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What a week for Danny Brough!

First published in League Express, Monday 23rd Sept 2013 Danny Brough has had an outstanding season in leading the Giants to the League Leaders’ Shield, and our award to him last week of the Albert Goldthorpe Medal recognises his consistent form throughout the 27 rounds of Super League. It was my great privilege to be able to present him with ... Read More »

Championship champions

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 No matter who is selected and who is left out, the end of season awards will always create controversy and talking points in any competition. This year is unlikely to be any different, after the Kingstone Press Championship awards nominees were unveiled by the RFL last week. Before going into the ... Read More »

16th September: When Wakefield made the great escape

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 16th September Wakefield finalised Super League’s greatest act of escapology by beating Castleford 29-17 in one of the modern era’s most anticipated match-ups on this day in 2006. Trinity looked doomed until they appointed John Kear, a Challenge Cup-winning coach with Sheffield ... Read More »

Like vintage wine

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 Like many people, a lady friend of mine would hide her age – even though she carried it with classic aplomb. But such an attitude had its drawbacks. Especially when she turned 80 and was hoping that friends would throw a party to honour the special milestone. Sadly, no one knew ... Read More »

Wolves lead the way

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 The play-offs have started! Having watched each game, I hope the quality rises and that a few more people turn up to watch the games. Not for the first time, the first weekend of the play-offs didn’t match expectations. It was a million miles from the intensity and excitement of the ... Read More »

Brough to collect Goldthorpe Medal, as Man of Steel looms

First published in League Express, Monday 16th Sept 2013 Huddersfield Giants star Danny Brough will collect the Albert Goldthorpe Medal in a ceremony hosted by League Express at Headingley on Wednesday 18th September. It will be the second time Brough has won the Goldthorpe Medal. He was the inaugural winner in 2008, when he was a Wakefield player, and his ... Read More »

Confusion leads to lower crowds

League Express Editorial, Monday 16th Sept 2013 The first round of the Super League play-offs produced a mixed bag of games that spanned the range from ‘gripping’ to ‘one-sided romp’, and no doubt that has sparked plenty of tap-room or more probably Internet discussion. A system that involves eight clubs out of 14 will always produce patchy fare might be ... Read More »

9th September: Yorkshire win roses battle

Richard de la Riviere looks back at what happened in Rugby League over the years on this day: 9th September Yorkshire kicked off the 1981 County Championship with a 21-15 win over Lancashire at Castleford, as they went about trying to take the title from Cumbria, the 1980 winners. This was the 75th Rugby League County Championship, with Lancashire having ... Read More »

Checking the hairs on the chinny, chin, chin

First published in League Express, Monday 9th Sept 2013 I hope our readers all recognised the significance of Saturday. In Australia we went to the polls to choose a new Prime Minister. And we all voted early so we could make it to the matches in the last round of the Premiership. Nevertheless, it wasn’t the election that made Saturday ... Read More »

Giants to dominate individual awards

First published in League Express, Monday 9th Sept 2013 The Man of Steel and coach of the year will be decided soon, so I’d like to take a look at those who would be my candidates for these awards. MAN OF STEEL Danny Brough (Huddersfield) He’s been sheer quality all season and has led his team around the field like ... Read More »