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    Exclamation Joe Coan

    Passed away at the age of 90, coach of the all conquering side of the mid sixties, despite never playing a game of rugby league in his life, being steeped in Union. A formidable man as any of his pupils would attest to. RIP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woolyback View Post
    Passed away at the age of 90, coach of the all conquering side of the mid sixties, despite never playing a game of rugby league in his life. A formidable man as any of his pupils would attest to. RIP
    Formidable indeed. - I remember him taking us for PE/Games at West Park in the 60's - I was frightened to death of him.

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    I’m sad to hear that. I transferred into West Park’s Sixth Form with some others at the age of 16. We had to play Union having only played League but nobody ever explained the rules!

    He coached an absolutely brilliant team. One of the greatest Saints’ teams ever but the current lot aren’t bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldBoy View Post
    Formidable indeed. - I remember him taking us for PE/Games at West Park in the 60's - I was frightened to death of him.
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    Sad to hear.

    Heard a lot about how he had the Saints team really fit.

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    Walking into the lobby at the new West Park school and seeing the 4 trophies on display is a great memory, particularly with rival fans of Wigan, Widnes and Warrington in our year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph Fridge View Post
    Sad to hear.

    Heard a lot about how he had the Saints team really fit.
    I remember him saying that with the likes of Murphy, Bishop, Vollenhoven, Watson etc in the team, that was really all he had to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DewiSant View Post
    I remember him saying that with the likes of Murphy, Bishop, Vollenhoven, Watson etc in the team, that was really all he had to do.
    I think he favoured circuit training as a boost to fitness.

    P.S. It was some team.
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    I assumed he'd died donkeys years ago. I didn't realise he was only his mid-30s when coaching Saints.
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    R I P Joe your coaching record at Saint swill never be beaten.

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