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Sports Nostalgia

Haig Museum wants your help

haignostalgia RECOGNISE anyone? Haig Colliery Mining Museum is asking for help from The Whitehaven News’ readers to put names to faces in this 1944-45 picture of fab footie team Haig United.

Last updated 23 April 2008
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Gentleman Ike was one of sport’s true all-rounders

havenikemossop THE late Ike Mossop was a throwback to a more gentle but no less competitive era of cricket, long before Kerry Packer changed the face of the game forever and a time when sledging was something you only did when the snow came and pink balls were never dreamed of!

Last updated 23 April 2008
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Nostalgia: Harry and Sol had formula for a perfect partnership

sol7 THE greatest double act in the club game were at the heart of one of the finest teams in a golden age for rugby league. Fans travelled in their thousands from all over Cumberland to watch Harry Archer and Sol Roper spark the midfield magic for a magnificent Workington Town team also graced by the late lamented Brian Edgar, Ike Southward and Andy Key.

Last updated 10 April 2008
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From top amateur to Haven star, Peter took it all in good humour

psmith4 THE best amateur No 7 in the country, having toured the world with Great Britain, might have expected to walk straight into the scrum-half berth when he turned professional. But for Peter Smith it was different, and he knew it.

Last updated 26 March 2008
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Routy could ghost his way past rugby’s best defences

routledge4 MOST footballers hang up their boots when it’s time to retire, but John Routledge was different. He threw his away – as a symbolic gesture.

Last updated 12 March 2008
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Quick, elusive and versatile – Bobby Dazzler was one of the best of his time

nicholson4 HE was the Bobby Dazzler of Cumbrian rugby – league and union – one of the most talented local players of his generation but, at the same time, his career could be described as mercurial and, at times, enigmatic.

Last updated 27 February 2008
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Golden days when scrums were scrums and props were props

pringle4 SOCIAL graces were not brought to the front row table in the days when scrums were scrums and props were props.

Last updated 15 February 2008
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Top of world one match, rock bottom the next – that’s a goalie’s life for you!

WHEN local lad Scott Carson let in three goals on his England debut for Croatia in the recent European Championship disaster at Wembley, it’s fair to say that Christopher Dockray suffered with him.

Last updated 20 December 2007
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A magnificient career with no early baths – except when chasing the ball

Historic moment: In front of a packed stand at the 1964 final at the Ellis Ground, Workington, county president Colonel HH Hodgson, presents skipper Finlinson with the Cumberland Cup EGREMONT’S Gilbert Finlinson is one of the few rugby players, of either code, to win four Cumberland Cup winners medals with one club. He’s probably the only player ever to run off the pitch during a senior game to rescue the match ball that was being swept away in a swollen river. No nonsense referee Alf Cartwright who refused to hold up the game gave a drenched Finlinson a good dressing down for what seemed a foolhardy frolic!

Last updated 6 December 2007
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Barry evens score on former GB boss after a ‘professional job’ is well done

Kells all-stars: Barry Smith (front row, far right) with one of the outstanding Kells teams he coached in the 1980s DAVID vs Goliath – the amateurs of Kells were playing Leeds, rugby league’s glamour club, back in 1988.

Last updated 22 November 2007
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Pip’s bitter-sweet memories of his life behind the wicket

A GOOD INNINGS:  Jim (Pip) Denver taking life a little more easy these day as he relaxes looking throuugh one of the scrap books his wife put together during his playing daysPicture: Mike McKenzie Alan Irving meets Jim (“Pip”) Denver

Last updated 8 November 2007
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Write us off at your peril says Shep – the best is still to come for Haven

EAGLE HAS LANDED: Ray Dutton “OUR ultimate aim, whether or not there’s promotion, is to be the premier team, win the league and entertain our supporters with the kind of rugby they are asking us for.”

Last updated 25 October 2007
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Howard just keeps on smiling

Action: Workington’s Ben Powell does battle with Bransty’s Holly Redmond and Callum Douglas JUST like his long-time friend Alex Murphy – the scrum-half legend he was paid a tenner extra to get rid of early doors in one game at Leigh! – Howard “Smiler”Allen was one of rugby league’s greatest characters, a player the crowds used to love or hate.

Last updated 11 October 2007
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A drop of Shepherd’s hard stuff

back in the old town: After emigrating to Australia 28 years ago, Louis and Dorothy Shepherd recently enjoyed another holiday in Whitehaven staying with friends at Mirehouse.Picture: Mike McKenzie IT was something special for a talented young Cumbrian to play on the same side as Brian Bevan, the Australian wonder winger at Warrington. Louis Shepherd recalls the time in the mid-50s when he was invited to Wilderspool for trials with Warrington, one of the powers of the game in a golden era.

Last updated 13 September 2007
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‘He really wants to win, to finish first and get back to his bait tin’

IN ACTION: Westgate Kyza SOME dogs are just born to win. Few modern-day hound trailers know that better than Arthur Temple, the Holmrook dairy farmer who has certainly skimmed the cream in producing a dynasty of fine hounds who it seems were born to be champions.

Last updated 30 August 2007
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From carpenter to rugby league star

Crowning glory: Paul collects the Rugby League player-of-the-year trophy at the height of his World Cup winning fame WHEN England won the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup in Australia, the players came home to a hero’s reception – they were all showered with MBE’s, the manager got a knighthood and everyone was feted at Buckingham Palace.

Last updated 16 August 2007
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Pigeons and rugby are Miles’ lifeblood

BARLA internationals all: Kenny, Colin and Alan Todd RUGBY League and pigeon racing are at the heartbeat of West Cumbria’s sporting heritage. They’ve certainly been the lifeblood of Miles Todd, a bit of a legend around the lofts and at Whitehaven RLFC’s Recre, where he was full-time groundsman for nearly three score years.

Last updated 19 July 2007
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Big Geoff was star of No 13 shirt

KEY PLAYER: Geoff Robinson with his first senior county caps for RU and RLPicture: John Story WHITEHAVEN have had some fine wearers of the No.13 shirt but arguably, for those who saw him play, Geoff Robinson is the finest of all.

Last updated 5 July 2007
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Code choice tough going for George

Whitehaven RUFC 1962-63: Back row, from left: G S Rumney, I Watson, M Graham, G Holland, D Addison, R Harrison, R Edwards, W Leech. Seated: N Slack, B Calvin, L Barton (capt), O Smith, W G Anderson, J Marsland. Front: A Dixon and B S Atkinson. WHEN Whitehaven had two exceedingly good rugby teams in the same era, not forgetting a cracking side at cricket, George Rumney had a choice to make on his return to Civvy Street from National Service. Was it to be union or league?

Last updated 21 June 2007
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Big-hitting Joe is a Cleator legend

in action: Wicket-keeper Joe Rooney looks for his next victim FOR years, Joe Rooney was famed as the biggest hitter in the Cumberland Senior League and, for a time, the North Lancashire League, but any notion that the Cleator legend was just a slogger can be hit for six!

Last updated 7 June 2007
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