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Friday, 03 July 2015

Barrow RL class of '67 set to gather

THE Raiders Bar at Craven Park will be awash with cup memories this weekend.

For the boys of Barrow RL’s 1967 Wembley side are back in town — some having never been away in the first place.

A reunion of the club’s last Challenge Cup final team is being held in the Raiders Bar on Saturday night and the players have been invited as guests to Raiders’ home game with London Skolars the following day (kick-off 2pm).

The majority of the side that lost 17-12 to Featherstone in the final are able to attend, while former Barrow forward Tommy Smales, who played a starring role for the winners’ that day, is coming through for the weekend.

He is to be a guest of former team-mate Mick Ducie and other players from that era (who did not play in the final) will attend including Bill Edwards, Eddie Whitehead, George Matthews, Denis Jackson and Eddie Shuttleworth.

The evening includes a light buffet and DVD of the 1967 final, which will also be shown in the Raiders bar at noon on Sunday.

Organiser John Spoor says that any other players or fans from that generation who want to go on the Saturday night should contact him at the Rugby Shop for tickets.

He added: “The 1967 side has been largely forgotten about and the reunion was also a good chance to make full use of the Raiders Bar now it is available.”

Warrington-based Tom Brophy and Henry Delooze are unable to attend but it is expected that Ged Smith (Warrington), Terry Kirchin (Scotland) and Bob Wear (Lytham) will travel through.


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