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Vale Cliff Watson
Started by: aussie94 (1664) Report abuse
A belated tribute to Cliff who passed away recently.
A former St Helens ,Great Britain fron row forward , he joined the Cronulla Sharks back in the 1970s.
A fearsome warrior who terrified his opposition his partnership with Tommy Bishop got the Sharks to the1973 Grand Final.
I was at at Wembley when Wigan played Saints in 1961 ,Cliff played on the wing for saints marking Billy B
In the early1980s , I worked with Clif at the Caltex oil refinery in Sydney ,a great bloke who had lots of stories
about RL.
saw him 18 months ago after the sharks won the Grand Final,he was well and in good form.
Vale Cliff a good man and a great RL player

Posted by: tuddy (965) Report abuse
I think it was Cliff Watson who Ray French wrote about following the 1966 final at Wembley.

St Helens were invited onto the Eamonn Andrews show with the trophy and an autographed rugby ball. Muhammad Ali was also on the show, and back stage he approached the Saints team and started shadow boxing in front of them and asking them how tough they were. Cliff Watson threw the autographed ball to Ali and said to him "take this ball and run at me as fast as you can, then we'll see how tough you are".
Ali's minders had to step in to separate the two of them.

Posted by: peter g (2148)  Report abuse
Aussie 94 Watson was a prop forward and Mick Sullivan played opposite Boston in that final.

Posted by: aussie94 (1664) Report abuse
peter g Cliff marked Billy on the wing inthat game. And yes I know he was a Prop Forward .

Posted by: broady (14055)   Report abuse
The Saints wingers in the 1961 final were Vollenhoven and Sullivan. Watson was at number 10.

Posted by: peter g (2148)  Report abuse
correct broady


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