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#41 bowes

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:48 PM

In early years there were 6 Welsh clubs:
Merthyr Tydfil
Ebbw Vale
Mid-Rhondda
Trehebert
Aberdare
Barry Town

Plus Cardiff and Pontypridd at different times

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

Norwich City Saxons RLFC currently playing in the Eastern Merit League

No they don't. they folded and never played any games last year.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:15 PM

For the Gateshead ones:

  • Newcastle - several times at Kingston Park (home of Newcastle Falcons)
  • Darlington - former home of Darlington FC called Darlington Arena. It was a Challenge Cup game against Oldham in 2009. For those interested, Rugby Union side Darlington Mowden Park have recently put a bid in to buy it.
  • South Shields - several games at Filtrona Park last year.
  • Jarrow - played a game at Monkton Stadium in 2004 (I think the year is correct - the game taking place there is definitely right)
  • North Shields - played 2 games at Percy Park RUFC in 2005.
Also another one for Gateshead if you're saying Britain and not just England is Edinburgh. We played at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian, where we defeated Wigan in 1999. Don't know about the Galashields one but Gateshead haven't played there..


Interesting, ta. Thunder have got about a bit. Not as much as the bronks, but still.

Edinburgh is on the list.

 

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#44 marklaspalmas

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:16 PM

In early years there were 6 Welsh clubs:
Merthyr Tydfil
Ebbw Vale
Mid-Rhondda
Trehebert
Aberdare
Barry Town

Plus Cardiff and Pontypridd at different times


Of course there were many many clubs back in the day, of which you've listed a few. I was making a specifically post 1980 list.

 

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#45 Methven Hornet

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:48 PM

For the Gateshead ones:

  • Newcastle - several times at Kingston Park (home of Newcastle Falcons)
  • Darlington - former home of Darlington FC called Darlington Arena. It was a Challenge Cup game against Oldham in 2009. For those interested, Rugby Union side Darlington Mowden Park have recently put a bid in to buy it.
  • South Shields - several games at Filtrona Park last year.
  • Jarrow - played a game at Monkton Stadium in 2004 (I think the year is correct - the game taking place there is definitely right)
  • North Shields - played 2 games at Percy Park RUFC in 2005.
Also another one for Gateshead if you're saying Britain and not just England is Edinburgh. We played at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian, where we defeated Wigan in 1999. Don't know about the Galashields one but Gateshead haven't played there..


Galashiels was host to a Workington v Hull KR pre-season game in the early 90s. Don't know if there have been others.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

Domestic RL?


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:25 PM

Interesting, ta. Thunder have got about a bit. Not as much as the bronks, but still.

Edinburgh is on the list.


I think Sheffield can claim the most individual home venues. I wrote an article on it some time back... it was loads!!

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:31 PM

Can't be more than London or the old "Blackpool Borough" and associated reincarnations.

#50 marklaspalmas

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:50 PM

I think Sheffield can claim the most individual home venues. I wrote an article on it some time back... it was loads!!


More than the Fulham Bronquin Crusaders? BLimey. In terms of 'official residences' the Eagles would count as three, would it? Owlerton, DVS, B'Lane.

 

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#51 gingerjon

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

More than the Fulham Bronquin Crusaders? BLimey. In terms of 'official residences' the Eagles would count as three, would it? Owlerton, DVS, B'Lane.


Oh come on, someone has to work in a joke about adding on the Galpharm ...
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#52 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:17 PM

Can't be more than London or the old "Blackpool Borough" and associated reincarnations.


Youd be surprised. The closure of Owlerton after the Bradford Fire added a good chunk.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:18 PM

More than the Fulham Bronquin Crusaders? BLimey. In terms of 'official residences' the Eagles would count as three, would it? Owlerton, DVS, B'Lane.


But LOADS of one offs....

#54 MidlandsRugbyLeague

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:19 PM

Oh come on, someone has to work in a joke about adding on the Galpharm ...


Its called the John Smiths Stadium these days ;-)

Edited by MidlandsRugbyLeague, 03 December 2012 - 10:19 PM.


#55 thirteenthman

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

Carlisle played at Penrith and somewhere in the borders -Hawick I think


Carlisle played Lancashire Lynx in Hawick in 1997.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

In 1982, Leigh played Carlisle at Grimsby in an exhibition match to test the potential support for RL there, and a year later a similar game was played at Nottingham Forests ground when Hull KR beat Cardiff City.


If this was at Grimsby FC's ground, then it's strictly Cleethorpes rather than Grimsby.

#57 thirteenthman

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 06:22 PM

If this was at Grimsby FC's ground, then it's strictly Cleethorpes rather than Grimsby.


It would've been Grimsby FCs ground as it was around the time where all manner of football teams were looking into running RL clubs as a way of making a bit of extra money. Apparently less than 1000 people turned up so they never took it any further.

Edited by thirteenthman, 04 December 2012 - 06:26 PM.


#58 nec

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

Carlisle played Lancashire Lynx in Hawick in 1997.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:32 AM

The Celtic Crusaders played a game at the Old Parish, Maesteg in Bridgend County Borough in their first season as well as Serbia v Italy/Lebanon v Ireland, and Wales played Lebanon in Llanelli in 2000. Scorpions have played games in Caerphilly and Hornets ,possibly Cru and others have played in Blackwood. Going back further Salford played agianst a Welsh XIII at Abertillery in the 1950s.

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#60 saints10coach

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:13 AM

Mark you could add three of the grounds Oldham have played home games at, Stalybridge, Hyde and Ashton-under-lyne.




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