Lee Briers Meets Ian Brown and the Manic Street PreachersNicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers has a question for David Waite: "Why is Lee Briers not in the GB squad?"That was the question raised when Warrington Wolves' Welsh Club Captain, Lee Briers was a guest of the Manic Street Preachers and legend ex Stone Roses Ian Brown at their recent gig in Manchester. The bass guitarist, Nicky Wire is a big fan of Welsh Rugby and is known to follow Warrington, because of its traditional nickname of 'Wire', his nickname.Nicky commented, "I think Lee has played superbly for Wales this year and did really well with his captaincy against the Kiwis, I think he has shown that he has the potential to play for GB."Lee caught up with Nicky back stage to present him with the Wolves new shirt and to have a chat about all things rugby.Nicky congratulated the Wolves on the news that the Stadium had been finally given the go ahead, "It's really good news that the stadium has been given the go ahead, it has been along time coming and I'm sure will be good for the sport and the town. I'm looking forward to going to a game in the new stadium.""I started to follow the Wire around the same time that Jonathan Davies and Allen Bateman defected from Wales to England, all the decent Welsh stars went to the Wire and that's when I started following Warrington's results. Warrington have has some great players over the years, mainly Welsh ones of course. But, I would have to say that Warrington's recent greats would have to be Allan Langer, Andrew Gee and Tawera Nikau, they were sensational. I really enjoy the game even though I've never played, I played football at school, but it never stopped me watching Rugby League."Lee also met up with Warrington born, Ian Brown formerly of The Stone Roses, the Manic's support act, a star in his own right. Ian who now lives in Lymm has followed the Wolves since the early 1970's when he used to come andwatch with his father, who still comes to watch, "I have watched Warrington for many years, regularly in the 1970's and 80's, I have many a memory of a trip to Wilderspool with my dad. My hero was John Bevan and my dad's was Brian Bevan. The atmosphere at the ground was electric and I believe it is still the same now in the Fletcher End. I even went to Wembleywith Warrington in 1974, I think my first game was in 1971 when Warrington played New Zealand in a tour match.It's great news about the new stadium, I have many memories of the ground as a fan and also in the professional capacity with The Stone Roses, we used to play in the early days at Legends, the nightclub on the right of the ground. I have some very happy memories of the place, so I'll be sad to see the old ground go."The Manic Street Preachers are currently on their Greatest Hits Tour, supported by Ian Brown.
13, Dec, 2002