Widnes All-Time Dream Team - Wingers

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29th March 2017

During their weekly session, our Golden Generation have been selecting their favourite players from each position over the years at Widnes. These have been whittled down to a 'final four' and the vote has then gone to supporters through social media to have the deciding vote.

The vote this time was the wingers, and whilst Martin Offiah was an easy pick for the supporters, two players were tied for the other place, and we couldn't split them, so Club statistician Mike Healing put together a few words on all three...

 

Martin Offiah            1987/88  -  1990/91

London-born Martin arrived at Widnes in 1987 via RosslynPark rugby union club to set in motion a rapid rise to the top of the rugby league game, which saw the try-scoring phenomenon cross the line for more than 400 tries in his club career. In his first season the lightning fast winger established a new Widnes try-scoring record - which he bettered the following year -, made his international debut and lifted the Man of Steel award. Immediately after helping Widnes win the 1989 Premiership Final ‘Chariots’ had a successful spell with Eastern Suburbs in Sydney for the remainder of the Australian season. Rejoining Widnes for the 1989/90 campaign Martin scored two tries at Old Trafford as the Chemics became the first official World Club Champions. Sold to Wigan for a world record fee of £440,000 he continued to enjoy a glittering international career, which included the World Cup Finals of 1992 and 1995. 

Martin made 145 appearances for Widnes claiming 181 tries in the process.

 

Stuart Wright            1976/77  -  1986/87 

Live-wire winger Stuart brought his prolific try-scoring talents to Widnes when he joined the Chemics from Wigan in 1976, establishing himself as a firm fans’ favourite over the next eleven seasons. Stuart’s scoring exploits earned him international recognition by way of seven caps for Great Britain including the 1977 World Cup Final, and a further seven appearances for England which included a European Championship match in 1978 in which he scored four tries against Wales. From the five Wembley Finals Stuart played in for the Chemics - winning three - his personal highlight is the try he scored in the victory over Wakefield in 1979. Receiving the ball deep inside his own half of the field, Stuart cut through the first line of the Wakefield defence, before chipping the ball over the second bank of defenders and outpaced them to re-gather the ball and score in the corner.

In his 263 appearances for the Chemics Stuart notched 151 tries.

 

Damien Blanch         2006 - 2007

Sydney-born Damien initially joined Widnes on loan from Castleford for the latter part of 2006. His explosive and powerful running together with a record of scoring 9 tries in just 12 appearances saw the Vikings into that year's Grand Final, and earned the Ireland winger a permanent deal for 2007. The flying winger was a key figure again as the Vikings powered to their second successive Grand Final in 2007, losing out to his former employers, adding another 19 tries to his tally on the way. The fans' favourite, selected for the 2007 National League 1 Dream Team, and often the butt of dressing room jibes about his dress sense and arriving at training on his skateboard,  joined Wakefield in 2008. 2011 saw him begin a three year stint with the Catalan Dragons before returning to Australia. He represented Ireland in the 2008 and 2013 World Cup Finals.

Damien made 39 appearances for the Vikings scoring 28 tries.

The vote for the stand-off in this dream team is on social media, vote now!

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