Wigan's hall of fame - who should be in it.?
they might not be well known outside Wigan but so what.
For starters I'd nominate BIG AMY, the larger than life policewoman, and BARBARA CALDERBANK, the larger than life owner of Pemps.
And my grandad FRANK who worked in the pit from the age of 14 until he was killed by a roof fall aged 48.
Not forgetting BILLY BOSTON of course.
Started: 27th Feb 2013 at 20:28
That big lad wot left was a right smasher.
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My mum,she will be 102 this year,she has certainly seen more of life than most Wigan folk.
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She's more than welcome EQ
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Mrs Brown,no nonsense landlady.
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John Martin, entertainer.
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anybody can join in
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Maurice Lindsay and Jack Robinson, rugby league men of vision.
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James Pollitt GC, Edward Medal, later converted to George Cross.
The non-combative equivalent of the Victoria Cross..
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Barbara Simm,you must be joking,the most repulsive woman I ever met
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Rolf Harris for inventing the wobble board..........
Oh tie me kangaroo down sport, tie me kangaroo down.....
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He's already there Mac - on the door.
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ciggy and maggie muscle
Replied: 6th Mar 2013 at 22:17
I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Arnold Schwarzenegger, after all, he did live in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan for at least six weeks!
It's a pity Mike Tyson stayed in Haydock for four days, and not Ashton. You could have 'adopted' him too!
Replied: 6th Mar 2013 at 23:08
Tonker what was Arnie doing in Wigan?????
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Try try try again you naughty Tonker you!
Forgot to link Franks nanme to the pic, so here it is....
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Did she live in Prescott Lane?
Replied: 7th Mar 2013 at 15:48
A man I was talking to very recently, Mr. Micheal Lyons.
He is bigger than that picture now.
Replied: 7th Mar 2013 at 16:34
they look a bit chilly. is that the security conscious Mr Lyons mac.
ps for Tonker :is Kitt Green in Orrell
Replied: 7th Mar 2013 at 17:07
Yes, I-Spy. Graham and Jimmy Metcalfe are in the pic as well.
Replied: 7th Mar 2013 at 17:22
Kitt Green is in Orrell. The boundary is city road.
Replied: 7th Mar 2013 at 17:32
In between Mike and Graham is Tommy Welding, and next to him is that lad from St.Helens, also called Mike, who was a Gladiator on the telly.
PS: Yes, Kitt Green is part of Orrell.
PPS: Mac, how do you like his new gold teeth?
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To weigh in, or for a spot of french kissery?
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Well I never......Arne in Orrell.......
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Strong in th'arm
Weak int yed
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Family didn't believe the Terminator stayed in Wigan . . . its always great to get one over the kids
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Pam, Arnold never stayed in Wigan. He stayed in Orrell, long before the Wigan Metropolitan Borough was created, so I'm afraid 'the kids' have got one over on you!
And Joe Gormley was from Ashton, not Wigan!
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Lord Gormley was a lifelong fan of Wigan RLFC. That's good enough to forgive the fact that he was born in Ashton.
What about Ernie Riley.
Replied: 18th Mar 2013 at 18:07
Regardless of which rugby team he supported, Joe Gormley was the NUM representative for the St.Helens area and worked in various St.Helens area coal mines.
Replied: 18th Mar 2013 at 18:25
Is Ernie ok to come in.
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Joe lived in Princess Park, Gathurst at the time of his death..
Replied: 19th Mar 2013 at 01:05
the pic on with the body builders its the wigan show which mi brother jimmy use to run our jimmys not on the pic but our graham is mick lyons try get other names of our graham
Replied: 23rd Mar 2013 at 08:35
I had never heard of this lady until I read the following report about her in the WW news section. It sounds like she's deserving of a place in the hall of fame.
A plaque honouring Wigan’s first female councillor will be unveiled on Friday (April 5th) – the first official recognition for one of the most important women in the town’s history.
Martha Hogg was elected in 1920 – becoming one of only a handful of women councillors in Britain and the first in Wigan. She became active in politics after seeing first-hand the terrible conditions the poor were forced to live in.
Martha was a midwife and worked in the poverty-stricken communities of industrial Wigan, which were later immortalised in George Orwell’s book The Road To Wigan Pier. She was shocked by what she saw and joined the Labour party – standing first in 1919 and then again, successfully, in 1920.
At that time it was still highly unusual for a woman to become involved in politics, particularly a working-class woman like Martha. She was born into poverty in 1872, leaving school at thirteen and working in a factory until her marriage. After that, she trained as a midwife, working in some of the poorest communities in the country.
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Good 'un Mac. That takes me back. I wonder what happened to him (I doubt he would have let them house him).
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Bodybuilder ML = 'Hooker' really. To proper Ashton/Brynners...
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what has he ever famously done for wigan
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I think jackdog was just pointing out that Mick Lyons is better know as Hooker, he ISN'T Suggesting he should be on the list! DOH!
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Oh right doh!
I feel a right baker boy now
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Mike has given employment to many a Wiganer ...... AND he's been mentioned in parliament!
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lol....All true as well, Tonker.
Skippy and his briefcase, 0 Years. I heard it was full of newspapers, and he was a Doctor gone off the rails. Always felt sorry for him.
Replied: 12th Apr 2013 at 09:06
And Wigan Council use MYL sometimes at the town centre events...
Mr Lyons should be locked up behind bars not in charge of any company... And in any hall of fame
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He used to also like taking to the mic. Now and then, don't know if he still does, haven't seen him for about 15yrs.
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Still does, ACS.
Remember once, he just got off the decks after doing a stint, the next DJ on said, 'Show your appreciation, or he'll send the boys round.' It wasn't well received.
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and hes also, forced many a landlord to use his services and allowed things to happen in certain pubs, allegedly,
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He used to do a regular turn for all the lads on paynight in the brick The bugger also clod me down the stairs in the casino many years ago!
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and he sent "the boys " round a few times
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Round to who
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to who ever showed him or his "boys" up
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It wouldn't have happened very often then because not many could, would, or did.
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i no a few people whos got the better of some of his "boys" and ended up getting a visit
also looked what happened in the west ward
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I neither know nor care what happened
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me neither, never have, never will
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So why say "look what happened in the west ward" Then if you neither know or care
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just mentioning it, thats all, are you his "friend"
just giving an example of sending "the boys" round
hope thats ok with you
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What's to mention if you don't know what happened? I am neither his friend nor his foe. Not that it's any of your business.
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i know what happened, i was there
touchy arent we
as for what happens, i dont care, people who deserve there comeuppance usually get it
Replied: 12th Apr 2013 at 12:30
When i said " i neither know nor care what happened" You said. "me neither, never have, never will" Now you say. "
i know what happened, i was there " Are you in sound mind?
Replied: 12th Apr 2013 at 12:34
yes i am
but i meant i know what it like when he sends " the boys" round
its obvious ive touched a nerve,otherwise the sarcastic answer
if thats the case i do appolgise
i didnt no it was a touchy subject
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Why do you think you could have even remotely touched a nerve? I Don't care what you claim Mick Lyons has or hasn't done, it doesn't affect me in any way so how do you come to the conclusion that it is a touchy subject to me
Replied: 12th Apr 2013 at 12:47
Just the way you responded, if that would have been me, and I would have asked "round to who" and some replied,nand I didn't no anything about it i would have just said that
Bull poo, stop trying to act the big lad
Replied: 12th Apr 2013 at 13:58
If you would care to put that into something comprehensible then maybe i will reply.
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Tommy Monks, Mayor of Wigan, many moons ago. He lived at the top of our street and as kids we thought he was famous especially when he wore his chains
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forgot all about James Anderton.
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He's from Highfield, Pemberton!
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what about Ted Ray then.
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At least he lived in Wigan for a few days!
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I think it was Herbert Street were Tommy Monks lived.
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Cheers, Fletcher. Is Herbert St off Miry lane?....Just looked and it's the only one that appears (Could have been a now extinct Herbert Lane I mean).
(The Late Thomas Monks was my Great Grandfather.)
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Hi Mac, Herbert Street is off Miry Lane, we lived in Fletcher Street (now gone) which was off Herbert Street. Your Great Grandad's house was the last one on the left hand side (coming from Miry Lane), then there was a cross roads and to the left was Haig Street, to the right was Pennyhurst Street and straight on it became Tickle Street (I think, could be wrong).
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Brilliant, Thanks for the info, Fletcher. Most helpful.
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a domino playing pal of mine -he must be about 80 but unbeatable - tells me that his old headmaster Jack McGuire should be in it to keep order.
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Ben Watson, matchwinner, FA Cup final 2013
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Plus Roberto Martinez of course.
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Are Ben Watson and Roberto Martinez from Wigan?
Replied: 16th May 2013 at 17:14
Who said they had to be.
As long as they have made a Wigan contribution that's fine by me.
Replied: 16th May 2013 at 17:22
Rolf Harris for inventing the wobble board..........
Oh tie me kangaroo down sport, tie me kangaroo down..... '
sorry lizzie, he's been evicted. Til the case is over.
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double winning Wigan coach Shaun Wane, a Wigginer through and through.
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Except he's from Pemberton!
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Worsley Hall if that makes him better qualified tonker
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Worsley Hall is a council housing estate in Pemberton.
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his highness lord smith should have pride of place, whilst not a wiganner,he has done much to make our lives miserable.maybe i'm wrong and it should be the hall of infamy.
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Elizabeth Larner, singer & actress,
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Tom Plumb - by public acclaim. See General.
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John Martin entertainer
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Trevor Wallace comic.
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Brian Elsey -- we miss him already !!
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Les Westhead from Aspull, Sir Luz to friends,.gone but not forgotten.
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he's in it now joe. Well done Les
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i-spy thanks for that I drove to spain with Les great guy well missed,
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mr pastry & tonker
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