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It's Halloween - Your Scariest Player Ever Is..?

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Two spring to mind for very different reasons, does anyone remember the 1985 Kiwi tour here and the hooker they played in the 3rd test - drawn at Headingley - his name was Wayne Wallace the original "baby faced assassin" before Brendan Tuuta, he tried to remodel the facial features of every GB player that day.

 

The other player was the "scariest" tackler I have ever seen and every thing legal that is Denis Boyd most notably of Wigan and Leigh amongst other clubs, for his trademark tackle he would run directly at a player coming forward and take off from about 5 meter's away, flying through the air horizontal resulting in almighty collisions, how he never maimed anyone for life I will never know, although many had to leave the field and not return.  

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Stan Owen

Yeah he was handy. When he was at Hornets with Johnny Noon, the young Kevin Ashcroft and a few others they had to call off the traditional pre-season Law Cup " friendly " with Oldham because too many players were getting injured.

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Frank Foster was a rough handful as was Alan Hodkinson. I would never say the game is soft today, that would be crazy, but we don't seem to have that sort of player these days. The ones I've mentioned were all forwards, maybe it's because we don't have contested scrums anymore.

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Roy Haggerty

 

Indeed.

 

Just as scary off the pitch as on it. He used to turn up at the Pilks club some Saturdays for a drink. Everyone used to give him as wide a birth as possible.  :blackeye:

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Two spring to mind for very different reasons, does anyone remember the 1985 Kiwi tour here and the hooker they played in the 3rd test - drawn at Headingley - his name was Wayne Wallace the original "baby faced assassin" before Brendan Tuuta, he tried to remodel the facial features of every GB player that day.

 

The other player was the "scariest" tackler I have ever seen and every thing legal that is Denis Boyd most notably of Wigan and Leigh amongst other clubs, for his trademark tackle he would run directly at a player coming forward and take off from about 5 meter's away, flying through the air horizontal resulting in almighty collisions, how he never maimed anyone for life I will never know, although many had to leave the field and not return.  

 

 

You may be right but I think Sir Les Boyd was nicknamed the "Baby Faced Assassin"  by the late Rugby League writer Peter Frilingos back in Boyds playing days 1976-82 in Australia before moving to Warrington.

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Stan Owen

 

 

Yeah he was handy. When he was at Hornets with Johnny Noon, the young Kevin Ashcroft and a few others they had to call off the traditional pre-season Law Cup " friendly " with Oldham because too many players were getting injured.

 

 

Frank Foster was a rough handful as was Alan Hodkinson. I would never say the game is soft today, that would be crazy, but we don't seem to have that sort of player these days. The ones I've mentioned were forwards, maybe it's because we don't have contested scrums anymore.

Tyrone, just reminded me that Rochdale had the lure of Leigh lads as did Oldham must be something in the water over there, I know that Stan is a Welshman but Leigh is his adopted home and has been for over 60 years, he is in his 80's now coming to Leigh as a 20 year old in 1952.

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You may be right but I think Sir Les Boyd was nicknamed the "Baby Faced Assassin"  by the late Rugby League writer Peter Frilingos back in Boyds playing days 1976-82 in Australia before moving to Warrington.

Boxy, If that is the case I stand corrected, thanks for the info.

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There was a prop played for Wigan when they were in the 2nd Division called Steve Breheny (or something similar). He was a nutcase, his sole aim on the field seemed to be to hurt as many opposition players as possible via illegal means, though he often injured himself in the process. He had no regard for anyone's well-being including his own.

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There was a prop played for Wigan when they were in the 2nd Division called Steve Breheny (or something similar). He was a nutcase, his sole aim on the field seemed to be to hurt as many opposition players as possible via illegal means, though he often injured himself in the process. He had no regard for anyone's well-being including his own.

Sounds like Rambo Ronnie Gibbs

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I remember Danny Evans of Fev once commenting 'tha dunt mess with Montey' in reference to betham when he was at wakey.

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I remember Danny Evans of Fev once commenting 'tha dunt mess with Montey' in reference to betham when he was at wakey.

Betham was a decent Martial arts exponent at a young age, he moved into a boxing career after he left Rugby League.

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In recent times it has to be David Ferriol. Never looks like he is interested in small talk just big hits and biff.

 

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Frank Foster

Very scary guy. As rumour goes the board at Barrow had a meeting and agreed to sack him as coach, only problem was no one was brave enough to tell him so 3 years latter he was still the coach!

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Les Boyd or Brendan Tuuta would be the obvious choices except thet both looked and sounded like choir boys, which I suppose does enhance their scariness credentials. I'll however take a different tack and go with a scary Halloween mask theme and plump for either Noel Cleal or Eric Grothe Sr.

I also found Michael "three knees" Hancock sort of scary in that he was never actually tackled until he was on his back and buried under a hill of backrowers.

I'll bet they'll have to draft in extra undertakers to shove him into his coffin!

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The other player was the "scariest" tackler I have ever seen and every thing legal that is Denis Boyd most notably of Wigan and Leigh amongst other clubs, for his trademark tackle he would run directly at a player coming forward and take off from about 5 meter's away, flying through the air horizontal resulting in almighty collisions, how he never maimed anyone for life I will never know, although many had to leave the field and not return.  

He called those tackles his "rib ticklers". Hard as nails.

 

I'd like to add Bob Blackwood. Six feet of barely repressed anger. Even his own fans booed him.

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For those old enought to rembember - Jonty Pilkington.he played for Saints in the 40s. The sight of him coming out of The Bird I'th Hand in the mid 60s was enough to scare the life out of me as a young boy!

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Self harmers aren't just found in the teenage girl cohort..... They can also be rugby league players and they can be terrifying as they throw themselves at others while relishing their own pain and torment. I know people who have nursed a few on psychiatric wards. Very scary on the field.

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I only like to mention players I have seen in my time but I am surprised no one has mentioned......

Vince Karalius

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cliff watson. would tackle a barn door....hard as nails as well.

someone mentioned steve breheny, he ended up as british wrestling champion and is a good friend of mine.

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I have first hand evidence of this as he smashed my nose across my face with a high shot when he was playing for Donny

 

Serves you right for going on to the pitch with yuor nose on. I always leave mine in the vallies bag with my wallet,or tape it up like Andy Farell did when he lost his nose.

 

Karl Fairbank

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I'd like to add Bob Blackwood. Six feet of barely repressed anger. Even his own fans booed him.

Ah, good old "Spanner" Blackwood, now there was a no nonsense kind of fellow. Hit first and ask questions later.

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Tyrone, just reminded me that Rochdale had the lure of Leigh lads as did Oldham must be something in the water over there, I know that Stan is a Welshman but Leigh is his adopted home and has been for over 60 years, he is in his 80's now coming to Leigh as a 20 year old in 1952.

Yeah, Stan was playing prop in my first game of Rugby League in 1966. His legs had gone by then but he was still a very clever player with the ball in hand. Our pack then had a bad reputation, as I said we had Stan, Kevin Ashcroft, Johnny Noon, Ken Parr, Jim Parr and the late, great Apisai Toga ( left us to play for St George when they were Australia's team ). A real set of rough handfuls. Toga was probably the guy you'd want to tackle the least, he was a huge guy but very fast and he ran with his knees coming up high. I remember a much smaller guy trying to tackle him in full flight, his knee came up right under the small guy's chin, sparked him out completely ! I was new to the game then and I honestly thought he was dead.

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