Have just had an e-mail from Gregg Brenner which says (excerpts)
I love what you
are doing with the web site. It's great to see the photos of the guys and
others! I really miss the people I met in Leeds. It was great time in life for
me. Gregg Thelen and I keep talking about making a trip over there. Well anyway,
here is a recent photo of my youngest child, Brady and me. I have three kids,
Zach, 10, Molly, 8, and Brady, 5.
Many many thanks to all of you that collected money for the upkeep of the website at the recent meal - It's much appreciated and with the money now received, this will mean I don't even have to put my hand into my own pocket this year - Fantastic :-)
Thanks again, Mark :-)
Here are the first lot of pictures from the Superbowl Sunday "stuff your faces" at China City!!! :-)
These pics are from Mark Hopkinson and hopefully more of them will follow from the rest of you that took them :-)
Many Thanks to Doug McLean (Lions Clubs International Website) and Mark Hopkinson for their donations to help pay towards this site - Much appreciated Gents :-) Also, to all the people on the photos who had a very nice collection for the site. Names known so far are Steve Fox, Tony Linsley, Mick Hardaker, Steve Huxham, Craig Sagar, Glenn Stevens, Ken Phelps, Peter Brooke, Neil Stott - Anyone else who contributed, -please let me know and I will Add you to the list - Many Thanks - Mark :-)
Mark Hopkinson says "a few of the linemen are going to China City again this year on SuperBowl night, Sunday 5th Feb.
Mick Hardaker has already posted in the guestbook about this but it's here also so you've no excuses :-)))
We had the
all-you-can-eat last year which was pretty good, and I think we met there at
around 7.30-ish. You can post my email address or phone number if you want
- 01924 872120 - so I can sort the numbers out and book us in.
Have just received the following e-mail from Samantha Pryce
Hey everyone... I thought i would just let you know that its Sammy Pryce and Gordon Parkers birthday next week.. they are having a night out at one of there local pub we would love for anyone off the team, cheerleaders and u mark of course,,, to come alone to see the old buggers... the pubs address is bulls head, 815 huddersfield road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, WF13 3LR
By the way the
guys, party is next Saturday 21st of January at 8.30
thanks love ya'll samantha xxx
Once I have got everything sorted out transfer wise, my next undertaking for the site will be to include some Cougar Videos!!! I have got a few games from 89, 90 and 91 (maybe 92 as well) on video and I am intending putting some of them onto the site to download (depending on the size and quality). Failing that (or both) I also eventually intend to put them to DVD so anyone of you who wants a copy will be able to have one. This may take some time to do though but at least it outlines my plans for the site at the moment.
I am in the process of transferring everything over to the new webspace at the moment and it's quite a big task sorting out the links (which now all go to only one site rather than 5 different lots of webspace. If you do find anything not working or loading, please let me know so I can fix it - Thanks - Mark :-)
Happy new year to everyone - I hope you all had a good festive period.
I have finally taken the plunge and bought some dedicated web space. This means that things are easier for me to update and thanks to a couple of you so far who have sent me some cash, it means that I don't have to fork out too much myself to keep this going :-) Thank you to all concerned (Mark and Doug so far)
The MAKE A DONATION button below has been added to enable any of you that want to, to make a contribution to the upkeep of this website.
Due to a lack of space on my FREE account that this site is hosted on, I now need to pay around £50 per year to keep the site online.
I am quite prepared to pay this, and will do so, out of my own pocket as I enjoy doing the site but if you feel like helping with the cost by making a donation, however big or small that amount may be, then that would be greatly appreciated. The payment button below goes through PAYPAL so for those of you that already have a Paypal account, the process of donating is a simple one. If you don't have a PAYPAL account but DO have a Credit or Debit card then you can also make payment through the button below.
If you would like to assist but don't have a credit card then please e-mail me for details of my home address, where you can send a cheque/cash.
Sorry for asking for help - If no-one wants to contribute then I WILL continue to run the site, it will just make it easier some of you could give £2 or £3 pounds towards it upkeep.
If I get "too much" in the way of donations, this will help for future years in the running of the site.
I won't run off with the money :-)
I have updated the e-mail address for Greg Thelan
I have updated the e-mail address for Jez Dove
Neil Frost just visited the web site for the first time - Added his e-mail address to that page :-)
I've just heard from Brad Sper :
"Everyone, my business partner came across this site and told me of it. What a great way to relive old times.
I think it's cool how all of you still remain in contact with one another.
I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. I am married and have 4 crazy kids. I coach baseball, basketball, and currently my sons 2nd grade football team. We have won all 3 of our games by scores of 26 - 0, 30 - 0, and 22 - 0. I'm having a blast and the kids are awesome. If anyone still sees Sid from Harvey's, Tell him I said Hi.
I enjoyed everyone's hospitality when I was there and will never forget you all. I still have the mug from the "cool Cats", as well as pictures and other great memorabilia. Thanks, Brad Sper
Just got the following from Glenn Stevens - Hi Mark. I've moved back to Yorkshire. My new email address is email@example.com Please delete the other two that are listed. Its good to be back...........................Glenn
Also, Mark Hopkinson has updated his e-mail address and the best one to contact him on now is firstname.lastname@example.org
I think I have now sorted out the player pic pages for Greg Brenner, Greg Thelan and John LaFleur - I had wrong pics on each page - If anyone notices they are still wrong, please let me know and I'll have another go - Thanks - Mark :-)
Dave Mountain has just submitted his e-mail address of email@example.com
I have just received the following e-mail from Melanie Besford :
I've just been to see the Yorkshire Rams
defeat Chester Romans, good game, and speaking to Steph Muscroft was invited to
Paul's 40th. She did comment that it would be good if she could get hold of
others from the Cougars. I suggested putting something on the website. They are
computer less at the moment so I said I would see what I could do.
Drew Roberts now has a new e-mail address of
He also wrote the following for the WHOAREYER page :
E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sammy Pryce now has a new e-mail address of
Added 2 more e-mail addresses for Brian Bullers and Lisa-Marie Trory to the e-mail page.
Seems there are a few ex-Cougars who have taken up playing again - Some at a ripe old age - Playing for the Yorkshire Rams this season are Phil Keeling, Paul Muscroft, Steve Newton & Paul Goodward.
If you want more info on the Rams then visit the excellent website www.yorkshirerams.com
Many thanks to all of you for filling in the missing details of who's who on the photos - Much appreciated.
I have a bit of sad news today - Just read on the Doncaster Mustangs site that John Gurga sadly passed away earlier this year from cancer. John was the Cougars coach for the 1995 season and although I didn't know too much about him, there is a nice summary of his career at www.doncastermustangs.com
8 more photos in the Misc Photos section and a new section created with photos from the trip to Cincinnati in 1989
9 more photos in the Cardiff Final Section
Even more updates - I have now got 4 programmes from the 1990 season online
Have uploaded some more photos and to make navigation better have started a couple of new sections - From the left hand options menu, there are now links for pictures of the Cardiff 1987 Final, the Bull 1989 semi final and then the misc photos have been condensed - Hope you enjoy - Mark :-)
Still updating the site - Have got some more stuff from Mark Hopkinson which I'm in the process of getting ready for the site.
Today I have uploaded a 1986 match programme against the Edinburgh Blue Eagles - The files which make up this page are a massive 2.5 meg - This will take around 1 minute to load on a Broadband connection or about 12 minutes on a normal dial-up connection.
Sorry for the big file size - If I reduce them anymore, the pictures are not viewable.
I've also run out of web space so I've had to find some more free space on the net - Because of this, please check that the new stuff actually works as I'm not 100% I'm putting the correct links in - Thanks - Mark :-)
More updates - Have now got even more player photos on the site and have also started a cheerleaders section.
If anything doesn't work, or the pictures don't appear, please e-mail me because it's difficult for me to check that everything is up and running okay - Thanks - Mark.
Am still busy updating the site - BUT from the e-mails I have just sent out, the following have been returned with errors :
for Richard Heighton
Can anyone left me know if the above e-mail addresses have changed and if so, what they are now.
Also, would you all please let me know if you change e-mail addresses so I can keep the e-mails page up to date. Thanks - Mark :-)
I Have just had
an e-mail from Mark Hopkinson containing some pictures from a meal that a few of
the Linemen had last night. The pics can be viewed by clicking the icon below or
by clicking the same icon in the menu bar on the left hand side
Also, Mark is in the process of scanning a LOT of old photos and stuff on the Cougars, so once he has done this, expect to see it here.
Many thanks to Mark for supplying all these items to be included here - Much Appreciated :-)
Got an e-mail today from email@example.com saying "Just to let all know that Joyce Milner died yesterday. She had suffered two strokes this year and finally passed away on 14.1. 05 RIP"
I'm sure that I echo everyone's thoughts by passing on our deepest sympathy to Colin and family.
New e-mail address for Neil Stott can now be found on the players e-mail page.
Neil also asks if anyone can help with phone numbers/e-mail addresses for - Ken Phelps, Brian Bullers, Richy Bullers, Mark Hopkinson, Jerry Hopkinson, Kevin Price, Bob Leary, Clem Brock/
New e-mail address for Gregg Thelan can now be found on the players e-mail page.
Hi guys missing you all. Great job Mark setting up the site reading most of the messages brings back memories. I feel like it was only yesterday I saw everyone.
I miss hitting you
all. I remember the time I drilled Muzzy #92 in training and Chuck said do it
again. It was a good job I had a 24 inch afro or I would have had to have brain
2 new player contacts for
who writes :
Hi this is PG (Peter Haddon Senior)...
I finally mastered the internet, through my assistant !! It was good to see all the old faces and read the comments, what a great website.
I was sorry to hear of Dan, I often think about him.
I have still got the album of the Cougars Trip to Cincinnati, and the signed football from the Bengals Team.
It would be good to hear from any of the old crowd....
who writes :
My giro has
come we're now getting up to date online in the year 2004. you can now e-mail me
Glenn Stevens has got 2 new e-mail addresses - His old ones are no longer valid - The new ones are :
GSTEVENS3@tampabay.rr.com and Glenn.Stevens@honeywell.com
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all
Chuck - If you're reading this, the e-mail address you supplied doesn't work - I tried sending you a reply but the e-mail said the address was invalid - Please get in touch again with an address we can all reach you at - Thanks - Mark :-)
Just got an e-mail from Chuck Brogdon - It went like this.
I was thinking of old times and remembered the website.
I enjoyed the browse and the site looks good.
I wish you had a better or more flattering pic of me but what the hell!
I am living back in Florida now, feel free to pass on my email!
What great times and memories! I was saddened to hear of Dan's death nearly two years ago, we were great friends once then rivals, but I guess that is how egos go!!
I was recently asked by Samantha Pryce why I hadn't got any pictures of Alex Drobac on the site - The simple answer to this one is that I don't have any!!!!!
This is the same for all the other players who don't have a photo on the site so if you have any pics that you want to send me, please do so - Cheers - Mark :-)
Just got a couple of messages via the comments box (see below)
Love the site. Looking at
the pictures of the 'oldboyz' made me smile and my heart burst with Cougar
Pride. Am just sorry I was out of the country when my coach and friend #55 Dan
came over. But great people always live on in the hearts of those that know.
Hi this is
Samantha Pryce (Sammy Pryce's daughter) many of you may remember
Yet another update with around 25 articles/photos that I've found re-looking through the 1st Downs.
Just got the following e-mail - Can anyone help ???
"I'm from the Birmingham Bulls. I and a couple of the guys here remember Rick Horner from playing against him as a Cougar and alongside him when we were all Panthers and would like to get in touch with him.
If you have any
contact details for him or know anyone who does, we would be very grateful
Sorry for the lack of updates over the last couple of weeks but I have been busy trying to sort out the programmes etc. for eventual inclusion on the site.
I've also archived a lot of the items that were on this page and have put a link to them in the left hand options bar.
I've recently received a couple of items from people to include and these can be found below. Cheers for now - Mark :-)
Mark- Just wanted to send this photo that was taken while Mic came to the states to visit Sally & Stephen.
We had a very nice memorial and finally got to lay Dan's ashes to rest.
I wanted to send the attached photo of C.T., Sally, & Mic on his last night here.
I thought the guys would like to see Sally smiling....
Cordially, Jenny Simms AKA BC
"Who remembers 'The Bus Conductor'? Who remembers the man that tried but failed to resign as Supporters Club chairman 5 years running? Who remembers? Answers on a postcard please.
P.S. Whatever has happened to Sue and her faithful sidekick Karen. BOOM BOOM out go the lights.
Hi I'm Lisa, but most of you might remember me as the little blond girl that belongs to Kevin Trory (my dad).
I started to watch the Cougars back in 1995/6. Looking back at my 'COUGARBALL' times my strongest memory was of the day my darling father handed m me a large cloth bag filled with white Cougar shirts and a bar of vanish soap. Why was this memorable I hear you ask? It was the smell, it was awful. The shirts had been worn for a match against the Glasgow Lions. They had been fastened away for a long journey home, left over night just to fester a little more and then presented to me the next morning for them to be washed. Sorry dad I never thanked you for that one. 'Cheers."
I was also a member of the Cougar cheerleading team towards the end. Some of you may remember i started up my own cheerleading team in 1994 'The Leeds Blue Kittens', dressed in the good old Cougar blue and white. My girls had the Cougar pride and went on to achieve National and International rankings.
If you want to know what sort of stuff we did,
rent the video 'Bring it on' (true American style cheerleading
I have hung up my pom poms for a while, I think
I'm all back flipped out. Time to recharge but i will
One of my other memories was at a Gateshead Match. I was sat next to Greg Thelan's mum. She was over from the states to watch her boy play ball. It was an absolute awesome match. I have never shouted so much in my life. You guy's on the pitch were amazing totally wiping the floor with the senators. Sorry I've raved on a bit, i better go before i break out in to a chant.
Cheers you guys for all the happy memories.
I've finally got myself a scanner :-)
So what, I hear you cry!!!
Well, it means that I can now scan in the match day programmes, newspaper articles and reports and also loads of other info that I've never wanted to actually sit down and type.
I'm still getting to grips with the scanner BUT, so far have managed to scan a massive 100 plus A4 page document on the history of the Cougars which should be on line as you're reading this.
This can be found by following the LOCKER ROOM, CLUB INFO link.
It should take you at least a couple of hours to read in full.
I am still spell checking it and have got up to 1989 so far but ALL the years can be viewed - Just be aware that there will be spelling mistakes at the moment :-)
I will make a start with the programmes next and I have 40 of these to scan in and reproduce.
When I finally finish these, I will make a start with my "First Downs" and the bits relevant to the Cougars.
After this, who knows? I'm sure a lot of you have stuff you'd like to see on here.
If you do, please let me know at the usual e-mail address.
Cheers - Mark :-)
Hi Everybody -
Just to let you all know that I've changed my e-mail address due to
large amounts of SPAM being received.
Just a follow up on Dan Moore. I am his brother, On Dec 15th Dan visited his dad and had a picture taken with him.
Dan's life was lost on Dec 20th. Dad died on Jan 7th. What a tragic 3 weeks.
Having them together at the end is breathless. He loved his dad and took care of his estate. I want to share that pic with you mates over in England. I look forward to meeting Mic in March when he comes over.
Just got another e-mail from Sally :
The report is back and it was a tire separation , Dan was able to keep total control of the car without involving any other vehicle, he did not put brake's on and just tried to coast the car as he was going about 65/70 mph but obviously he tried to bring the car in to the side to avoid all other traffic, this is on a highway.
The separated wheel got pulled by concrete, or wet turf which made the damn car go airborne which at the same time as the car flipped Dan was ejected through the sun roof, I am assured that he did not feel any pain, he did not know a thing.
I do want you all know that even in a crisis he did not panic and kept his cool and was also thinking about other's before himself, but those of you who knew him will agree that was just the way he was. I miss him so much as I know some of you do ,but we are a Cougar family and we can get through this together, the Cougar's meant so much to #55.
Mick is coming
over to see me and Steve, and by the way Mick I can't wait, I am sending some
ashes back with Mick and as my friend and co worker Jenny(BC) said, you all know
where they need to go.
Just received an E-mail from Sally Moore which is for everyone to see :
This is really hard for me because I don't quite know what to write, except that I thank everyone on the Cougar site.
Dan was/is very proud to be a part of the team, if you ask me he was a true Cougar and always will be! He talked about you guys constantly. If he wasn't a Cougar I would never had met him and spent 11 wonderful years with him.
I want to thank
everyone who touched his heart, (Mic, Murdock, Theo, Brenner, and those players
also supportive. I know there are a lot of people that knew Dan and I did
not get a chance to meet, but I thank you all for giving my husband the
opportunity to LIVE one of his dreams, playing pro football. Thanks to everyone
involved. I do check the Cougar site.
Here's an e-mail from Dan's brother :
My brother was a great man, father and husband. He set his goals high and reached for the stars. I am so saddened of his sudden death, He leaves behind a lovely wife (Sally) and son (Stephen).
I have been blessed the past couple of years to become very close to Dan. We had great times together through good and rough times. We were there when we needed each other. He was very proud of his friends and team mates from the Cougars. I have had the opportunity to meet a few of them. His friends are mine as well. He always talked about his Cougar days, proud he was indeed!
His days spent in the UK provided a solid foundation he brought back to the states to be all he could be. He was that! Superior athlete, and corporate pilot for a major US company, and moving up! I will miss my little brother! WHY? WHY? WHY?
We will be strong and be there for each other. His wife Sally and son Stephen will be taken care of. I thank you all in the Cougar Family for your prayers and support.
Tim Moore email Kcobra4me@aol.com
More about Dan - Some from the guestbook, some by e-mail :
12/22/2001 Cincinnati Post
- I spoke to Sally
Moore last night, her and Stephen and doing o.k., Sal told me that the police
have said that Dan did not fall asleep at the wheel, they now say that because
of the marks in the road and the condition of one of the tyres, he must have had
a blow out and lost control of the car. I wanted to keep anyone who is still
finding it all hard to believe, as informed as possible.
- On the 28th December
2001, I attended the funeral of Dan Moore, at the Sandy Hook Methodist Church,
Just got an e-mail from Colin who is trying to organise something to commemorate Dan
"Just had a pleasant(ish) evening talking to two of our female clan, Sue and Karen.
We have arranged to have a meeting at my Club on Sunday 3rd Feb to plan the best way to commemorate Dan.
This will be on SUNDAY FEB 3RD AT 2 PM. The address of the club is BRAMLEY LIBERAL CLUB, 12 HOUGH LANE, LEEDS LS13.
We are off Town Street, turn left at the Yorkshire Bank traffic lights. Our entrance is the second gateway on the right opposite the church.
If anyone wants further details, please phone me on 0113 236.2605, or 07890290513, or e-mail me.
We would like as many Cougar fans
as possible to show.
I've just received another e-mail from Colin about Dan. Here is what Colin had to say :
"Hi Mark, Its true unfortunately. My wife spoke to Sue Langley last night. Mick Hardaker is in hospital (not connected to Dan's accident) with irregular heartbeat probably brought on by the shock. Apparently Dan was driving home from a business trip when he ran off the road, rolled the car on an embankment and was killed. We think this happened on Thursday.
If I hear anything further I'll let u know."
What a sad time for everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Dan. Personally, I never met him but feel that I know the sort of person he was from everyone else's accounts of him.
I know that he will be sorely missed by a lot of people.
If anyone hears anything else about the accident or would like to do any sort of tribute etc. please let me know and I'll see what I can do. Thanks - Mark
I've just received the following e-mail from Colin Milner - Hopefully, someone will be able to say that it isn't true.
"I have just read in the Yorkshire Evening Post that Dan Moore has been killed in a road accident in the US. Can anyone please tell me this isn't true.
I only e-mailed Dan earlier this
week regarding his new job and wishing them all a happy Christmas.
Got 6 more photos on the site courtesy of Dan Moore - Thanks to Dan and all the others, this site is improving by the day :-)
I've put all the photos under the reunion page but 3 of them don't fall into this category :-)
Please feel free to send me anything that you have or would like to see on the site and I'll do my best to show it to the world!!! :-)
Added another whopping 13 photos from the reunion to the site - Thanks to Roy Cheesright for these :-)
Added 4 more photos from the reunion
I've started a players e-mail page so you can easily get in contact with each other - I'll take most of them from the guestbook but if yours changes or you want it adding on the e-mail page, please let me know.
I have just put up 6 photos on the site from the Reunion at Lotherton Hall on Sunday 22nd July 2001
They can be seen on by clicking HERE or on the REUNION PICS link on the menu bar.
All of these were sent to me by Steve Clift and HE provided the descriptions to them, not me!!! :-))
Hopefully, I'll be getting a few more from other people in a short while and when I do, they will appear here.
Cheers for now
At the moment I am creating new pages and updating them all - All the following don't currently have any info on them but they will in time - Click on the links anyway to see what will be available :
The Programmes page now has the 1987 and 1988 programmes on line - The 1988 programmes only show the photos from them without the text - It will be added later :-)
Please visit the Who Are Yer Page and fill in your details - It'll be fun for everyone to read about you :-)
Also, if you can enlighten me with any of the Chants, please send them in from the relevant page or via e-mail :-)
In the Locker Room, only the Squad Details and Coaching are operational at the moment but the rest should follow fairly soon, especially if any of you can help me out with any of the facts or club records etc.
My next task on the site it to create a screensaver or two for you to download.
There is only one wallpaper on the site at the moment but if you download it, I bet you'll use it on you desktop - It's a Cougars montage. Eventually
I will also be updating the links page.
Please take a look round at everything and see what you think. A lot of time and effort has gone into the site so far and I would like to know whether you think it is worth it or not :-)
It may seem that a lot doesn't work at the moment but everything that was there before is still there now - It's just that the site is a lot bigger for stuff that is on its way :-)
Oh yeah, This site will be better with reader participation. If anyone has anything to say or any info, wants to write a column etc, please send it to me mark@rangeyMONSTER.demon.co.uk (remove the word MONSTER for mail to get to me) and I'll put it on here - The site is being used more and more than ever before and that can only be a good thing.
Cheers for now - Mark :-)