|Full name||Michael D. Cassidy|
3 July 1973 |
Wigan, Lancashire, England
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||14 st 5 lb (91 kg)|
|Position||Prop, Hooker, Second-row|
|Source: wigan.rlfans.com rugby.widnes.tv|
Michael "Mick" D. Cassidy, (born 3 July 1973 in Wigan, Lancashire) is an English former rugby league player. Cassidy is currently the fitness coach for Widnes after retiring from the game in 2008. Cassidy had a wealth experience with the dominant Wigan side of the early to mid-'90s. Cassidy is a Great Britain representative. Mick Cassidy's position of choice was in the Second-row, but he could also play at Prop or Hooker. Cassidy has been labelled a utility player and has played wherever he has been needed.
Cassidy started his career out at his hometown club, Wigan and progressed through the academy ranks to make his senior début at the age of 18.
Mick Cassidy was an Interchange/Substitute, i.e. number 15, in Wigan's 2-33 defeat by Castleford in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy final during the 1993–94 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994, played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in the 40-10 victory over Warrington in the 1994–95 Regal Trophy final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 28 January 1995, and played Right-Second-row in the 25-16 victory over St. Helens in the 1995–96 Regal Trophy final during the 1994–95 season at Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield on Saturday 13 January 1996.
After the 1993–94 Rugby Football League season Cassidy travelled with defending champions Wigan to Brisbane, playing from the interchange bench in their 1994 World Club Challenge victory over Australian premiers, Brisbane Broncos. Mick Cassidy was part of the England squad at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. He was selected to play for England in the 1995 World Cup final on the reserve bench but Australia won the match and retained the Cup.
In the 1997 post season, Cassidy was selected to play for Great Britain at second-row forward in the first game of the Super League Test series against Australia. He played for Wigan from the interchange bench in their 1998 Super League Grand Final victory over Leeds. Cassidy played for the Wigan Warriors at second-row forward in their 2000 Super League Grand Final loss against St Helens RLFC. Cassidy later switched allegiance through ancestry to play for Ireland. He was ruled out of the 2000 Rugby League World Cup through injury. Cassidy served a total of 14 years at the Wigan club, enjoying a testimonial in 2000. Cassidy played for the Wigan Warriors at second-row forward in their 2001 Super League Grand Final loss to the Bradford Bulls. Cassidy played for the Wigan Warriors at second-row forward in the 2003 Super League Grand Final which was lost to the Bradford Bulls. Cassidy was named in the Wigan team of the decade and was acknowledged as one of the game's best utility players.
Cassidy joined Widnes in 2005, earning the 'Player of the Year' award in his first season at the Halton Stadium. He could not, however save them from relegation from Super League in 2005's Super League X. Cassidy represented the Irish side on numerous occasions over several years. He was named in the Ireland squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Cassidy finished his playing career with Cumbrian side Barrow, helping the club win promotion from National League Two in 2008.
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- "World Cup 1995 Details". Hunter. 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
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- "Team of the Decade". BBC. 2007-07-20. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-07-20.
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- "Cassidy included in Ireland squad". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
- Mick Cassidy Wigan Career Page on the Wigan RL Fansite.
- "My life in rugby league: Mick Cassidy" interview at TotalRL.com
- Barrow Raiders profile
- Ireland profile
- Widnes profile
- Clark impressed by Cassidy debut
- England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org