Rugby League: Goodway confirmed as Paris coach
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Tuesday 20 May 1997
Goodway, dismissed by Oldham last month, turned down a chance to take charge last season, but has now accepted the challenge of taking over from Peter Mulholland, who was sacked two weeks ago.
"I realise I am taking on a club in a lowly position, but I am confident of turning things around for them," Goodway, who is on a family holiday in Spain, said. "We have lost a number of games narrowly during the first half of the season."
A board meeting in Paris on Saturday - attended by the co-opted directors from the Rugby League, Maurice Lindsay and Harry Jepson - decided to offer him his new job.
Goodway will return in time to watch his new side at home to London Broncos on Bank Holiday Monday. After that, he will take over a squad largely composed of Australians. His first problem could be the extended absence of one of them, as Paul Evans faces the disciplinary committee on Thursday after being sent off for a high tackle for the second time this season.
Wigan's shareholders will vote tonight on whether the club's chairman and vice-chairman, Jack Robinson and Tom Rathbone, should be sacked. The Shareholders' Action Group wants to vote the two men out of office and stop the sale of Central Park to a supermarket chain.
Officials are investigating an incident in Sunday's match at Halifax when the referee, Steve Ganson, was attacked by a fan who leaped over a fence and confronted Ganson after he had awarded a try to Wigan. The man was arrested and has been banned from Thrum Hall.
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