Widnes Vikings On This Day

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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 to produce an irresistibly dippable Vikings diary—with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's 1875 formation as the soccer section of Appleton and Farnworth Cricket Club through to the Super League era, fans have witnessed league and cup success, relegation, a return to the top flight through the licensing process, and hard times—all featured here. Legendary heroes such as Jimmy Hoey, Doug Laughton, "Big Jim" Mills, Keith Elwell, and Tony Myler all loom larger than life. Revisit May 17, 1980, when the club achieved its first Premiership success; May 3, 1930, the first Wembley victory for the "Cup Kings;" and October 4 1989, when the "Chemics" reached club rugby league's pinnacle, becoming the first official World Club champions.


Mike Healing is the author of Dreams to Reality and Return of the Vikings, which combine to provide a modern history of the club. Having originally volunteered to supply playing statistics for the Vikings' matchday program, the former Sale Harriers athletics coach is now the club's official statistician, and writes a regular feature column.