Karl Carpenter

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  1. Thought the sending off was harsh but probably influenced by the Ferres / Westwood incidents. Grace was exceptionial as was Marshall.
  2. Trouble Brewing at Hull with Football Club?

    The ex-manager of Wigan Athletic ( that's the one who was sacked today) was complaining about the DW pitch in much the same way and hence the debacle of the Warriors-Vikings game of a couple of weeks ago. The fact is, professional footballers in the higher divisions are vastly overpaid for what they do and their limited skills are highlighted when the pitch isn't perfect. The likes of Best, Law and Greaves played on little more than ploughed fields during the winter and when football was a genuine contact sport, but still were great players. I hope Silva treats the football club to a new ground and I'm sure the good people who support Hull FC will bid him a fond goodbye.
  3. From rugby-league.com "Wigan Warriors have announced that their Betfred Super League fixture against Widnes Vikings, scheduled for Friday 24th February, has been postponed. Reasons for the decision can be found on the Wigan Warriors website." This a very bland statement and makes no comment about who was or wasn't consulted or whether any RFL rules were broken. Possibly Wigan were in a position to postpone this match without consulting relevant third parties. However, in my opinion, Wigan and especially Ian Lenagan have lost all credibility as a result of this decision. The game should have been played even if that resulted in the football team playing on a sub-standard pitch or possibly the postpostment of their game. No consideration has been made to supporters who had planned to travel from outside the area and had booked hotels, hospitality packages etc. and I suspect Sky would not have been too pleased. After the euphoria of the WCC win to say that this has brought the club and its supporters back to earth with a bang is an understatement.
  4. Well done to both teams. End to end stuff on a muddy pitch; great entertainment. More of the same please.
  5. Castleford change of mind

    I am not suggesting that Castleford have done anything wrong but am just curious as to why the change of mind as the CEO made a statement about the stance they would take. I would think that all the Bulls players were out of contract after what happened and several have already signed for other clubs.
  6. On Jan 3rd Cas Tigers CEO , Steve Gill stated that they wouldn't be signing any Bradford Bulls players. "We are in full support of the Bradford Bulls club and sincerely hope that they continue to be part of the RFL, and although we have been offered players who are still contracted to Bradford Bulls, we have declined them, as it doesn’t fit in with the integrity we have as a club." Today they signed Jake Trueman from Bradford. Why the change of mind?
  7. Leigh 50 - 10 Wigan

    I'm sure they will be.
  8. Leigh 50 - 10 Wigan

    That's nothing like the side that played the second half. Never more than 3 senior players on the field at any one time.
  9. Billy Boston

    Although Billy never played for Cardiff or Wales as he clearly wanted to, he describes signing for Wigan as "the best mistake I ever made".
  10. Billy Boston

    ....and won the Lance Todd trophy in the 1958 CCF against Workington.
  11. Kevin O'Loughlin

    The Wigan Club are saddened to announce the passing of former player Kevin O’Loughlin. Kevin - heritage number 628 - played for the Wigan Club between 1963-1975 after signing from Warrington Colts and played as a Stand Off but had real utility value to the team. During his time at Wigan Kevin made 284 appearances with 25 as a substitute, scoring 171 points. He played alongside his brother Keiron in the early 1970’s and is the uncle of current Club Captain Sean. Speaking about Kevin, his former teammate and current Wigan Players Association committee member Brian Ramsdale said: “Kevin was one of those quiet members of the squad, but he would say his piece when he had something positive to contribute. “Whilst he played a lot as a half, he would play well and in any position he was asked. He was an extremely hard player and my recollection is of a Mr Reliable who was at times used as winger, full back, half back and occasionally in the back three of the pack.” The Club offers its deepest condolences to Kevin’s family and friends at this time.
  12. Greg Bird to Catalans

    I don't think VW was ignoring the fact that Widnes have several overseas players but just making the point about home grown youngsters.
  13. In the 2012 season Wigan beat Leeds 50-8 at Headingley. Guess who won the Grand Final that year.
  14. A special mention goes to LMS who sprinted 40 metres to add his usual contribution to the melee.
  15. Hull to scrape it (maybe!) with the LTT to Mark Minichiello.