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  1. Looking at my old autograph book and came across these pages from 1962. Peter Birchall used to work with my Dad and got the autographs for me. .
  2. Sorry to hear the sad news. I've many happy memories watching him play. R.I.P.
  3. A really great player. A rugby legend and the best player I've seen in a Hornet's shirt. R.I.P.
  4. The Hornets v Leigh Semi was played on Thurs 23rd Sept 1965 and the final was Friday 29th October 1965. Wikipedia gives Hornets team for the final as R Pritchard, A Pratt, G Starkey, J Chamberlain, G Unsworth, M Garforth, J Fishwick, P Birchall, K Ashcroft, S Owen, K Parr, A Toga, M Baxter. V Drui came on as a sub. Graham Starkey scored all Hornets points. Two substitutes had just been allowed but only for injury. I think you could only substitute in the first half in those days. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
  5. I remember George Parkinson playing stand off for a very good Swinton team.
  6. A game I remember was in 1965 when we beat Leigh 19-0 at the Athletic Ground in the semi final of the Lancashire Cup. Johnny Noon was player coach. He played when he was ineligible because of suspension. Hornets had included a second team cup competition match as one of the matches counting towards his ban . He had played too many first team matches to be eligible to play in the second team cup so it could not count. Luckily the RL didn't disqualify us. Mick Baxter made a superb break for one of the tries. Unfortunately we lost to Warrington in the final at St Helen's on a Friday night. The pack was quite formidable at that time with a front row of Stan Owen, Kevin Ashcroft, Peter Birchall. Behind them were Apesai Toga, Ken Parr and Mick Baxter. Many clubs complained at the hard approach adopted by Noon's team and I have to admit we seemed to appear in front of the disciplinary panel fairly often.
  7. The Bill Holliday drop goal against Leeds in the John Player match was one of the highlights for me. Especially as I went to work in Leeds several years later and their fans still remembered it. Another match I remember was in 1964 or 65. We had drawn with Hull in the Challenge Cup on the Saturday and had a try dubiously disallowed for offside. The replay was a mid week afternoon as pre floodlight days. About 6 of the 15 lads who were in the same form as I was at Heywood G.S. had either dental or optician appointments or headaches that afternoon. We were beaten easily. I missed a Woodwork lesson and justice was done as I failed Woodwork O level. One regret is that I missed the 5-3 loss to Wigan in the 1958 Challenge Cup semi final as my cousin got married on the day. My Dad promised to take me to Wembley when we get there!! Still waiting. Since 1954 I've seen many great matches and many I would like to forget as well although I can say that I've never walked out of a game before the end. I came close to it a couple of times last year. I've also seen some great players such as Ted Cahill, Bill Hanson, Johnny Fishwick, Norman Short, Jim Parr, Mick Baxter, Alan Robinson. Alan Hodkinson, Graham Starkey, John Butler and of course Frank Myler to name a few from the past.
  8. The squad seems to be developing well. However I feel we need a bit more weight and power in the forwards. Hopefully this will be rectified before the start of the season. A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year to everyone.
  9. I think it was removed because some of the comments were a bit over the top. I hasten to add that these were comments from a couple of Swinton supporters who unfortunately started name calling each other. I must point out that a lot of comments from other Swinton supporters were informative and helpful. It's a pity that a couple of people spoilt it.
  10. Feel sorry for Doncaster.. According to fixtures following that link they play both North Wales away with a 14-30 KO and then Keighley away with a 15-00 KO on that day. Our first home match isn't until 8th March against Keighley.
  11. I read the article earlier this week and was surprised that there was no comment until now. I do not know all the facts. However having read the article and with what has been written on this forum I feel that the club is tearing itself apart. It is a sad state of affairs that such a toxic atmosphere prevails. I hope that both factions can come together for the benefit of the club as I guess that they both want to see success on and off the field. Unfortunately I fear there will be neither unity nor success.
  12. As a very long time supporter who belongs to neither of the warring factions, I fear for the future of the club.. Everybody needs to pull together but I doubt this will happen. There have been troubled times in the past but I can't remember such acrimony before. I am starting to lose interest and wonder if I will become an armchair supporter next year (assuming there is a club to support). At least I will save myself the entrance money and a near 100 mile trip for home matches.
  13. Pedro

    The Final

    Well done Oldham. Many congratulations from a Hornets fan.
  14. Glad I decided to give this match a miss and watch cricket instead. The worst season I've ever endured and I've watched Hornets for over 60 years! Not scored a single point and conceded 186 in the last three matches. I dread to think what will happen next season. A lot of questions need to be answered. The infighting off the pitch may have had an effect as I've not seen such a bunch of disillusioned players represent Hornets.
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