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Former Widnes rugby player enjoys a nostalgic trip back to the ground
A FORMER Widnes rugby player took a trip down memory lane with his family.
Norman Woodward, aged 79, a prop forward for the Chemics from 1958 to 1961, visited the team’s grounds at the Select Stadium in Lower House Lane.
He also enjoyed looking at old photographs, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia in the Vikings museum.
He re-traced his steps with his wife, Dot, daughter, Julie and his grandson, Joel.
His wife Dot said: “Norman said the day was wonderful and brought back some fantastic memories.
“We managed to get a photograph with Viking player Phil Joseph.”
She said he enjoys being kept up to date with all the club's new signings and news.
Norman went to Warrington Road junior school and Central School, Kingsway.
Dot added: “This is where his rugby playing began. After he left school, he continued to play for local Widnes teams, mainly St Marie’s.”
Norman played in the first round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup against Halifax who were a professional team.
He did his national service from 1955 to 1957 and then played for Lancashire County Amatuer Rugby League.
Dot added: “He played matches against variious teams with the Lancashire county as Widnes was in the county of Lancashire in thise days.
“On 11 September, 1958, he was signed on as prop forward, usually number 10, as professional fro Widnes Rugby League Club. “The Chemics as they were lnown then.”
Norman’s older brother, Jack, also played professionally for Widnes for 10 years.
Dot added: “Jack later became chairman for several years during the 1970s when Widnes was known as ‘The Cup Kings’.
The visit was arranged by Cath Rowlands, activity co-ordinator of Millbrow Care Home in Widnes, where Norman now lives.
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