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  1. I agree. The game is now more about fitness than flair. The modern player is, overall, bigger, fitter and faster than the players of that era. Defence is the order of the day leaving little room for the skilful player to manoeuvre. In fact where are the skilful,flair players today? Have such instincts been coached out of them? Jiffy is the last I can remember with that explosive speed off the mark to take him past defenders. Oh for a few more like him but I fear not, particularly when it is considered part of the game to flatten half backs after the ball has gone. Kicking has always been an integral part of the game though and does require skill. For example Alec Murphy's kicking game played a big part in the 74 CC final but I know what you mean with the predictable speculative punt into the corner on the sixth tackle for the winger to jump for or the equally predictable little grubber into the in goal area. This does require skill but it is predictable and not that entertaining. Perhaps if the rules were changed to give possession to the defending side we may see less of this. Remember when it was the tactic for the half back to kick for the corner from the halfway line for the likes of Bev to chase and the whole crowd used to erupt in anticipation as the foot race developed. Alas those days have gone and, when you have props as fast as wingers, I cannot see them returning. Even when sides lose by a cricket score it seems they have been more steam rollered than blinded with science.
  2. At least four St Helens lads Fraser, Pickavance, Greenough and Glover
  3. Perhaps we old farts should be telling the club what we think. Incidentally I think Ally"s pub on the East lancs Road was called The Queens. The walls were full of photos of the great Bev and other great players of that era.
  4. Perhaps one of the reasons for lack of sponsorship is that the premier competition is not regarded by potential sponsors as all that special in the grand scheme of things. I do not know the ins and outs of the current squabble but I suspect it is the usual situation of the bigger clubs wanting to control the agenda in their own short term interest. Warrington are now one of the bigger clubs but let us not forget when our best young players were cherry picked and we nearly went under and, latterly, we have done the same to Salford, Wakefield et al. The game is structured to keep control in the hands of the bigger clubs meaning the same names keep appearing on all the trophies and the RFL exercise no control at all. We have seen favourable bias shown in disciplinary measures, Wigan breaking the salary cap and getting a slap on the hand and so on and so forth. Wigan who arguably have had more influence on the game than any other club managed to go from owning one of the best grounds in the league to being tenants of Wigan Athletic and one of the main protagonists involved in this brilliant transition was also Chairman of the RFL for a while. Wigan may have been all conquering but at what price? Hardly a paradigm for proper management of any organisation. Wigan should have been relegated for breaking the salary cap for The RFL to have any credibility but, for whatever reason, they bottled it. Perhaps if the RFL had some teeth and the Super League became a level playing field where every game was closely contested, instead of the province of half a dozen clubs which are all bolstered by rich backers, sponsors might find it more attractive. I am a lifelong Wire fan but you will have guessed that I think The Super League aint all that super. PS In spite of my remarks about Wigan I am not a pie hater
  5. Ally Naughton served the Wire with such distinction that his passing should have been marked with more than a terse press release. The current management are doing much that is good but the lack of acknowledgement of such a great servant speaks ill of their 'community' aspirations.
  6. i was in the corner that day also. Bobby Greenough kicked to the corner for Bev to chase it down which was a regular and predictable Warrington tactic. Vollenhoven got to the corner before Bev and was shepherding the ball in the in goal area when Bev dove through his legs to touch down. It looked a good try to me. I was also there when Bev scored the try at the Spion Kop end at Wilderspool when he left Vollenhoven, the centre and fullback like Roman statues grasping at thin air as he touched down under the posts. Both these tries were scored when Bev was in the twilight of his career and behind a pack that could not be described as one of the best in the league. I have also been there when, on more than one occasion, he has beaten half the opposition or run the full length of the field only to drop the ball over the line. He was a complete one off. You could not imagine anyone who looked less like a Rugby League player but I no other player in my lifetime generated the same degree of expectation in the crowd when he got the ball. I feel privileged to have been around when he was playing and sorry for those who did not have that experience.
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