The latest issue of the Rugby League Journal has an excellent double page feature concerning how the Lions may have benefitted from an unexpected 'Papal blessing' when they took to the Old Trafford pitch in 1987 against Hunslet for the Div. 2 trophy.
Pictured are then club official Steve Moyse, skipper Les Holliday with the trophy, an '80s players/officials group plus legends Albert Blan and Bob Fleet with the Championship trophy in more recent times.
On another page under the heading 'Unsung Heroes', one such 'hero' is our very own '50s/'60s hardman George Parkinson with a picture of 'Parky' touching down for a try. On the page opposite there's a full page devoted to big-hearted Peter Smethurst, former Lion and a club coach who sadly passed away far too soon.