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#1 Saint Billinge

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:01 AM

Here's one from some years back.

Playing Warrington at KR one fine evening, the weather suddenly turned to blizzard conditions. The ensuing gusty wind blew off a section of the roof which landed some three yards from a Warrington player. Real scary stuff which led to the match being called off. huh.gif

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#2 Wolford6

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:12 AM

Stuart Reardon gave a pass.

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#3 Errol Stock

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:17 AM

Castleford V Bradford Northern - some time in the 80's..

Someone switches the PA on and taps the mike.. counts 1,2 3 testing testing

We are all waiting for the announcement..

He says

"There's a car in the car park" at which point he received a huge round of applause, drowning out the rest of his message - which we assumed was not as obvious as his line of introduction!


#4 clement

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:27 AM

mount pleasant,late 70's.pa again asking for ball boys twenty minutes into the game.timing was spot on.everyone including all the players stood around waiting for a ball,priceless.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 09:27 AM

QUOTE (Errol Stock @ Aug 10 2010, 10:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Castleford V Bradford Northern - some time in the 80's..

Someone switches the PA on and taps the mike.. counts 1,2 3 testing testing

We are all waiting for the announcement..

He says

"There's a car in the car park" at which point he received a huge round of applause, drowning out the rest of his message - which we assumed was not as obvious as his line of introduction!


It's at Cas some years back where my father-in-law died while supporting Wigan. A nice way to go, if there is any.

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#6 Wolford6

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:22 AM

Odsal in the 1980's.
The match announcer doesn't realise the p.a. is switched on and shouts "Gerremonside".

Odsal in the 70's.
In the days when Widnes were dirty and the players walked through the crowd up the banking to the changing rooms, an old gran hit Jim Mills with her brolly.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:22 AM

Doncaster v York in 2003 when the posts fell down at half time. Not having any luck getting them back up there was an announcement over the tannoy "If anyone has a hack saw and some allen keys could they please make themselves known to a steward". They managed to get them back up after about 30 minutes but they were about 6 foot shorter.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:45 AM

QUOTE (Saint Billinge @ Aug 10 2010, 10:01 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here's one from some years back.

Playing Warrington at KR one fine evening, the weather suddenly turned to blizzard conditions. The ensuing gusty wind blew off a section of the roof which landed some three yards from a Warrington player. Real scary stuff which led to the match being called off. huh.gif



Gary Mercer, ashen-faced as the roof sheet descended towards him.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 10:45 AM

Halifax versus Featherstone late seventies. At half time the two sets off fans standing behind the posts decided to change ends by walking across the pitch. Most were big lads who all looked like they were looking for a pitched battle. As they got nearer and nearer to each other, the club secretary, Billy Hughes came onto the tannoy and said "Would all the children please get off the grass" Everybody on the terraces and then on the field started laughing and not one punch was thrown or rude word spoken.

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#10 Tommy The C5t

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 11:10 AM

For mine it's got to be the Bradford Northern vs Wigan game and the fog.

Match called off with over 11,000 inside the ground.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 11:16 AM

Mid 90s at Headingley for Leeds v Cas when the sprinklers came on - the South stand started singing "what's it like to have a wash?" to the cas players

Very very funny I have to say
Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:53 PM

Leigh V Saints ?2005(when they were in Super league)

The PA announcer reading out the team list, all going fine until he gets to "number 23 - Maurie Fa, fa-fa, fasav.....And thank god we wont be seeing him next year" laugh.gif
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#13 Saint Billinge

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:30 PM

QUOTE (getdownmonkeyman @ Aug 10 2010, 11:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gary Mercer, ashen-faced as the roof sheet descended towards him.


Thinking back, I'm now sure it was closer than I said. It realy was a lucky escape.

Playing Hull at home, we were leading something like 54-0 with time ticking down and then the fog came. It was touch and go whether the match would be called off with us so far in front. huh.gif

Watching a boring game at home, a lad spotted and owl and its young perched on the rafters of the stand. In no time at all, the crowd were taking more interest in the birds. biggrin.gif And believe me, the match was dire.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:34 PM

The blackout before the Wigan game in March was probably the Odsal highlight of 2010.

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#15 Derwent

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 03:46 PM

Billy Thompson sending off a winger after a 25 man brawl. The winger had declined to get involved in the melee. Billy sent him off for cowardice biggrin.gif


Shane Varley nicking Geoff 'Piggy' Fletcher's wig off his head at a scrum and the ensuing Benny Hill style chase around the field, down the tunnel and into the changing rooms as Geoff sought retribution.

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#16 Saint Billinge

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:12 PM

QUOTE (hindle xiii @ Aug 10 2010, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The blackout before the Wigan game in March was probably the Odsal highlight of 2010.


I seem to recall the floodlights failing during a Wigan/Saints match with Saints in front. Questions were raised under suspicious circumstances. cool.gif

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:33 PM

QUOTE (Derwent @ Aug 10 2010, 04:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Billy Thompson sending off a winger after a 25 man brawl. The winger had declined to get involved in the melee. Billy sent him off for cowardice biggrin.gif


Shane Varley nicking Geoff 'Piggy' Fletcher's wig off his head at a scrum and the ensuing Benny Hill style chase around the field, down the tunnel and into the changing rooms as Geoff sought retribution.



Urban myths mate. Geoff Fletcher never wore a wig on the field. A player did once take his wig from the dressing room though and proceded to wear it to the consternation of Fletcher.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:43 PM

QUOTE (deluded pom? @ Aug 10 2010, 05:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Urban myths mate. Geoff Fletcher never wore a wig on the field. A player did once take his wig from the dressing room though and proceded to wear it to the consternation of Fletcher.



Graham Swales of Huddersfield (?) I believe was the culprit.

Wakey at home to Widnes in the early eighties. We were getting a right tonking when the fog came rolling in and the game was abandoned at half time. We beat them in the replay. biggrin.gif biggrin.gif

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:47 PM

QUOTE (Wolford6 @ Aug 10 2010, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Odsal in the 1980's.
The match announcer doesn't realise the p.a. is switched on and shouts "Gerremonside".


Was Mick Gledhill the PA annoucer at Odsal in the '80s by any chance?

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (Simon Hall @ Aug 10 2010, 11:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Doncaster v York in 2003 when the posts fell down at half time. Not having any luck getting them back up there was an announcement over the tannoy "If anyone has a hack saw and some allen keys could they please make themselves known to a steward". They managed to get them back up after about 30 minutes but they were about 6 foot shorter.



So someone in the crowd just happened to turn up with a hacksaw and allen keys on him or her wink.gif !!! huh.gif

Edited by deluded pom?, 10 August 2010 - 05:00 PM.

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