Tag: Western Suburbs Magpies

Wests Tigers announce return of Western Suburbs Magpies

The Wests Tigers have confirmed the return of the Western Suburbs Magpies for the 2018 Intrust Super Premiership season. As reported by The81stMinute’s Curtis Woodward last month, the Magpies will make their triumphant comeback to Australian rugby league’s second best competition next year. The Magpies will also be coached by Wests Tigers and Magpies legend […]

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Western Suburbs Magpies will return to NSW Cup in 2018

EXCLUSIVE BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The Western Suburbs Magpies will return to rugby league’s second biggest rugby league competition in 2018 when they run out in the Intrust Super Premiership as the direct feeder club to Wests Tigers. Despite whispers to the contrary, the Magpies will compete in the NSW Cup – a competition they […]

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Langmack admitted to mental health facility as Raudonikis rubbishes Magpies betting claims

Former Canterbury and Western Suburbs legend Paul Langmack has been admitted to a mental health facility just days after a peculiar rant on 2KY. The retired Australian and State of Origin forward claimed he and former Magpies Coach Tommy Raudonikis would bet on matches in the 1990’s when Langmack was also captain of the team. […]

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Fans vote for Arthur Summons

ARTHUR SUMMONS   The81stMinute’s Twitter followers have voted Arthur Summons into our Hall of Fame ahead of Steve Rogers, Brad Fittler and Ken Kearney. Summons finished on 33%, edging Rogers 31% and Fittler on 29% while Kearney received 7% of the votes. An Australian rugby union representative, Summons jumped codes in 1960 appearing in three […]

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The Hindsight Series #2: Alternative Mergers

BY CURTIS WOODWARD Hindsight: Recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, decision, after it has occurred. Hindsight you beautiful, evil thing. It’s a term used all too often in rugby league as if they were meant to be. Married. Glued at the hip. Rugby league has been at the fork in […]

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Hey Woodsy – time to drop the #2040 hashtag and start promoting the WESTS Tigers

So I am sitting at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday afternoon after New Zealand Warriors’ demolition job of Wests Tigers in the Intrust Super Premiership and was probably (actually I was) the only bloke in the world who saw the scoreboard attendant hastily switch the Warriors sign with Manly-Warringah’s as they were playing on the Monday […]

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Country Town Stops to Celebrate and Remember ‘Dallas’ Donnelly

The name John ‘Dallas’ Donnelly is synonymous with the Western Suburbs Magpies. Hailing from the northern NSW country town of Gunnedah, Donnelly became a cult hero at Wests in the 1970’s and 1980’s with his hulking frame, fiery on-field performances and larger than life personality. An Australian and New South Wales representative, ‘Dallas’ was named […]

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Memories of ‘Jason Traitor’ as Benji Returns to Campbelltown

When Jason Taylor returned to Campbelltown as a North Sydney Bear for the first time in 1996, the Wests crowd hit him with a verbal blitzkrieg. That too was a Monday night game. The legendary Australian band Dragon played pre-match, firing up the parochial locals who bombarded Taylor and dubbed him ‘Jason Traitor’. This led […]

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