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Friday, 25 July 2014

This Sporting Life - Paul Crarey

FORMER Barrow Raiders coach Paul Crarey has just been appointed the new head honcho at Dalton ARL and enjoys teaching new coaching techniques to other rugby coaches

FULL name, date and place of birth: Paul Crarey, January 4th 1966, Barrow.

What was your first thought this morning? I hope it’s not raining – I’m a roof contractor you see.

Name your favourite sporting teams: Wigan Warriors and Newcastle United.

Which sporting clubs did you play for? Whitehaven, Carlisle and Barrow at rugby league. I also represented Cumbria.

Describe your greatest sporting triumph: Playing against Australia while representing Cumbria in a World Cup warm-up match in 1992.

And your worst sporting disaster: Losing 90-0 to the Leeds Rhinos in the league while playing for Barrow.

Do you still train? I coach but don’t train as much as I should.

Who is the best sportsperson you have played with or against? The best player I’ve ever played with was Rod Reddy and against is Mal Meninga.

Name your sporting heroes: Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell and Iafeta Paleaaesina.

And sporting villains: Any drugs cheats.

What was your most embarrassing sporting moment? Playing against St Helens I was knocked unconscious and played the ball to the opposite side. The crowd gave me a load of abuse.

Do you have and sporting nicknames? Cresta.

Do you think Barrow AFC and Barrow Raiders should join together in a shared stadium? No. They’ve got different identities and different agendas. I’d like to see them stay independent.

What is your favourite book? A Wayne Bennett coaching book.

When and where would you describe yourself as being happiest? At home with my family.

Do you think foreign team like Toulouse and Catalans Dragons are having a bad effect on British rugby league? No, I don’t think so. If you ask all the fans that went over to France with Barrow this season they’ll say they enjoyed it. Catalans have fitted in well in Super League. As long as the things the RFL want are sustainable there’s no problem.

Have the Barrow Raiders got a chance of achieving a Super League licence? The ground is not up to standard. We’ve definitely got a good enough team on the pitch, but it’s whether the other things are in place. Is the board big enough?

The ground needs at least £2m spent on it. I’d like to see them in Super League but the difference between the Super League and Championship is massive, the fans would have to stick with the team through thick and thin.

Should drugs cheats be banned? Definitely, it’s got to be a level playing field.

What do you think is the biggest problem facing sport today? Probably that professional sport is governed by winning and losing, not by coaches but by other people.

To have success you have to have longevity. That’s proven with people like David Moyes at Everton and Sir Alex Ferguson at Man United.

Players wont judge a coach on winning and losing, they’ll judge them on what they put in place and how they operate.

Where will you be and what will you be doing 10 years from now? I’m involved with Dalton ARL now, so I hopefully seeing them do well. Just mainly being happy with the family.

INTERVIEW BY IAN DUNSTAN

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