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.
Leeds fan Dave Sinclair is the latest guest on My Set of Six…
Favourite away ground?
Odsal. There’s nowhere like it. Entering the turnstiles, you look down upon this huge, bleak, scruffy oik of a ground – but there’s something magical about it. Its hard to explain!
The best player was Ellery Hanley but he’d already played his best before he joined Leeds. My favourite is a toss up between Garry Schofield for his poaching skills and creativity or Danny McGuire for his ability to toy with defences and the way he’d always pull something out of the bag, when we looked down and out.
The 2004 Super Grand Final. Leeds shook off their ‘chokers’ tag and finally won a big final against a big team. At the final whistle, I was speechless. After many lean years, I wondered if I’d ever see us crowned champions.
The 1992 Regal Trophy final. Widnes hammered Leeds 24-0 on what turned out to be the most miserable birthday I’ve had to date. In high spirits, we travelled over to Central park to watch Les Holliday, Jonathan Davies and Kurt Sorensen rip us to shreds.
Best match you’ve seen (not involving your club)?
This is a hard one to call. I’ll go with nostalgia for this one. The 1988 Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Halifax sticks out, purely because of the sheer class of Wigan that day. I was fairly new to the game at that point, but I already couldn’t stand that Wigan team! I was in complete awe though of the skills on display that day. I’m surprised it isn’t held in higher regard by rugby league fans to be honest.
Your one wish for the future of rugby league?
Survival and expansion. I’d love to see a two-league conference style Super League, with teams such as Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, New York, Boston, Catalans, Toulouse, Valencia and Red Star Belgrade all playing against the stable heartland clubs, with more money, new sponsors and new broadcast deals bringing life to all.
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