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  1. Trust me if your from Widnes, it is anybody but the Wires. It really hurts at the moment. Nothing to do with Brand, he will be fine. Very decent young player.
  2. Brand is a very solid player with a fair bit of potential, could do well in the right team...just not the Wires.
  3. Tough for the Chemics now I think. If they make it they will be quite a threat because they will have won most of the remaining games just to reach the playoffs.
  4. Sadly not really, Chemics only for me. The name is irrelevant as are the colours, in the day Liverpool Stanley/City/Huyton were regarded as sort of strange irrelevance by the locals and that would be exactly the same again. Knowing how inclusivity works surely the colours would be red with a royal blue “V” ?
  5. I have lived in Liverpool and district all my life, all of it as an RL supporter. They are not interested in the slightest in RL in the area. It is football, football and football. For my troubles I am an Evertonian and at the moment we have trouble on getting ant attention! Good luck to them ,they have no chance of making a success of a Liverpool RLFC club. For those not from this area, for being obsessed by a sport, it is something else. It if off the scale for football, nothing else counts.
  6. I think they are certain to, there are no middle eights this season?
  7. 10 years old screaming my head off, the great Frankie. Note Vinty over Franks shoulder also Wally Hurstfield left and Jim Measures right. The Robins fans will have to help me with their player. SorryS Mirror no copyright infringement intended
  8. Very enjoyable, a proper test match. Excellent first 60 mins or so but I think the Aussies showed enough in the last quarter to show that we might well have our hands full on Friday. As Aussie junior half backs go the current two were not quite up there. I think that they will rejig the starting 13 and will stand up to our pack better early on but we will see. We have some classy looking players so the future looks bright , the Wigan production line keeps on rolling I see....with a scrum half with time, space and a kicking game...
  9. Decent bet that, AC Interesting times, we could do with a few new players now with the money freed up...or will it just fall into the black hole of our poor finances.
  10. Although I at the match I didn't notice was Milner injured when he went off after his brief appearance or was he just subbed off? If you blinked you missed him on the pitch or it felt like it
  11. With experience from a Widnes viewpoint, this, to be honest unexpected, promotion has left them in a strange position. The squad needs a huge overhaul just to compete much more than might normally be expected. The tendency is to sign everyone else's unwanted older and squad players plus your own better Championship players ( who tend to be championship players for a reason)and fill in with imported players who used to be talented fringe NRL squad or carry a bit of baggage with them. There will probably be a better quality NRL player at the tail end of his career.Also the upgrade will take time and so lead to a disrupted preseason. Wish them well but it is going to be very tough indeed.
  12. Obviously Widnes did sign up 3 PNG internationals last year with sadly mixed results. The Albert brothers, who came over, were to say the least disappointing. Stanton was it appears deemed virtually not viable to play and Wellington although showing some potential was as green as grass. It even appeared he had to be shown where to stand in the defensive line on occasions, and although very enthusiastic his tacking technique was , shall we say, needing improvement. Big strong boys but work in progress, Welly is here again this year so let's see if a years coaching has improved him. From experience be careful not to overestimate these imported PNG players just yet.
  13. Having watched him all his career , Walker is talented and a typical in your face hooker. He is on the small side but as hard as nails and frightened of nothing. Can tend to try too much sometimes but he is young yet for such a pivotal position. He can drop off/get knocked off tackles as it is so physical in the middle third. I suspect he will a bench player in the Dwyer mould to start with and see how he progresses. From a Widnes pint of view Hood may be better for us as we stand at the moment, although with the squad/coach situation as it is... next season looks to be a tough one. Why couldn't Toronto get themselves and all that money promoted.
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