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One of my childhood heroes. He never played for oldham but you could never fail to love the bloke.

In the mid 80s the chronicle said oldham were looking to sign Drummond. It wasn't Des but his brother Alvin.

RIP Des 🙏 you will be sadly missed 😢 

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For a person who only turned up to support his brother in the A TEAM at leigh and turned out to make up the numbers he became a legend who was known outside of the sport with his exploits in superstars. 

RIP legend. 

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He was a very skillful player, but being it being the era of the biff, two fond memories. In a televised game Ray French saying Martin Offiah has just run into the post as he lays on the floor holding his face after Dessie had lamped him.

THE other is the weekly chant  from Wire fans, to his opposite winger of "Dessie, gonna get you"

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I remember when Leigh won the league and everybody was outside the town hall cheering. All of a sudden everybody started cheering " desi desi desi" and he appeared at the top of the town hall holding the cup. Brilliant moment for a brilliant man.

 

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There used to be a t-shirt available on sale with an image of Drummond, and the slogan "Line 'im up, Dessie".

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2 minutes ago, Futtocks said:

There used to be a t-shirt available on sale with an image of Drummond, and the slogan "Line 'im up, Dessie".

There should have been one with boot prints on and the slogan ‘ I’ve been Dessied ‘

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I always remember reading a funny story, think it may have been in some Wigan players book, about Des Drummond. I have a feeling it was from the Milwaukee Wigan v Warrington game and a few players must have met at the beach and were invited to have a game of tick and pass by some random people/locals. The said random people were warned not to run straight at Des for their own safety. Advice ignored someone who fancied their chances at little Des did and was promptly flattened and knocked out by Des.

*Apologies if my recollection is not 100% accurate.

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I have never heard anyone have a bad word to say about Dessie. A great player and a true gent. RIP.

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1 hour ago, Ullman said:

What awful news. Not only a rugby league legend but a man who gained national recognition for his superb shows of athleticism on the BBC's Superstars programme.

When he made the other contestants look like blokes that had been picked at random from the nearest street.

As others have said, fond memories and generous praise of a very good opposition player, not many get that from RL fans.

RIP Des mate.

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Really sad news, RIP. A great regret that I am just too young to have seen him play, I certainly grew up with the stories of his exploits.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.

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1 hour ago, OMEGA said:

RIP Des Drummond a real hero of the game!

I made my debut against Leigh and played against Des, he made a break down the right wing and was flying. Being pretty quick myself and with the aid of the angle I had him bang to rights close to the touchline, I was preparing to put him in the East Stand then BANG he came off his right foot and I swear he made a right angle turn at full speed without losing any speed whatsoever. I never laid a finger on him!

Amazing player, he was 1 of only 3 players who would have replaced his opposite number in the 1982 Australian Invincible Ashes Team.

sad day!

Absolutely wonderful player, but disagree he would have replaced his Aussie counterparts in 82 team. Boustead and Grothe were outstanding. GB scored one try in the entire series, and that was after the series was decided.

None of that takes away from Des’s accomplishments.

 

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To put his athleticism into context.  His record 100 metre time on Superstars of 10.85 seconds in 1983 would have beaten 25 of the athletes in the first round heats of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

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A RL legend and a great bloke. I can't believe that he has been taken so young.

RIP Des.

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I was only in his company a few weeks ago and he was in good fettle, laughing (did he never not laugh) and looked good. Great player, great entertainer, a very sad loss. R.I.P Des.

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Was announced before stef Ratchford’s testimonial tonight.  In shock.  I grew up watching Dessie.  What a tough, tough man.  The way he flew in off his wing to smash his opposition centre was borderline illegal.  Searing pace too of course, the only man I ever saw who caught Martin offiah from behind.  Incredible athlete, taken far too young.  RIP mate, thanks for everything.

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