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Wigan Rugby Cup Winners 1959, Celebration Dinner
Photo: John Gostelow
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Item #: 32617
Photo taken at Charing Cross Hotel where Wigan Rugby were celebrating their win over Hull in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley. I am sure that many of you will recognise a lot of familiar faces. I am the small boy looking over the top of Eric Ashton's head, happy memories.

Comment by: Helen Baldwin on 22nd July 2020 at 20:54

An unforgettable evening for you, John.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 22nd July 2020 at 21:59

Great photo John. You must have quite a collection of autographs, ... one of special significance, perhaps?

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 23rd July 2020 at 07:12

Spotted the cup but five minutes ago John. Any way, who's the chap sat in-between Boston and McTigue?

Comment by: John Gostelow on 23rd July 2020 at 08:57

Frank Collier is the one sitting between Boston and McTigue. I used to have all their autographs but in between house moves they have disappeared.

Comment by: tom on 23rd July 2020 at 09:16

Phil,Looks like Frank Collier.

Comment by: Roy on 23rd July 2020 at 09:41

Philip, he's a lad I used to work with, Frank Collier, I wouldn't say 'work' exactly, we 'went'.

Comment by: ken on 23rd July 2020 at 10:17

Looks like Frank Collier to me.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 23rd July 2020 at 13:30

My thanks to learned friends John, Tom, Roy and Ken. I say! John, this missing autograph business will never do; my Voll and Prinsloo's had flown as well - mam and dad got me those at a dancing Do in St Helens. That of Roy Evans is another long gone (to say nothing of Mortensen's) - my brother got me that one from the man himself, as he delivered a bag of coal to our house. Not long ago, I'd told the tale to a couple of friends who then thought it unusual that a butcher should be seen delivering a bag of coal. I hadn't been there when Roy obliged, but I do recall him, on another occasion, standing beside a coal wagon as looked-in on our Billingesque game of rugby. However, I still have my Austin Rhodes, Dorothy Hyman, 'Pop Gaskell, ... . Now where the Dickens is Maradona, theses days, I wonder. That reminds me, I could have some disappointing news for old friend Ron Hunt: Cannavaro says Diego was head and shoulders above Messi.

Comment by: Merlin on 23rd July 2020 at 23:10

Behaving better than the teams of recent years - they’d all be up King Street powdering their noses!!

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 24th July 2020 at 10:32

Yes, Merlin, and how their lovelies sometimes sizzle in a pan of daft pretence - they just don't smoulder. Anyway, I'm out of here before John has a fit.

Comment by: john on 24th July 2020 at 16:29

I delivered newspapers around this time to the McTigues in Wigan Lower Road, near john Pit. As they had no letter box or it wouldn't fit i knocked on the door and Mrs McTigue answered and as it was Xmas she gave me 10 bob note, as i recall? Brian came to door and thought it was a bit too much which it was,but she talked him round and made my day. Lovely couple.

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