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Obituary - Leigh Centurions

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#21 Trojan

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

No age to die. Very sad. A great player. Memories of League games on Saturday afternoons and Eddie Waring come to mind.

“Few thought him even a starter.There were many who thought themselves smarter. But he ended PM, CH and OM. An Earl and a Knight of the Garter.”

Clement Attlee.

#22 Johnoco

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

Sad to hear this news. My condolences to his family & friends. RIP

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#23 fieldofclothofgold

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

RIP Dave.
The following is taken from the Barrow Who's Who written by Dave Huitson, Steve Andrews and myself.
Readers may find it interesting.



(1980 to 1981)

Date of birth: 10 April, 1948.
Place of birth: St Helens (Lancashire).
Signed from: St Helens RLFC (on 11 June, 1980) for a fee of £7,500.
Debut: 24 August, 1980 v Warrington (at home).
Last appearance: 30 August, 1981 v Leigh (at home).
Went to: Warrington RLFC (on 19 October, 1981).
Known professional career:
Leigh (1967 to 1971).
Warrington (1971 to 1975).
Swinton (1975 to 1976).
Leigh (1976 to 1977).
St Helens (1977 to 1979).
Barrow (1980 to 1981).
Warrington (1981 to 1984).
Rochdale Hornets (1984).
Mansfield Marksman (1985).
Keighley (1985).

Known family connections:
Brother of Eric (St Helens) and Les (Huyton) who also played professionally.

Record for Barrow RFC:

Total Apps:




Starting positions:
Prop Forward (38).
Substitute (1).
Career length: 1 year 7 days.

The much-travelled Dave Chisnall was one of the best prop forwards in the game in the 1970s and 1980s and was a great character too. He was brought to Barrow for the 1980/81 season at a time when coach frank Foster was looking for a pack leader. Dave was seen as the man to do that job and Barrow had no hesitation in paying out the not inconsiderable sum of £7,500 to ensure they got their man. It turned out to be money well spent. Barrow were something of a yo-yo side at this period in time – far too good for Division Two but always fighting relegation when in Division One. Prior to Dave’s arrival the relegation fights had always ended in failure but with the big man leading Barrow around the park they managed to finish the 1980/81 season in a respectable mid-table position in the top league. There was also the added bonus of reaching a major final (for the first time since 1967) when the side reached the final of the John Player Trophy. Unfortunately Barrow lost that game (ironically against one of Dave’s former clubs – Warrington) but the interest generated in the town in the build up to that match was incredible. Dave had played in all but one of Barrow’s matches in 1980/81 and his influence on the team cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, he left Barrow (transferring to Warrington) after playing just three first team matches in 1981/82 but will always be remembered by the Craven Park supporters for his massive contribution to the Barrow cause during his time with the club. Throughout his career Dave was regularly ridiculed and cat-called by opposition supporters for his size. He appeared to be overweight and unfit but a brief look at his career and achievements show this to be far from the case. Dave had begun his Rugby League career in the amateur ranks with Parr Labour Club ARLFC and progressed to the professional ranks when he signed for Leigh RLFC in 1967. Eighteen years (and several clubs) later the curtain came down on a fantastic career when he played his final senior match (for Keighley) in 1985. His love affair with professional Rugby League didn’t end there though. He moved into the coaching side of the game and enjoyed spells as coach to both the Leigh RLFC and St Helens RLFC Alliance teams before reappearing briefly at senior level as head coach to Runcorn (from June 1989 to October 1990). During his long and illustrious career Dave played well in excess of 500 senior professional matches and amassed somewhere in the region of 80 tries. He was a Lancashire and Great Britain player and toured Australasia with the Great Britain squad in 1970. These statistics set Dave aside as one of the greatest forwards in the history of the game. He probably enjoyed his best days in Rugby League during his two spells with the Warrington club. The following profile is taken from the book “Warrington RLFC – 100 Greats”, which was written by Eddie Fuller and Gary Slater:
Dave Chisnall was one of Warrington’s greatest entertainers, being a prop-forward with a sense of humour and a flair for the dramatic. During his first spell with the club, ‘Chissie’ was one of the best props in the business, winning 4 England caps and making 5 appearances for Lancashire. The front row of Chisnall, hooker Kevin Ashcroft and blindside-prop Brian Brady was the foundation for much of the remarkable success achieved by Alex Murphy's team. Billy Benyon brought Chisnall back to Wilderspool in October 1981 for his strength, experience and bare-faced cheek. Against Bradford Northern at Wilderspool in September 1982, for example, Chisnall scored an outrageous try when he twice sold dummies to would-be tacklers on the half-way line before charging clear to touch down at the Railway End. Chisnall had first signed for Warrington more than a decade earlier, in August 1971, when Murphy paid Leigh a club record £8,000 for the 5ft 9in, sixteen stone forward. The following month he was sent off for flattening Peter Walker, the Bradford hooker, and banned for six matches, but he soon settled down to become one of the leading lights in the team. For three seasons, Chisnall hardly missed a match as Warrington won the League Leaders' rose bowl (1972/73), the Captain Morgan Trophy, the Player's No.6 Trophy, the Challenge Cup and the Club Championship (all 1973/74) and reached the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy final and Challenge Cup final again (both in 1974/75). Chisnall was the Warrington captain for the return trip to Wembley but, five months later, he fell out with Murphy and was sold to Swinton for £5,000. Spells with Leigh, St Helens and Barrow followed before he returned to Wilderspool. ‘It was an incredible honour for me to captain the side at Wembley,’ said Chisnall. ‘It was such a huge occasion. I was quite calm after we'd won it the year before but it was terribly disappointing when we lost. Playing at Wilderspool was always special, particularly in the big games. We had a big rivalry with Featherstone and Dewsbury during my first spell with the club and the ground was always packed when they came to play. I enjoyed coming back to play at the ground when I was at other clubs too. The fans always treated me as one of their own and there was a great rapport.’

nice tribute

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#24 Bleep1673

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:37 PM


I always hated watching him play, mainly because he was a monster who tore us apart.

Cracking player though. Did his job well.
Swinton RLFC est 1866 - Supplying England with players when most of your clubs were in nappies

#25 Honor James

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:26 PM


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

#26 del capo

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:02 PM

Obituary in the Times today

Can't do the 'linky ' thing. Good read for an honest journeyman of our game. Anyone help ?

And thanks for the memories Dave....

#27 amm

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

Whilst I do not suffer fools gladly, I will always gladly make fools suffer

A man is getting along on the road of wisdom when he realises that his opinion is just an opinion