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Secret Speccie: Hull Kingston Rovers

Secret Speccie: Hull Kingston Rovers

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 378 (Oct 2012) Ground: Craven Park Game: v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Date: Sunday 19 August 2012 Having dropped Mrs Speccie off for a spa day with her mother, your correspondent heads east, far

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Secret Speccie: Widnes Vikings

Secret Speccie: Widnes Vikings

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 377 (Sept 2012) Ground: Stobart Stadium Game: v Castleford Tigers Date: Monday 2 July 2012 As I approach Widnes from the south-east, Doves’ coruscating  ‘Black and White Town’ aptly accompanying me along the

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Secret Speccie: Salford City Reds

Secret Speccie: Salford City Reds

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 376 (Aug 2012) Ground: Salford City Stadium Game: v Bradford Bulls Date: Friday 18 May 2012 I epitomise Salford’s challenge to convert the masses to the City Reds’ cause. I spent a couple

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Secret Speccie: Wigan Warriors

Secret Speccie: Wigan Warriors

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 375 (July 2012) Ground:  DW Stadium Game: v Hull Kingston Rovers Date: Friday 4 May 2012 Despite having Lancashire loyalties, I am not a Wigan fan but I have been here a few

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Secret Speccie: Leeds Rhinos

Secret Speccie: Leeds Rhinos

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 373 (May 2012) Ground: Headingley Carnegie Game: v Warrington Wolves Date: Friday 9 March 2012 Three hours before kick-off in the clash of Super League’s biggest and best (so far) and I am

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Secret Speccie: St Helens

Secret Speccie: St Helens

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 372 (April 2012) Ground: Langtree Park Game: v Salford City Reds Date: Friday 10 February 2012 Making my way to St Helens, I realised this would be a most unusual experience for me.

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Secret Speccie: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Secret Speccie: Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 369 (Jan 2012) Ground: Rapid Solicitors Stadium  (Belle Vue) Game: v Bradford Bulls Date: Friday 9 Sept 2011 After a tumultuous five years, it is time for Wakefield to bid thank you and

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Secret Speccie: Castleford Tigers

Secret Speccie: Castleford Tigers

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 368 (Dec 2011) Ground: Probiz Coliseum Game: v Hull FC Date: Sat 3 Sept 2011 I have long held a soft spot for Castleford, probably because my Dad used to watch ‘High Speed

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Secret Speccie: Wembley Stadium

Secret Speccie: Wembley Stadium

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 367 (Nov 2011) Game: Carnegie Challenge Cup Final Date: Saturday 26 August 2011 On most days of the year, I would be taken aback to see a Rugby League shirt on the streets

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Secret Speccie: Hull FC

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 366 (Oct 2011) Ground: Kingston Communications Stadium Game: v Catalan Dragons Date: Fri 13 August 2011 Driving to Hull and back on a Friday night was not top of my Bucket List but

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