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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Reunion for class of '67

PLAYERS from the last Barrow RL team to reach the Challenge Cup final are being reunited over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The boys of 1967 will meet up in the Raiders Bar on the evening of Saturday, May 27 — and then be guests at the following day’s game against London Skolars.

The plans are being finalised as Raiders prepare for Saturday’s daunting Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Super League Harlequins.

Organiser John Spoor — Barrow RL lottery promoter — said the 1967 Wembley team had tended to be forgotten about because they lost 17-12 to Featherstone.

He added: “They have been overshadowed by the Wembley winning side of ’55 and the Lancashire Cup winners of ’82. There is a generation of supporters out there who don’t remember the 50s but went to Wembley in 1967.”

“Unfortunately, as things stand, it is likely to be the last Barrow side to make a Challenge Cup final in the forseeable future.”

Tickets for the evening in the Raiders Bar are limited to players of that era and applications should be made to the organiser himself at Barrow Rugby Shop.

The evening will include a DVD of the 1967 final, which will also be shown in the Raiders bar at noon on the Sunday.

The players who can attend are Harry Hughes, Mike Murray, Maurice Redhead, Ivor Kelland, Mike Sanderson, Mike Watson, Ged Smith (Warrington), Ray Hopwood (Garstang), Terry Kirchin (Scotland) and Bob Wear (Lytham).

Tom Brophy and Henry Delooze, who both live in Warrington, and Bill Burgess are absentees while Eddie Tees is a possible. Team captain Jim Challinor and 16th man Brian Backhouse are deceased, although the latter’s family will attend.

Former Barrow player Tommy Smales, who starred for Featherstone in the final, is going.

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