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#1 Steve May

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 12:19 PM

8 parts on youtube, here's the first

Huddersfield vs Wigan 1981

Might be worth a look for those of a certain age. Some partial views of the old Fartown ground as well.

I was too young to be there, but I understand that it was every bit as brutal a match as it looks on this video. Tony Johnson, the black guy playing for Huddersfield, took an absolute battering and had to be taken off after 50 minutes, but won man of the match.

6 players were sent off.

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#2 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 12:25 PM

Just goes to show it's in the culture of Wigan RLFC,nothings changed wink.gif
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#3 Griff9of13

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:06 PM

QUOTE (terrywebbisgod @ Sep 20 2010, 01:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just goes to show it's in the culture of Wigan RLFC RL of that era,nothings changed wink.gif

Edited for accuracy. wink.gif
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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:07 PM

QUOTE (Griff9of13 @ Sep 20 2010, 02:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Edited for accuracy. wink.gif

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#5 Maltese Falcon

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:12 PM

And we complain about the officials nowadays...
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#6 StevieM13

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:35 PM

Keith Macklin and David Watkins. Went to the old Fartown few times.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (StevieM13 @ Sep 20 2010, 02:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Keith Macklin and David Watkins. Went to the old Fartown few times.



I thought it was Keith Macklin, but did realise it was David Watkins. It must have been YTV. Watkins used to co commentate with John Helm on Scrumdown. I reckon Helme is one of the best RL commentators I've heard.
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#8 Blind side johnny

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:29 PM

I remember watching this match on TV. Not PC nowadays I know but this was known as the "pot black" game hereabouts. I'm sure Tony Johnson would have gone on to greater things but he suffered from the same sort of repeated treatment for a number of years before packing it in.

3 were sent off frrom each side, but there should have been more from Wigan, who were a really dirty team, even for those days.

This was a second division matrch as well.

Edited by Blind side johnny, 21 September 2010 - 09:27 AM.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 06:45 PM

Was it within the rules to hit black players at that time?

Seriously, were they targeting Johnson because he was black or because he was good?
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#10 Trojan

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:07 PM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Sep 20 2010, 07:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Was it within the rules to hit black players at that time?

Seriously, were they targeting Johnson because he was black or because he was good?



Bit of both I suppose. This would be just before the Hanley era, but Clive Sullivan had already captained GB to a World Cup win, and the following year played for Hull in the CC final replay at Elland Road.
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#11 Ullman

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 07:42 PM

QUOTE (Steve May @ Sep 20 2010, 01:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
8 parts on youtube, here's the first

Huddersfield vs Wigan 1981

Might be worth a look for those of a certain age. Some partial views of the old Fartown ground as well.

I was too young to be there, but I understand that it was every bit as brutal a match as it looks on this video. Tony Johnson, the black guy playing for Huddersfield, took an absolute battering and had to be taken off after 50 minutes, but won man of the match.

6 players were sent off.

I haven't watched the footage on youtube yet, but the game was so brutal I remember it to this day.

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#12 Ullman

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:25 PM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Sep 20 2010, 07:45 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Was it within the rules to hit black players at that time?

Seriously, were they targeting Johnson because he was black or because he was good?

That question was asked at the time. Those involved in the game insisted it was the latter, but then that's what you would have expected them to say.

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:28 PM

QUOTE (Ullman @ Sep 20 2010, 08:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I haven't watched the footage on youtube yet, but the game was so brutal I remember it to this day.



That Wigan hooker was evil. I dont think it was Colin Clarke, who was he?

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#14 Ullman

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:32 PM

QUOTE (Wolford6 @ Sep 20 2010, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That Wigan hooker was evil. I dont think it was Colin Clarke, who was he?

Can't remember off the top of my head without seeing the game. I'm sure one of the Wigan fans on here will be able to enlighten us.

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#15 Jill Halfpenny fan

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:34 PM

Seem to recall that the viewing figures for that game were pretty good.
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#16 Trojan

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:41 PM

QUOTE (Wolford6 @ Sep 20 2010, 09:28 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That Wigan hooker was evil. I dont think it was Colin Clarke, who was he?



The commentary says Nicky Kiss
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#17 Hannibal

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Posted 20 September 2010 - 08:46 PM

QUOTE (Ullman @ Sep 20 2010, 09:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can't remember off the top of my head without seeing the game. I'm sure one of the Wigan fans on here will be able to enlighten us.

It was definitely Nicky Kiss.

He wasn't evil, he was lovable.

#18 Blind side johnny

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:32 AM

QUOTE (Trojan @ Sep 20 2010, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Bit of both I suppose. This would be just before the Hanley era, but Clive Sullivan had already captained GB to a World Cup win, and the following year played for Hull in the CC final replay at Elland Road.



There were quite a few black players then - Drummond, Wilson etc. Johnson was known to be the Fartown forward with the most skill, hence the head-high tackling.
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#19 Blind side johnny

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:32 AM

QUOTE (Hannibal @ Sep 20 2010, 09:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It was definitely Nicky Kiss.

He wasn't evil, he was lovable.



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#20 Griff9of13

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 10:00 AM

QUOTE (Blind side johnny @ Sep 21 2010, 10:32 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ask John Major!!

I think you're confusing him with Billy Mcginty (and the pineapple ring incident). cool.gif
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