Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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Championship Focus

Bobbie’s back!

Bobbie Goulding

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, hails Bobbie Goulding’s appearance in the Championship for Barrow last Sunday. THERE was little doubt about the story with the most sporting romance last weekend. Barrow Raiders coach Bobbie Goulding stepped back onto a rugby league field for the first time in nine years and inspired his side to a 38-18 win ... Read More »

A significant week for Championship clubs

Championship outfit Doncaster took on Hull last Sunday.

The future structure of the professional game will go a long way to being decided at two crucial meetings this week, even though they won’t include the Championship clubs. Instead, the Super League clubs are set for two meetings, on Tuesday and Friday, to discuss the future path for the sport. The meetings are likely to tackle two individual key ... Read More »

Championship round-up – 13th Jan, 2014

KEIGHLEY COUGARS’ plans for a £5 million redevelopment of their main stand have been submitted to Bradford Council. Plans are in place to use the current steel frame of the stand as part of a new design offering a host of facilities to the club and local community. The work would see a new capacity of 870 seats with terracing ... Read More »

Ian Watson takes Swinton Lions helm

Swinton Lions have 14 players training under Ian Watson, and the former Wales international is confident they will be competitive, despite the club’s recent troubles. Talks are taking place between the current owners and a consortium of local businessmen who are keen to take over the club. Watson has been kept up-to-date with the discussions, and for the last five ... Read More »

Champion performers

The World Cup has showcased a host of outstanding Rugby League players – the top class stars, uncovered gems and talented youngsters. But there has also been a host of impressive performers coming from within the part-time Kingstone Press Championship. In this article I have picked out six of the most notable ones. LIAM FINN – Ireland’s captain during the ... Read More »

Rochdale’s Fijian flavour

Rugby League World editor Gareth Walker relishes the prospect of tonight’s Fiji versus Ireland game at Spotland. Of all the World Cup games that will take place over the next five weeks, few will hold the same cultural local significance as tonight’s Fiji and Ireland game in Rochdale. From the moment that the tournament was confirmed as being staged in ... Read More »

Off the rails

The decision not to stage a Northern Rail Cup next season was never likely to be a popular one. Within minutes of me revealing that there will be no Northern Rail Cup in 2014 on Twitter, dozens of responses in general disbelief appeared on my account. By the end of the day there was over 100, and not a single ... Read More »

Justified anger in the Championships

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 The Championship clubs waded into the restructuring debate with both feet last week. And who can blame them? Halifax Chairman Michael Steele, his Dewsbury counterpart Mark Sawyer and Doncaster owner Carl Hall were among those to public criticise the cancellation of the RFL’s EGM meeting, which had been scheduled for last ... Read More »

Championships leading lights

First published in League Express, Monday 30th Sept 2013 Mitchell Stringer and Jono Smith claimed the two main awards, as the leading lights in the Championships were rewarded for their 2013 efforts last week. They were handed the accolades after topping their respective cumulative tables in the weekly Premier Sports awards that have run all year. It’s hard to argue ... Read More »

Talbot ends Hornets wait

First published in League Express, Mon 23rd Sept 2013 The last time Rochdale Hornets made a final, the Charlatans topped the UK charts, a pint of beer cost £1.40 and only Wigan won Challenge Cups. This Sunday, the club will end a 22-year wait to appear in a final – the longest of any in the professional game. Back in ... Read More »