Swinton coach can hold his head high

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to Swinton coach John Duffy for his role with the Lions over the last 18 months. THE future of Swinton Lions may as yet be uncertain, following their recent financial difficulties. But whatever lies ahead, the recent role of coach John Duffy should not go unnoticed. The Lions’ issues have…

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Can the Bulls recover from ground zero?

GARETH WALKER of League Express asks whether Bradford Bulls can still escape relegation as they prepare to face Halifax on Sunday. ALMOST five months after the start of the season, Bradford Bulls are finally back to zero points – but results elsewhere in the Championship last weekend were cruel. The Bulls have been slowly working off the 12 point deduction…

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Championship deserves more TV exposure

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, makes a plea for more TV coverage of the competition. THE recent televised Challenge Cup tie between Featherstone and Halifax provoked a common question – why isn’t Championship Rugby League on television regularly again? The straight-forward answer is that Sky hold the rights to the competition and choose not to screen it…

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Time to re-think Easter for the Championship

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, asks whether the heavy Easter programme should apply to Championship clubs. IS the Easter programme unfair on part-time players in particular? Last week this column charted the considerable sacrifice that these players have to make in the four days over the holiday period, playing twice with little rest. It’s long been a…

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All Golds turning heads

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to one of the improving southern sides currently operating in Kingstone Press League 1 Of all the results outside Super League last weekend, the most head-turning came in Gloucester. The University of Gloucestershire All Golds, to give the club its full grand title, recorded a superb 46-22 win over a…

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Rochdale on the Rise

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to Rochdale Hornets as they prepare to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday in a clash between two unbeaten clubs. Eighteen months ago, while Hull Kingston Rovers were featuring in a Challenge Cup final at Wembley, Rochdale Hornets were missing out on the League One play-offs. Fast-forward to this weekend, and…

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Highs and Lows

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks at the contrasting fortunes of Leigh Centurions and Oldham LAST weekend saw one club’s hope evaporate into disappointment, and another team end years of failure with long-awaited glory. For Leigh Centurions and Oldham, the emotions could hardly have been more contrasting. The Centurions were most people’s tip, including this writer’s, to push past Super…

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