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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Fingers crossed for JJ’s return – hopefully with a teammate or two

GREAT news coming out of the Whitehaven camp. The prospect of the club snapping up a couple more internationals from Papua New Guinea is exciting.

Especially if they are as good as Jessie Joe Parker.

Hopes are high that JJ will return and there’s a chance that he could be bringing with him two fellow countryman and, like Jessie Joe, they are both current Test stars.

Not only that but Haven are also casting the net across the UK for what chief executive Barry Richardson calls “the right quality of players.”

Good hunting because, as we all know, ‘quality’ is the watchword if Haven as we hope are going to make a real show of it in the Championship.

Meanwhile how good to see Billy Boston named as one of the greatest black sports stars of all time. He’s seventh in the list. Muhammed Ali is No 1, followed by 1936 Berlin Olympics legend Jessie Owens, Pele and Daley Thomson. With appetite now being whetted for next year’s World Cup over here – 50,000 tickets sold already – Boston was a member of GB’s second World Cup winning side in 1960.

However, he wasn’t the first black player to represent his country; that was Workington’s own Ces Thompson who was capped by GB in 1951 before coming up from Hunslet and becoming one of the most popular players, not only to wear the blue and white but in the town itself.

And it’s 40 years to the week that Great Britain took a giant stride towards winning a Rugby League World Cup, beating Australia in Perpignan before clinching the title with a 10-10 draw against the mighty Kangaroos (featuring invincibles Langlands, Fulton, and Beetson) in the play-off final in Lyon.

Playing no small part in it all was Cumbrian legend Paul Charlton, who truly deserves to be called a great. Paul earned his stardom with Town and Salford but he was a proud Whitehaven marra, even though he never got to play for his home town club.

Paul now lives Down Under but, on a recent return home, he told me ruefully: “There was no Buckingham Palace for us, not even a medal. We got a wooden plaque which was more like a cheese board.”

League Weekly has kicked off something most of us just love to do – starting with the one and only Bobbie Goulding.

Bobbie’s all-time great team (no Boston) is graced by Dick Huddart of Whitehaven, Saints and Sydney St George, still rated the finest second rower in RL history.

This is Bobbie’s Dream Team: Billy Slater; Eric Grothe, Mal Meninga, Paul Newlove, Martin Offiah; Wally Lewis, Andy Gregory; Andy Platt, Benny Elias, Arthur Beetson, Emosi Koloto, Dick Huddart, Ellery Hanley. Coach: Bob Fulton.

Oh and before I forget, another fond mention of Sam Obst. Only last week I was yearning for an X-Factor singing in the mould of Obst.

But this week, the Aussie pocket dynamo has tweeted: “My last night in the UK; thanks to Keighley, Hull FC, Wakefield and Whitehaven for the chance to pursue my dream of playing rugby league.”

Back to Oz then and not The Recre for Sam – more’s the pity. But hopefully some stars are on the way.


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