FLASHBACK: May 1998

QUEENSLANDERS, Danny Peacock and Glen Tomlinson score tries in the Wembley Cup final, but finish on the losing side in front of a capacity 78,000 crowd. Charleville product, Peacock and Caboolture’s Tomlinson were members of a Bradford side beaten 32-22 by St Helens, with Saints five eighth (or should that be stand-off) Tommy Martyn awarded the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match. Fiery halfback, Bobby Goulding captained Saints who were coached by Australian, Shaun McRae. Kiwi, Robbie Paul captained Bradford who were coached by current New Zealand Warriors’ coach, Matthew Elliott. A security and bomb alert following the discovery of a suspect package just before noon curtailed the opening of the gates, but things went smoothly after that. In other big news in England at the time, Halifax winger, John Bentley extended his contract with the club in exchange for being allowed to tour South Africa with the British Lions rugby union side in June-July. Bentley, a former England union international, eventually returned to the 15 man code fulltime. He previously had a stint with Balmain, but did not score a try.
London Broncos signed Bundaberg boy, Andrew Hamilton after the collapse of the South Queensland Crushers. Another former Crusher, Andrew Krause, was already on London’s books.
London’s ‘elite’ players in ’98 were Martin Offiah, Shaun Edwards, Terry Matterson and Peter Gill.
The coach was former Test centre, Tony Currie and chairman of the club, Richard Branson (yes, that Richard Branson).

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