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The Last Minute Drop Goal Winner! Great memories for the more 'experienced' fans, a cliff-hanging story for the youngsters.

http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/the-last-minute-drop-goal-winner.html

 

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Great blog Mark, you've reminded me of a brilliant drop goal from another Fox; the incomparable Don. I'm fairly certain it was a night game around April 1961 against Hull, because we had only recently been knocked out of the third round of the Challenge Cup by them at The Boulevard. Rovers were playing in red and it was also the first time I ever saw Gary Cooper, playing full-back that day. As drop goals were worth two points in those days, scores were either level, or Hull were leading by one point. From a tackle on the half-way line, Don went to acting half, picked the ball up,  took one step to the right and planted the sweetest of drop goals straight through the sticks at the Post Office Road end to win the game.

 

On your other blog about one cap wonders Mark, Don was undoubtedly Man of the Match that day against the Aussies, and I have a feeling he may have been injured for the next game, which would have been against France. The reason he wasn't picked again was probably more to do with selection committees in the days before the coach picked the team

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Great blog Mark, you've reminded me of a brilliant drop goal from another Fox; the incomparable Don. I'm fairly certain it was a night game around April 1961 against Hull, because we had only recently been knocked out of the third round of the Challenge Cup by them at The Boulevard. Rovers were playing in red and it was also the first time I ever saw Gary Cooper, playing full-back that day. As drop goals were worth two points in those days, scores were either level, or Hull were leading by one point. From a tackle on the half-way line, Don went to acting half, picked the ball up,  took one step to the right and planted the sweetest of drop goals straight through the sticks at the Post Office Road end to win the game.

 

On your other blog about one cap wonders Mark, Don was undoubtedly Man of the Match that day against the Aussies, and I have a feeling he may have been injured for the next game, which would have been against France. The reason he wasn't picked again was probably more to do with selection committees in the days before the coach picked the team

 

Ha! Good stuff Steve. I do enjoy a good drop goal straight from AHB. I remember seeing Keith Bell do a few of those.

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How many local lads (from Fev and thereabouts) can you think of who played professional rugby league, but never for the Rovers?

 

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http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/the-ones-that-got-away.html

 

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Great blog Mark.

I can recall Terry Morgan & Steve Cooper (Gary's brother) both signing for York in the early 70's, and a very highly rated youngster from the U'17's called Bob Woodhead signed for Hull KR. Big things were expected of him but I never heard his name mentioned again.

And there was Dave Topliss. Although he played for Normanton U'17's, he supported Rovers all his childhood, but Normy players were selected for the Wakefield & District side, not Cas & Fev, and when he came under Trinity's spotlight he signed for them instead.

There was another Banks brother, Keith, who was the elder of the three. He was a stand off or centre  in the U17's, and played for Yorkshire schoolboys from Normanton Grammar School, and then Wakefield RUFC when they were a top side. Rovers made him an offer to turn pro but he signed for Wakefield instead, where he was a regular around 1976-77, but then suffered the same fate as Phil Butler; recurring shoulder injuries. He retired from the game prematurely, and the last time I heard he was a very successful Games Master at Airedale High, where he has lead many school teams to the national championsip.

Another top Union player was Colin Lambert, Cliff's son, who I played alongside for Rovers Juniors & Cas & District. From there he went on to represent Yorkshire at U19's on the wing. He also played for Yorkshire and England schoolboys at Rugby Union, and athletics as a sprinter. He was courted by every Rugby League club in the country in the very early seventies but opted to play for Headingley RU, and then Harlequins. His ambition was to play for the British Lions, but while he played county RU and was part of the England set up, I don't think he ever made the full England RU side?

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Testimonials and benefit years. There seemed to be a different player every year when I was a lad, but they are pretty rare nowadays.

 

http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/testimonials-and-benefit-seasons.html

Mark, Didn't Cyril Woolford have a benefit? I'm sure I can remember following the blanket round the pitch, picking up mis-directed coins and throwing them into the pile, at his benefit game which I think was against St.Helens. According to your list 1961-62 was vacant, and this seems about right?

 

I'm also sure I can remember a benefit match against a Rugby League 13 in the early to mid sixties, but I can't remember who the recipient was. Can anyone remember this?

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You may be right Steve, I wasn't around at the time.

 

Cyril did spend a reasonable chunk of his early career elsewhere (both Donny and Cas IIRC) and didn't get his ten years in at Fev, so I assumed not. I may be wrong.

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