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wally lewis - how good was he?


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#1 bedlam breakout

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:29 PM

having watched many repeated soo matches on premier sports it left me asking the question was "the king" really that good? or was it a aura built up by the queensland press and public?  to be fair there never seemed to be any electric pace, jinking or sidestepping or anything out of the ordinary, sure he was a good passer grafter and leader but I think there have been much better half backs than him to come fron down under.


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#2 weloveyouwakefield2

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:48 PM

Having watched him play for Wakefield, he was playing a different game to every other player on the field, he could think faster than anyone else, pass further and amaze you with his skill. If you think of Darren Lockyer and Andrew Johns combined you get Wally, he had to be seen to be believed, way ahead of his time..


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Posted 29 September 2013 - 01:56 PM

Having watched him play for Wakefield, he was playing a different game to every other player on the field, he could think faster than anyone else, pass further and amaze you with his skill. If you think of Darren Lockyer and Andrew Johns combined you get Wally, he had to be seen to be believed, way ahead of his time..

how many games did he play for wakey?


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#4 Old Frightful

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:02 PM

He played twelve, IIRC, costing Wakey £1,000 a match.

I saw his debut when Wakey played Hull at. Belle Vue around 1985. Also debuting was Peter Sterling for Hull. Certainly a game to reflect back on with an "I was there" kind of smugness.

Hull won 16-32.

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#5 weloveyouwakefield2

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:12 PM

He played twelve, IIRC, costing Wakey £1,000 a match.

I saw his debut when Wakey played Hull at. Belle Vue around 1985. Also debuting was Peter Sterling for Hull. Certainly a game to reflect back on with an "I was there" kind of smugness.

Hull won 16-32.

The first half of that game was one of the best I have ever seen, certainly the best I had seen to that point as I was only 10! Wakefield and Wally tired in the second half and Hull pulled away..

and it was ten games he played for Wakefield http://richarddelariviere.co.uk/?p=825


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#6 weloveyouwakefield2

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:14 PM

and it was 1983  :D


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#7 bedlam breakout

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:30 PM

can any one scan any pages of "wally lewis is coming" the fanzine?


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#8 Rioman

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 02:51 PM

He played twelve, IIRC, costing Wakey £1,000 a match.

I saw his debut when Wakey played Hull at. Belle Vue around 1985. Also debuting was Peter Sterling for Hull. Certainly a game to reflect back on with an "I was there" kind of smugness.

Hull won 16-32.

 

 

Wally played ten games.  The money (£1000) per match was put up by local businessman Barry Hough.  Oh for two similar men today.



#9 Old Frightful

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:17 PM

and it was 1983  :D

Fair play, I didn't do any pre post homework. I presume I got the score correct though?


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#10 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 04:45 PM

Best player I've ever seen.


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#11 ehbandit

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:16 PM

a very good player. as there are other very good players. I do not think he is as good as some other players I have seen e.g ellery, however, he was still a class player.

#12 Tyrone Shoelaces

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:23 PM

I've seen plenty of stand off's over the last fifty years. Lewis was the best bar none.



#13 deluded pom?

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:32 PM

and it was 1983  :D

It was 1984 ;)

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#14 bedlam breakout

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:36 PM

I've seen plenty of stand off's over the last fifty years. Lewis was the best bar none.

why though?


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#15 deluded pom?

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 05:37 PM

why though?

One word. Vision.

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#16 weloveyouwakefield2

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:59 PM

It was 1984 ;)

 

 

Wally Lewis played ten times for Wakefield Trinity in the 1983/84 season having signed on 3rd December 1983.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:02 PM

It was 1984 ;)

 
 
Wally Lewis played ten times for Wakefield Trinity in the 1983/84 season having signed on 3rd December 1983.

I stand corrected ; )

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:07 PM

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:18 PM

to be fair there never seemed to be any electric pace, jinking or sidestepping


I tend to associate those traits with an old school scrum half rather than an old school stand off.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 07:20 PM

Fair play, I didn't do any pre post homework. I presume I got the score correct though?

 

 

Even with Wally in the team, however, Wakefield couldn’t prevent the Airlie Birds from walking away with a 32-16 victory, and unfortunately that would be the story in half the games Wally would play.

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