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Morty,

Your credibility on this message board has suddenly hit an all time low. Your assessment of Steve Norton is extremely accurate - in fact he was so far past his sell by date that he never played for the club!! He came here as a coach and never appeared as a player for the club.

Jesus I thought my credibility couldnt get any lower Keith :rolleyes:

I was sure he played but you know much better that I mate.

I will change that to Richard Fletcher then

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Jesus I thought my credibility couldnt get any lower Keith :rolleyes:

I was sure he played but you know much better that I mate.

I will change that to Richard Fletcher then

LOL Morty.

He was taken on as coach and i guess the hope was he might play but he never did.

I wish we had signed him at his peak because he really was on of the great players in the world at one time. A class act for sure.

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haha walneyboy your a breath of fresh air at times but on this occasion your wrong :-)

POA u tell me all the time your a diehard supporter, are u sure the kamal try u refer to was swinton?i think not :-)

I have a feeling it was against Blackpool Nick (though can't be certain of anything at my age LOL). Whoever it was against it was one of the best tries I have ever seen scored by a Barrow player that's for sure.

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sounds to me like your in denial beechy!!

As for gleeson, he seems to be the most popular for there worst player and i can't disagree with that, I remember when he played against us for halifax I thought he was Quality but he obviously was interested in other activities when he came to Barrow. I saw him the season after he left us on a sunday afternoon in hyde, manchester, he was with sean long walking down the street looked like he was smashed out of his head at the time and not on drink either!!

quite worrying that you would go to Hyde WalneyBoy, when i think of hyde, i immediately think of Harold Shipman. Strange.

Gleeson was always the hooker i was always more fearful of when we played fax, then he came to us, went poo and penkywics (howerever you spell it) turned awesome.

I think people wanted Gleeson to be the hooker we never had since Ellis left, and he never managed it.

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I have a feeling it was against Blackpool Nick (though can't be certain of anything at my age LOL). Whoever it was against it was one of the best tries I have ever seen scored by a Barrow player that's for sure.

it was keighley at home, ran across his own line, round everyone down the line then cut inside the fullback and ran under the posts all in about 11 seconds, was pure class kamal and a proper nice guy aswell!!

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it was keighley at home, ran across his own line, round everyone down the line then cut inside the fullback and ran under the posts all in about 11 seconds, was pure class kamal and a proper nice guy aswell!!

i used to see him skateboarding around town!

think he was a teacher??

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it was keighley at home, ran across his own line, round everyone down the line then cut inside the fullback and ran under the posts all in about 11 seconds, was pure class kamal and a proper nice guy aswell!!

Yep you are correct it was Keighley Nick. I have it on dvd at home in my collection. I remember at the time, when he ran across his own line, turning to Dean and saying "where is that idiot going" :). As you describe the rest was history. Amazing try by any standard.

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BangBang and Top Chef,

give a reason for your selections of players, surely you have your reasons for choosing them in the first place! failure to do so will render your posts worthless. even beechy came out with his own reasons even though one of them was as a result of mental abuse towards him and this would obviously sway his judgement of the bloke.

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one that would have been in there but didnt really see enough of him in a barrow shirt, cliff beverley(sp) absolute class act with and without ball in hand

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BangBang and Top Chef,

give a reason for your selections of players, surely you have your reasons for choosing them in the first place! failure to do so will render your posts worthless. even beechy came out with his own reasons even though one of them was as a result of mental abuse towards him and this would obviously sway his judgement of the bloke.

Ned Catic Never had a bad game always remember him giving fans training gear after the Cas game

Andy Ellis should be playing super league imo, top player

Gary Broadbent 110% every game ran in like a prop forward dropped 3 balls in his time in a Raiders shirt

Bottom 3

Matt Blake massive forward hurt his elbow early on in the season never came back from it (Soft Aussie)

Brad Nichols (the Aussie). ###### could throw a 30 yard pass but was always forward.

Walneyboy I am going to change Brad for John Warriner the kiwi who came with Matt Ashe he was shocking should never have got paid for playing rugby he was close to that Glen Riley we had on trail but as he never signed it goes to Mr Warriner

Mark Gleeson never lived up to the hype which he came with no wonder Fax were happy to have him of there books

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another shocker... that crazy guy we had on the wing/centre was it ian bell? guy was nuts

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Top 3:

Stuart Rhodes-At his peak was an animal, really intimidated opponents, and could break the line with ease(especially off Charlo's short passes).

Tane Manihera-Magician with ball in hand.

Anthony Singleton-Great tackler.

Bottom 3:

Pat Weisner-Laziest player ive seen with us, yet was so good for Leigh and Hull KR

Clint Barends-Did nothing!

Simon Knox-Took the money and ran.

Good thread this and very hard in both sections to narrow it down to 3

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Sorry for not adhering to the rules. I'll try again.

My opinion is this:

Top 3

1 Kevin Hastings (The best player I've seen in a Barra shirt. The best half/hooker never to play for Auastralia - Aussies opinions).

2 Andy Ellis (Will be contentious, I know, but the best Briton I've seen in a Barra shirt. Never stopped working, ever. Tough as teak for a slight guy, just like Broady. Has all the skills required for his position and more).

3 Andy Whittle (The best local not to have played for Great Britain, Outstanding centre against some great players when Barra played with the big boys in the early eighties. I could also have included Dave Cairns and Derek Hadley here. Andy's time as a player was so cruelly cut short by injury).

Bottom 3

1 Howard Burns (Great for Worky, Poor for us).

2 Mark Gleeson (Others have given valid reasons for his inclusion in this category that I would have used).

3 Pat Weisner (Others have given valid reasons for his inclusion in this category that I would have used).

The second category could've contained a lot of less-than-good players who have passed themselves off as rugby players.

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Hastings was class, had it all!

Singleton was also pure class,

When you think back over the years, there has been some outstanding players at barrow then to go to the other extreme we've had some awful players.

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Hastings was class, had it all!

Singleton was also pure class,

When you think back over the years, there has been some outstanding players at barrow then to go to the other extreme we've had some awful players.

I think its been done before but when this thread has run its course an all-time Barrow team to take on the best of Soopa League may be interesting. Unfortunately for us long time speccies there are a lot more candidates for the second lot than the first. :)

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Hard one this - I think my Top 3 would be any three from the following

David Cairns for playing Andy Gregory off the park

Eddie Szymala for "dealing" with Kevin Tamati

Ian Ball for that try at Headingly to sort out Hull FC in the JP Semi Final

Derek Hadley for making the Aussies breath a sigh of relief when he wasn't picked for GB

Malcolm Flynn for the hardest tackles I have ever seen

Steve Tickle for being Barrow's best ever full back

Andy Whittle for the excitement whenever he touched the ball

Kevin Hastings for being the best Aussie we have ever had - sorry Ned

Chris Camilleri - World Class, watched him score for GB against NZ

Worst Ever

Howard Burns - came and took the money

Simon Knox - came and took the money

Pat Weisner - came and took the money and the car

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another shocker... that crazy guy we had on the wing/centre was it ian bell? guy was nuts

I thought Bell was quality just was a nut case off the field. Could of made it in SL with some dedication, didn't he get put in prison?

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mine go back a bit earlier than 2000

my top 3

1 Eddie Szymala my all time favourite player for barrow an absolute legend, i used to love it when he scored a try cos he did an immitation of a gunslinger, mental!! also he always started a fight and it got the crowd well fired up, unfortunately the miserable refs kept sending him off!!

2 Anthony Singleton came over here an unknown looked like a girl with his curly perm but had a sledge hammer of a hand off as i think half the whitheaven team can vouch for when he swatted them off like flies on his way to a full length try

3 Pat Trainor he had the best ever side step in the game, he used to spot the biggest bloke in the opposition team and run flat out straight at him!! I remember in a game at Barrow against widnes, when they were good, Andy Currier, an international thought he was gonna score a try but didn't reckon on Pat coming from nowhere and launching himself full tilt at him boooom!!! as far as i know currier never played international again after that tackle!!

my bottom 3

1 Paul Noone a most apt name but should have had a hyphen in the middle cos I would rather we had no-one than him! did absolutely nowt in all the games he played except prance around giving orders out to players around him. never returned the ball from his own half never broke a tackle and was always third man into most tackles but apparently he did the stuff you don't notice!!

2 Nigel Simpson a big roid head who played on the wing, over six feet and about 16 stone of juice induced muscles thought he was some kind of eddie szymala wannabe but was just a big thicko who couldn't play rugby (hope he's not still in barrow and reading this!!)

3 Sid Lowden not too many will remember this bloke signed for barrow because his dad was supposed to have been a good player!!! but by the looks of him I think the board signed his grandad!! played like a grandad too bloody hopeless!!

Wow, Anthony Sigleton, I remember that full length try, Fantastic !!!!! (What year was that by the way)?

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Surprised that New Zealand's Ron O'Regan hasn't appeared on anyone's list, quality player for Barrow in the early eighties. Went on to represent New Zealand.

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Cant argue with anyone you have picked there Shipbuilder

you have it spot on.

Mal Flynn was my favourite Barrow player the hardest tackler i have ever seen

i'd add Steve Herbert to the selections for the Top 3

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Hard one this - I think my Top 3 would be any three from the following

David Cairns for playing Andy Gregory off the park

Eddie Szymala for "dealing" with Kevin Tamati

Ian Ball for that try at Headingly to sort out Hull FC in the JP Semi Final

Derek Hadley for making the Aussies breath a sigh of relief when he wasn't picked for GB

Malcolm Flynn for the hardest tackles I have ever seen

Steve Tickle for being Barrow's best ever full back

Andy Whittle for the excitement whenever he touched the ball

Kevin Hastings for being the best Aussie we have ever had - sorry Ned

Chris Camilleri - World Class, watched him score for GB against NZ

Worst Ever

Howard Burns - came and took the money

Simon Knox - came and took the money

Pat Weisner - came and took the money and the car

Couldn't agree more Kev,

The late 70s up until the mid 80s were my youth and i followed the rugger all over ( With Fitzy ) Happy day's.

Also i would like to add Big Rip Kirby, Another very hard tackler.!!

Goudie

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Top 3

Derek Hadley.. in the days of creative loose forwards he was right up there with the likes of Pinner and Norton. His performance against Australia in 82 made the Aussies think he was a cert for a Test spot. Sometimes didn't know what he was going to do himself but then neither did the opposition. Could still fool defences in his late 40s with the dummy where he threw the ball in the air to himself. Dedicated professional who was still amongst the fittest at Barrow in his late 30s and a gentleman too.

Malcolm Flynn.. probably the hardest tackler I've seen in a Barrow shirt. When he hit right there was often gasps from the crowd and more often than not the oppostion crumpled in a heap. Came to do a coaching session at my mini rugby club on tackling technique a week before a final and unfortunately his technique was too good, breaking one of my team mates arm.

Brett McDermott... was lucky enough to be at the club when he joined as a scrawny kid and saw him progress through the ranks. Got a bit of a beating in an A-team game against Hunslet and a massive shiner but he didn't back down. Another lad with dedication, staying teetotal as a teenager when there was a lot of peer pressure on the away trips to indulge on the way home. Was a tremendous tackler at an early age and but for injuries at the wrong time would surely have made Super League. His hit on Barrie McDermott with live long in the memory bank.

Honourable mentions to Eddie Szymala and Steve Tickle but I can only pick 3

Bottom 3

Syd Lowden... was signed on the back of a brilliant Rugby Union performance up the coast when he kicked the opposition to death. Unfortunately kicking to touch on the full in open play is not a desired attribute for league. Remember Denis Jackson, our Colts coach at the time, taking him to one side during a training session and trying to teach him how to tackle. He simply didn't know how to. He also picked up a massive signing on fee, don't blame the bloke but the directors clearly hadn't done their homework.

Billy Melling... signed from Wigan in the early 80s and I seem to recall him having one very good game on his debut. I don't recall him having a second good game. I once watched his every move in an evening A team fixture and he did absolutely nothing.

Shaun Magnus... looked a bit like Alan Langer but that's where the similarities stopped. Made the team purely on Peter Roe's affection for Aussie accents but should have stuck to backpacking. A bit harsh perhaps but fair.

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Wow, Anthony Sigleton, I remember that full length try, Fantastic !!!!! (What year was that by the way)?

Probably about '91-ish.

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