Catching, passing, tackling maybe?
So how come Akaidere gets into the first team? I haven't seen any evidence of this!
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:28 PM
Catching, passing, tackling maybe?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:05 PM
Hmm,! This is getting a bit like "the older I get the quicker they were". Some of the players mentioned were admittedly nippy but not fast, as GOR's original contention says. I can't really see Pachniuk, Baker, Godfrey etc. making a length of the filed dash successfully in pursued by a fast winger. But maybe my memory works the wrong way around and they all get slower as i get older?
Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:38 PM
Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:18 AM
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:44 AM
I suppose GOR and myself are of a similar era.
I have always thought Mick Shoebottom was always the most gifted and talented stand off I ever saw.
McGuire is very similar in his play but in my opinion is not as creative or quick.
Unfortunately ,Shoebottom was one of the dirtiest players I ever saw.
I always found it ironic that his career was ended by a particularly nasty tackle from Colin Dixon
If that tackle happened with todays technology it would be a big hit on U tube
Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:50 AM
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Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:18 PM
Wally Lewis was head and shoulders above the rest IMHO.
Who was the best (genuine) stand off that Dewsbury have had? History would say Vic Hey but there can't be many around now who can remember him playing.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:25 PM
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:55 AM
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:11 AM
Lewis Jones was the most all-round talented stand off I saw (with the RU kicking game developed in the Valleys). However I remember once standing next to a Leeds' fan who was complaining bitterly that he wouldn't tackle (he'd obviously never seen Danny Cipriani when making that assessment). In fact for many years I regarded him as the best-ever RL player. That changed when Ellery Hanley was in his prime. Nowadays, the guy I like to watch is Benjy Marshall, he just has that bit of "magic".
Thinking back about Dewsbury stand-offs, I remember a guy called Edwards who had genuine class. And, when he wanted to be, which unfortunately was not every week, Glynn Davies was "magic". Apart from those (and to a lesser degree Nigel Stephenson, who could have been a great stand off had he just had some pace off the mark) I have to say Dewsbury has rarely been blessed with a classy stand off. In more recent times the Agars, Chris Vasey and Davide Longo were pretty good, but were not near the "world class" category.
Just a few miles away there was a really classy stand off called Topliss whom no one has mentioned yet?
I can't remember seeing Vic Hey play, but my father always said he was the best (at that time) Dewsbury had ever had, although my understanding is that he was a tackle-buster rather than a tackle dodger.
Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:45 AM
Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:36 AM
Didn't Alan Hardisty virtually destroy the career of a very promising young Batley player with an awful challenge whilst he was in the process of scoring a try? Might be wrong, but remember my Grandad telling me a tale to that effect. Maybe an older Batley fan can enlighten me?
Posted 02 January 2013 - 12:12 PM
Forgotten all about davies - good player, and if I remember correctly he was a genuine taffy.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:54 AM