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#21 amh

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:29 AM

Family - mum & dad supported, one brother played to a decent youth standard until he broke his jaw at Hilton Park, and my other brother ran the turnstiles for years. It was just the norm, and we liked most sport. Rugby league was our favourite and was our towns highest profile sport to go and watch.

Bring kids into the game, and they will love it forever - that's why I love to see any professional clubs efforts to have special offers for under 12's and it's great to see the SL & CH players at local amateur clubs giving their support. I remember how I idolised Leigh players when I was at school (and cringe a bit thinking about it)

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#22 Errol Stock

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:05 AM

Uncle took me to watch football a few times (Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford City) - bored stiff and didn't like it (still feel the same today)

1964 - At school aged 10... Sat next to a lad who was (a) brilliant at art and (B) a Bradford Northern fan. Every art lesson - regardless of subject he used white, red, amber and black as his colours. EG He could draw a perfect apple - with white skin and red, amer and black stripes. It drove the teacher mad - so at christmas he had us draw a nativity. My mate drew a fantastic scene - but baby jesus had a Bradford Northern sheet over him :-)

After all this - I went to watch Northern V York in October 1964.

Rest is history - loved the game ever since. Connected with it straight away and memories are still vivid. Wintergreen, snow on the pitch with markings in red, whiskey coffee and Tom Jones "Its Not Unusal" every half time.

But etched forever - the sight of two heroes with brown legs on a snow covered pitch - Garth Budge and Errol Stock......

#23 Tonka

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:47 AM

Moved to Wigan as a teenager and it chose me.

#24 deluded pom?

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:56 AM

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.

Very similar. Family always supported RL but I preferred soccer as a kid. Then I started to go to the Boulevard regularly when Hull went through the season unbeaten and that was it. I was in awe of the commitment shown by these part time players compared to the prima donnas playing soccer. The advent of the Premier League totally killed off any interest I had in soccer at the top level.

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#25 Futtocks

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:58 AM

I come from a non-sporting family and, for a long time, had no interest in playing or watching sport. Any sport.

I played a bit of Rugby Union at public school and, for one term, Rugby League at the state school I attended after that. Didn't enjoy either. RU on the playing fields of Cambridge, where the icy wind blasts across the flat landscape and freezes your bones is no fun unless you're a bit odd in the noggin. As for RL, the fact that the two school gorillas were in the same school house - not the one I was in - may have been a factor! :D

Then, mid-teens, I started to enjoy watching sport, and seeing a Challenge Cup tie (Wigan v Widnes) just caught me and I've never stopped watching Rugby League since. The comparison between Rugby League and what the TV/radio/newspapers told me was the pinnacle of 'Rugby' (the England RU team) was so blindingly obvious, it was unbelievable.

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#26 JohnM

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:21 AM

It chose me. In 1957 I trod the hallowed Station Road turf with Swinton and Pendlebury Brass Band before and at half time for something like a cup semi or an international match. We watched the game from chairs placed around the low concrete walls around the pitch. The atmosphere was electric and being so close to the action, the impact was incredible. Subsequently, we played there for big games quite frequently and the die was cast.

However, in the twilight of my years, the memories are getting increasingly dim and distant and all I have left is a bookshelf full of reminiscences, a box of video tapes from the 1990s and dreams of what might have been.. :)

#27 deluded pom?

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:33 AM

I bet John played the triangle. ;)

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#28 JohnM

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:35 AM

:D

Nearly!

#29 Marauder

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:47 AM

Uncle took me to watch football a few times (Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford City) - bored stiff and didn't like it (still feel the same today)

1964 - At school aged 10... Sat next to a lad who was (a) brilliant at art and ( B) a Bradford Northern fan. Every art lesson - regardless of subject he used white, red, amber and black as his colours. EG He could draw a perfect apple - with white skin and red, amer and black stripes. It drove the teacher mad - so at christmas he had us draw a nativity. My mate drew a fantastic scene - but baby jesus had a Bradford Northern sheet over him :-)

After all this - I went to watch Northern V York in October 1964.

Rest is history - loved the game ever since. Connected with it straight away and memories are still vivid. Wintergreen, snow on the pitch with markings in red, whiskey coffee and Tom Jones "Its Not Unusal" every half time.

But etched forever - the sight of two heroes with brown legs on a snow covered pitch - Garth Budge and Errol Stock......

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#30 Marauder

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:49 AM

It chose me. In 1957 I trod the hallowed Station Road turf with Swinton and Pendlebury Brass Band before and at half time for something like a cup semi or an international match. We watched the game from chairs placed around the low concrete walls around the pitch. The atmosphere was electric and being so close to the action, the impact was incredible. Subsequently, we played there for big games quite frequently and the die was cast.

However, in the twilight of my years, the memories are getting increasingly dim and distant and all I have left is a bookshelf full of reminiscences, a box of video tapes from the 1990s and dreams of what might have been.. :)

Brill :lol:
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#31 Griff

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:55 AM

Mates at school kept talking about this bloke called Chuck Hardisty so I thought I'd better go and see what it was all about.
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#32 Ponterover

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 09:58 AM

Dad is a massive Wigan fan, but has been going to watch Fev since he moved over here in 1964

He took me to my first game in 1980 and I loved it.

I'd tried football but it bored me, RL was superb by comparison.

#33 walter sobchak

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:18 AM

Very similar. Family always supported RL but I preferred soccer as a kid. Then I started to go to the Boulevard regularly when Hull went through the season unbeaten and that was it. I was in awe of the commitment shown by these part time players compared to the prima donnas playing soccer. The advent of the Premier League totally killed off any interest I had in soccer at the top level.

Same with me, my love of football as a kid growing up in the 80's verged on the fanatical until I stumbled across great players like ellery Hanley, Martin offiah and Garry schoefield playing for GB against the Aussies in the 1990 ashes series and the rest as they say is history. Like you also with the advent of the premier league and riches galore for the players I drifted away from modern day football but still like to read about football in the 80's and watch the old games on ESPN classics.

#34 D9000

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

Always watched it on TV in the Eddie Waring era, and liked it, but first started going after my sister got a season ticket at Sheddings because her bf was a big fan. I was a Liverpool soccer supporter first and foremost, but went to more and more RL, mostly because it was cheaper. Don't get much opportunity to see many games at all nowadays :-(

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:46 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!

Wiltshire - did you know someone called Neil Cameron who I believe was involved with Swindon Bulldogs in the mid/late 80s ?
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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

I played for Clayton back in the 70's as a kid but wasn't really aware of the pro game and I went to watch City as my dad was more soccer orientated. Anyways, after the City fire we had to play some matches at Odsal whilst VP was being rebuilt, and I can remember now the impact that place had on me when I walked through those gates for the first time and the whole earth seemingly opened up. So, shortly after that we started to go to both City and Northern, with attendance at City matches eventually coming to an end in 1989 when we started our boycott*.

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#37 John Rhino

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:19 PM

Pat Quinn was my maths teacher
My mate took me along to see him play fullback for Leeds.
Been hooked ever since.

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#38 RLRatings

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:24 PM

Someone close to me was a senior ref (and a big Leeds fan), and he got me watching and playing for all the nine years I could have done too.
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#39 BBR

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

Becoming disillusioned with football. Saw big games on the tv and felt the urge to attend a gf. Been to every gf since. Got a few mates into it too.

#40 Ian (Pencil) Elliott

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

The 1983 Challange cup final had a big influence for me because my Dad who supported Fev introduced me to the game but it was the cup final of 85 where I was hooked on the sport.

The Hull v Wigan final was followed by the Man Utd & Everton FA cup final a week later and in terms of entertainment there was no comparison.
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