Helens forum.. 10/04/2006 commenting on St Helens Chris Arkwright's late tackle on Wally Lewis during the Australian v St Helens clash 1986.

I was getting up to play the ball when Bumper (Farrell) said in a deep voice, "Hello Son", and almost at the same time I felt Bumper's big powerful, clenched hands around my head, screwing it off. - Clive Churchill on his debut first grade game for South Sydney against Newtown.

"God had a box of special talents and every now and then he would hand it out," "Steve (Rogers) just happened to be a recipient ... he had everything." Bob Abbott Former ARL general manager, Cronulla Administrator

"he's an ANIMAL,an ANIMAL" - An old bloke in his 70's shouted every time Kurt Sorensen had the ball in a Wakefield V Widnes game in the 80's

as the first scrum packed down mctigue reaches up into prescotts jersey and grabs ahand full of armpit hair, which he yanks out of prescotts armpit, then politely whispers to prescott.. "nah then lad.. d'ost though want it hard?.. or d'ost though want easy?"...

"I have been privileged to be born in an era which produced Brian Bevan." Warrington club president Clarrie Owen

We would come off at half-time and beg each other to jog from the field to make the other teams think we were fit. We had to drag some blokes off, but they all did it, we all stuck in there together and that was the big thing."
Alan Thompson Manly 5/8 1978 Grand Final Winning Team

"I made a decision at 16 years of age that I was going to be a professional footballer - don't ask me how I knew, but it was something I just knew." - Arthur Beetson

"You fat old man" 18 year old Mark Geyer to Wests Bruiser Clark - it was MG's second game as a first grader.

"That was typical of Lurch ( John O'Neill); he's just about maimed two blokes but couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. he was a genuine hardman who dished out plenty on the field but never complained when it was handed back to him. it was a different era of the game and he played of keeps - Bob McCarthy on John O'Neill

He's a cow's hoof, an ethnic or comes from Melbourne [on those who don't watch rugby ] - League John Singleton

"The old crims were manly sort of blokes," "They took it and they gave it. Today they are slimy types with hearts as big as the buttons on their shirts. There's not to many men of action around now." - Bumper Farrell lamenting the changing face of the criminal element in Sydney in 1976 when nearing his retirement from the NSW Police Force

"At one stage their little halfback Tommy Bishop, who was a cheeky bludger, kicked me in the shins. I started chasing him but he ran and hid behind big Cliff Watson. I nearly caught up with him a few times, but he was too slippery. Games like that were hard, but they were great to play in. - John O'Neill - On the 1973 Grand Final - Manly v Cronulla.

I got marched a lot I suppose but I never lost any sleep over it. - Noel Kelly

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"Bishop used to go on with all sorts of antics. He'd throw haymakers, jump on blokes backs, kick them ... he'd do anything to upset you," "I remember seeing him for the first time when I was out injured that game and he was using every trick in the book. I'd never seen anything like it. I hated him immediately and thought if he tries this against me, I'll kill him. - Noel Kelly on Tommy Bishop


 

No 06-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #6

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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" give up you silly c's before you get hurt"- Kevin Ward to Martin Ketteridge and Beefy England - first game back at Cas after signing with St Helens


"Kevin can you help us all out with a name? We were watching an old Aus/Nz video on the bus and can't remember what the guy who battered you up and down the tunnel was called!" Sibes, Hull UK in a moment of madness to Kevin Tamati

" Beyond any doubt the Englishmen did not take the field to play football." Clive Churchill commenting on the 1954 when the abandoned match between the Touring Great Britain team and New South Wales

'He ran in to my elbow' !!! - Dennis Hartley

Tommy (Bishop)picked up the wooden spoon someone had given us, smashed it into little pieces and said, "We'll never, never have this again." - Ted Robinson speaking of 1969, in 'Colour Me Black, White and Blue'

I didn't want to be known as a big sheila - Western Suburbs Geoff Foster on not taking Civil Action against Cronulla's Steve Kneen

Kevin Ward holds the British RL record for most stud marks imprinted on people's heads as a result of running straight over them. FACT! - Jonnythesaint - from the www.rlfans.com - St Helens forum

"That was the end but at least I got a winners' medal." Roger Millward on retirement from the game.

Miller came up with an almost unbelievable 60 tackles -surely a world record. RLW on Gavin Miller's game against Balmain at Endeavour

"no, we need to keep our composure and not get drawn into dirty play, there is too much at stake." English Prop Dennis Hartley, from Castleford being interviewed on TV the night before the Battle of Leeds 1970 World Cup Final

Freddie still had hold of my leg. Greg Pierce was saying to me: "Open up, open up." He was going to put one into him. - Tommy Bishop on the first tackle of the 1973 Grand Final

"But for the next 55 minutes of football, St george was twisted and taunted by a far better team." THE MIGHTY ST GEORGE DRAGONS THRASHED BY THE TOURING POMS - 1962 Sydney Cricket Ground

"Artie, Artie, Artie" 30,000 screaming Queensland fans at State of Origin No1

"It was rutted with ice in parts (the ground) and I don't think our boys relished playing on it". Great Britain Captain Clive Sullivan was quoted after the match as saying, 1973 THIRD TEST AUSTRALIA -V- GREAT BRITAIN - Ashes decided - played on ice at Warrington

"I can't see any blood flowing which is a good sign. But boy, did he cop plenty." TV Commentator at the 1990 Brisbane grand final - Valleys v Norths

"Yesterday France humiliated Australia in a riot of scoring to win the Third rugby league Test (1951) match, and the Ashes, by the stunning margin of 35 points to 14 by the locals." Sydney Truth, Reporter Jim Mathers

"We won by four knock-outs to three". D Valentine, Huddersfield's player - THE BATTLE OF THE BOULEVARD FRANCE -V- THE OTHER NATIONALITIES PLAYED AT HULL 1951
"ding dong the witch is dead." - Supercoach Jack Gibson victory speech 1981 GRAND FINAL, PARRAMATTA -V- NEWTOWN Parra first victory

"We had a ploy to win. Whenever thev looked dangerous, one of us would hit the deck." - Terry Parker - Balmain player re the 1969 Grand Final between South Sydney and the Tigers

"They talk about Rourke's Drift and the Battle of Brisbane, and some of the other great Tests," "But in my view this game will stand in that same line ... as one of the finest test matches ever played. Australian Rugby League Chairman Ken Arthurson called Saturday's Old Trafford 2nd Test 1990

"We had prepared to play George Foreman and got George Formby." - Brian Noble, the Bradford Bulls coach, on St Helens sending a drastically weakened team to Odsal.

"Worry is like a rocking-chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere." - Wayne Bennett, the Australia coach, on coping with pressure.

"We trained like Tarzan all week, then played like Jane." - Frank Endacott, the Widnes coaching adviser, after the Vikings' 40-6 hammering away to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

"Wigan doesn't offer much in the way of waves." - Peter Doust, the St George-Illawarra Dragons chief executive, fends off a bid from land-locked Wigan Warriors for Mark Gasnier, the Australia centre.



 
 
 
 

No 05-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #5

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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There had been a great team spirit on tour so on the last day Jim Mills called all the players together and said "right - as a group we'll watch out for each other next season - no rough stuff when we are on opposite sides." A few months later Widnes played Saints in a BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final and Jim headbutted Eddie Cunningham. In the bar afterwards Cunningham collared Mills and asked "what about 'no rough play' then?". "Well" said Jim "obviously I wasn't including cup ties in that".


Former Super Coach Jack Gibson once said in respect to (Brian Poppa Clay) Clay's tackling power: "When Clay was on the left the inclination was to detour right".

I would sell my home if I knew that it would keep him with us next year. - Cronulla official speaking about Roger Millward after 17-8 win over Norths, 1976

"The Charity went to the hospitals along with three or four St George players." Peter Tunks on the Annual South Sydney, St George Charity Shield game.

Cas drew Leeds in the Challenge Cup.Dennis (Hartley) was playing. First scrum Dennis smacked Mick Clark in the face as they were packed down.Clarke said " Nay Dennis we are not having any of that are we?" " Yes lad we are,all bloody eighty minutes of it" said Dennis.

Edouard Ponsinet knocked him out to settle an old score while the ball was still in the air from the kick-off. - From Hull in Print

Nicko (Mike Nicholas) played his heart out, matching the Aussies blow for blow. - Tony Barrow

"We were given sandwiches to eat, while the (Souths Sydney) officials were all wining and dining themselves. We copped it sweet (1970) but the same thing happened the following year (Souths won the 1971 GF). By this stage I had had it. I blew my top and I belted a couple of the old officials right there in the club. Next thing I was on the open market." John O'Neill on his departure from Souths

"We got the players to fill in a survey when we came to Easts and sent it off to the United States to be analysed." "When it came back, it showed that Beetson was a born leader. he came out top of the class. So we gave him a shot at the captaincy, and he never looked back." Ron Massey - Supercoach Jack Gibson's right hand man at Eastern Suburbs.

"It certainly got equalled up" "He had it coming. I always said if someone punches me, I'll punch them back, that was my nature." Noel Kelly on his knocking out of English prop Keith Bowman during the 2nd test at Wembley 1963. Bowman had badly broken Kelly's nose.

"Touring with the "Roos was great, even though they put us in low-class hotels back then. One section of the pub we stayed in we called 'Surrey Hills'; you wouldn't go there after dark. Tim Pickup, Terry Randall, Tom Raudonikas and (journalist) Bill Mordey hung out there, and one night they had a water fight. Someone ended up bringing in a fire hose and the whole floor collapsed. The management nearly went crazy. - John O'Neill on touring with the 73 Roos

"As we ran onto the field I said to Dickie; "I think we're going to be having an early shower today if we're not careful. What are we going to do about this?" Noel Kelly to opposing Hooker Dick Wilson of Balmain after reading in the papers that a blitz was going to occur on repeated scrum infringements - both were marched early in the game.

Bumper (Farrell) had a lot of friends, but forgot them all the minute he took the field. He was the roughest, toughest player of his era. He looked at the rules as a minor distraction ... they never worried him - Frank Hyde former team mate and legendary aussie rugby league commentator

"I started off under the no replacement rule and played for NSW against the Poms in 1970 for 40 minutes with a bung shoulder. I had to put my hand in my shorts but I stayed on the field and helped my mates out. If a bloke tapped me on the shoulder to come off, I'd tell him to go to the shithouse. When I ran on the field I was there for 80 minutes. John O'Neill and his views of the interchange.

"It was a slap in the face," "I thought I had been playing the best football of my career. But there had been some deals done in the selection room and I was made a scapegoat. It was a matter of pride. I couldn't play knowing the selectors didn't think I was worthy of the job"- Beetson commenting on his withdrawal from the 1st game of the 77 World Cup after finding out it was Kevin Humphreys the ARL Chief that over-ruled the selectors and had him included in the team as Captain.
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Bloody broke my heart did that try - McLaren Field, Virtual Terrace Forum re 2nd Test Old Trafford 1990

"have you seen the size of him? I'm not telling him to take it off" - One Bouncer to the other - re Mal Meninga wearing a waste paper basket on his head and trying to gain admittance to a nightclub

Offiah had ran into the posts - Commentator Ray French, but the post was actually Des Drummond

An opposition forward went to Alex Murphy and said "you cheating little so and so, that was never a try ".."oh no, said Alex, well look in the morning papers..".

" Yes KEVIN, But my nose is still straight, not splattered all over my face as yours now is " Des Drummond to Kevin Iro

'I am the most hated man in Warrington after Kurt Sorensen'! - a sales manager in Warrington and he was a real bastard to his employees

A scrum blew up and punches were flying everywhere. I wan't about to miss out on the action and started to let rip. But as I started to wind up for one big sway at a Parramatta bloke, our second rowere Kel O'shea popped his head up and I caught him flush on the eye. He ended up having to leave the field with a gash that required six stitches. I couldn't believe it! He was a mess. He wasn't too happy at the time, but he forgave me. - Noel Kelly on one of his early games for Western Suburbs 1961.


 
 
 
 

No 04-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #4

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

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Canterbury Coach Warren Ryan of Grand Final 1984, he told his players, 'when the going gets tough, just follow Kel', (indicating Peter Kelly).


I couldn't hit him could I, I had the ball in me hand. Tommy Bishop when questioned as to why he kicked Graeme Langlands during a test match.

"People said that I feigned injury and that I winked when I was on the stretcher" - Alex Murphy on his 1971 clash with Syd Hynes "Well, I can honestly say that I might have blinked but I didn't wink! I really did take a knock and woke up in the dressing room being attended to by the Wembley doctor."

Jim Mills to Referee Ronnie Campbell,"have u got any idea of the bus timetables back to Widnes,"
referee Campbell had got a lift to the game with Jim ( a distance of app 120miles) but was about to march Jim for continual foul play

A young hoon that ran Neville Hornery off the road and called "Get out of the car, OLD MAN" Well Nev got out of the car and inflicted "REVERSE" road rage on the idiot

"Shields going at Foster. Oooooh! Foster trying to line him up." "Well, I might just sit right back here, Rod" Commentator Alan Thomas - at the 1990 Brisbane grand final - Valleys v Norths
He damaged a lot of sides. - Dane Sorenson on his brother Kurt

"The bone was out of place and I could feel it wasn't right. "Fortunately, a few seconds later, I went in to tackle Hull's Steve Norton and my jaw caught his knee. "The impact caused my jaw to click back in place and I was able to carry on playing." Roger Millward

Mal Reilly and George Piggins fronted the judiciary, Reilly's eye was badly inflamed. And Piggens jaw was swollen to buggery. At the NSW Leagues Club in Phillip Street before the hearing, Reilly said to Piggins, "Who did that to you?" Piggens replied, "You did, you bludger", Anyway Reilly asked Piggins if he was going to have a drink. Piggins said he would and Reilly bought him a schooner of lemonade. They both then went upstairs and faced the judiciary and were suspended for three weeks. The charge was head butting.


That first beer is going to taste good. Steve Kneen on his way to the leagues club, after playing in first and reserve grade

" Don't you ever take the P*** out of me again" Mike Nicholas after decking a young Jimmy Fairhurst who had dummied past him twice at training.

'World War Three. - Warrington coach Tony Barrow describing the New Year's Day 'derby' against Wigan in 1988.

The story goes that in the bar after the match Artie (Beetson) came in with a bandage on his head and went up to Cliff Watson the other GB prop and said "What happened Cliff?" Cliff replied " You got in the way of Dennis's (Hartley) knee Artie"

"Brian Bevan was the greatest I ever played against. He was a real gentleman. No-one will ever near his record." Billy Boston

"I think I took the second tackle. Five Aussies came into me like a salvo of bullets. I stood up to one, two, three, four, but the fifth was enough. I kneeled over with my head full of floodlights. Draggin myself up from the ground I thought, "O.K. Nicko, it's them or you" Mike Nicholas

"I've never seen his (Puig Aubert)equal," says Keith Holman.

Tackle him, Blimey I only just managed to get out of his way.- Saints Fullback Austen Rhodes on why he missed tackling Billy Boston

`f-off`two unsuspecting vandals who were attempting to wreck Mike Nicholas's taxi portocabin

"Every player on the field at one time or another took part in vicious incidents. Boots, fists, stiff arm tackles, and strangleholds made the game an ugly farce" Leading League correspondent George Crawford commenting on the 1954 when the abandoned match

 
 
 
 

No 03-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Friday, May 04, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly #3

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

If you know of any quotes worthy of being included, then what are you waiting for, click the contact link and let us know.


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So the whistle went and the finger pointed to the sheds - even more laughter as Jim Mills turned to walk off, continuing to chuckle to himself. Referee Billy Thompson couldn't stand it any more and had to ask what was so funny. Jim turned and pointed to billy's hair. "where did you get that f@x@in' rug" was all he said before turning to leave the field for yet another early bath, and leaving the remaining members of both sides in fits.


Newtown Coach Col Geelan called out to him: "What's up Pop, getting a bit stiff in the joints?" The name stuck and that is how Brian Poppa Clay got the nickname.

The first time i ever saw Reg Gasnier on his first tour, it was at wigan...thought he was from another planet...still do!! Derek Marsden, Merseyside UK

"I probably rated Steve Rogers in the era that I played in as the most complete player there was," - Rod Reddy

Jason Stevens was a guest commentator on the ABC's coverage of the Saturday afternoon game( a week after a run in with Les Davidson ).
When asked at half-time about a particular incident in the first half (probably a bit of a stoush between a couple of players), Jason said 'I don't think there was much in that - if you really want to hurt someone, just ask Les Davidson '

I'll take to my grave the vision of Terry Randall getting up for the last game, needing not one but several pain killing injections to get on the field. And all for injuries to different parts of his body. If they had to replay again they would have played. It was a sheer mind over matter thing."
Frank "Buscuits" Stanton. Manly coach

Nobody is going to make a cream puff out of me - Frank Bumper Farrell to a stunned Ambulance Man who had gone onto the field to treat him. The medico had just whipped out the smelling salts as Bumper came to his senses.

I just did things on the spur of the moment. If I had a minute to stop and think I probably wouldn't have done a lot of them. But I never gouged or bit or kicked anyone - I never did anything I was ashamed of - Steve Roach

"if Norm Provan had connected with that stiff arm he threw at you your head would of been over the goalposts." - Veteren Souths Hooker Freddie Anderson, to John O'Neill after Lurch's debut game against St George in 1965

"What the hell are you doing tackling me?" - Changa Langlands St George to John O'Neill South Sydney after Lurch had brought him down in a great copybook tackle

We passed the word to let one of their blokes score but Gary Stevens had cauliflower ears and didn't hear the message. We all let this bloke past us before Gary hammered him with a beauty. But he finally got the message and the next time the Papuan got the ball, he ran 70 metres to score. There were Souths Players missing tackles left, right and centre, and this guy thought he was another Reg Gasnier. - John O'Neill on rigging the first scorers on a Souths end of season trip to New Guinea - to make extra money for their drinking fund.

"The most constructive or destructive player I have ever seen in over 30 years" - former Kangaroo Coach Don Furner on Arthur Beetson

"This man cannot continue - and it must not be considered". The Great Britain Team Doctor after examining Alan Prescotts broken arm at halftime during the 2nd test Brisbane 1958 - But when the team rose to go out Prescott led them.

"I remember when they picked the Australian Team that year. (1970) We were back at Souths Leagues Club after winning the Grand Final. I was that keen to go I was scared to cross the street in case something happened - that's how much it meant to me" - John O'Neill on his selection in the Australian Team 1970

You can have your Sirros, Cements and Gillys. If you think any of them are more feared than "Boondy," you've got rocks in your head.
Big League on Les Davidson

There was only one guy in the whole of Rugby that I was frightened to play against and that was Dennis Hartley, "thank God he is on my side"
Malcolm Reilly

jim Mills in an interview, he said "people had suggested that I count to ten when I had been riled, I tried but sometimes I didnt get past three !!

"Son, he's coming". Rich Harrisons dad telling an excited schoolboy (Rich)that Peter Sterling had signed for Hull

Cronulla without the Sorensens is like the movie 'Jaws' without the shark - tame and boring. - Rugby League Week, after the Sharks were beaten by Easts while Kurt and Dane were playing for NZ

I rate him the greatest all-round centre three-quarter I have seen. - Tommy Bishop on Steve Rogers

"It was every schoolboy's dream to play at Wembley in a Cup final and I thought my chance had gone" Roger Millward

"Every player on the field at one time or another took part in vicious incidents. Boots, fists, stiff arm tackles, and strangleholds made the game an ugly farce" Leading League correspondent George Crawford wrote in a Sydney Newspaper, on the 1954 Tour match Great Britain v New South Wales which was abandoned due to ongoing violence



 
 
 
 

No 02-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated
This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

If you know of any quotes worthy of being included, then what are you waiting for, click the contact link and let us know.

 

"When I started back in '76', it was a tough initiation. At the time, it was either adapt or become extinct. So I toed the line. If I'd come down to play as a young kid now, I've no doubt it would of been a completely different story. - Les Boyd


Steve Mortimer said to Tommy Raudonikis as he threw his bag on the double bed "I am the starting halfback I'll take the big bed".

Tommy Raudonikis as cool as you like picked up Steve Mortimer bag walked out on to the balcony and dropped it down to the carpark. He then said to Mortimer "when you get back mine is white with 2 sugars".

Roy Masters (Wests Coach) finally got to Dallas Donnelley and enquired “Dallas, what are you going to do?” Dallas replied, I’m going to get him and rip his head off and poke his eyes out and bite him and kick him and punch him. I’m really going to get into him”.
“Good stuff!” said the coach.
Masters then asked of (Terry) Lamb: “Terry, what are you going to do to your bloke when you get hold of him?”
Baa baa didn’t bat an eyelid.
“I’m going to give mine to Dallas” he said.

"If we could guarantee a blue like that every game then we (the Rugby League) would get another 20,000 through the gate." Tom Raudonikis when questioned after the game about the 1981 Grand Final brawl
I probably just pipped Arthur Beetson, who had one of the most courageous displays in any sporting event in Australia for any time. I mean, to play for your state at 35 years of age, and to play the match that he did, has really inspired me from then, you know, until now. And I think that was the birth of the Queensland tradition and the spirit.
Chris 'Choppy' Close on Arthur Beetson on his selection to State of Origin No1

I had to ask the blokes around me. They'd call me in defence and tell me the numbers. Figured I'd come good eventually.
Les Davidson on playing many matches with a detached retina,

I have been watching videos of my dad and i think he was both very hard and very crazy. My mum thinks so to.
Logan Geyer, Mark Geyers son

"Hey John want to swap jumpers at the end of the game?". Dennis Hartley to John O'Neill as they were scrummaging and near the end of the infamous 1970 World Cup Final. They had belted the proverbial out of each other all game - no holds barred.

Tommy kicked the club off. He turned the club around... daylight was second. Monty Porter on Tommy Bishop at Cronulla

Either sign him or get rid of him before he does too much damage. - Warrington Coach Alex Murphy on Mike Nicholas after Mike had turned up for a trial

“I definitely state that I have been unjustly accused when it is stated that I bit the ear of W. McRitchie.” - Bumper Farrell, Newtown Great

"Not seen anything like it since Jutland" Jack Murray, Hull's trainer in those days was in charge of the Empire side's welfare - THE BATTLE OF THE BOULEVARD FRANCE -V- THE OTHER NATIONALITIES PLAYED AT HULL 1951
"f*****g hell there still at it!!!" Paul (Saint of Hull) as a 12 year old watching the blue between Tamati and Dowling. It was the first time he swore in front of his parents - closely followed by a good belt round the ear for it!!!

"Throw some dirt over him", A wag at Henson Park after Peter Kelly had laid out Penriths Geoff Gerrard
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"I was given the all clear by one of the NSW hierarchy before the game to get out there and get into them." "So I went out and followed instructions. And I ended up copping a six week suspension for it ... to say I was bitter wouldn't even begin to describe how I felt" - Mark Geyer on State of Origin No2 - 1991.

"No-one expected him even to attempt a kick at goal, never mind grab two points". - Alex Murphy on St Helens South African winger, Len Killeen, kicking a penalty goal from 65 yards out in the 66 Cup decider.

A spectator to Big Jim Mills after Jim had been subsituted late in the game "Go on Jim run the bath water for the rest of them its about all you are fit for!". - Jim slowly climbed the Terraces and sought out a personal meeting with the said spectator.

"Bob Fulton without a doubt. He was a special player, one who always played to the very limit of his ability. He was tough, he was competitive, he could defend as well as attack. He was good at everything he did. I'd have no hesitation in putting him in my top five players ever." Rex Mossop, Manly, Australia, former TV Commentator

The look on his (Neville Hornery) face would have scared the devil and he hit me in the ribs with his head and put me about 10 metres over the side line. -Former Ipswich Qld Winger Neale Buchanan - The crowd loved it, my ribs were cracked and I left the field soon after.


 
 
 
 

No 01-Old Rugby League Quotes-From The Biff Era

Posted by quigs eraofthebiff - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

RUGBY LEAGUE QUOTES - most unsubstantiated

This is only a fun thing, and not meant to upset or offend - there were plenty of funny bastards playing the great game during the Era... and these are just a few of them. ENJOY THE READ. No serious correspondence will be entered into.

If you know of any quotes worthy of being included, then what are you waiting for, click the contact link and let us know.



I never wore a mouthguard... hated them... too uncomfortable and, besides, you couldn't abuse the referee.
Cliff Watson


"There is nothing sweeter in the world than the smell of Silvertail Blood through a broken nose" - John 'Dallas' Donnelly 1978


Big Jim Mills made his debut in the old NSWRL, and promptly got sent off. When he turned up at the disciplinary meeting, he was full of contrition about what he'd done as they read out his "previous" from the game over here. Looking for a way out, he pleaded jetlag and tiredness from the heat compared to what he was used to in Widnes, and they sent him on his way with just a fine.
Next game, Jim smacks someone and gets sent off again. Back he goes to the judiciary, same panel members as the previous week. They read out his "previous" again, adding on the one from the last game, and ask if he has anything to say for himself in defence. To which Jim replies,
"Bloody hot out there again isn't it".

" I have been sent off that many times, when I am in the front yard doing the gardening and the postie goes by and blows his whistle, I just get up and go and have a shower."
Noel "Ned" Kelly old Wests, North Sydney Hardman

"At one point the railway ran alongside the road. That was when we realized that something big was on. There were coaches nose-to-tail all the way up to the top and down the other side with no movement at all." - Prof John Shepherd
St Augustine, Trinidad, who in 1954 was one of 103,000 plus spectators who attended the 1954 Cup Replay, played at Odsal, Warrington v Halifax

On the biggest change after returning to the Union code: "It's the first time I've been cold for seven years. I was never cold playing rugby league." - Jonathan Davis, A Question of Sport BBC TV (1995)


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

A punch from behind collected him flush on the jaw. When Sattler realised he had been injured he propped near South's dual international winger Michael Cleary and said to him ; "Mike, hold on to me...don't let me fall. I don't want these bastards (Manly) to know I'm crook.

I'm 46 and I've had triple heart bypass surgery but I could still put in a pretty good performance at international rugby union. I wouldn't last two minutes in rugby league. - Graeme Lowe

There was Cliffy leaning against the post. I went over and asked. "What's going on Cliff?" He said: "It's all right... it's all right. They're not playing yet."
Tommy Bishop on Cliff Watson's 1973 Grand Final warm up

Dougie Laughton on a Union trialist winger, "that lads got deceptive pace, he is even slower than he looks"...

'League is much much more physical than Union, and thats before they start breaking the rules' - Adrian Hadley

"a giraffe" - Bob Fulton on Tall replacement centre Paul Loughlin - after he stretched out a long arm and took an intercept off Ricky Stuart - Old Trafford 2nd Test 1990
Before one game he over heard Turner passing on some good advice to one of the younger Trinity players, 'Lad, if your gonna get yourself sent off make sure the other bloke gets carried off'.
I said to him "I came here to play football, not run in a bloody Melbourne Cup."
Cliff Watson on Tommy Bishop's training methods

"Rugby League is a simple game played by simple people. Rugby union is a complex game played by w@nkers" - Laurie Daley.

Once a baby faced Mal Reilly told Rocky Turner he had just played a great game, Rocky said, "you don't even look like a forward" and punched him in the nose. "Now you look like a league forward" said Rocky.

The ABC commentator (Norman May I think) was reading the names of the players that are still showing on the screen as all this happens and actually stops at about number 9 and says "hang on, what's going on here, Noel Kelly has been sent off" before he even finished reading out the team.

Referee Keith Page just tapped Satts on the shoulder and as the front rower peeled away from the scrum he said to him, "I don't know if it was you or not but you are off. Someone has got to go, I think he is dead", indicating the prone body still on the back of the backrowers.

The guy was about 35 years old, carrying injuries, and still managed to dominate in the highest level of league in the world.
Wally Lewis on Artie Beetson - State of Origin No1

"John Donnelly hasnt come out yet, and he always has twelve!" a drenched young hot dog seller outside the West Leagues Club late at night when Tom Raudonikis suggested he go home

 
 
 
 





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