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#1 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:21 PM

Ive been watching the game for about the last 30 years, so Ive complied these lists taking 1980 as the cut-off point. Can you help with these lists? I suspect the last list could be much longer...

Places with current clubs outside the old RL heartlands

Sheffield
Twickenham
Haringay
Gateshead
Wrexham
Neath
Oxford
Cheltenham
Hemel

Places with former clubs outside the old RL heartlands (1980 to date)

Fulham
Crystal Palace
Barnet
Brentford
Chiswick
Charlton
Bridgend
Cardiff
Aberavon
Carlisle
Mansfield
Nottingham
Scarborough
Maidstone
Southend

also

Preston
Altringham
Blackpool
Chorley
Huyton
Runcorn
Prescott

Places where some domestic pro' RL has been played outside the old RL heartlands (1980 to date)

Wembley
Edinburgh
Leicester
Gillingham
Swansea
Barnsley
Rotherham
Liverpool
Manchester
Chesterfield
Northampton
Bolton
Hendon
Wealdstone
Chelsea
Leyton
Kingston
Newcastle
Alfreton
Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Kingston upon Thames
Penrith
Grimsby
Darlington
South Shields
Jarrow
North Shields

Edited by marklaspalmas, 03 December 2012 - 06:21 PM.

 

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#2 gingerjon

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:26 PM

If you're being strictly accurate then Gloucester should be Cheltenham.
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#3 Northern Sol

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

http://en.wikipedia....by_league_clubs

Try that for size.

#4 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

If you're being strictly accurate then Gloucester should be Cheltenham.


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#5 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

http://en.wikipedia....by_league_clubs

Try that for size.


Nice list. I don't think Ive missed anything off there though.

 

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#6 tim2

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:32 PM

Sheffield Eagles have played in Chesterfield (once) and NE Derbyshire (once)
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#7 shaun mc

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

Gillingham
Wealdstone
Hendon
Chelsea
Neath
Galashiels
Newcastle
Darlington
South Shields

Edited by shaun mc, 01 December 2012 - 05:49 PM.


#8 thirteenthman

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:20 PM

I'll add Northampton and Bolton to the list. Vague memories of Ebbw Vale hosting a match, but I'm not sure on that one.

#9 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

Rotherham too.

#10 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:38 PM

Sheffield Eagles have played in Chesterfield (once) and NE Derbyshire (once)


Chesterfield OK, ta. What town in NE Derbyshire?

 

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#11 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

Gillingham
Wealdstone
Hendon
Chelsea
Neath
Galashiels
Newcastle
Darlington
South Shields


Gillingham and Neath are on the list. Those London grounds, yes.

When was pro' RL played at Galashiels, Newcastle, Darlington and South Shields post 1980? Where they all Gateshead games?

 

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#12 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

I'll add Northampton and Bolton to the list. Vague memories of Ebbw Vale hosting a match, but I'm not sure on that one.


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#13 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Rotherham too.


On the list!

 

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#14 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

One team and venue missing i will put you out of your misery.SOUTH WALES/AberavonCM


I thought they played out of Cardiff, but you're right, they played a few games at Aberavon when they started out.

 

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#15 Just to be clear

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:53 PM

Just to be clear, however you define "the old RL heartlands" Sheffield will always be outside of them.

You could possibly also consider Doncaster not to be "old" as the professional game only began there in the 1950s.

And you have missed Leyton for the Broncos.

#16 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:07 PM

Yeah, Im not going outside mainland Britain. And I think Wigan counts more or less as heartlands. Is there a place called Kingstonian?

 

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#17 marklaspalmas

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

Updated

Edited by marklaspalmas, 01 December 2012 - 07:09 PM.

 

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#18 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

Chesterfield OK, ta. What town in NE Derbyshire?


Spinkhill, Bolsover in NE Derbyshire.

Didnt Mansfield also play at Eastwood Town?

#19 westlondonfan

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

I think Barking played in the Istmian league as well.

#20 Leyther_Matt

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

Sorry (heartlands) KINGSTON UPON THAMES Kingstonian FC once a quite large amateur club in the Isthmian League along with Dulwich Hamlet/Corinthian Casuals/Hendon/Enfield and Bromley in London.CM

Presumably that was at Kingsmeadow? Now the home of AFC Wimbledon in League Two.




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