I was cetainly not romanticising the mining industry. I had a couple of uncles die from pneumoconiosis and a cousin who has spent the last 6o years on one leg due to a pit accident. It was a tough and brutal industry.
However, i think there is no doubt that it's demanding physical work day after day honed big strong, tough, determined men and when these men chose to play rugby, these built in physical attributes, attributable to the hard physical toil of their jobs, made them ideal rugby players.
I think also that Rugby gave them a release from the stresses of their dirty and dangerous working lives and maybe contributed to the large numbers of persons turning to the sport.
It was just a thought from me in answer to the poster who was writing about the declining numbers of players currently turning out for the fev amateur teams.
I certainly did not wish to precipitate a debate on the pros and cons of mining. I did not bring up the subject of the film.
However, I did like it. i thought the Danny Boy scene moving and encapsulated the three plot lines of the film, i.e. the love of music, another outlet for the miners, like RL, from the horror of their jobs. the tremendous sense of community in those pit villages which manifested itself in their support of their dying band leader, and the sense of doom at the extinction of their jobs and livlihoods, however grim, signified by the extinguishing of their helmet lights at the end of the performance. Also the loss of self worth that affects many men, not just miners, when they are made redundant and cannot fend for their families.
Like and dislike are personal choices, but I liked it, sorry.
I can understand what Ange is saying, however the pits in the 1960s-1980s were different to those in my grandads era and beforehand.
In the later era, there was more safety, better money, less hours and good camaraderie.