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Greatest Dewsbury Players - top three loose forwards

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Lots to choose from, Les Holiday, Greg Pearce, Damien Ball, Bob Haigh,Neil Kelly, Dave Busfield, Glen Coughlin to name a few .

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50 minutes ago, Ramboy said:

Lots to choose from, Les Holiday, Greg Pearce, Damien Ball, Bob Haigh,Neil Kelly, Dave Busfield, Glen Coughlin to name a few .

Did Tommy Gallagher play loose forward while with us?  If so easy decision.  
I’d have him in my Dewsbury born players team as well. Any position. 

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1. Frank Gallagher

2. Harry Street

3. Les Holliday

Honourable mentions to Damian Ball, Dave Busfield and Greg Pearce.


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2 hours ago, NickD said:

Did Tommy Gallagher play loose forward while with us?  If so easy decision.  
I’d have him in my Dewsbury born players team as well. Any position. 

He has certainly played loose forward and in his time with us, he kicked his only goal. 


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1 Bob Haigh

2 Joe Whittington

3 Glen Coughlin

BSJ mentioned Frank Gallagher, above, but I never saw him play, so could not select him for my team. Harry Street was certainly a good ‘un and I think I saw play in a Dewsbury shirt, but I know I did see his brother, Arthur, play for us. 


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Really hard to look past 

Bob Haigh

Les Holliday

Joe Whittington

But contenders and honourable mentions to  David Blakeley..  John Clarke had a couple of good seasons at 13 .. Bernard Watson ... and in a completely different style Aaron Brown gave us some entertainment!

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4 hours ago, NickD said:

Did Tommy Gallagher play loose forward while with us?  If so easy decision.  
I’d have him in my Dewsbury born players team as well. Any position. 

Tommy is a Batley lad.

Joe Whittington,Bob Haigh,Tony Halmshaw.

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1. Les Holliday

2. Damien Ball

3. Glen Coughlan

Others; Paul Delaney, Daniel Frame, Tim Fourie, Tommy Gallagher,  Trent Jordan, Billy Kershaw, Rob Roberts, Richard Slater, Josh Weeden, Matt Walker. 

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13 hours ago, Crown Flatter said:

1 Bob Haigh

2 Joe Whittington

3 Glen Coughlin

BSJ mentioned Frank Gallagher, above, but I never saw him play, so could not select him for my team. Harry Street was certainly a good ‘un and I think I saw play in a Dewsbury shirt, but I know I did see his brother, Arthur, play for us. 

You may have me there - does it say that you must have seen them play personally or can we go from their records and attributes? Both Frank Gallagher and Harry Street gained four Great Britain caps each so would have been a cut above most names on this thread I warrant. Can I throw another name in for you then CF - Joe Lyman who played at loose forward towards the end of his time with Dewsbury and reckoned to be a main choice for the "best thirteen"?


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One player who I did rate highly before his injury ended his days with us was Chris Welsh, a "proper" loose forward who we acquired from Huddersfield.

On that note, and exhibiting a personal prejudice, I don't think that we have actually had a loose forward in the traditional mould since Les Holliday left.

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1 hour ago, Blind side johnny said:

One player who I did rate highly before his injury ended his days with us was Chris Welsh, a "proper" loose forward who we acquired from Huddersfield.

On that note, and exhibiting a personal prejudice, I don't think that we have actually had a loose forward in the traditional mould since Les Holliday left.

I can’t think of many “proper” loose forwards across the whole game at the minute.

 

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1 hour ago, Blind side johnny said:

One player who I did rate highly before his injury ended his days with us was Chris Welsh, a "proper" loose forward who we acquired from Huddersfield.

On that note, and exhibiting a personal prejudice, I don't think that we have actually had a loose forward in the traditional mould since Les Holliday left.

Richard Slater ?


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3 hours ago, Blind side johnny said:

One player who I did rate highly before his injury ended his days with us was Chris Welsh, a "proper" loose forward who we acquired from Huddersfield.

On that note, and exhibiting a personal prejudice, I don't think that we have actually had a loose forward in the traditional mould since Les Holliday left.

 Chris Welch ...... Cracking player !!!! Good shout BSJ 

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17 hours ago, graham fisher said:

Tommy is a Batley lad

You need to rewrite his Wikipedia page ?

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I’ll go;

1.  Tommy G

2.  Glen Coughlan

3.  Damien Ball

honourable mentions for Greg Pearce and Les Holliday. 

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12 minutes ago, graham fisher said:

Thought he was a batley lad.Used to live in birstall. 

You might be right graham but Wikipedia says born in Dewsbury.   Doesn’t mean it’s right of course.  

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8 hours ago, NickD said:

You might be right graham but Wikipedia says born in Dewsbury.   Doesn’t mean it’s right of course.  

I believe that the vast majority of Batleyites born after the early seventies, unless they were home deliveries, were born in Dewsbury, and are therefore the product of god’s own town - winds them up something rotten. ?

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10 hours ago, grumpyoldram said:

I believe that the vast majority of Batleyites born after the early seventies, unless they were home deliveries, were born in Dewsbury, and are therefore the product of god’s own town - winds them up something rotten. ?

Even before then ..... the main maternity hospital was Moorlands at DGH until it closed

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14 hours ago, grumpyoldram said:

I believe that the vast majority of Batleyites born after the early seventies, unless they were home deliveries, were born in Dewsbury, and are therefore the product of god’s own town - winds them up something rotten. ?

Good point....

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4 hours ago, the old nine ole said:

Even before then ..... the main maternity hospital was Moorlands at DGH until it closed

Correct Sir. Parents lived in Batley Carr and I was born in Moorlands, early thirties.

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On 03/05/2020 at 14:02, saddleworth said:

Correct Sir. Parents lived in Batley Carr and I was born in Moorlands, early thirties.

Now that could get a bit complicated with Batley Carr being half ‘n’ half of the two towns. Still you were born on the right side of the valley. 


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