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#1 Hornets Nest

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 06:44 PM

Right here goes had to did deep for this (Mums Loft)

 

ROUGH JUSTICE – HORNETS BOW TO DISPUTED PENALTY

 

Sunday March 4th 1979

 

Athletic Grounds

 

Att 5,550             Referee Ron Moore (Wakefield)

 

Rochdale Hornets 10 St Helens 11

 

Team

  1. Paul Woods
  2. Ian Holland
  3. Mick McLoughlin
  4. Tony Wainwright
  5. Wayne Horton
  6. Warren Ayres
  7. Geoff Heaton
  8. Alan Hodkinson (capt)
  9. Joe Doherty

10.Alan Bailey

11. Alan Rathbone

12. Martin Burns

13. Charlie Birdsall

 

Scorers

Tries Holland, Wainwright, goals, Woods (2)

 

Quotes

Harry Pinner admitted to Warren Ayres that he released the ball in the tackle on purpose

 

Club Captain Alan Hodkinson – the decision will stick in my throat for a long time to come

 

Director John Leeson – It may seem like sour grapes but we were robbed

 

Kel Coslett Coach – the decision should have been a scrum never a penalty

 

Footnotes;

 

At the time of the game Hornets were in mid table looking like staying up, the result knocked the stuffing out of a lot of the players

 

Hornets lost the influential Kel Coslett and Tony Cooke just before the kick off due to injury.

 

Hornets used no substitutes on the day, can you imagine props doing 80 mins these days?

 

Shortly before the game Hornets had sold Tony Gourley to Salford for £10,000

 

Anyhow happy Athletic Grounds memories for sure and for the record I hated Ronnie Moore he was a bad un.

 

 

 

Mark Reynolds



#2 owfener

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 11:12 PM

Good stuff, Mark.

 

If I remember correctly, Hornets had been promoted the previous season.  

 

I think we beat Saints at home first game of the season before hitting a bad run. In the game, I remember Joe Doherty stamping on a Saints lad's head. Decent bloke is Joe but turned into a nasty barsteward on the pitch. 

 

PS. Get PH to sort out a good 'un for the 1st on saturday.

 

Ian



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 07:56 AM

Good stuff, Mark.

 

If I remember correctly, Hornets had been promoted the previous season.  

 

I think we beat Saints at home first game of the season before hitting a bad run. In the game, I remember Joe Doherty stamping on a Saints lad's head. Decent bloke is Joe but turned into a nasty barsteward on the pitch. 

 

PS. Get PH to sort out a good 'un for the 1st on saturday.

 

Ian

I think the game you talk about was the 14-14 draw at Knowsley Road in the Lancashire Cup (Tony Wainwright late drop goal, we then drew the reply 8-8 at the Athletic Grounds before getting well beat in the third game at Central Park.

 

I too liked Joe Doherty a very good signing from Widnes a real tough nut.

 

Now problem with the track on Saturday Phil is the best signing I've ever made, the sqaure go a great report from the CLL ground committee this week. Come and have a chat about happy Hornets days on Saturday.



#4 owfener

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:24 PM

Getting me seasons mixed up....2 years before won first game then lost about a dozen, most of them close.

 

I'll try and get over....sometime.



#5 Larry Jones

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Posted 22 June 2014 - 06:14 PM

It was always difficult going to the Athletics Ground, just like Lawkholme and the Sheddings, however it was no fluke that Saints Wigan and Leeds always seem to edge those close cup games.




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