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  • McCrae

    20 17.86%
  • Hanley

    6 5.36%
  • Millward

    81 72.32%
  • Anderson

    79 70.54%
  • Potter

    1 0.89%
  • Simmons

    0 0%
  • Brown

    5 4.46%
  • Rush

    0 0%
  • Cunningham

    1 0.89%
  • Holbrook

    97 86.61%
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Thread: The Holbrook Legacy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    You've got Cunningham quite high there. I'd put Jeanette Smith higher than him

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    I find it incredulous that anyone voted for KC in this poll (especially since there are so many excellent candidates to pick from). As a coach, what on earth did he bring to us?

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    I would think Holbook took over a team performing poorly and low in confidence which gives him the edge. It will be interesting to see how the team performs next year with am very similar squad.

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    I think the KC one and possibly the Potter one were people pressing the wrong button

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    How anyone thinks Anderson isn’t number one is beyond me. Some forget the attacking rugby we played under him as well as the immense shifts in defence we put in. He took a team who were at times inconsistent and turned them into world beaters with an intense focus on winning and winning alone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Blobbynator View Post
    I think the way he left the club and the success of Millward after rules him out of any serious contention. He did well to win a backs to wall GF against Bradford in 1999, but it was pretty up and down watching Saints under Hanley.

    I think the voting confirms it's a fairly young fan base voting. No real votes for McRae for example, whilst Holbrook is leading. Not suggesting McRae is a better coach but he certainly turned us from bridesmaids to winners in a time when Wigan were a great side.
    For me what rules McRae out is that in the second half of his spell we were absolutely dire. Definitely a very important figure in Saints‘s history though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killermongoose View Post
    How anyone thinks Anderson isn’t number one is beyond me. Some forget the attacking rugby we played under him as well as the immense shifts in defence we put in. He took a team who were at times inconsistent and turned them into world beaters with an intense focus on winning and winning alone.
    I don't think there's much between him, Millward & Holbrook.

    But that 'intense focus on winning' didn't extend to 2 out of 3 GFs (in the first we went in underestimating Leeds, after tonking them in the play-offs, and came a cropper)
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    I always felt that Sinfield was the difference in those Grand Final’s. Obviously a long time ago now but it always seemed to be chucking it down and we never quite seemed to be able to get out of our own half for long enough. Always felt we possibly lacked a bit of pace out-wide and he just kicked us to death. Quite a few of those outside backs were coming to end of their careers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tez the Saint View Post
    I always felt that Sinfield was the difference in those Grand Final’s. Obviously a long time ago now but it always seemed to be chucking it down and we never quite seemed to be able to get out of our own half for long enough. Always felt we possibly lacked a bit of pace out-wide and he just kicked us to death. Quite a few of those outside backs were coming to end of their careers.
    He was quite happy to kick the ball over the dead ball line all the time. If only we had the 7 tackle rule back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killermongoose View Post
    How anyone thinks Anderson isn’t number one is beyond me. Some forget the attacking rugby we played under him as well as the immense shifts in defence we put in. He took a team who were at times inconsistent and turned them into world beaters with an intense focus on winning and winning alone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
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    Also seem to recall Ian MillwardÂ’s teams winning every GF they contested.

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    I might be dreaming this up but I remember an ex player tell me once that Anderson just used to let the players get on with it at training because they were so good. He would just sit supping brews. He was more a man manager than a coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The frenchman View Post
    I might be dreaming this up but I remember an ex player tell me once that Anderson just used to let the players get on with it at training because they were so good. He would just sit supping brews. He was more a man manager than a coach.
    I think you maybe as I remember the players at the time saying his coaching methods were miles ahead of Millwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    I think you maybe as I remember the players at the time saying his coaching methods were miles ahead of Millwards.

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    I'll ask a mate who I think was with me at the time and report back. Are you talking about something that was in the press at the time or an actual player telling you to your face over a pint?

    Also if by that you think I'm saying Anderson was a poor coach that's not the case, from what I remember the player wasn't saying it was a bad thing. It was a perfect fit for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The frenchman View Post
    I'll ask a mate who I think was with me at the time and report back
    I'll check the internet for the article I am confident exists and I read 13 years ago!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    I'll check the internet for the article I am confident exists and I read 13 years ago!!

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    Yeah but people put things in the press all the time, it doesn't mean it's exactly true. If you remember Danny Richardson didn't start the season because he was a few weeks behind at training.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The frenchman View Post
    Yeah but people put things in the press all the time, it doesn't mean it's exactly true. If you remember Danny Richardson didn't start the season "because he was a few weeks behind at training"
    I know, it was a little tongue in cheek

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    Quote Originally Posted by barry View Post
    I know, it was a little tongue in cheek

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    Ha ha no probs mate. I've held onto that post all through this thread (and other similar ones) I was unsure of posting it because of how people might respond to it. It was after a few beers a while back but the player wasn't saying that it was bad, it was like he knew how to get the best out of them by also letting them figure things out themselves. Obviously he's not just sat there drinking cups of coffee every day, it was probably told like that to make the story sound better.

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    I know Leon Pryce rates Anderson as the best coach he ever played under 'by a country mile'. A tweet of his that caught my eye a while back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dux View Post
    I know Leon Pryce rates Anderson as the best coach he ever played under 'by a country mile'. A tweet of his that caught my eye a while back.
    We don't know how any of them went about their job to be fair. But It's the off season and it's a good discussion

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    Millward was the most fun

    Anderson had an incredible squad and season in 2006

    History though will show that Holbrook came in and turned the tide for us. With some iffy succession planning, dodgy signings and the failed KC era we were going nowhere fast and the club was at times alienating itself from the fans. Thankfully he has done a great job turning it round, got a trophy he deserved and leaves us in a much better place.

    Been impressed as well with how he has got the best out of some of the players who were below average under KC

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    I agree with that.

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    Apologies if it's been posted elsewhere but this is a great watch
    https://youtu.be/cfO4NvZCOiM

    All I can say is thanks for everything, so many people have fallen back in love with the game since you've been here including myself.

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    This grand final win was the best for me. Sheer relief
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    Quote Originally Posted by The frenchman View Post
    Apologies if it's been posted elsewhere but this is a great watch
    https://youtu.be/cfO4NvZCOiM

    All I can say is thanks for everything, so many people have fallen back in love with the game since you've been here including myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The frenchman View Post
    Apologies if it's been posted elsewhere but this is a great watch
    https://youtu.be/cfO4NvZCOiM

    All I can say is thanks for everything, so many people have fallen back in love with the game since you've been here including myself.
    I think a lot of us feel the same. Comes across as so honest and humble.

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