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Episode 104 - Barrie McDermott

October 19, 2018

 

My special guest is Barrie McDermott. Barrie is a legend of English Rugby League with his 16 year professional career including 367 first grade games for Leeds, Widnes, Wigan and Oldham. He was known as an enforcer on the field and he is capped 15 times for Great Britain while post sport he is a noted commentator with Sky Sports and supports a number of foundations in the community including the Steve Prescott Foundation and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

 

 

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

 

4:12 – Welcome Barrie McDermott

4:33 – Growing up in Oldham

7:11 – Finding Rugby League

8:45 – First game of footy

11:00 – Scraping with 30 years old at 15

13:11 – Tragically losing his eye in his teens

16:50 – The note from his mum to let him play

17:45 – His work ethic

18:40 – Family values

19:48 – Heroes and watching league as a youth

22:19 – Peter Tunks

23:58 – His first professional contract

25:11 – Terry O’Connor

27:35- BARLA tour of New Zealand

30:28 – The Dean Lonergan moment

33:00 – The love of the collision

36:10 – Trip to the Jacksonville Jaguars

36:50 – Moving to Wigan

38:20 – Rip Taylor and the Central Coast

41:40 – Lessons from Denis Betts

43:48 – Culture at Wigan

45:40 – Leaving his mark on Australia and Paul Sironen

49:24 – Debut & first test at Wembley in 1994

55:31 – Opinion on bringing back the Kangaroo Tour

57:49 – Moving to the Leeds Rhinos

1:00:18 – Bradford vs Leeds rivalry

1:01:00 – Headingley Stadium

1:03:55 – Fate with the Bulls and Graham Murray

1:09:41 – Rebuilding into the 1999 Challenge Cup

1:13:00 - Influences from the Aussies and New Zealanders

1:15:45 - His son Billy leading the team onto the field for Challenge Cup 

1:19:00 - The old Wembley

1:21:42 - The superstitions 

1:24:54 - Most talented team mate

1:27:49 - Toughest opponent

1:33:02 - 5 people he would invite to a private dinner party

 

 

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