Wolf in the pack

Forster talks about his departure from Warrington and more

Last Updated: 14/08/12 11:47am

When Mark Forster first started playing for his home town team, Warrington, it was back in the days when you earned three points for scoring a try, not four.

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How times changed as his career progressed, with the game going from a part-time basis to full time, and the benefits that brought.

He saw the switch to summer rugby league and the onset of Super League. He was also one of the few players who got a double testimonial with one club - and after two decades as a 'wire', then latterly a 'wolf', there's no doubt he deserved it.

After 20 happy years though, his departure wasn't exactly the warm send-off he'd hoped to get. He ended what was to be his final season in the belief that he had another year to go, but his then coach Darryl Van de Velde decided to withdraw the offer, saying he was unsure of Mark's fitness.

It was a move that hurt Mark, not least because he wanted to see out his career with his home town team, but also so he could say goodbye to the supporters. In this week's Super League Super Men he gets to set the record straight, explaining that he didn't choose to leave, as many had assumed.

His departure from Warrington might not have been the happiest, but that does not detract from the successes he achieved and the great times he spent at the club.

One major highlight for him was his one and only appearance in a Wembley Challenge Cup final, against Wigan in 1990. It wasn't a winning appearance, but it was one he was determined to be fit for...in the week's building up to it he'd been suffering tom a recurring dislocated shoulder.

He talks about the pleasure of taking part in the game, but also the pain of his shoulder popping out on the famous grass. Forster's career spanned a couple of generations and he's turning out regularly for his amateur club...still the oldest winger in town!

After leaving Warrington he went to the arch enemies Widnes, and never got the chance to play in the new Halliwell Jones stadium, the Wolves' home of today. It is here that Sam Tomkins visits for this week's Super Try, looking back on a magical debut appearance for the rugby league legend from Australia Andrew Johns.

The try is Henry Fa'afili's but the day belonged to Johns and former Wolves coach Paul Cullen guides Sam through the events of a match that will never be forgotten by the Warrington faithful.