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Mick Crane

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Does anyone know if any books/publications have been written about this guy?

 

He sounded like a legend in the 70's/early 80's for mainly Hull FC, but also briefly Leeds and Hull KR.

 

Drinking, smoking, betting, not training, then going out and playing a blinder!

 

Anyone know his official playing height and weight? Have seen him on youtube etc playing against the Kangaroos in 82 for Hull & playing brilliantly. He didn't look like a big guy.

 

There was a good write up about him in Dave Hadfields XIII Winters where (Crane) was described as the George Best of rugby league!

 

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Does anyone know if any books/publications have been written about this guy?

He sounded like a legend in the 70's/early 80's for mainly Hull FC, but also briefly Leeds and Hull KR.

Drinking, smoking, betting, not training, then going out and playing a blinder!

Anyone know his official playing height and weight? Have seen him on youtube etc playing against the Kangaroos in 82 for Hull & playing brilliantly. He didn't look like a big guy.

There was a good write up about him in Dave Hadfields XIII Winters where (Crane) was described as the George Best of rugby league!

cheers

Daryn

Peter Sterlings autobiography has some good stories of his time at the club and Craney gets more than one or two mentions.

He was possibly one of the most gifted players I ever saw Knocker Norton even found himself on the bench because of Craney.

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He was a fabulous player, and such a character. Knocker was something else though. When men were men. Wasn't Skerrett around then as well?

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He was a fabulous player, and such a character. Knocker was something else though. When men were men. Wasn't Skerrett around then as well?

Indeed he was, as was Charlie Stone, Ronnie Wileman and Paul Rose.

 

Mick Crane briefly appears as the acting half in the following video, also including Knocker. Apologies for posting this once again but I never get fed up of watching it....

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF1PkgBZtJ4

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I don't think Craney was particularly big for an RL player though I'm not suggesting he was small either. I last saw him when he was working on the building site when they were putting up the houses at the eastern end of Victoria Dock about fifteen years ago. He didn't look much different from his playing days except maybe a bit greyer. Craney or Knocker as LF in your all time Hull team?

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He sounds like an English league version of Dougie Walters (Australian cricketer of 60's, 70's).

 

Having a beer, ciggie and a bet. Up all night. Chuck in some cards. Not liking training much. Keeping it simple. Being relaxed. And being successful because of it.

 

These days neither of them would get past amateur club league/cricket I'd imagine! Not because of lack of talent, just not fitting into team rules & "professionalism" *cough*

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Best description of his play has to be here:

 

http://sabotagetimes.com/reportage/gerremonside-the-rugby-league-men-of-steel/

 

And here:

 

Also found this little piece on google news archive search for a Sydney Morning Herald article before he was picked for the 3rd test again the Kangaroos in 82.

 

https://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=6&cad=rja&ved=0CEAQqQIwBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid%3D-5xWAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D8OYDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D2640%2C8003623%26dq%3Dmick%2Bcrane%26hl%3Den&ei=83PnUYLKO4PmiAfKjYCYDA&usg=AFQjCNG3rZeOGjwy9KdOCBfx2zdzRxntGw&sig2=QLJRftHEZ-BkBvkUX7UWsw&bvm=bv.49478099,d.aGc

 

He has a write up in "Hull Rugby League Club 100 Greats" by Ray Fletcher

 

Wonder if a match program exists somewhere with his playing weight & height. Its hard to really get a gauge on a player without those stats.

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"I did consider putting in more Hull KR players, but then I suddenly realised I heartliy despised them and all they stood for...."

 

Ha ha, absolutely brilliant... :laugh:  :laugh:

Superb

 

The highlight of a very entertaining read.

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Best description of his play has to be here:

 

http://sabotagetimes.com/reportage/gerremonside-the-rugby-league-men-of-steel/

 

And here:

 

Also found this little piece on google news archive search for a Sydney Morning Herald article before he was picked for the 3rd test again the Kangaroos in 82.

 

https://www.google.co.nz/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=newssearch&cd=6&cad=rja&ved=0CEAQqQIwBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnewspapers%3Fid%3D-5xWAAAAIBAJ%26sjid%3D8OYDAAAAIBAJ%26pg%3D2640%2C8003623%26dq%3Dmick%2Bcrane%26hl%3Den&ei=83PnUYLKO4PmiAfKjYCYDA&usg=AFQjCNG3rZeOGjwy9KdOCBfx2zdzRxntGw&sig2=QLJRftHEZ-BkBvkUX7UWsw&bvm=bv.49478099,d.aGc

 

He has a write up in "Hull Rugby League Club 100 Greats" by Ray Fletcher

 

Wonder if a match program exists somewhere with his playing weight & height. Its hard to really get a gauge on a player without those stats.

I've just dug out the programme for the 1975/76 Hull V Widnes Player's No. 6 Trophy Final. At that time, according to the 'Hull Data Sheet', Mick was 23 years old, his height was 6' 0" and his weight was 13st 7lb.

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Sounds like there should have been a strip in The Victor or Hotspur about him.

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Last time I saw an image of him was the Reunion of Leeds cup final winning team from 1978 and he didn't look much different

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Here he is in his pomp, a fantastic shot showing him concentrating on what to do after he's beat three or four defenders...

 

Mick-Crane.jpg

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I've just dug out the programme for the 1975/76 Hull V Widnes Player's No. 6 Trophy Final. At that time, according to the 'Hull Data Sheet', Mick was 23 years old, his height was 6' 0" and his weight was 13st 7lb.

 

 

Thanks for that Ullman!

 

So 1.83m & about 86kg - maybe if born for today's game he'd physically be suited at stand-off. Loose forward he'd need a few more kg's. Carrying more weight/muscle he might loose that ability to pass/handle the ball with such dexteriority.

 

If anyone deserves a book written about him, this guy does! One of the mysteries of the game - when he went walkabout, what actually happened??? Gambling/drinking binges? Fishing? Who knows!

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Best I ever saw - end of.

He could do stuff with the ball that todays players couldn't even imagine doing and his inate ability to wrong foot defenders was a sight to behold.

Mick wasn't a big drinker, but loved a bet!

I think he was one of those people that didn't know himself, how good he actually was :)

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Thanks for that Ullman!

 

So 1.83m & about 86kg - maybe if born for today's game he'd physically be suited at stand-off. Loose forward he'd need a few more kg's. Carrying more weight/muscle he might loose that ability to pass/handle the ball with such dexteriority.

 

If anyone deserves a book written about him, this guy does! One of the mysteries of the game - when he went walkabout, what actually happened??? Gambling/drinking binges? Fishing? Who knows!

You're welcome.

 

Although Mick wasn't tall by modern standards there was only one player in the team taller than him and that was Bill Ramsey at 6' 1".

 

A trip from Hull to the Arctic fishing grounds would have explained him going missing for a few weeks at a time but I'm guessing you don't mean that kind of fishing.

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Can't comment on the authenticity of this story, but I've heard it from so many sources that I'm happy to accept it as gospel. Craney was playing for HKR at the time and had been named on the teamsheet at 13.  Trouble was, with minutes to go before kick-off he was nowhere to be seen.  Roger Millward as coach of KR is about to go and plead with the refereree to change the teamsheet when the door burst open and in staggers our hero, reeking of fags & booze and looking like he's spent the night in a ditch.  Millward delivers his version of a Fergusson hairdryer, tempered with the words "but I've told the ref, so you'll have to play".  By all accounts Millward's last words before Craney stepped on to the pitch were "I don't care how you perform this afternoon, you're a disgrace and have played your last game for this club". 

 

Needless to say, Craney proceeds to dance / waltz through the opposition defence at regular frequency, scores a hat-trick and is named man-of-the match in a big HKR win.  Back in the dressing room at the end & MIllward calls Mick over.  "Well played Mick, you did well there.  If you can just let us know where you are & what time you'll be coming in future, that'd be fine with me"

 

Legend.  Absolute legend. And I'm in full agreement with Ullman - best I ever saw.  Word has it that the 1982 Ausies were genuinely scared of Mick Crane because they couldn't even begin to guess what he was going to do. 

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Can't comment on the authenticity of this story, but I've heard it from so many sources that I'm happy to accept it as gospel. Craney was playing for HKR at the time and had been named on the teamsheet at 13. Trouble was, with minutes to go before kick-off he was nowhere to be seen. Roger Millward as coach of KR is about to go and plead with the refereree to change the teamsheet when the door burst open and in staggers our hero, reeking of fags & booze and looking like he's spent the night in a ditch. Millward delivers his version of a Fergusson hairdryer, tempered with the words "but I've told the ref, so you'll have to play". By all accounts Millward's last words before Craney stepped on to the pitch were "I don't care how you perform this afternoon, you're a disgrace and have played your last game for this club".

Needless to say, Craney proceeds to dance / waltz through the opposition defence at regular frequency, scores a hat-trick and is named man-of-the match in a big HKR win. Back in the dressing room at the end & MIllward calls Mick over. "Well played Mick, you did well there. If you can just let us know where you are & what time you'll be coming in future, that'd be fine with me"

Legend. Absolute legend. And I'm in full agreement with Ullman - best I ever saw. Word has it that the 1982 Ausies were genuinely scared of Mick Crane because they couldn't even begin to guess what he was going to do.

I love folklore like this..... Thanks for posting

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Mick was 23 years old, his height was 6' 0" and his weight was 13st 7lb.

Similar build to me......which would prob be too slight for the modern game but then look at the likes of Stuart Wright etc who were around at that time

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Can't comment on the authenticity of this story, but I've heard it from so many sources that I'm happy to accept it as gospel. Craney was playing for HKR at the time and had been named on the teamsheet at 13.  Trouble was, with minutes to go before kick-off he was nowhere to be seen.  Roger Millward as coach of KR is about to go and plead with the refereree to change the teamsheet when the door burst open and in staggers our hero, reeking of fags & booze and looking like he's spent the night in a ditch.  Millward delivers his version of a Fergusson hairdryer, tempered with the words "but I've told the ref, so you'll have to play".  By all accounts Millward's last words before Craney stepped on to the pitch were "I don't care how you perform this afternoon, you're a disgrace and have played your last game for this club". 

 

Needless to say, Craney proceeds to dance / waltz through the opposition defence at regular frequency, scores a hat-trick and is named man-of-the match in a big HKR win.  Back in the dressing room at the end & MIllward calls Mick over.  "Well played Mick, you did well there.  If you can just let us know where you are & what time you'll be coming in future, that'd be fine with me"

 

Legend.  Absolute legend. And I'm in full agreement with Ullman - best I ever saw.  Word has it that the 1982 Ausies were genuinely scared of Mick Crane because they couldn't even begin to guess what he was going to do. 

 

 

That is awesome! 

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As someone alluded to earlier, Craney was the Alf Tupper of rugby league. For you young 'uns either google it or ask your dad/grandad.

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To be honest I do not remember him even though I followed the 1982 Kangaroo tours every match.

Age is catching up with me maybe.

I thought this article was funny.

 

"One of my light hearted memorable moments happened in the early eighties whilst waiting for the Hull Fc supporters coach in the Boulevard car park on Airlie Street. This was taking us to a night time away match. 

The team coach was unusually late setting off for the match. Players, coaches and backroom staff were pacing up and down. Frantically glancing at watches, huffing and puffing (remember this was before mobile phones) 

Fifteen minutes later, who should come down the street with his shirt lap hanging out but, Mick Crane, puffing on a cigarette as usual and eating a bag of chips. 

All the fans, players, coaches alike just stood and laughed as he trudged up, finished off his chips before getting onto the team bus. 

Needless to say he had his usual brilliant off the cuff game"

http://www.eraofthebiff.com/_blog/Favorite_Moments_-_076_-100_Your_fun_memories_from_EOTB/post/fm95_-_Hull_Team_Bus_held_up_for_a_late_Mick_Crane_-_early_1980's/

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Somewhere, I have a copy of the 1982 Hull v Australia game from the Boulevard in which Mick played loose forward if anyone's interested in a copy.

 

It's from an original VHS tape but the quality's not too bad.

 

(If I suddenly get an avalanche of pms you'll have to bear with me, it may take a while.)

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