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#1 Bearintown

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:45 AM

Debating last night the order of Town coaches, I say Sorenson followed Walsh in the Centenary season. Then was it Tew foillowed by O Riley??

Time to get them yearbooks out Keith :D

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 11:59 AM

Debating last night the order of Town coaches, I say Sorenson followed Walsh in the Centenary season. Then was it Tew foillowed by O Riley??

Time to get them yearbooks out Keith :D


Just going off memory so could well be wrong, but would go Sorenson, then O Reilly then Tew???
Thankfully as time goes by tend to forget those last two. :rolleyes:

#3 Bearintown

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:14 PM

Just going off memory so could well be wrong, but would go Sorenson, then O Reilly then Tew???
Thankfully as time goes by tend to forget those last two. :rolleyes:


I was thinking that order but did O Riley last all super league and back into Division1 b4 getting the sack?

#4 gillmeister

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:34 PM

Yes he did I think O'Reilly left when we were in the championship and Tew took over
Forget Chuck and Chad I am the real legend killer

#5 Keith T

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 01:48 PM

Yes, that is the correct order - Sorenson, O'Reilly, Tew.

I remember when .............................

"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.


#6 Bearintown

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

So what was the order of sucesssion after that. Mind is a blank (again) . Platt ,Murdock. Penrice cant think of anyone else :unsure:

#7 dkw

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:39 AM

Captain Billy was interim coach for a while too wasnt he?

#8 Bearintown

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:47 PM

Yes he was! Forget bout him :blink:

#9 gillmeister

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:54 PM

So what was the order of sucesssion after that. Mind is a blank (again) . Platt ,Murdock. Penrice cant think of anyone else :unsure:


Platt Murdock Martyn Wood, penrice
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:44 PM

Town Coaches (With gaps)
Memory not as good as it used to be, can’t remember- amongst others when Norman Turley and Rob Tew (1997?) were with us, nor names from the 1960’s:

1945 - Fergie Southward
1946 - Gus Risman
1954 - Jim Brough
1975 - Paul Charlton
1981 – Tommy Bishop
1982 – Paul Charlton
1982 – Ike Southward
1983 – Harry Archer & Bill Smith
1986 – Keith Davies(1987)
1988 – Maurice Bamford
1988 – Phil Kitchin
1990 – Ray Ashton
1991 – Dean Williams
1992 – Peter Walsh (1995)
1996 – Kurt Sorensen(1996)
1996 – Ross O’Reilly
1998 – Andy Platt
2000 – Gary Murdock(2002)
2002 – Martyn Wood
2002 - Paul Penrice
2003 - Bill McGinty
2003 – Ged Stokes(2007)
2007 – Craig Barker & Les Ashe
2007 – Dave Rotherham(2009)
2009 – Martin Oglanby & Gary Charlton

Edited by Supporter, 24 December 2012 - 05:16 PM.


#11 Keith T

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:01 PM

Ike Southward 1973 - 75
Paul Charlton 1975 - 76
Ike Southward 1976 - 78
Sol Roper 1978 -80
Keith Irving 1980
Tommy Bishop 1980 - 82
Paul Charlton 1982
Dave Cox 1983 (for a few days)
Harry Archer & Bill Smith 1983 - 84
Bill Smith 1984 -85
Jackie Davidson 1985 - 86
Keith Davies 1986 - 87
Norman Turley 1987 - 88
Maurice Bamford 1988
Phil Kitchen 1988 - 90
Ray Ashton 1990 - 91
Dean Williams 1991 - 92 (April)
Peter Walsh 1992 - 1995
Kurt Sorenson 1995 - 96
Ross O'Reilly 1996
Rob Tew 1997
Andy Platt 1998
Gary Murdoch 2000 - 02
Paul Penrice 2002
Martyn Wood 2002 (5 months)
Billy McGinty 2003
Ged Stokes 2003 - 07
Craig Barker & Les Ashe 2007
Dave Rotheram 2007 - 09
Martin Oglanby & Gary Charlton 2009 - Present

I remember when .............................

"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.


#12 Supporter

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

Thanks for your comprehensive list Keith T. Did Dave Cox actually arrive at Town to take up the post?

#13 Keith T

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

I don't think so but he was officially a Town coach. If he did arrive it was only a matter of a couple of days.

I remember when .............................

"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.


#14 DavidM

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:55 PM

Ashton n Walsh stand out to me in my time ... Can someone remind me of Dean Williams between them and his story ??

#15 Derwent

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:53 PM

Ashton n Walsh stand out to me in my time ... Can someone remind me of Dean Williams between them and his story ??


Dean was a kiwi second row forward who played for us for a couple of years. Took over as interim player-coach after Ashton was sacked.

#16 Supporter

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 09:11 PM

Similar to what Derwent recalls, all I know is that Dean was a really tough forward who I think initially arrived at Town as a player in 1990 and played 14 games under Ray Ashton. In December 1991 he took on the coaching task in a caretaker player coach capacity when Town were struggling ( playing 19 games) but failed to prevent the drop from the then Second Division to the Third Division. Peter Walsh arrived to start the re-build in the following close season.

#17 thetimberman

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Ike Southward 1973 - 75
Paul Charlton 1975 - 76
Ike Southward 1976 - 78
Sol Roper 1978 -80
Keith Irving 1980
Tommy Bishop 1980 - 82
Paul Charlton 1982
Dave Cox 1983 (for a few days)
Harry Archer & Bill Smith 1983 - 84
Bill Smith 1984 -85
Jackie Davidson 1985 - 86
Keith Davies 1986 - 87
Norman Turley 1987 - 88
Maurice Bamford 1988
Phil Kitchen 1988 - 90
Ray Ashton 1990 - 91
Dean Williams 1991 - 92 (April)
Peter Walsh 1992 - 1995
Kurt Sorenson 1995 - 96
Ross O'Reilly 1996
Rob Tew 1997
Andy Platt 1998
Gary Murdoch 2000 - 02
Paul Penrice 2002
Martyn Wood 2002 (5 months)
Billy McGinty 2003
Ged Stokes 2003 - 07
Craig Barker & Les Ashe 2007
Dave Rotheram 2007 - 09
Martin Oglanby & Gary Charlton 2009 - Present


Missing one there Keith, shame on you, Phil McKenzie coached for two games at the end of Walshsys reign. Merry Christmas Tadje

#18 Bearintown

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:05 PM

Did Sorenson make it into the start of Superleague ? Or was O'reilly caoch the whole season and then into the year after - 97?

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:40 AM

March 31st 1996 - Round 1 of the first Super League competition saw Town beaten at home by St Helens in front of a crowd of 3,461 (0 – 62). The coach for that game and for the entire season was Ross O’Reilly. St Helens try scorers were: D. Arnold (4), P. Newlove (3), K. Hammond , A. Perelini, S. Prescott and P.Veivers. Bobby Goulding kicked 9 goals. The ref was Steve Presley.

#20 dkw

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:18 AM

Dean Williams ended up at egremont didn't he? Was a very good, tough kiwi 2nd rower.