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  1. I think Excolt is referring to New Zealander Dean Lonergan who played for Hornets in 1989. He played a massive part in the 1989 Boxing Day match against Oldham which Hornets won 24-12 in front of 8150 spectators. Not a bad crowd for a second division match but both clubs were pushing for promotion. I remember being there. The Hornets team included some great players. According to a report I found the teams were HORNETS: Chris Myler; John Higgins, Mark Lord, Mark Nixon, Karl Marriott; John Woods, Andy Sullivan; Paul Gamble, Martin Hall, Neil Cowie, Dean Lonergan, Tony Humphries, Paul McDermott. Subs: Steve Turner, Bob Marsden. OLDHAM: Gary Hyde; Charlie McAlister, Des Foy, Richard Irving, Paul Lord; Brett Clark, Mike Ford; John Fairbank, Richard Russell, John Fieldhouse, Keith Newton, Trevor Croston, John Cogger. Subs: Kevin Meadows, Keith Atkinson Lonergan, Woods, Gamble and McDermott scored tries for Hornets with Turner landing three goals and Woods one. Wingers Lord and McAlister crossed for Oldham while McAlister also kicked two goals.
  2. Signings seem thin on the ground compared to some of our rivals. Are any of last year's squad on a two year contract?
  3. @Anita Bath More bad news I'm afraid. Norman Short, another great stalwart from the 1950s and 60s, has passed away. My condolences to family and friends of both Gerry and Norman . I have fond memories of watching them play at The Athletic Ground. I found this on https://www.facebook.com/pg/Rochdale-Hornets-RLFC-1958-64-2052903584996623/posts/ I think it was written by the son of another great Hornets player from that era Jim Parr. "I don't mind admitting that I shed a few tears this morning on hearing that Norman Short passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning. He was 89. Deservedly voted in the Heroes of Hornets X111 several years ago, Norman was another of Hornets Leigh born one club men of that era. He played for the club from 1952 until 1965 amassing 331 appearances and scoring 79 tries, had a benefit season in 1963 and his Heritage number is 603 Norman was described as a fast, classy centre with an eye for the try line and was a good tackler too. He made his debut on 21/12/52 in the 2-2 home draw against Widnes with Shorty kicking the Hornets goal. His final game in Rochdale colours was away at Huddersfield on April 20th 1965 in a 34-10 'Bottom 14' play off defeat. On a personal note Norman was a lovely, lovely guy who helped us carry dads coffin at his funeral. I always looked forward to seeing him at the Hornets ex-players functions when he would always greet me with a handshake and a hug, which meant so much to me. He will be greatly missed by all and my thoughts are with Dorothy and all their family at this very sad time" "Onward Hornets Onward" Also this was on the Oldham web site which I thought was a nice touch. "Similar expressions of sympathy and condolence go from all at Roughyeds to the Crown Oil Arena where Rochdale Hornets are mourning the passing of two players, Norman Short and Gerry Unsworth, with whom Oldham players have had many a contest on the field in years gone by. Both players signed for Hornets from the Leigh area as young lads and played their entire professional careers at the old Athletic Grounds. Gerry, a winger, scored 82 tries in 236 appearances in the 1950s and 60s. He was 86. Norman, who had many a battle with our very own Alan Davies, a fellow Leigh lad, was an accomplished centre who scored 79 tries in 331 games over 13 seasons between 1952 and 1965. A few years ago, Hornets fans voted him into the club’s best-ever 13. He died, aged 89."
  4. I wasn't at the match but wonder if our deserved reputation for poor discipline is clouding the judgement of some referees. Shaun Robinson's sending off may have had a bearing on the result at Crusaders. The disciplinary panel decided no charge. Similarly Rangi Chase yellow card at the end of the match also resulted in no charge. Case Number: ON/1125/21 Shaun Robinson #32, Rochdale Competition: League 1 Match: North Wales v Rochdale Match Date: 2021-08-29 Incident: High tackle in the 21st minute Decision: No charge Charge Detail: Opponents height drops significantly prior to contact. The player does not rotate his shoulder. The player has bent his knees and has made reasonable adaptions and does not have time to prepare for the sudden drop by the opponent?s head who looks to duck under contact. Rangi Chase Incident: High tackle in the 78th minute Decision: No charge Charge Detail: Player is reaching for contact after being obstructed by opponents team mate and fleetingly makes contact with the head/shoulder area with an open hand.
  5. Good to get a win. Followed it on Twitter and seemed a lot of errors but we appear to be heading in the right direction. Likely to miss Marriott for a couple of matches. I was wondering why Freeman does not take the kicks at goal. Against York Acorn in the cup a couple of years ago he kicked every one in exceptionally windy conditions.
  6. Pedro

    Hunslet

    A very poor performance. Hunslet deserved the win and wanted it more than us. With a few notable exceptions we were out enthused. Too many penalties and silly mistakes. At the start of the season I was hopeful of a good campaign but I'm not now. Something seems to be wrong. I know we are hit by injuries but I thought the squad had enough strength in depth.
  7. I couldn't find it either. I assumed as fans were being allowed it wasn't being streamed. Not sure if I can make it. Are tickets only available in advance from Cougar's website? If so where are Hornet's supporters going?
  8. Pedro

    Today?

    A very poor first half display with far too many basic errors. We were never really in it after the terrible start. Improved when Penky came on but not much creativity from anyone else. The pack held its own but the backs made a lot of mistakes. My start of season optimism took a knock today as we seem rudderless when Penky is not on the field.
  9. A competitive game and as Doug said a good run out. For a first match a very reasonable performance although still work to do but it looks as though we have a sound base on which to build. We need to cut out the penalties. Why was a penalty try not awarded when Johnson was sent off as there was no doubt that the Hornet's player was in the act of scoring? Is this another rule change?
  10. Great hooker. In his Rochdale days he always seemed to get us more than our fair share of ball from the scrum. That was in the days when scrums were contested of course. RIP and thanks for happy memories watching you play.
  11. A great second rower. One of the best I've seen.
  12. 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. .
  13. Sorry to hear the sad news. I've many happy memories watching him play. R.I.P.
  14. A really great player. A rugby legend and the best player I've seen in a Hornet's shirt. R.I.P.
  15. 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.
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