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#1 Old Frightful

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:32 AM

Spotted him at the Hull Derby on Saturday night. Don't suppose he's making himself available for the desperately needed new Hull FC coaching vacancy is he? He may of course have just fancied taking the game in but I can but hope.

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#2 Allan Marsden

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 09:34 AM

Enjoying life and fully deserved too BUT he certainly remains probably the best British RL coach available and in a different class than Agar

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:06 AM

Mr Powell is back in the limelight and another cheap option for his dear friend Mrs Hetherington wink.gif

#4 saintsbird

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 10:06 AM

QUOTE (Old Frightful @ Sep 13 2010, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Spotted him at the Hull Derby on Saturday night. Don't suppose he's making himself available for the desperately needed new Hull FC coaching vacancy is he? He may of course have just fancied taking the game in but I can but hope.


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#5 3owls

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 03:47 PM

QUOTE (Old Frightful @ Sep 13 2010, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Spotted him at the Hull Derby on Saturday night. Don't suppose he's making himself available for the desperately needed new Hull FC coaching vacancy is he? He may of course have just fancied taking the game in but I can but hope.

He's spending plenty of time playing squash and tennis at the david lloyd gym in leeds. He looks like he could still do 80 minutes on the pitch. A nice bloke.

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:22 PM

QUOTE (3owls @ Sep 13 2010, 04:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He's spending plenty of time playing squash and tennis at the david lloyd gym in leeds. He looks like he could still do 80 minutes on the pitch. A nice bloke.

I met him in Aldi in mesanwood the other day, very nice man. he has a house between headingley amnd meanwood
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#7 carlos

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:59 PM

he still live up that way? i remember as a 14/15 yr old i used to clean his shogun at the carwash my grandad had on meanwood road. it was his mum and aunt who used to come in every week whilst he was in oz

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:11 PM

QUOTE (l'angelo mysterioso @ Sep 13 2010, 07:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I met him in Aldi in mesanwood the other day, very nice man. he has a house between headingley amnd meanwood


He must have mellowed, scariest autograph I ever asked for as a kid, was a damp and windy Saturday morning, he was jogging off Robin Park after training, we were with Westy on a tour of the clubs facilities..................not that it sticks in the memory 20 odd years after the event or anything!


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Posted 13 September 2010 - 08:59 PM

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He must have mellowed, scariest autograph I ever asked for as a kid, was a damp and windy Saturday morning, he was jogging off Robin Park after training, we were with Westy on a tour of the clubs facilities..................not that it sticks in the memory 20 odd years after the event or anything!

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:58 AM

QUOTE (shrek @ Sep 13 2010, 08:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He must have mellowed, scariest autograph I ever asked for as a kid, was a damp and windy Saturday morning, he was jogging off Robin Park after training, we were with Westy on a tour of the clubs facilities..................not that it sticks in the memory 20 odd years after the event or anything!

I've met Ellery a few times over the years around Meanwood: you say hi, he says hi: shoot he breeze for a few minutes, nice fella
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#11 Dave T

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:57 AM

QUOTE (l'angelo mysterioso @ Sep 14 2010, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've met Ellery a few times over the years around Meanwood: you say hi, he says hi: shoot he breeze for a few minutes, nice fella

Yep, I'd heard the stories about his manner, but I met him at Leicester Square Tube Station the night before Wembley and he was very polite and friendly, and happily shook our hands and posed for photo's with us.

Absolute legend and was a real highlight of the weekend meeting him.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:38 PM

QUOTE (Dave T @ Sep 14 2010, 11:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yep, I'd heard the stories about his manner, but I met him at Leicester Square Tube Station the night before Wembley and he was very polite and friendly, and happily shook our hands and posed for photo's with us.

Absolute legend and was a real highlight of the weekend meeting him.

Best British player ever, and a real gent since he stopped playing.

Hanley was a complete pain when he was playing, with regards to his public profile, and his interaction with the press etc, but as far as I am concerned that was wholly because of his drive and sporting mentality.

He was a monster on the pitch, and therefore should be forgiven everything that went on off it.



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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:44 PM

QUOTE (Hannibal @ Sep 14 2010, 01:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Best British player ever, and a real gent since he stopped playing.

Hanley was a complete pain when he was playing, with regards to his public profile, and his interaction with the press etc, but as far as I am concerned that was wholly because of his drive and sporting mentality.

He was a monster on the pitch, and therefore should be forgiven everything that went on off it.

By far the best British player I have seen, and possibly the best I have seen in the world.

It used to be frightening going to the match and wondering what kind of damage he was going to do to your team that day - it was usually lots!

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:54 PM

He's a monster at squash too. Never lifts any weights in the gym and claims to never had in the past either. Tried to get him to play for an All stars team in the Leo's sevens, he was tempted and I'm sure with a little more work I would have got his signature but he said he was fully retired and wished us luck, didn't want to push too much. A true gent, but a real rake with the ladies I'll tell you that for nowt!
We did get Neil Harmon though who was awesome, never rucked or jumped in a lineout. He thoroughly enjoyed himself especially when he absolutely nailed a Leeds Tykes player! Good times.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 01:04 PM

Whem I was at Leeds Poly he pulled up at the side of the road to give my then mrs his phone number. A few days later we were p*ssed and left messages on his answer machine widhing him lucka gainst the Aussies!

She turned him down for me by the way. biggrin.gif
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:18 PM

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Whem I was at Leeds Poly he pulled up at the side of the road to give my then mrs his phone number. A few days later we were p*ssed and left messages on his answer machine widhing him lucka gainst the Aussies!

She turned him down for me by the way. biggrin.gif


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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:20 PM

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Yes, you were much nicer to her guidedog.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 04:49 PM

QUOTE (Kenilworth Tiger @ Sep 14 2010, 02:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Whem I was at Leeds Poly he pulled up at the side of the road to give my then mrs his phone number. A few days later we were p*ssed and left messages on his answer machine widhing him lucka gainst the Aussies!

She turned him down for me by the way. biggrin.gif

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Thanks for all the info, can't help but wonder/dream if there is summat behind his being there on Saturday.

After all, he must have a 100" Hi Def plasma tv with Sky which no doubt gives a better view than being at the game so why traipse 60 odd miles over here to see it?

Here's hoping.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:18 PM

Ellery Hanley, What's he up to these days?





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Posted 14 September 2010 - 11:33 PM

QUOTE (l'angelo mysterioso @ Sep 14 2010, 07:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've met Ellery a few times over the years around Meanwood: you say hi, he says hi: shoot he breeze for a few minutes, nice fella


Clearly he's cheered up in his old age now his work doesn't bring him to Wigan several days a week!

With regards to his attendance at Hull, he may have gone down the player agent root, he was always rumoured to have a good head for business, would love to see him back coaching again though, we don't do enough as a sport to hold on to our "legends".