Talking Sport: Eorl’s hair apparent

Huddersfield Giants' Eorl Crabtree
Huddersfield Giants' Eorl Crabtree

He’s big and powerful and would run through a brick wall for his beloved Huddersfield Giants.

The pro in question is hard-as-nails Eorl Crabtree whose flowing blond locks are a distinguishing feature wherever plays.

But I doubt whether they will have received more personal attention than they did on Saturday when the likeable lad from the West Yorkshire club acted as one of the BBC

TV pundits at the Leeds Rhinos-Saints Tetley’s Challenge Cup tie.

As he was about to go on air pitchside before the game, he was ushered to one side by a female member of the Beeb backroom staff who, armed with a can of lacquer, sprayed his flowing locks to ensure there wasn’t a hair out of place.

Bet he never gets similar attention from his team-mates ahead of any matches!

g Bumped into a old St Helens Reporter colleague, Dennis Lyon, before the recent derby game against Wigan Warriors.

Dennis, who worked as a delivery driver for the now defunct South Lancashire Newpapers and also made a handful of appearances for Saints in the early 1970s, is now living in the Lake District and asked me through my column to pass on his best wishes to ex-workmates and friends in the town.

g Liverpool boss Brendan Rogders blotted his previously impeccable copybook by bleating about the manner of Chelsea’s win at Anfield on Sunday.

Yes, Jose Mourinho’s men played a defensive, counter-attacking game. And yes, at times some of Chelsea’s antics bordered on gamesmanship.

But why should Chelsea have set themselves out to be thrashed by playing open, expansive football, as Rodgers seems to believe. Doing their utmost to win maintains the integrity of the competition.