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what made you "choose rl"?


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#1 bedlam breakout

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:25 PM

parental influence?

your mates influence?

your own preference?

tv coverage and media promotion?

stumbling over an amateur game localy?

what was the reason you chose rl?
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#2 hindle xiii

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:27 PM

Free tickets for first three home games as a 9 year old in '97.

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#3 bedlam breakout

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:28 PM

Free tickets for first three home games as a 9 year old in '97.

u didnt go on u own age 9 though?

Edited by bedlam breakout, 03 April 2013 - 08:31 PM.

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#4 snapski

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:37 PM

Schoolmate asked me to go. Dad had taken me to Wakey when i was really young, but when i went to Cas 1st time and saw Kevin Ward i was in awe.

#5 Robin Evans

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:38 PM

Mates influence as a 12 yr old from wombwell in 1973.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:40 PM

Widnes won the WCC when I was 6. My family had always followed it, it would be stranger if I wasn't a fan. However, I was more of a Football fan as a teenager but ironically my interest resumed when Widnes were at their lowest ebb. There was just something about RL that I preferred to Football and still is.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:44 PM

Dad took me to Watershedings one (freezing cold, obviously) evening to watch Oldham play Australia. Can't remember much about the game although I know we gave them a decent match. As an 8 year old I'd never been in big crowd before and loved the atmosphere. I was hooked from then on. As I got older I started to appreciate the game more and more. No other sport compares for me.
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#8 Gav Wilson

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

I was born into it. My uncle played pro and I went to my first gamed when I was just two weeks old!

I wouldn't have it any other way. :D
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 08:58 PM

At junior school, must have been 8-9 at the time, my mates said I should come and join them playing junior RL at Lunts Heath Lions .....I gave it a go and loved it......my dad was made up (he'd taken me to watch Widnes when I was 4-5) but now I was actively involved without his influence.....now gave him the excuse to take me to watch them, at that time we seemed to whoops a fair few teams (I remember Fev, Salford and Hull KR in particular for some reason) but playing Wire or Saints at home was always a full house and a great atmosphere (though playing Leeds at home always seemed to create quite a hostile environment for some reason).......that was the year Widnes beat Wigan at Naughton Park to win the Stones Bitter Championship

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

Mad football fan as a kid until I watched on telly the first ashes test at wembley and was in awe of the greatest athlete I'd ever seen, ellery Hanley.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

Watching it on the Tele with dad on Fridays when I was a young kid, getting taking to internationals in 2004 and never coming home from Craven Park being disappointed.

Bit of a mixture of family and preference really. But when you get really can't get out of it. Everything about the sport in general is pretty much spot on.

Dont see what's better than going to the pub before hand then turning upto the ground being able to stand pretty much wherever you want, have a crack with some of the friendliest people you''ll meet in either set of fans, and watch the most entertaining sport in the world.


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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:15 PM

Mad football fan as a kid until I watched on telly the first ashes test at wembley and was in awe of the greatest athlete I'd ever seen, ellery Hanley.


Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:45 PM

Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe


1963 attendance 13000.

them wot days hangiung from the rafters they were

the poster you are correcting was actually right. It was the first test of the series.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 10:48 PM

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:13 PM

Carlisle starting up in 1981. Had been to Knowsley Road and even Derwent Park before that but a side you can go and see every week as an 11 yr old was the tipping point.
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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:20 PM

Mates at school dragged me up to Odsal, Northern vs Bramley on a Wet Winter Wednesday eve Yorkshire Cup tie, I bet there was less than 2,000 there...God knows why I ever went back? Late 80's or early nineties I guess...not many of us go anymore...just 3 of us out of the original 6 or 7.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 11:51 PM

My dad used to take me to Central Park, he would drop me off in the "hen pen" and disappear off with his mates and pick me up after the game. Happy days.
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:36 AM

Born and bred Swindonian with no connection to anything north of Wiltshire brought up a football/Swindon Town fan.

In 1988 I saw the 3rd test from Australia and thought this is a good sport. Started playing for Swindon Bulldogs in 89 but got completely hooked at the Wembley Test Match in 90.

The club game will never really increase the profile of RL like internationals do. Here's hoping for a great World Cup. Come on England!
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#19 walter sobchak

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:45 AM

Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe

1st test at wembley not first ever test at wembley. 1990 series.

#20 zorquif

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 06:46 AM

I didn't choose RL... it chose me.

Seriously though, I was introduced to union at school (I come from a big footy area). Then I saw some challenge cup on the telly and thought it was awesome.




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