My Set of Six: Wigan fan Josh McAllister featuring Benji Marshall & England’s shock defeat to Italy

Drew Darbyshire

In our new feature, we’re asking you, the fans, plus players, coaches and other rugby league personalities to give us their answers to our set of six questions.

Wigan fan and Rochdale Hornets media manager Josh McAllister is our latest guest on My Set of Six…

Favourite ground?

Being born in Blackpool and supporting the football team, although it’s only once a year, Bloomfield Road is up there as my favourite ground. The beer is never too expensive during the Summer Bash event either! Having worked in the Championship, there’s some good rugby league grounds in that competition too, including the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium at Batley.

Favourite player?

Benji Marshall. Sean O’Loughlin comes in at a very close second being a Wigan fan and the impact he has on the team, but watching Marshall’s magic in the NRL is something else.

Favourite memory?

The 2013 World Cup opener at Cardiff. The whole occasion and atmosphere was great. I would have been 14 at the time, and I remember arriving the day before with my grandad and going by the Principality Stadium and by luck meeting Cameron Smith and Sam Thaiday, who were both good enough for a picture and a chat.

Best match you’ve seen?

The 2014 Good Friday clash between Wigan and St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Something about that game has stuck with me, whether it was the atmosphere, the weather or that Sean O’Loughlin pass. That’s definitely up there with my favourites.

Worst memory?

Nothing too hectic – but I attended England’s 2013 World Cup warm-up match against Italy at the AJ Bell Stadium, which surprisingly resulted in a 14-15 loss. The game wasn’t a classic and the weather was dreadful.

Your wish for rugby league in the future? 

To see England win a World Cup under Shaun Wane and I’d love for there to be a professional team based in Blackpool one day.

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