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!