Andy Gregory Confirmed For Wembley Heroes

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11th August 2017

Widnes Vikings are delighted to announce that Andy Gregory is the latest name to be confirmed for our upcoming Wembley Heroes event. 

Gregory, who played for Widnes between 1980 and 1984 during the 'Cup Kings' era for the Club. With 43 tries in 141 appearances for the Chemics, as well as two Challenge Cup victories for the Vikings in 1981 and 1984, Andy is regarded as one of Widnes' greatest ever half backs. 

His form for the Chemics was rewarded with his international debut during his time at Naughton Park, and would go on to make 26 caps for Great Britain. 

Take a look at Andy Gregory's Dream 13, with some legendary Widnes names making his brilliant side. 

Full Back 

Joe Lydon - I’ve played with some great full back’s but I’ll have to go with Joe. He was a great player, and showed that as he became the Great Britain full back during his career as well. 

Wingers

Martin Offiah - He was a world class winger, and had bags of pace. People used to give Martin a bit of stick but he would put his body on the line and dig in because he was the guy everybody wanted to knock over. He’s the best winger I’ve played with and against. 

Henderson Gill - He knew where the try line where and always put his body on the line, scoring some tremendous tries in that Wigan side and he was a brilliant winger.

Centres 

Gene Miles - An absolute legend of a player, and an outstanding centre during my time at Wigan. 

Dean Bell - Dean became a legend at Wigan, and rightly so after some brilliant performances at centre.

Stand Off 

Tony Myler - In terms of skill, Tony was the best that I’ve ever played with, and if it wasn’t for injury he would have been up there as one of the best in the world, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. 

Shaun Edwards - You knew that week in, week out, Shaun would give you 100% commitment and nothing less. A simply great, great player.

Props 

Kelvin Skerrett - I played with Kelvin when I was at Wigan, and he would never take a backward step when he was playing and was a great prop forward.

Andy Platt - I’ve played with some absolutely brilliant prop forwards and this was another close call between Andy and Kevin Tamati but I’ll go for Andy on this. 

Hooker

Martin Dermott - For the service that he would give you from dummy half, he was brilliant. Martin playing at 9 would always set your attack off on the front foot and was a brilliant hooker.

Second Rowers

Mick Adams - He was my captain at Widnes when I first started out and I remember him giving me a clip around the ear when I was getting carried away after my first Wembley appearance but he always looked after me when I was a youngster coming through. He was a great player and a tough fella, and to this day When we went on tour in 1984, I have no idea how he wasn’t the tour captain. 

Les Gorley - It was between either Les or Denis Betts but Les just pips him to the post. I played with Les when we was at Widnes and he was a brilliant back rower, and was a tough bloke when he took to the field. 

Loose Forward

Ellery Hanley - There was only one player for this position for obvious reason and it’s Ellery. He was a leader, he was a winner, and he was simply a world-class loose forward.

Andy on his time at Widnes:

“When I was at Wigan St Patricks, there was 11 teams after me, but when I looked at the squad that Widnes had at that time and I listened to the way Dougie (Laughton) talked about the way he wanted to play and it was a simple decision really for me.”

“Dougie eventually gave me my chance after I was playing well in the A-team. We played Huddersfield for my first game and I came off the bench,  scored two tries and set three more up. After that, I thought that was the moment for me to get going but Dougie kept me at bay and had me in and out of the team, which was frustrating at the time but it was the right decision looking back.”

“When Reg (Bowden) moved on to Fulham, I was given the number seven shirt and I took my chance and never looked back. We had an absolutely fantastic team looking back, and every single one of them looked after me when I got into the team. 

“I was very lucky to play with some absolutely brilliant players at Widnes and I don’t come back here as much as I should do, as I have a lot of friends over here and my daughter, Lauren, also lives over this way, too.”

“It was absolutely tremendous, my time at Widnes, and I loved my first final at Wembley in 1981 in which I scored. After that, I vowed I would have to go back again, but I didn’t expect to go back nine times in my career and be undefeated there.”

 

The Event

On Wednesday 23rd August, Widnes Vikings will be hosting a special celebration event at the Halton Stadium, marking the Club's 1981 and 1984 Challenge Cup triumphs (7.00pm start).

The event, which takes place in the week leading up to the 2017 Challenge Cup final, will reunite the heroes of two of Widnes' greatest days. Expect to see some of Widnes' biggest ever names and to hear fascinating tales from the glory days of The Chemics.

Book now for Wembley Heroes!

Tickets for the big event cost just £25 per person or £20 for 2017 Stronghold Members, or £200 for a table of ten. Demand for this event is high, and it follows the recent sell-out ‘Lunch With Legends’ dinner.

To book, contact the Events Team on: 0151 495 2250 / events@widnesvikings.co.uk.

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