Neil Kelly aiming high with Dewsbury Rams in 2018 ahead of season-opener at Sheffield

The revival Dewsbury Rams experienced under Neil Kelly in 2017 left many believing the 55-year-old was a worthy contender for the Championship’s Coach of the Year: but he doesn’t want to stop there. The Rams were marooned to the bottom of the Championship when he took charge midway through last year: they ended up making the Championship Shield semi-finals following…

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Bulldogs win Roy Powell Trophy

Batley Bulldogs have won the Roy Powell Trophy today, beating their Heavy Woollen neighbours Dewsbury Rams 16-28 at Tetley’s Stadium in an entertaining clash that saw the Bulldogs take the game with three tries in the final 20 minutes. Apart from that it was an evenly fought contest all the way through with Johnny Campbell opening the scoring for the…

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On this day – when Rugby League was hit by a smallpox epidemic

On this day 113 years ago, on 10 December 1904, Huddersfield and Dewsbury drew 3-3 in what, under normal circumstances, would have been a relatively unremarkable game. But Richard de la Riviere explains why it wasn’t. In fact the game was played behind locked doors, with only members allowed in, because the town of Dewsbury had suffered an outbreak of smallpox!…

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The great oversight of the Championship awards shortlist – Neil Kelly

When the Championship end of season awards shortlists were revealed on Monday, there was one glaring absence in the Coach of the Year category. That man was the current coach of Dewsbury Rams, Neil Kelly. Kelly has been overlooked for the award despite a near miraculous revival of the Rams under his watch. The three-man shortlist for the award features…

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Championship Shield Results – Bradford win again

Championship Shield: Swinton Lions 16-30 Bradford Bulls Sheffield Eagles 28-35 Dewsbury Rams Batley Bulldogs 22-22 Oldham Toulouse Olympique 50-12 Rochdale Hornets Full coverage of all the weekend’s Championship Shield matches will feature in Monday’s issue of League Express, available in the shops and online from Sunday evening.

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Roundup: 13th August

More details from all of today’s games, alongside the rest of the weekend’s action, will feature in Monday’s League Express. Widnes Vikings picked up their first win of the 2017 Qualifiers as Corey Thompson’s brace helped them to a 36-12 victory at Halifax. Despite Fax’s red-hot winger Ben Heaton making it six tries in two appearances, they barely threatened a…

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Grading every Championship club’s first half of the regular season

Hull Kingston Rovers (1st): A Heading into the season, the Robins couldn’t really win. Everyone expected them to take the Championship by storm, so their current position at the top of the league is no real surprise to anybody. But their efforts so far this season should not be underestimated. The Robins haven’t had it easy in games with London,…

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