Knights fan clocks up 200th home game

RICHARD Williams went to his 200th straight Knights’ home game last night, a streak that seems more incredible the more you think about it.

The game against the Sharks was Mr Williams’s latest in a streak that began in season 1996.

‘‘It makes me feel old,’’ he tells Topics.

Mr Williams, of Wallsend, was 16 when he decided there was no real reason to miss a home game. He took his place in the stands no matter the weather. A stint living on the Central Coast didn’t stop him.

The closest he came to missing a game was in 1997 when he had pleurisy, a condition that affects your breathing and can be an indicator that you have pneumonia.

‘‘I was laid up in bed, and despite my mother’s wishes I snuck out,’’ he says.

These days, Mr Williams usually gets to games with his sister Heather and mate Chris. It blows him away to think how big a part of his life the Knights have been.

He’s reluctant to pick a favourite player from the past 16 years or even a favourite game. When pressed, he settles on Paul Harragon, and the 44-nil win against the Broncos in 2001.

‘‘And any time you beat Manly,’’ he adds, ‘‘is a good week.’’

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