The highlights of my 2016

It’s that time of year where we all look back on the year just passed, and look ahead to next year.

For me, 2016 was the first year I’ve managed to hit three figures in live sport in a calendar year – 106 at the time of writing, with at least one more to come (possibly three).

16/01/16 – Warrington Town 4-2 Northwich Victoria – Cantilever Park
I don’t remember a great deal about the game itself, but it is significant in that it was the first time I’ve seen a four-figure league crowd at my hometown club – 1095 attended what was a top of the table clash.

17/03/16 – Wigan Warriors 12-18 Widnes Vikings – DW Stadium
I have some great memories of games at the DW Stadium, and twice this year Widnes managed to go away with a win from there. The first win, in March, stands out. This was Widnes’ sixth win from seven at the start of the season and propelled them to the top of the league. For a spell before and after that game, it really felt like something special was going to happen. The game itself, Widnes kept it fairly tight but didn’t seem able to score. They managed to get on the board early in the second half, and I remember thinking after Corey Thompson’s error led to Wigan’s third try, that maybe it wouldn’t be Widnes’ day. But lo and behold, they managed to dig in and pull off a win in such a manner that has been rare to witness as a Widnes fan.

28/05/16 – Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday – Wembley
For someone that has been the best part of a thousand live sporting events, I’d never seen my national sport at the national stadium. I had only ever been to Wembley for NFL. This one didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed hospitality, courtesy of Supporters Direct, and the Sheffield Wednesday supporters made an absolute racket, despite their defeat. I got the train down to London, watched the game, and then got the train home. A long day, but worth it. Whisper it quietly, but I also bought my first ever half-half scarf as a momento.

20/06/16 – Wales 3-0 Russia – Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
One of the three games at Euro 2016 I made it to, saw Wales absolutely take apart Russia in Toulouse. It was a really unique stadium, and quite shallow seating, and it was a good atmosphere. It was also a proud moment, being half Welsh, to listen to virtually all the crowd bellow out the Welsh national anthem.

18/11/16 – Worcester Wolves 88-89 Manchester Giants, University of Worcester Arena
Without doubt, my highlight of 2016. I joined Manchester Giants in May, and had to wait until the end of September for my first game. It was a tough start to the season, losing the first seven games, and then there was this one, game nine. The Giants competed all the way and looked to have the game in control at the end of the third quarter, until the Wolves went on a run to take control. It looked like game over, seven behind with less than 40 seconds to play, but four stunning three pointers, including one on the buzzer from Moritz Lanegger (video below), snatched an incredible win!

Here is my full list of games attended in 2016:

# Date Match Ground
786 02/01/2016 Clitheroe 2-5 Warrington Town Harrison Park
787 03/01/2016 Manchester Phoenix 4-5 Hull Pirates
788 09/01/2016 Newcastle Thunder 8-34 Widnes Vikings
789 16/01/2016 Warrington Town 4-2 Northwich Victoria MEN Arena
790 17/01/2016 Widnes Vikings 18-18 Halifax Headingley
791 18/01/2016 Brighouse Town 0-2 Warrington Town
792 23/01/2016 New Mills 0-5 Warrington Town St Giles Road
793 24/01/2016 St Helens 16-30 Widnes Vikings Moor Lane
794 26/01/2016 Warrington Town 1-0e Northwich Manchester Villa MEN Arena
795 30/01/2016 Warrington Town 1-0 Scarborough Athletic MEN Arena
796 30/01/2016 Manchester Storm 8-5 Edinburgh Capitals Blackpool Cricket Club
797 31/01/2016 Cheshire Phoenix 70-76 London Lions
798 01/02/2016 Curzon Ashton 0-2 Alfreton Town Victoria Park Ground
799 05/02/2016 St Helens 30-16 Huddersfield Giants Moor Lane
800 06/02/2016 Manchester Storm 5-2 Dundee Stars Blackpool Cricket Club
801 07/02/2016 Wakefield Wildcats 16-24 Widnes Vikings The Mend-a-Hose Jungle
802 14/02/2016 Widnes Vikings 56-12 Leeds Rhinos Headingley
803 17/02/2016 Manchester Storm 3-4 Sheffield Steelers Blackpool Cricket Club
804 21/02/2016 Salford Red Devils 28-20 Widnes Vikings KC Lightstream Stadium
805 23/02/2016 Chester 4-0 Warrington Town
806 27/02/2016 Warrington Town 3-0 Kendal Town MEN Arena
807 28/02/2016 Huddersfield Giants 18-36 Widnes Vikings Keepmoat Stadium
808 29/02/2016 Harrogate Railway Athletic 0-7 Warrington Town Sir Tom Finney Stadium
809 04/03/2016 Widnes Vikings 30-16 Hull KR Headingley
810 05/03/2016 Northwich Victoria 3-2 Warrington Town
811 08/03/2016 Droylsden 0-9 Warrington Town Harry Williams Riverside Stadium
812 10/03/2016 Widnes Vikings 46-6 Hull FC Headingley
813 12/03/2016 Warrington Town 2-1 Ossett Town
814 17/03/2016 Wigan Warriors 12-18 Widnes Vikings Mount Pleasant
815 19/03/2016 Prescot Cables 0-3 Warrington Town The Link Centre
816 25/03/2016 Warrington Wolves 28-10 Widnes Vikings Belle Vue (Doncaster)
817 26/03/2016 Lancaster City 2-1 Warrington Town Stainton Park
818 28/03/2016 Widnes Vikings 12-20 St Helens Headingley
819 02/04/2016 Catalans Dragons 21-8 Widnes Vikings Dimple Wells Road
820 09/04/2016 Glossop North End 0-1 Warrington Town
821 10/04/2016 Widnes Vikings 24-34 Castleford Tigers Headingley
822 16/04/2016 Warrington Town 6-1 Prescot Cables MEN Arena
823 17/04/2016 Rochdale Hornets 6-62 Widnes Vikings Leigh Sports Village
824 19/04/2016 Radcliffe Boro 1-3 Warrington Town Rushall Olympic
825 22/04/2016 Widnes Vikings 16-48 Warrington Wolves Headingley
826 29/04/2016 Widnes Vikings 16-18 Wakefield Wildcats Headingley
827 30/04/2016 Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Grimsby Town
828 08/05/2016 Halifax 18-28 Widnes Vikings Edgeley Park
829 15/05/2016 Hull KR 24-10 Widnes Vikings Park Lane, Manchester
830 21/05/2016 Widnes Vikings 12-18 Salford Red Devils
831 28/05/2016 Hull City 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday Liverpool Echo Arena
832 29/05/2016 Widnes Vikings 24-20 Huddersfield Giants Headingley
833 03/06/2016 Hull FC 30-10 Widnes Vikings Big Fellas Stadium
834 09/06/2016 Castleford Tigers 28-38 Widnes Vikings Elland Road
835 10/06/2016 Warrington Wolves 12-19 Hull FC Belle Vue (Doncaster)
836 16/06/2016 Widnes Vikings 0-7 Wigan Warriors Headingley
837 20/06/2016 Wales 3-0 Russia
838 21/06/2016 Poland 1-0 Ukraine
839 22/06/2016 Sweden 0-1 Belgium
840 03/07/2016 Leeds Rhinos 22-23 Widnes Vikings Sheffield Arena
841 08/07/2016 St Helens 12-10 Widnes Vikings Moor Lane
842 13/07/2016 Warrington Town 0-4 Carlisle United MEN Arena
843 15/07/2016 Widnes Vikings 24-32 Salford Red Devils Headingley
844 24/07/2016 Widnes Vikings 32-4 Catalan Dragons
845 26/07/2016 Widnes FC 1-2 Warrington Town Headingley
846 06/08/2016 Warrington Town 5-1 VCD Athletic MEN Arena
847 11/08/2016 Widnes Vikings 0-38 Hull FC Headingley
848 13/08/2016 Warrington Town 2-0 Stourbridge
849 16/08/2016 Spennymoor Town 4-1 Warrington Town
850 19/08/2016 Manchester United 2-0 Southampton Halliwell Jones Stadium
851 20/08/2016 Warrington Town 0-1 Grantham Town MEN Arena
852 21/08/2016 Widnes Vikings 40-8 Wakefield Wildcats
853 27/08/2016 Warrington Town v Matlock Town MEN Arena
854 28/08/2016 Manchester City v West Ham United Craven Park
855 29/08/2016 Marine v Warrington Town
856 01/09/2016 Wigan Warriors 6-8 Widnes Vikings Mount Pleasant
857 09/09/2016 Warrington Wolves 30-12 Widnes Vikings Belle Vue (Doncaster)
858 17/09/2016 Grantham Town v Warrington Town
859 18/09/2016 Widnes Vikings 8-21 St Helens Headingley
860 20/09/2016 Mickleover Sports v Warrington Town
861 25/09/2016 Manchester Giants 56-90 Glasgow Rocks
862 27/09/2016 Warrington Town v Nantwich Town MEN Arena
863 30/09/2016 Newcastle Eagles 102-55 Manchester Giants Belle Vue Manchester
864 01/10/2016 Warrington Town v Corby Town MEN Arena
865 04/10/2016 Blyth Spartans v Warrington Town
866 07/10/2016 Sheffield Sharks 80-67 Manchester Giants Station View
867 09/10/2016 Manchester Giants 82-97 Cheshire Phoenix
868 13/10/2016 Snooker - English Open
869 15/10/2016 Warrington Town v Workington MEN Arena
870 16/10/2016 Plymouth Raiders 114-63 Manchester Giants
871 18/10/2016 Rushall Olympic 2-2 Warrington Town
872 22/10/2016 Halesowen v Warrington Town
873 23/10/2016 Manchester Giants 60-83 London Lions
874 29/10/2016 Warrington Town v Nantwich Town MEN Arena
875 30/10/2016 Manchester Giants 84-91 Worcester Wolves
876 05/11/2016 Stafford Rangers 2-2 Warrington Town
889 17/12/2016 Warrington Town A-A Stafford Rangers MEN Arena
890 18/12/2016 Manchester Giants 60-84 Glasgow Rocks

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