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Rugby League Quotes The Good the Bad and the Ugly

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

Posted by... quigs eraofthebiff - on ... 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.

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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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