Steele by name, steel by nature

Steele Retchless is set this Friday to play his 200th game for London Broncos when they run out against St Helens at Knowsley Road.

It will be his 81st consecutive game for the club, an amazing achievement for a forward who regularly tops the tackle count, who plays well above his weight, and who always puts his body on the line.

Yes, Steele by name, steel by nature. Steele joined the Broncos from Sth Queensland Crushers in 1998 and quite remarkably has been an 'ever-present' in five of his seven seasons with London. He will become the very first player to enter London Broncos 200 Club and his landmark will be officially recognised at the Broncos 10th Anniversary game at Griffin Park on 22nd August.

So how does he feel?

"It's something I have always wanted to achieve and I guess I have been pretty fortunate with injuries over the years."

"On a personal note it's nice to enter the 200 Club, but I think the most important thing for all of us involved with the club right now is the team performance."

"We are working really hard for each other right now, and our supporters in recent weeks have also shown us that they too are prepared to help us all the way."

We're all prepared to put our bodies on the line together because we believe in what we're doing, and we have confidence in each other."

Give Steele (and Nigel Roy who has just entered the 100 Club) a hand at the Broncos 10th Anniversary game on Sunday 22 August at Griffin Park. Book in advance to secure the best seats from just ?10 each - 0871 222 1657.

In other news:


In the club's 10th Anniversary year four players will pass century milestones in the very same season.

Dennis Moran played his 100th game for the Broncos in round twelve, Steele Retchless is about to play his 200th game this weekend, while Nigel Roy was the latest to take a seat inside the 'exclusive' 100 Club when he ran our for his 100th game away at Bradford in round twenty.

Both Steele and Nigel will be honoured at the next Broncos home game (Sun 22 August v Warrington).

Nigel commented: "I wasn't quite sure when it was due but it's nice to have made it. And I'm not done yet." We've all got so much yet to achieve this season and the next few weeks are going to be very exciting for all of us."

Other members in the current team with VIP access to the prestigious club include Matt Toshack and Russell Bawden.

Next to take a seat at the 100 Club round table will be skipper Jim Dymock. Jimmy will become only the second player (we believe) to have played 200 games in the NRL plus 100 games in Super League. David Furner has already achieved this having played 200 games with Canberra Raiders, and over 100 shared between Wigan and Leeds.

Jimmy's 100 will all be with London Broncos and he is set to make his 100th appearance at the home game v Wakefield on Sunday 29th August. He has now played 97 games since joining the club from Parramatta in 2001.

Tony Rea commented: "They are all true Broncos in every sense of the word. They should be very proud of what they have already achieved and it's very important that we recognise their achievements for what they are."

In the modern game players can move from club to club pretty swiftly. These men have become integral parts not just of this team, but of this club and of its history."


London Broncos will celebrate the club's 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY at its next home game at Griffin Park v Warrington Wolves on Sunday 22nd August.

Forming part of the ten year celebrations will be the announcement of the Team of the Decade as voted for by supporters of the club.

Online voting will close this Friday at 5pm.

Simply visit the Broncos official website to register your Team of the Decade.

The club is now selling 10-Year Party Parks for this game. A ?50 Party Park includes four premium adult tickets plus five ice-cold beers, and a ?100 Party Pack includes ten premium adult tickets plus ten ice-cold beers!!!