TIGERTUBE : Jenks wins regional heats of the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge

Worrisome accounts, a boardroom resignation and a manager under pressure, it’s been a wearying week for Tiger Nationals. Time then for some light relief courtesy of the TigerTube archives…

Back in 1992, League Cup sponsors Rumbelows sought to determine who was the fastest footballer in the league and launched their eponymous Sprint Challenge on ITV’s Saint and Greavesie show. Each club was asked to nominate their nippiest player (some teams, such as curmudgeonly Leeds, declined) and regional heats would decide who would compete for the £10,000 winners prize at Wembley on League Cup final day.

The final was memorably won by ‘Flying Postman’ John Williams of Coventry, and more memorably for City fans lost by Leigh Jenkinson who came dead last at the national stadium. He did win the North/North-East heats held at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium though, as this video clip shows. In heat 1, City’s shuffle-fond winger finished behind Huddersfield’s Iffy Onuora but ahead of  Scarborough’s Simon Thompson and Wednesday’s Paul Warhurst in the 100M dash, yet won outright in the final heat, beating not only Onuora but also Rotherham’s Shaun Goater and Sheffield United’s Adrian Littlejohn.

His reward was not only a place in the final, but also a chance to show off City’s spiffing Matchwinner shell suit jacket on national telly. Huzzah!

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