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It's a certain Monday evening match in Scarborough for me back in 1991in which a legend made his debut scoring with his first touch of the ball.

 

Or at Elland Road versus Hunslet where the same player picked the ball up in his own in goal area, saw a defender coming so went further into his in goal then out to beat ever player on the pitch with Dennis Bailey right behind him telling him to go under the posts.

Still not sure if this happened or if it was a dream resulting from too much special brew and a dodgy pie BUT I seem to remember Tony Fishers first game in charge was away to Huddersfield.

The team that day had the fastest back division I've ever seen in Dewsbury colours, and included Eddie Rombo, Dennis Bailey, Eric ? Kebbie, and I think Marquis Charles. We put around forty points past a useful Huddersfield team in one of the most thrilling displays I'd ever seen by a Dewsbury side. The ever sporting fartowners , (McAlpiners if you like),blamed their teams display on everything from bent refs and touchies, to the bloke in the burger van outside. Those with good memories will remember the game and the team that day (maybe even name it) - if they don't, then this is the bit where I fall out of bed and wake up, :rolleyes:  

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Still not sure if this happened or if it was a dream resulting from too much special brew and a dodgy pie BUT I seem to remember Tony Fishers first game in charge was away to Huddersfield.

The team that day had the fastest back division I've ever seen in Dewsbury colours, and included Eddie Rombo, Dennis Bailey, Eric ? Kebbie, and I think Marquis Charles. We put around forty points past a useful Huddersfield team in one of the most thrilling displays I'd ever seen by a Dewsbury side. The ever sporting fartowners , (McAlpiners if you like),blamed their teams display on everything from bent refs and touchies, to the bloke in the burger van outside. Those with good memories will remember the game and the team that day (maybe even name it) - if they don't, then this is the bit where I fall out of bed and wake up, :rolleyes:  

Seem to remember a few players were brought back into the fold for this game. If I remember correclty Chris North was playing wing and Andy Dickinson and Shayne Williams had stormers that day. We scored about 4 long range tries as well.

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Mighty Saints at crown flatt, 4-2 to saints with minutes left then a glorious move from the base of a scrum and full back Adrian Rushton scorched onto a short ball scything through the Saints defence and launched himself into a victorious swallow dive under the sticks then inexplicably drops the ball mid flight with no one near him, joy to despair in an instant. 71/72 season. Never seen us beat Saints to this day.

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Best: Scarborough 16 - Dewsbury 17, 1991

Dewsbury (with Paul Shuttleworth sent off and Dennis Bailey sin-binned) 3 - Hull KR 2, circa 1989 (beating Division One Wakefield and Halifax in that period came close)

Beating Hull at home in 1996 with Barry Eaton running riot was good too.

 

Worst:

Runcorn Highfield 9 - Dewsbury 2, 1991

 

Did anyone here go to the Regal Trophy draw with Saints at Knowsley Road in about 1990? I didn't but I remember listening to it on the wireless.

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Best: Scarborough 16 - Dewsbury 17, 1991

Dewsbury (with Paul Shuttleworth sent off and Dennis Bailey sin-binned) 3 - Hull KR 2, circa 1989 (beating Division One Wakefield and Halifax in that period came close)

Beating Hull at home in 1996 with Barry Eaton running riot was good too.

 

Worst:

Runcorn Highfield 9 - Dewsbury 2, 1991

 

Did anyone here go to the Regal Trophy draw with Saints at Knowsley Road in about 1990? I didn't but I remember listening to it on the wireless.

 

surely that's t'wireless?

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Best: Scarborough 16 - Dewsbury 17, 1991

Dewsbury (with Paul Shuttleworth sent off and Dennis Bailey sin-binned) 3 - Hull KR 2, circa 1989 (beating Division One Wakefield and Halifax in that period came close)

Beating Hull at home in 1996 with Barry Eaton running riot was good too.

 

Worst:

Runcorn Highfield 9 - Dewsbury 2, 1991

 

Did anyone here go to the Regal Trophy draw with Saints at Knowsley Road in about 1990? I didn't but I remember listening to it on the wireless.

 

Was that the game we drew 12 - 12, Saints scored late on to force a replay at Wakefield?

 

My memory is not what it was......

 

I do remember Denis Trembeth at Knowsley Road, in a XXXL Duffle Coat when on the Sub's bench, the sleeves only just passed his elbow...lol (I wonder what he is doing now?)

 

The Saints Players and Fans couldn't believe their eyes!!

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Yes, that would be the game. I was at the replay when they beat us by about 20-odd points, presumably after an almighty rollocking from Alex Murphy.

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Was that the game we drew 12 - 12, Saints scored late on to force a replay at Wakefield?

 

My memory is not what it was......

 

I do remember Denis Trembeth at Knowsley Road, in a XXXL Duffle Coat when on the Sub's bench, the sleeves only just passed his elbow...lol (I wonder what he is doing now?)

 

The Saints Players and Fans couldn't believe their eyes!!

There's a Dennis Trembath working for Speight's Brewery in New Zealand. It certainly looks like him. He moved from Christchurch to Dunedin after the 2011 earthquake.

 

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/278967/fairfield-ideal

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My outstanding memories probably categorise me as a "glass half-full" type but I prefer to think that I simply err on the side of the ironic.

 

I do remember playing Keighley at home in 76 when all we had to do was gain a straightforward win to avoid a relegation struggle, playing against a side already condemned to the 2nd division. We lost as a part of a run of eight losses in 10 games which saw us go down by 2 points.

 

I recall watching a strong Dewsbury side (Stephenson, Grayshon, Alan Bates et al) throw away a comfortable lead at a vastly inferior Bramley to lose the game (Yorkshire cup?) thanks to downright laziness by players who simply thought they were superior on the day and didn't need to do any better.

 

I remember the delight of seeing us overcome Leeds at home under the brief leadership of Lewis Jones when Phil Artis demonstrated all of his maverick skills in one match. never really to be seen again.

 

I remember with some awe the crowd that saw us narrowly lose at home to St Helens in the late 70's in the Challenge Cup which seemed to completely engulf Crown Flatt yet was said to number only around 12000.

 

I was at our defeat by Runcorn in March 91 when they broke the then-longest run without a win in professional RL by defeating us 9-2. Everything about that day was pretty awful - it attracted a crowd of 330 yet they still ran out of pies before the kick off and the rain teemed through the perforated stand roof throughout.

 

I gleefully remember Neil Kelly laying out the Keighley hooker (Ramshaw?) at Lawkholme Lane then simply walking off the pitch before the referee had chance to say a thing.

 

I remember the Cardiff coach driver playing for them in the second half of their only game against us at Crown Flatt, and playing as well as the rest of them.

 

I shudder to remember Dicky Doel nearly taking Nigel Stephenson's head off when playing for Blackpool who had turned up a man short. Fortunately in those days referees had a sense of humour and could see the incongruity of sending off a players for committing such a foul against his own team, so he got away with a warning.

 

The outstanding highlight however has to be our game against Rochdale in January 83 which ended up at 0 - 0 and was surely a living advert for all of the glories to be gained from winter RL. If you were there then you will recall what I mean, and if you weren't then it could never be adequately described. A veil would best be drawn over that one.

 

 

Many, many happy days!!

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Mighty Saints at crown flatt, 4-2 to saints with minutes left then a glorious move from the base of a scrum and full back Adrian Rushton scorched onto a short ball scything through the Saints defence and launched himself into a victorious swallow dive under the sticks then inexplicably drops the ball mid flight with no one near him, joy to despair in an instant. 71/72 season. Never seen us beat Saints to this day.

Oh I remember it well.

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Another one from the championship season, a Wednesday night a Central Park, Wigan. Scores locked at 7-7 (or 9-9 can't remember exactly), last couple of minutes and Nigel Stephenson launches a drop kick from 40 yards, my abiding memory is of him turning away as soon as it left his boot knowing full well where it was going. As an 11 year old I thought all this was normal!

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So many moments on which to reflect.

The four Challenge Cup semi-final defeats.

Losing at Runcorn, when the day before Glen Coughlan confidently told me in Comet that we would NOT lose.

The 3-2 defeat of HKR that rainy Thursday evening with Dave Watkinson as our captain and he of countless years with Hull Kingston, plus the sending off of Psul Shuttleworth.

The 0-0 draw with Rochdale.

The 1-0 win over York with Nigel Stephenson scoring the first ever one pointer (I think).

Eddie Rombo's tries at Scarborough on his debut with his first touch of the ball wearing the Red, Amber and Black and the game's last handling moment. His try at Hunslet and his slurp of a supporter's champagne after one of his tries in the 90-5 victory over Blackpool.

Beating Wigan at Central Park when the Wigan players stopped to hear the referee blow his whistle for a forward pass, which didn't happen and we scored. Meeting my hero, Billy Boston, in the club house afterwards.

Winning at Saints 12-7 with a supporter claiming after the game that they had seven players missing. He was surprised when I told him we had the same number out and that our star player, Bernard Gray, at full back, was one of our second teasers playing that night.

Grand final winners in 2000 was an amazing game, after losing to Hunslet the previous year.

Winning the Championship in 1973 was obviously the culmination of a great season with an excellent set of players.

Yet my overriding reminiscence is the semi-final that year at Warrington. That was a superb team event where the saying "defence wins games" was certainly borne out.

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Another one from the championship season, a Wednesday night a Central Park, Wigan. Scores locked at 7-7 (or 9-9 can't remember exactly), last couple of minutes and Nigel Stephenson launches a drop kick from 40 yards, my abiding memory is of him turning away as soon as it left his boot knowing full well where it was going. As an 11 year old I thought all this was normal!

Your not exaggerating either I remember it just as you have described.

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My first ever Dewsbury game was against St Helens in the Challenge Cup 1977. I am not quite sure of the score. We lost but it wasn't by much. It was the game that got me hooked.

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My first ever Dewsbury game was against St Helens in the Challenge Cup 1977. I am not quite sure of the score. We lost but it wasn't by much. It was the game that got me hooked.

Busiest I ever saw crown flatts

It was jammed...

Also first time I saw trouble at a game too behind the long stand.

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Not necessarily the best game, but a memorable one, for me, was at a packed Crown Flatt against a Wakefield side in their pomp in the days of the Fox/Skene centre pairing, perhaps a Yorkshire Cup Semi-Final, with a one-eyed referee who penalized Dewsbury if they so much as breathed too loudly. In spite of his best efforts, Dewsbury were holding on to a one-point lead until the ref gave a penalty to Trinity in front of the posts which Neil Fox duly slotted over.

As they reformed at the halfway line for the subsequent kick-off, Gwynn Davies did what every Dewsbury supporter in the crowd would have loved to do at that very moment, and caught the referee with a beautiful roundhouse, flush on the jaw.

Thus ended Davies' RL career, as he got a sine die suspension for that particular, but very understandable, indiscretion.

 

I also fully endorse those mentions of the championship play-off semi-final at the Wilderspool. Warrington had a fully-equipped refreshments stand operating on the Dewsbury 25 yard-line (in spite of the then-recent advent of decimalization that's what we still called it in those days) for virtually the entire second half, but the Dewsbury defence was truly impregnable. The Americans may talk about the Alamo, the Filipinos may talk about Corregidor, the British about Rorke's Drift, but this beat them all in terms of defensive tactics and effort.   It was absolutely heart stopping, with so many apparently impossible last ditch tackles, that to single out any one would be an injustice to a hundred more.

 

Days like that make you forget the other 99% of the time when you come away from the ground muttering "never again"!

 

Anyway, as I monitor events from afar via the ether, I hope that the pre-season optimism is fully justified, starting with a victory over Fev tomorrow in the hurricane season you're currently enduring. It does seem that there is better reason for eager anticipation of the season's start than has been the case for a few years. I have to rely on you guys' best assessments so I'm hoping that you're right!   

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Not necessarily the best game, but a memorable one, for me, was at a packed Crown Flatt against a Wakefield side in their pomp in the days of the Fox/Skene centre pairing, perhaps a Yorkshire Cup Semi-Final, with a one-eyed referee who penalized Dewsbury if they so much as breathed too loudly. In spite of his best efforts, Dewsbury were holding on to a one-point lead until the ref gave a penalty to Trinity in front of the posts which Neil Fox duly slotted over.

As they reformed at the halfway line for the subsequent kick-off, Gwynn Davies did what every Dewsbury supporter in the crowd would have loved to do at that very moment, and caught the referee with a beautiful roundhouse, flush on the jaw.

Thus ended Davies' RL career, as he got a sine die suspension for that particular, but very understandable, indiscretion.

 

I also fully endorse those mentions of the championship play-off semi-final at the Wilderspool. Warrington had a fully-equipped refreshments stand operating on the Dewsbury 25 yard-line (in spite of the then-recent advent of decimalization that's what we still called it in those days) for virtually the entire second half, but the Dewsbury defence was truly impregnable. The Americans may talk about the Alamo, the Filipinos may talk about Corregidor, the British about Rorke's Drift, but this beat them all in terms of defensive tactics and effort.   It was absolutely heart stopping, with so many apparently impossible last ditch tackles, that to single out any one would be an injustice to a hundred more.

 

Days like that make you forget the other 99% of the time when you come away from the ground muttering "never again"!

 

Anyway, as I monitor events from afar via the ether, I hope that the pre-season optimism is fully justified, starting with a victory over Fev tomorrow in the hurricane season you're currently enduring. It does seem that there is better reason for eager anticipation of the season's start than has been the case for a few years. I have to rely on you guys' best assessments so I'm hoping that you're right!   

I was there, and TBH, I can hardly remember the match. Strangely enough, my one overiding memory, was of one belligerent Dewsbury fan informing an equally belligerent and very hefty Warrington woman that she had more mouth than a cow had .... well best not to go there, but it was the first time I'd heard really bad language at a match though. Had the crowd in stitches (even the good ladies husband seemed amused) but not to be condoned I suppose. I left the ground ecstatic, but with little recollection of the game, and of course the subsequent celebrations didn't help my memory of events.

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Busiest I ever saw crown flatts

It was jammed...

Also first time I saw trouble at a game too behind the long stand.

Yes! I recall the gridlock coming up the hill and I recall some crowd trouble behind the sticks at The Bywell end.

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Busiest I ever saw crown flatts

It was jammed...

Also first time I saw trouble at a game too behind the long stand.

 

 

We lost 11 - 8 and I believe that the gate was announced as 11,000 which was lower than the previous game against Wakefield. This was in the days when the gates were simply counted mechanically and the money collected in bags by committee members, so many an eyebrow was raised at the declared attendance.

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