Vikings talk takes fans on a trip down memory lane
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities
Vikings past talk
Older people in Halton relived the glory days of the Widnes Rugby League when former World Cup player George Nicholls dropped in to visit them.
Halton Housing Trust customers living at Naughton Fields extra care scheme and Quarry Court in Widnes were treated to an afternoon of 50s, 60s and 70s rugby nostalgia last week, where they watched vintage video footage and viewed memorabilia from Widnes Viking’s past.
The lively talks were hosted by former professional Widnes player George Nicholls, 68, who played for the club from 1966 to 1973. George was part of the winning team who played in the Rugby League World Cup in 1972. An active member of the Widnes Past Players Association, he said: “I spoke about the old days of rugby and there was lots of interest, particularly from the women, as many of them used to watch the games and some of them are still fans today.”
Naughton Fields resident, Doris Claire, 82, has been a Vikings fan for over 30 years. She said: “I really enjoyed the talk and I love rugby league. Before I moved into Naughton Fields, I lived in Warrington. I went to every Vikings match for over thirty years, since the early eighties, and only stopped going a few years ago. I remember watching the current coach, Dennis Betts play.”
Kurtis Marsh, community coach at the Vikings organised the talks: “The aim of the talks was to engage with wider community,” said Kurtis, “as we know that lots of people remember the golden days, when the club was more successful on the field. These talks have been a fantastic way of letting people remember the past, reigniting their interest and driving the club forward.”
For further information about the history of the Widnes Vikings, visit www.widnesvikings.co.uk/page.php?id=637