Offiah: Widnes has a special place in my heart

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13th September 2018

Widnes Vikings legend Martin Offiah MBE has spoken out about his time at Naughton Park, revealing that the Club ‘will always have a special place’ in his heart.

The prolific winger will be inducted into the official Hall of Fame alongside Kurt Sorensen on Friday 26th October at a celebration dinner, sponsored by Money Matters.

The Vikings media team caught up with Offiah following the news of his induction to the illustrious list, as he revealed that he has been watching the Club’s progress ever since he left.

“I have kept an eye on Widnes’ fortunes over the years and I still do,” he revealed.

“The Club will always have a special place in my heart.

“I’ve taken a bit of flack, but during those days at Naughton Park I was adored by the fans.

“I don’t think anywhere else you’d experience that. All those Sunday’s down at Naughton Park, scoring tries and all the kids running onto the pitch was fantastic.”

Offiah was part of the Widnes team that secured a place in the Club’s history in 1989, as they defeated Canberra Raiders in the World Club Challenge at Old Trafford.

Despite that being one of the Club’s most famous victories, Martin revealed that his fondest memory came at Naughton Park in a title decider against Wigan.

“When I look back at scoring the hat-trick against Wigan and being carried off the field by the fans, they are moments I will cherish forever.

“Along with the World Club Challenge, they are probably the two single greatest days of my time with the club.

“Obviously, we also had great days at Old Trafford in the Premiership and in the Lancashire Cup against Salford.

“That final day win over Wigan has to be the pinnacle though, scoring a hat-trick was brilliant but probably a bitter-sweet moment for Widnes fans because I think that was the moment Wigan decided they wanted me.”

Ahead of his return to Widnes for the celebration dinner on Friday 26th October, Offiah also added that he is looking forward to being back in town for such a special occasion.

“I was in Widnes a couple of years ago for the 1989 anniversary dinner and I really enjoyed that night and being back,” he continued.

“I know a lot of Widnes fans know about the dinner and are really looking forward to it.

“I can’t wait to come back and celebrate what was a special time for me.”

The dinner to celebrate a list of esteemed Widnes legends and induct the latest Hall of Fame Members will take place in the Marquee Suite at the Halton Stadium.

The black-tie event will include a two-course meal, with guests asked to arrive at 7pm on the night for a 7:30pm start. Priced at just £40 for Stronghold Members, Vikings supporters are being given a brilliant opportunity to be part of a historic night for the Club.

Pre- bookings can be made by emailing enquiries@widnesvikings.co.uk, calling the ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or in store at the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, Widnes.

Hall of Fame Dinner

Date: Friday 26th October, 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start

Venue: Marquee Suite, Halton Stadium

Dress: Black Tie

Dinner: Two Course Meal

Pricing

General Ticket: Stronghold Members £40, General Price £50

Gold Ticket: Stronghold Members £70, General Price £80.

Gold Ticket includes:

+ Seating within inner ring around stage

+ Access to pre-event drinks reception with Hall of Fame stars including a welcome drink.

+ Group picture with all Hall of Fame inductees.

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