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#221 Aristotle

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:17 PM

St Mary's in Halifax became Park Amateurs who played on a postage stamp pitch at Wellesley Park, known locally as "The Barracks". They merged with King Cross to become King Cross Park playing in the Pennine League. Mixenden also had a team for a few seasons.

#222 deluded pom?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:38 PM

As far as i know Andrew still lives in Hull up to quite recently he was involved with coaching at East Hull. ( he may still Be,not sure).



He actually lives in Brough, ten miles west of Hull.

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#223 Historical value

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:24 PM

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#224 keighley

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:04 PM

NDLB (think that's the right initials) are now West Hull I believe. Think Ace Amateurs were Hull but can't remember if they became anyone

 

I think that stood for National Docks Labour Board and the teams nicknames was the Dockers. There was also BOCM from Hull which stood for British Oil and Cake Mills.



#225 keighley

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:28 PM


NSF made (make?) indicator/light/horn etc steering-arm units for Ford cars. The works manager was Terry O'Brien, a Welshman who played centre for many years for Keighley, and was a really nice bloke.

 

Yes, I remember Terry O'Brien.He signed from Cross Keys RU in Wales.



#226 keighley

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:52 PM

I played for Keighley Albion junior teams in the Halifax and Huddersfield Amateur Rl in the 1960s.
Teams I remember from that league were Huddersfield Supporters, Halifax Supporters, Odsal Sedburgh, St Josephs, Illingworth, Ovenden Underbank and Clayton.

Keighley Albion open age were in the Bradford and District Rl and they had fixtures with Worth Village, Victoria Recs, West Bowling, Wyke, International Harvesters, Queensbury and also Clayton I think Thornton also had a team about that time.

#227 deluded pom?

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 06:40 AM

Did International Harvesters combine well?

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#228 Griff

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:39 AM

I think that if you look back far enough, you can find a team who competed in the Challenge Cup under the magnificent moniker of "Twelve Apostles." I believe they were from the Leigh area, maybe a church/parish team - do any of the Lobbygobblers in here know for certain?

 

Ah yes - Twelve Apostles - always a man short.


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#229 Celtic Rooster

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 07:03 PM

Not sure where XII Apostles were from but they won the Manchester & District League Valentine  cup competition in 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:45 PM

Old teams from Salford I can remember, Manchester Ship Canal Co ( my dad played for them )

Seedley Rangers ( my Uncle played for them, think they were still going in the 70's )

Clarendon, Salford Juniors, Langworthy ( my old team, some broke away to become Langworthy Reds )

would be grateful for any information on these teams.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:40 PM

Remember a lot of the names mentioned on here but definitely the early 80's were good for Amateur RL. In Wakefield from around 1980ish i used to watch a whole load of different teams in the Sunday morning league depending on who was at home.

 

Within a couple of miles of my home i had. Flanshaw, Peacock, Manor, Westgate, Duke of York, Wrenthorpe.

 

Westgate are still around and i think Duke of York changed to Wakefield City(not sure exactly or if they're still going as that) but the rest are long gone as is the Sunday league.

 

Also when i was at school in Wakefield many junior schools played RL, in fact there was a 9 a side comp that was played at Belle Vue during the half time break at every home game for the local schools u11 teams. Driving around Wakefield now past places like Lawefield Lane, St Michaels, Sandal Endowed, Sharlston,  all these schools had Rugby posts up and now you'd be lucky to find any.



#232 Wolford6

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:42 PM

Did International Harvesters combine well?

 

The plant actually made tractors.

 

International Harvester bought and occupied the former Jowett car manufacturing plant at Idle, Bradford. The works had a fantastic set of playing fields at Greengates that are now incorporated as the Bradford City training ground.

 

I played for Thornton and we always loved playing there as they had really good showers and after-match food.


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#233 keighley

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 11:58 PM

Did International Harvesters combine well?


Mostly they reaped the rewards for their bad play.

#234 del capo

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 05:21 AM

Not sure where XII Apostles were from but they won the Manchester & District League Valentine  cup competition in 1924-25 and 1925-26 seasons.

 

 Church team from Nel Pan Lane Leigh.

 

Ultimately morphed like so many others into a current outfit .

 

Amateur clubs were largely based on R C parishes , works teams and pubs. Triangle Valve were a works team from Pemberton , Wigan.

 

There is a serious piece of work to be done here on our Sporting  heritage , to thesis level.

 

A doctorate  in the history of the amateur game , with especial reference to the playing side ( not  the history of Barla , which might be a  stand alone topic anyway) would add massively to our culture , and be a good read !

 

I am also confident that such a project would secure the financial backing of the RFL and BARLA. How could they not ? 


Edited by del capo, 09 September 2013 - 05:25 AM.


#235 Celtic Rooster

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:15 AM

Leigh Miners first ever  competitive fixture was against Triangle Valve in 1966. Miners won 36-7 and a loose  forward called Harry Westhead scored a hat trick. boltonred - Ship Canal company played in the Challenge cup many years ago. I don't think Seedley Rangers lasted into the 70's but I have records of them appearing in the Valentine cup final before then. Langworthy (formed about 1928) and Langworthy Reds ran parallel for a while but there is only Langworthy Reds now. Salford Juniors disbanded at open age level after one of their most successful years since the 50's when they won the Lancashire cup. There junior sides merged with Eccles and for a while the entire club was known as Eccles & Salford juniors until it eventually reverted back to Eccles ARLFC. I can find no mention of a team called Clarendon anywhere but prior to the formation of BARLA a lot of clubs in the Manchester and Salford area only ran under 19's teams.



#236 mmp

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:48 AM

Langworthy (formed about 1928) and Langworthy Reds ran parallel for a while but there is only Langworthy Reds now. .

 

i was at the players meeting when Langworthy came to an end.  A number of the better players were moving on to bigger clubs and it was tough to see a way forward.  The club didnt have its own clubhouse or juniors.

 

Great to see what the Reds have now done at Oakwood now - will be a good base to grow from.


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#237 jacksy

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 09:36 AM

As far as i know Andrew still lives in Hull up to quite recently he was involved with coaching at East Hull. ( he may still Be,not sure).

 

 

He was coaching the West Hull team his lad plays for. Not anymore though, he was on sideline watching a few weeks ago.


Edited by jacksy, 09 September 2013 - 09:38 AM.

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#238 outlaw13

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:37 AM

Andrew Mighty signed for Fulham from South London, although he may have started with Peckham and he went to Hull at the end of '89/'90. Only played a few game for them and then seems to have disappeared. I'm not sure if any of the London amateur clubs from the 70s and 80s are still around, with the possible exception of South London (unless they're a new club using the locality name).

Andrew played for South London Wanderers who were a team of Kiwis with a couple of local lads and ex pat northerners. I think the other lad was called Roy who didn't get signed as far as I know. Wanderers tended to top the London league at that time. Them or London Colonials (aussie team). The Wanderers even tried a season playing in the North West Counties league. That would have been around 1989/90.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 03:15 PM

Leigh Miners first ever  competitive fixture was against Triangle Valve in 1966. Miners won 36-7 and a loose  forward called Harry Westhead scored a hat trick. boltonred - Ship Canal company played in the Challenge cup many years ago. I don't think Seedley Rangers lasted into the 70's but I have records of them appearing in the Valentine cup final before then. Langworthy (formed about 1928) and Langworthy Reds ran parallel for a while but there is only Langworthy Reds now. Salford Juniors disbanded at open age level after one of their most successful years since the 50's when they won the Lancashire cup. There junior sides merged with Eccles and for a while the entire club was known as Eccles & Salford juniors until it eventually reverted back to Eccles ARLFC. I can find no mention of a team called Clarendon anywhere but prior to the formation of BARLA a lot of clubs in the Manchester and Salford area only ran under 19's teams.

Thanks for that, Clarendon is just one of the teams I remember my dad talking about so it would have been in the 50's, my uncle was on the committee at Seedley

and remember going with him when they played at Blackpool Bourough's ground in what may have been a cup match when I was a kid. This is a great thread as it 

is vital we keep this information alive.



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:27 PM

Remember a lot of the names mentioned on here but definitely the early 80's were good for Amateur RL. In Wakefield from around 1980ish i used to watch a whole load of different teams in the Sunday morning league depending on who was at home.

 

Within a couple of miles of my home i had. Flanshaw, Peacock, Manor, Westgate, Duke of York, Wrenthorpe.

 

Westgate are still around and i think Duke of York changed to Wakefield City(not sure exactly or if they're still going as that) but the rest are long gone as is the Sunday league.

 

Also when i was at school in Wakefield many junior schools played RL, in fact there was a 9 a side comp that was played at Belle Vue during the half time break at every home game for the local schools u11 teams. Driving around Wakefield now past places like Lawefield Lane, St Michaels, Sandal Endowed, Sharlston,  all these schools had Rugby posts up and now you'd be lucky to find any.

 

 

I remember playing at Belle Vue around that time for St Michaels.  I walk past the school (now an academy), and don't see any rugby posts.






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