Desperately sad news. In the space of a few weeks, I've lost two of my heroes. First Tony Dean, a minstrel of a player - the original cheeky halfback, always with a smile on his face & a always took a quick tap - even if it was given to the opposition. A gent & character off the field too. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in Hull hostelries after games & he always had everyone in hysterics.
Then Today's news about Bluey. I guess we knew it was coming, but it doesn't soften the blow. He was a real hero to me in a pretty magical few years in the black & white. Hard as nails, with a great pair of hands, good kicking game & fantastic rugby brain. I'll never, ever forget his performance in the 91 premiership final, which brought me to my knees in joy. Incidentally, I'm ever thankful for the Widnes fans I was stood with, for picking me back up again that day. I'm genuinely sad that he's gone. A great player, held in very high regard by all who came across him. R.I.P.