Widnes Vikings – On This Day
Author: Mike Healing Category: Clubs Publisher: Pitch Published: 01 Nov, 2015 ISBN: 978-1999333942 Pages: 192 Pages Country: United Kingdom Language: English Dimension: 192 x 121 File Size: Buy

Widnes Vikings On This Day looks back at the most celebrated and memorable moments from the club’s illustrious history, providing a mixture of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters.

The book is an irresistibly dippable black-and-white diary – with an entry for every day of the year.


  • 30th August 1987, when Widnes fans got their first sight of Martin Offiah as the rugby union convert and future try-scoring record holder made an excellent debut against Halifax.
  • 6th September 1965: Reputations were swept by the board as Widnes defied the odds and crushed the challenge of world champions New Zealand.
  • 8th September 1906: The first match under the revised laws of 13-a-side rugby league. ‘Fast but not very attractive and certainly very dangerous,’ according to the Weekly News!
  • 6th March 1973: Widnes-born Doug Laughton joined the Chemics from Wigan following a chance visit to fellow legend Vin Karalius’s scrap yard.
  • 14th May 1989: Widnes became the only team to win the championship and Premiership double in successive seasons when Hull were overcome 18-10.
  • 13th December 1952: Rochdale 2-2 Widnes. Robbed by the referee’s bizarre decision to disallow a Jack Woodward penalty, claiming that it had gone under the bar, despite the touch-judge signalling a goal and the scoreboard operator immediately adding the points!
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