Seamus McCallion: Halifax's 1987 Challenge Cup winning 'band of renegades'

There are times when Harden realizes he can’t do it alone. He trusts his teammates more than he ever has. When Harden hits you with a pass, you'd better be ready. That has been Mark Jackson Womens Jersey the case most of the season. And now, with a 2-0 lead heading into the weekend in Oklahoma City, the Rockets have control of this series.“Our first game it was cruise control, and so we knew that Game 2 was going to be a lot different, and it was,” Harden said. “We had to figure out a way to win the game, and so it wasn’t pretty. We didn’t make a lot of shots, and we gave them an early lead, and then we had to fight our way back, and we did. We didn’t give up, we continued to grind and fight and figure out a way to win. Tonight was a perfect case.”For five remarkable years, the West Yorkshire town of Halifax was home to a champion rugby league team. Between 1984 and 1988, Fax climbed out of the Second Division, won the First Division championship, reached a Premiership final and won the Challenge Cup, and were only denied back-to-back Wembley wins by the new force in the sport - Wigan.Hooker Seamus McCallion was the youngest member of the team having joined the club in 1984, just as the #9 Bryan Anger Womens Jersey rapid ascent began."We didn't do too bad for a bunch of renegades," McCallion told BBC Sport. "Crazy guys who liked to go out for a beer and have a bit of fun."When you're successful, you tend to get a lot of free drinks. The team spirit was created by spirit itself you could say, we were drinking a lot - too much I'd say when I look back."It was a case of being in the right place at the right time. David Brook bought the Australians over and they made the difference, the level of the game moved onwards and upwards."Once we got the balance, once the British guys could master the craft, we didn't look back."It was a stellar list, Australia Test players Graham Eadie and Chris Anderson - named player-coach, Queensland stars Cavill Heugh and Joe Kilroy, plus props Keith Neller and Geoff Robinson were all part of the Championship season in 1986. Added to the mix at Thrum Hall were a couple of additions from a little closer to home that completed the set."We had great signings from Wigan in Gary Stephens, Mick Scott, Brian Juliff, Colin Whitfield, and one of the best players I've played with in John Pendlebury," McCallion added."What a player. I think having all those plus young lads like Paul Dixon, brought that mixture of youth and experience which added to Chris [Anderson]'s basic game plan, it brought a great combination."'A privileged hobby'Fax pipped Wigan Authentic Nerlens Noel #3 Womens by a point to win their 1986 title, a success that prompted a week off work to celebrate for McCallion and his team-mates.It was a far different time for the 'professionals' of rugby league, whose time on the pitch amounted to little more than an extremely privileged hobby."You just got your match fees and bonuses," he recalls. "At the time I was a maintenance engineer, and I lost my job. It was the 1980s, there weren't many jobs so I ended up working at Ben Shaw's pop factory for a year."The only good thing about it was - apart from having a great laugh, I had fun there - the physical work of lifting crates and loading wagons and going down cellar steps was like a massive training session. I haven't been as fit ever in my life."

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