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The best Tyke - ever!


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By WW
June 6 2019

At a time when the club is in dire straits I found myself looking back at some of the moments that made watching the Tykes a special thing and, of course, the players who lit up the Headingley stage.

My first game was on a winter's night against Saracens. We won that night thanks to my first contender - Braam van Stratten. His unerring accuracy with his boot won us  many games. Our Powergen win back in 2003 was a great day but the man who stood out for me was Andre Snyman. My favourite player at that time was a big Welshman, Scott Morgan, who was equally at home  at lock or in the backrow.

When we needed to beat Harlequins at Headingley to stay up that year there was a most spectacular try  involving my favourite centre, Phil Christophers. His partnership with Chris Bell in the centre was, in my opinion, our best ever.

In the days when Rotherham was our feeder club we acquired Eirik Lund who was the best enforcer we have ever had. When Eirik played our pack was never bullied. Our best ex-Titan was Hendrie Fourie who went on to be capped for England despite being a South African.

Kearnan Myall, Ronnie Regan, Rhys Oakley & Ryan Burrows have all  put their hearts & souls into the Tykes cause when they played for us. The same can be said for two other hookers Rawly & Asbo. However, for me, one player stands out as the embodiment of Tykes rugby.

A son of the city of Leeds and captain of our cup winning side, my best Tyke ever is prop Mike Shelley.

Who is your favourite?

 

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RothwellTyke
RothwellTyke
17/06/2019 06:59
Hendre Fourie - never flinched, gave 100% every game

Tassigny74
Tassigny74
17/06/2019 12:09
Already mentioned mark Reagen.
Thought he was only coming for the money boy was I wrong. Really missed him in the pack.
Dan Scarborough was another at the same time I loved watching play.

oopnorth
oopnorth
17/06/2019 15:15
So many good players, and characters in many senses of the word. Not named so far but who could forget Diego Albanese,who really cared about supporters and always had everyone guessing including himself, and home grown we had men like Tom Palmer and Kieran Myall, Rob Rawlinson.

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Albert Fishwick
17/06/2019 16:24
Colin Stephens was an important player in the early days. I used to enjoy watching Craig Emmerson flying up the wing.

Hard to look past Shelley and Rawly as club men but for me the best player in our best period was Snyman.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

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leemingtyke
17/06/2019 19:46
Good thread this.

I don't go back as far as you guys, my first game being the 'million pound game' in 2010. So a lot of the guys already mentioned are before my time.

I did see Hendre Fourie play though and also Erik Lund, Kearnan Myall and Marco Wentzel

Steve Thompson was still a great player when turning out for us.

rotherhamtillidie
rotherhamtillidie
17/06/2019 20:03
Braam van Straaten

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almostatyke
17/06/2019 20:16
I missed out on the Premiership years - saw some matches but didn't really understand what was going on. Quite obviously a lot of people still think I do not know what is going on but for me the star performer in the Green Years and sooner has to be Ryan Burrows.
And in terms of excitement, watching Dave Doherty in full flight, or Kirsty at his best was what made me pay the entrance fee.

JDH1
JDH1
17/06/2019 20:44
Those names bring back some great memories!

Braam, Lund, big Isaac, synman, harder, Mather, dickson, hooper, biggs, Alfie, Mike mac, gomez.... plus lots more.

The first squad we had in the prem gave everything every game. You couldn't help but wanna see them play every week.

For me fourie is my favourite. He was a machine and always smiling. He could turn the game by himself in what was sometimes a struggling side.

Billy ba
Billy ba
17/06/2019 22:55
Classiest in my time definitely Lozowski. Just a pity we didn't see more if him. Also liked McColl at his best too

oopnorth
oopnorth
18/06/2019 07:34
Speaking of the first premiership squad it was when Tom Biggs emerged from the frozen food factory to terrorise amongst others Leicester. He was a joy to watch, and like Care and Clarke we lost him too soon.

Yorki
Yorki
18/06/2019 08:58
Ian Balshaw.







Only joking

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SideStep
18/06/2019 10:44
Very hard to pick just one.
Maybe somebody should make a nice little pill.
I might as well have some fun and say my personal favourite 15.

15 Albanese
14 Scabbsy
13 Rabeni
12 Braam
11 Biggs
10 Goggsy
9 Dicko
8 Burrows
7 Fourie
6 Mather
5 Hooper
4 Lund
3 Kerr
2 Regan
1 Shelley

The first Leeds Tykes child mascot...#leedswasps0203season. #cheersbentos

TykeGeorge
TykeGeorge
18/06/2019 16:15
Tough call leaving Tom Palmer out SideStep!

Scuffer
Scuffer
18/06/2019 17:15
Juan Gomez has always been one of my all time favourites

oopnorth
oopnorth
18/06/2019 17:28
Another very good and mobile prop not mentioned yet is Rayno Gerber. Occasionally did his own impression of a top winger.

And let’s not forget Mark Luffman. Sure his opponents haven’t.

JDH1
JDH1
18/06/2019 17:39
Who were we playing when gomez broke about 20m out and trampled over the fb to score? No side step required....

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leemingtyke
18/06/2019 18:37
Players like Lozowski, Holmes, Lucock and Burrows were fantastic players for us, but I guess you have to take into account that they were playing in the Championship

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almostatyke
18/06/2019 20:04
Take your point, Leeming, but a bit unfair on Lozzer who has cut the mustard at the highest levels since being with us in his student days at Leeds.
(Sm48)

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leemingtyke
18/06/2019 22:11
Yeah I guess, but fair in the context of the thread I reckon

Nosnibor
Nosnibor
19/06/2019 00:04
Loved Biggs with ball in hand, but it has to be Hendrie Fourie for me. Phenomenal player and a great bloke

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Wildwillie
19/06/2019 08:30
Quote:
SideStep
Very hard to pick just one.
Maybe somebody should make a nice little pill.
I might as well have some fun and say my personal favourite 15.

15 Albanese
14 Scabbsy
13 Rabeni
12 Braam
11 Biggs
10 Goggsy
9 Dicko
8 Burrows
7 Fourie
6 Mather
5 Hooper
4 Lund
3 Kerr
2 Regan
1 Shelley

Some very controversial selections there Sidestep! (Sm124)

Tower
Tower
19/06/2019 11:58
Lozowski, Jean-Baptiste Bruzulier Pete Lucock so so many

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leemingtyke
19/06/2019 12:09
Another not mentioned so far is Jacob Rowan

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Madtyke
19/06/2019 20:27
Lachlan Mckay was better than Balshaw..

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Wildwillie
19/06/2019 21:13
Quote:
Madtyke
Lachlan Mckay was better than Balshaw..
(Sm22)(Sm22)(Sm22)

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leemingtyke
19/06/2019 21:41
Quote:
Madtyke
Lachlan Mckay was better than Balshaw..

Lachlan Mackay scored the same amount of points for Leeds Carnegie as me, but it took him 15 more games.

And that's a (French Wikipedia) fact!

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opuscoitus
19/06/2019 22:06
Must be a Lachlan thing......young Currie dislocated a shoulder in warm up back in November never to be heard of again

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SideStep
20/06/2019 22:48
Lachlan Mackay! Theres a blast from the past.
I genuinely thought he was going to be a top signing for us!

The first Leeds Tykes child mascot...#leedswasps0203season. #cheersbentos

JDH1
JDH1
21/06/2019 14:11
A stroke of genius by Mr Key, signing a non kicking (from hand or tee) fly half.

Sadly plagued by injury tooy

JohnRich
JohnRich
22/06/2019 09:22
The scruffy American prop who became our captain.

Mike ?

Good prop and really good loose player.

JDH1
JDH1
22/06/2019 13:01
Macdonald. Great player.

Best pack in the prem for a while.

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Leeds Carnegie Signed Flag
23/06/2019 20:05
So many players Andre was just a mountain, Diego was just a joy to not only watch but also to talk to was always so enthusiastic about everything, I used to like John Dunbar too was always involved in some battle but he wore his shirt with pride and gave his all
The whole team that won the Powergen cup in 2005 are all legends
Then Justin Marshall? To be honest he was too good for us really even back then
(I’ll get my coat...)

Some say he has a Tykes flag with team signatures on.
Others say that he's doing the same to the Carnegie flag,
All we know is that he's called Leeds carnegie signed flag.

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Wildwillie
23/06/2019 20:38
No need Flagster. Marshall played well for us. The rest of the team could not keep up with him. His departure was another matter altogether.

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Gelbel
28/06/2019 09:37
Where to start...

oopnorth
oopnorth
28/06/2019 15:58
Phil Davies. He did play for a season or so.

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Wildwillie
28/06/2019 16:29
Good call Oop. He was also the most accessible coach we have ever had.

(Sm134)

JohnRich
JohnRich
29/06/2019 12:54
Until Sterlo...............?

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Wildwillie
29/06/2019 17:34
Quote:
JohnRich
Until Sterlo...............?

Phil Davies invited all the Tykes fans at Petrarca to travel back to town after the match on the team bus!

(Sm134)

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Loosehead
01/07/2019 16:40
best player Shells
best overseas player Diego/BVS

best home game v Leicester Aug 31st 02
best away game v Bath May 05

Mongo
Mongo
02/07/2019 02:17
Quote:
Wildwillie
Quote:
JohnRich
Until Sterlo...............?

Phil Davies invited all the Tykes fans at Petrarca to travel back to town after the match on the team bus!

(Sm134)

Oh yes I do remember this one. My first trip abroad with the Tykes

Mongo
Mongo
02/07/2019 02:20
I have not witnessed much of the Tykes for the last 11 years. if you look at the question another way, which tykes player injury hurt us the most, I would argue it was loosing Rob Vickerman at Saints really hurt him and the team.

Rawdon ranter
Rawdon ranter
02/07/2019 15:48
Yes,rob Vickerman’s injury at Northampton was the turning point of both that match and the remainder of the season

As to best matches- Away,Toulouse 6 days after England won World Cup, singing Swing Low to accompanying catcalls from several thousand Frenchmen
Home - the first match I went to, versus Leicester 2001,I seem to remember their weak point was Johnson, not Martin but his brother

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