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Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger
#11
Smith and thurston are the greatest of all time.
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#12
I dont get the smith adoration.
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#13
Messenger was so good that the Queenslanders actually asked that he be restricted to playing in his own half of the field when he played for NSW. He still proved to be too much for them, so they asked if he would play for Qld instead. The Kiwis (called the All Golds at the time) also borrowed him for their first tour of England. He was so good that there are rules in our game that were first introduced specifically to limit his tactical genius. He was the drawcard that built the game in Australia. At a time when anybody could go watch a union game for free, it was the excitement of seeing Messenger that led massive crowds to pay to watch a league game instead. Kangaroo tour matches in England were simply marketed with just the phrase "Messenger will play" and they would sell out. Dally Messenger is known to have kicked several goals from over 75 yards away from the posts. One was over 80 yards away from near the sideline on his own 25 yard-line. A left-footed kicker, he once kicked a match-winning field goal with his left foot while a defender was clinging on to his right leg. He was fast, tricky, strong despite his size, and he constantly came up with athletic manoeuvres that left the defence stunned.



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#14
The amount of people on this forum that saw Dally play is zero. He is and always will be the Don Bradman of rugby league.
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#15
Damn right!!!

There are a lot of old players who aren't appreciated by today's fans. Frank Burge started playing first grade football when he was only 14 years old. Ken Irvine was so fast he jointly held the amateur world record for the 100 yard sprint.
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(07-06-2017, 01:51 PM)Steeler Wrote: He was so good that there are rules in our game that were first introduced specifically to limit his tactical genius.





Im sure he was the guy who, whilst attacking, he'd throw the pill over the defensive line and catch it on the other side - like a brazen self forward pass.
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#17
Yep, that was him. They brought in the rule banning passing the ball to yourself just to stop him doing that.
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#18
Cameron Smith is the Greatest of all time and JT is behind him and i don't like him cause he's a queenslander but his numbers are just too good
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(07-06-2017, 01:51 PM)Steeler Wrote: Dally Messenger is known to have kicked several goals from over 75 yards away from the posts. One was over 80 yards away from near the sideline on his own 25 yard-line.

I'm gonna call bullshit on that part.
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#20
All these people saying Cameron Smith is the greatest? I will admit he is good. But the greatest? Joey Johns and JT are miles ahead of Smith. If Smith was so great he'd have a handful of Dally Ms. But he doesn't. If we were talking flirting with the rules or wrestling he'd be number 1
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