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Which classic Fev game do you wish was available on DVD?

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2 games from the sixties come to mind, the first being a midweek game with a 2.30 kick off against Hull, I can only think that it must have been a cup replay or clearing fixture backlog, I managed to get out of school to watch it, it was a dull afternoon and the game was near the end with Rovers 10-9 down, scoreboard clock showing time up with the famous red light on, Don Fox took the ball on what seemed to me to be the halfway line and launched a 'Hail Mary' drop goal that sailed over to make it 11-10.

The second game I only read the newspaper report on, once again pre floodlight days away to Widnes and needing a conversion to win. Terry Clawson took the kick and one touch judge was flag up and one was flag down with the referee deciding no goal, I would like to see this one just to see the confusion.

But as has been already said the Leeds C.C game would be a real treat to see again as this was as good a rovers performance as I have ever seen as a top Leeds team were dominated throughout with the highlight for me being John Newlove's try from halfway after receiving the ball at stand off from the scrum and running without a finger being laid upon him.

By watching these I could also see how accurate my memory is.

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impressive work! for an extra bonus point, can you name the winger who was Rovers' top try-scorer that season?

 

That'd be Dickie Marsh.

 

Good thread this.

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Wasn't it Mick Morgan sent off with Brian Lockwood ?

Richard, I think Mick Morgan was sent off against us playing for Wakefield in the 76 Cup run. In the next round we played HKR and I think John Millington was dismissed for Hull KR that day.

Someone mentioned The next round of that cup run earlier on, that was Leeds and a 33-7 victory. I remember all the three games mentioned as a 9 year old at the time. The two things I remember from the game were Dave Dyas' try in the corner at the POR end main stand side, to the acclamation of 'easy easy' and the fact that Leeds played in White, which at the time I'd never seen.

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That'd be Dickie Marsh.

 

Good thread this.

John Marsden and Kenny Kellett had just about retired ( The latter had) So Richard Marsh and David Barends got a good run in the disappointing 83/84 season. Chris Welburn was a winger who almost broke through thst season making a couple of appearances. The winger that I was most looking forward to seeing that year was Joe Bardgett, we'd acquired him from Carlisle where two years earlier, he'd won the BBC try of the season by going a hundred yards against John Basnett and the mighty Widnes defence. By the time we'd got him he looked like he couldn't score at an orgy.

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The second half of the Wigan game in 77 was shown on Grandstand. This was the game where Rovers clinched the title. It was a memorable day for Eddie Waring also, on returning to his car he was greeted by 5 or 6 fans who were celebrating by dancing on his car's bonnet. Segs were all the fashion then.

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A few more memories I would love to revisit at POR and enjoy the full game on DVD -

A very young Steve Evans coming on late as sub. ( v. Wakey ? Early 80s ) beating many players to score the winning try

Steve Hankins playing for Dewsbury - totally loosing it and getting sent off. We signed him shortly after.

Micky Gibbons going in from about 30 yards out ( v. Widnes ?) he just kept going and going taking players over with him. He came out of the shadow of Thompson etc after that.

Quite interesting really - this thread has really got the memories and juices flowing. There's a lot of noise and a faster pace of change than we have probably experienced before at Rovers. However as it's been stated before - all part of the rollercoaster that is rovers. Soon be Boxing Day. More memories to be banked.

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A few more memories I would love to revisit at POR and enjoy the full game on DVD -

A very young Steve Evans coming on late as sub. ( v. Wakey ? Early 80s ) beating many players to score the winning try

Steve Hankins playing for Dewsbury - totally loosing it and getting sent off. We signed him shortly after.

Micky Gibbons going in from about 30 yards out ( v. Widnes ?) he just kept going and going taking players over with him. He came out of the shadow of Thompson etc after that.

Quite interesting really - this thread has really got the memories and juices flowing. There's a lot of noise and a faster pace of change than we have probably experienced before at Rovers. However as it's been stated before - all part of the rollercoaster that is rovers. Soon be Boxing Day. More memories to be banked.

I think the Steve Evans try was the year of the players strike, the 1977/78 season. if not it was the relegation year 78/79.

My memory of a marvellous Steve Evans try was on Boxing Day 1980 v Leeds at Headingley, He went the length of the field leaving Neil Hague in his wake to score the only try in a really close encounter (something like 5-2, although that may have been the score in the 82/83 season) only to puke up his Christmas festivities just after touching down.

To me Steve Evans could have been a legend of the game, he had pace, power, a great pair of hands, a step, could play anywhere in the backs, could kick goals, I just felt that he never quite achieved the zenith, maybe perhaps the fact that GB were a poor team then, maybe his big money move to Hull where he was a medium suzed fush in a large pond. I'd be interested to hear other views about him.

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I would love 2 games, both against Australia 1959 and 1963. Don Fox at his best.

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If I could have a dream tape it would be Stevie Nash  or Brendon T

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My memory of a marvellous Steve Evans try was on Boxing Day 1980 v Leeds at Headingley, He went the length of the field leaving Neil Hague in his wake to score the only try in a really close encounter (something like 5-2, although that may have been the score in the 82/83 season) only to puke up his Christmas festivities just after touching down.

To me Steve Evans could have been a legend of the game, he had pace, power, a great pair of hands, a step, could play anywhere in the backs, could kick goals, I just felt that he never quite achieved the zenith, maybe perhaps the fact that GB were a poor team then, maybe his big money move to Hull where he was a medium suzed fush in a large pond. I'd be interested to hear other views about him.

It was indeed 5-2 to Fev in that 1980 Boxing Day game. If it's the game I'm thinking of, I was sitting behind the dugouts and remember the Leeds fans giving coach Sid Hynes some fearful barracking because one of his players had been getting treatment in the snowy conditions for about 5 minutes and Hynes hadn't ventured out to see if he was ok, eventually he did so and got even more catcalls. Think Leeds were going through a rough period at the time, they still had the likes of Atkinson, Dyl, Ward, Pitchford, Cookson and Eccles but a lot of them were near retirement.

I might be getting my games mixed up but I also remember another low-scoring game at Leeds (probably a year or two before) where Dave Vickers had his career-best performance by a country mile and tore them apart. Not sure he ever came close to it before or after.

Steve Evans was one of the most naturally gifted players of his generation. If he lacked anything it was probably a bit of "mongrel", but he was so exciting to watch, he came along at around the same time as John Gilbert and in seven or eight years watching Fev prior to that I'd never seen that sort of raw talent from any of our threequarters (despite that amazing Mick Smith Wembley try).

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It was indeed 5-2 to Fev in that 1980 Boxing Day game. If it's the game I'm thinking of, I was sitting behind the dugouts and remember the Leeds fans giving coach Sid Hynes some fearful barracking because one of his players had been getting treatment in the snowy conditions for about 5 minutes and Hynes hadn't ventured out to see if he was ok, eventually he did so and got even more catcalls. Think Leeds were going through a rough period at the time, they still had the likes of Atkinson, Dyl, Ward, Pitchford, Cookson and Eccles but a lot of them were near retirement.

I might be getting my games mixed up but I also remember another low-scoring game at Leeds (probably a year or two before) where Dave Vickers had his career-best performance by a country mile and tore them apart. Not sure he ever came close to it before or after.

Steve Evans was one of the most naturally gifted players of his generation. If he lacked anything it was probably a bit of "mongrel", but he was so exciting to watch, he came along at around the same time as John Gilbert and in seven or eight years watching Fev prior to that I'd never seen that sort of raw talent from any of our threequarters (despite that amazing Mick Smith Wembley try).

was that dave vickers game on grandstand?

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I think the Steve Evans try was the year of the players strike, the 1977/78 season. if not it was the relegation year 78/79.

My memory of a marvellous Steve Evans try was on Boxing Day 1980 v Leeds at Headingley, He went the length of the field leaving Neil Hague in his wake to score the only try in a really close encounter (something like 5-2, although that may have been the score in the 82/83 season) only to puke up his Christmas festivities just after touching down.

To me Steve Evans could have been a legend of the game, he had pace, power, a great pair of hands, a step, could play anywhere in the backs, could kick goals, I just felt that he never quite achieved the zenith, maybe perhaps the fact that GB were a poor team then, maybe his big money move to Hull where he was a medium suzed fush in a large pond. I'd be interested to hear other views about him.

 Remember that try well Andrew. Lived in Leeds at the time. He made quite a few breaks that day. A class player. I reminded him of that try recently and he couldn't remember it. I also remember him scoring a try off the left wing against Australia when they were truly great. In my opinion he was one of the best. He often said thast when he played against us for Hull especially in 83 his heart wasn't really in it to beat his old team. But he was good. Later on we did quite a lot of work together for the Fev Charity. He organised the golf tournaments. Always a Fev lad in reality.

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There was a game on granstand I think it may have been the year Rovers got relegated 78/79 or the year before. They played either Salford or St. Helens and lost 19-20 I think. I vaguely recall Steve Evans punching the air to the Rovers fans as he put them into the lead early in the second half. Old Rover, I think Dave Vickers featured in that game.

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I think it's safe to say Steve Evans had something special.

His entry to the pro game was certainly with a bang. We often remember and recall on this forum all the ex Rovers who return to haunt us, however I feel there are just as many who never reach the heights they do at Rovers (just my opinion) .

I feel we definitely saw the best of Steve. As mentioned via an earlier post - as a very young man in a weakish GB team he was more than a handful for an amazing Aussie team.

The memories fade as the years go by however we all remember his amazing Boxing Day performance at Leeds, made all the more remarkable by the "stories" circulating at the time of him being out on the town the evening before and viciously hung over during the game.

It never really tallied with the polite young man off the field and the genius on it in his younger years.

I agree with AV - could have been a legend of the game. Still a rovers legend for me. Although they both wore the same shirt in different generations an Evans / Newlove centre partnership would have been a bit special.

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Just been reading about Steve Evans on the hateful Wikipedia site. Whichever clown did his bio says that he was a Rugby League star of the 60s 70s and 80s. He must have been a star at a young age as someone said because he was born in 1960.

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There was a game on granstand I think it may have been the year Rovers got relegated 78/79 or the year before. They played either Salford or St. Helens and lost 19-20 I think. I vaguely recall Steve Evans punching the air to the Rovers fans as he put them into the lead early in the second half. Old Rover, I think Dave Vickers featured in that game.

It was Saints away i remember it well, im sure Quinny had a kick from the touchline late on to win us the game and missed

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Going back to the very early days one of my all time greats was Eric Batten. I remember him jumping over players including Altass of the Rovers and the try he scored in the 52 final. He was the fittest of the fit. Ialso remember him being faced as a Rovers player with two players. Batten of course was a winger. He was faced with the opposing centre and wingman. He did something I have never seen since. He turned and ran in the same direction as the opposition staying in between the centre and the winger. That meant the centre couldn't pass to the winger. He then reached backwards from his central position and tackled the centre with his right hand whilst shielding that player from passing he ball. Slowing the two down also enabled the cover to get over and help him finalise his efforts. Memory seems to be not always with me but Tuss Griffiths comes to mind in the season that Doncaster borrowed a lot of players and were high up the league. Tuss thought he was through but the legendry Batten shoulder charge flattened him .Those were the days.

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