Posté 10 février 2013 - 12:01
For Jim from Oz.
I suggest you google Brian Redhead. Briefly, he was a well-respected journalist and radio presenter, who never forgot his roots in the North. I knew he was connected with the Guardian newspaper, but had forgotten he was "Northern Editor" of that once-esteemed journal, and the Manchester Evening News. He did quite a bit of radio stuff, too. Basically, an old-school journo who could and did write eloquently about life, unlike many of the modern scribblers, who can barely spell, never mind construct a complex sentence.
Those Wigan scouts talking about signing up Welsh talent were fascinating and, like you, I'm deeply suspicious about the "tax-free" bit. I don't think they would get away with that today.
As for the high-tech training at Featherstone, it reminded me of our training at Whitby. However, I did meet Laurie Gant. He travelled to Whitby one evening (a 3 hour round trip from the Featherstone area, assuming he lived thereabouts) to talk to some of my students about rugby league and he was clearly in love with the game. An impressive gentleman.
I have a real fondness for that era, but comparing it to the modern game is pointless. Chalk and cheese!
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