The greatest let down for me was a signing that didn’t take place. Well it did, but... I’ll try and explain. We agreed a swap deal with Bradford Northern whereby Peter Mullins transferred to the Odsal club and their scrum half (Barry Seabourne I believe) was signed by us - note that.
Said player never want to move and didn’t put pen to paper.
Clive Wilsher in the sixties. He managed to score a try against Cas, but he should have been stopped. The line in front of him was wide open, but instead of crossing the line and then touching down near the posts, he decided to cut inside first and eventually did score amidst a mass of bodies. Whatever happened to him?
In the fifties we had two props who went by the names of Judge and Dolan. I know little about them, but on taking parental guidance, agreed they were useless. They played regularly and took their weekly match fees until retirement I guess. What became of them I wonder?
Derrell Olpherts. Let down for us because he wasn’t given the chance. Wonder where he is now?
In the same category, but as coach, my nomination would be Glenn Morrison. It took us some time to realise he wasn’t a good coach, but yes, a good player. What’s he doing these days?
In the refereeing section, it must go to a man by the name of Mr Meskimmon of Brighouse. Not a let down for us because he allowed Jim Naylor (I think) to take a pass, run 25 yards unopposed and score the winning try at Central Park. Unopposed because all the Wigan players stopped for the referee to blow for a forward pass. Result: Wigan 5-11 Dewxbury (I met my hero, Billy Boston in the bar afterwards). Result for the referee: never heard of again, lost in the fog of that evening probably