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When the Rochdale Observer office in Rochdale closed down, maybe six or seven years ago a mate who worked there tipped me off that they were throwing a load of stuff from the sport department away and would I want to have half an hour rummaging through the bin-bags/skip before they came to take it away.
Found pretty much an entire record of the first 50 years of Rochdale Hornets, plus the 'headshot' photo file of players dating back to 1948 - and a file of 1900 - 1920 press cuttings.
I can't believe how many Souths fans there are. Is that all Crowe/Burgess-related? Why didn't James Graham have the same effect at the Doggies?
I always liked them as a try-hard, blue-collar underdog club - and that went up a notch in 2000 when News International booted them out of the comp. Their fight to get back in endeared them to me even more (I have all the cuttings from the period, courtesy of a mate in Sydney). Whilst they've evolved into to the NRL's 'glamour club', if you go down to Redfern on a training day, breathe it all in and then go across the road to the club, you get a feel for what the club means to the South Sydney district - and if you go out to the Juniors at Kingsford you get a feel for the scale and depth of the game that feeds into the Bunnies machine.
Notwithstanding that - the Canterbury Leagues Club at Belmore - home of the Bulldogs - is by far the warmest welcome I've had on my travels.
Posted by Hornetto
on 02 September 2015 - 01:07 PM
oh Billy you are
I was at an RL function about 18 months ago, coming back from the bathroom, Billy Boston was coming the other way down the corridor. I held the door for him and he said 'thanks lad'. I said 'you're welcome Mr Boston - give us a nudge on your way past so I can tell my friends that I couldn't stop Billy Boston'. He did - and as he turned away he said 'good effort lad'.