Smith to Speak in Featherstone Hospitality

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15th August 2017

Widnes Vikings former hooker and captain, Mark Smith, will be speaking in the C&C Karalius Suite ahead of Sunday's game against Featherstone Rovers.

Smith made over 150 appearances for the Club, scoring 58 tries, and was part of the side that won the Northern Rail Cup in 2009. The former hooker will take part in a Q&A session, along with a number of Vikings first team members, for hospitality members to enjoy. 

For just £50 per person, or £20 for Stronghold Members, you can enjoy the VIP treatment in the C&C Karalius Suite for the big fixture in the third round of Super 8s, The Qualifiers. Enjoy hearing from Vikings stars, fantastic hospitality and all at a brilliant price.

You will enjoy:

  • Exclusive interviews with Vikings coaches, Brett Hodgson and Mick Cassidy, as well as a Club update from CEO, James Rule
  • Meeting the Vikings first-team stars, and hearing their views and latest team news in Q&A session
  • A delicious two course meal, with complimentary tea and coffee throughout the game.
  • A free match day programme
  • Executive seating in the South Stand.

Places are strictly limited and guests are encouraged to book soon, following the recent sell out events.

To reserve your spaces, contact the Events Team on: 0151 495 2250 or by emailing: events@widnesvikings.co.uk.

Take a look at Mark Smith's thoughts on his former Widnes teammates as he chose to select his Dream 13, saying: "Playing for Widnes was the highlight of my career, so it's right that I focus on this team."

Full Back

David Peachey: Dave was only here for about four months, but the impact he had on me was phenomenal. He impressed me in so many ways - how he honoured his contract when we went down, how he passed on his knowledge to players, and how he impacted every game he played in.

Wingers

Damian Blanch: Damian trained exactly as he played - with 100% commitment. He was a lad to admire on and off the field. He rightly enjoyed a huge career after Widnes.

Kevin Penny: I've never seen someone so fast in my life! He was only a slight lad, but he played like a front rower. A top bloke, who everyone liked.

Centres 

Gary Connolly: What Gary achieved in his career, he brought to Widnes. I've never met a bloke who played as hard - he took the knocks and left it all on the field. An old fashioned, tough pro.

Toa Kohe-Love: A brilliant, and I'd say overlooked, talent. His gifts were best summed up in the Northern Rail Final against Barrow, where he used fantastic vision and skill to score a real wonder try.

Stand Off 

Jules O'Neill: Jules had a few incidents in his life, which hampered his career. But as a bloke on the field, I've not seen many with better skill or defensive ability.  His understanding of the game was second to none.

Scrum Half

Dennis Moran: I played with some fantastic scrum-halfs, so this was really difficult. Denis was a phenomenal talent who brought to Widnes experience of playing for big sides. He was ultra-competitive on the field and in training. He could kick with both feet, throw with both hands....he'd stand out in Super League now.

Props

Ryan Tandy: Whatever problems he had off the field, he has a great player on it. He was a 'number 9's' dream, carrying the ball so well. In the 2007 season, where we were just pipped by Castleford in topping  the National League table, I scored 30 tries - I really credit him for making that possible. It was tragic to hear that he'd passed away at such a young age.

Julian O'Neill: Julian had quick hands and skills that would stand out today. He could even kick well too! He took me under his wing when I joined Widnes and really helped me feel at home.

Hooker 

Shane Millard: The year I joined the Vikings, he was out for 14 games. That gave me the chance to play, and he was supportive all the way. He could kick, pass and single-handedly turn a game.  He was a great mentor. In lots of ways, we were really similar in how we liked to conduct ourselves on and off the pitch. I think he should go down as a legend of the club for his contribution at that time.

Second Row

John Stankevitch: John's career was cut short by injury, but otherwise he would have been a full international. He brought a different calibre to our team. When our backs were against the wall, he'd be the one to put his hand up and try to get the team out of trouble. He had something special about him. A truly great bloke, which can be seen in his charity work in memory of his mum.

Oliver Wilkes: Oliver hated losing. He wanted to win the tackle count, offloads, the game - everything! He was never scared of sharing his opinion and pushed us further. He was underestimated during his career.

Loose Forward

Daniel Frame: What a brilliant player. He'd arrive at training early and be the last to leave. He had phenomenal game sense and awareness. He was a tough bloke, who you could turn to when your back was against the wall. You need people like that in the team! 

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