RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG (4) – PETER BANNER Pt 4

RUGBY LEAGUE’S QUALITY STREET GANG (4) – PETER BANNER Pt 4

by | Jan 26, 2020

Part 4– HIS REPRESENTATIVE HONOURS

During the time he stayed at Salford, Peter, in common with virtually every other member of the backline, was selected to play, initially for Lancashire, and later internationally, in his case for Wales.

“Chairman, Brian Snape, was extremely good to me in my time with the club.  There was a clause within my contract which stipulated that were I to gain representative honours, whilst still with the club, then I would receive various bonuses depending on the level at which I had been selected.  

“In addition, other bonuses were paid for having played in a certain number of games for the club.  Mr Snape, however, on every occasion, payed me double my entitled amount, in order to compensate for inflation.  He was very kind to me right to the very end.”

Peter regards the involvement of Wales in the 1975 World Cup, down under in Australia, as the pinnacle of his time at Salford.

“Being part of that World Cup was absolutely great, and having the company of Colin Dixon and David Watkins in the team made it all the more so.  England, on the other hand, had Mike Coulman, Keith Fielding and Kenny Gill, and we met up in one of the early fixtures, at Land Park, Brisbane, where we beat them 12-7. 

“It turned out to be the only game they lost, as they drew with Australia who won all their other matches.  With the winners being determined on a league points basis, that loss against us cost England the World Cup.”

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