“97 was mind blowing to be part of. The lead up and the way the town reacted it was than just a game and we knew that and for this town we needed this win. We had BHP close down and things were going on. The town just went behind this and everyone was just following it”
My special guest is Mark Hughes. Mark is a former professional rugby league player for the Newcastle Knights. He won two premierships in 1997 and 2001 which he played State of Origin for NSW in 2001. Away from the game his own personal circumstances has seen him create the Mark Hughes Foundation to raise awareness and support for brain cancer search which recently he was named Newcastle citizen of the year.
You will learn plenty about Mark Hughes in episode 71 of the Talking with TK Podcast.
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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
4:00 - Welcome Mark Hughes 4:45 - Mark Hughes Foundation 6:00 - Being diagnosed with brain cancer 9:20 - Focus on the now 10:40 - Trip to Everest 14:30 - The team environment 16:20 - WAYNE SCHWASS RECAP 18:00 - The nickname Boozy 19:45 - Origins in Kurri Kurri 21:30 - Preferred position 22:30 - Big offer from the Hunter Marriners 24:00 - the under 21’s 24:35 - First grade debut vs Gold Coast 27:00 - Premiership success 27:38 - Marc Granville’s emotional speech pre grand final 28:43 - The match winning try 32:00 - ROBBIE PAUL RECAP 33:30 - Mal Reilly 36:40 - 2001 Grand Final 37:50 - Andrew Johns 38:20 - One team town 39:43 - Origen debut 41:40 - Transition from footy 43:40 - Paul Harragon & Leadership 44:25 - Success then & now 45:30 - Favourite ground outside of Newcastle 45:50 - 5 people you would invite to a private dinner party
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