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Member Since 14 Apr 2004
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In Topic: Hull a Rugby League city?

Today, 03:50 PM

I think the idea of the sporting culture of Hull revolving around rugby league is questionable.



away spectators to the soccer game have to travel by plane and ferry to get to the game.


how do away spectators to the passionate eagerly awaited biggest game in the calendar rugby league fixture get to the game?


I have no problem with either hull club. Just the opposite, but I do have a problem with bullish it



my apologies, it's a belgian club


I doubt if even they know the difference, Churlish of me to mention it.

In Topic: The "rugby match" painting from 1893

Today, 03:47 PM

Some info here: http://rugbyfootball...meline1890s.htm  if thsi is the right one.


The Rugby Match depicts the 1893/94 Country Championship between Lancashire & Yorkshire, the match was played at Bradford. The score was Yorkshire 1 Goal, 2 Tries (11 points) to 1 Try (3 points).

The painting was exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1896. William Barnes Wollen's work was a familiar sight at the Royal Institute from 1879 as well as the Royal Academy. He was awarded a Silver Medal in Paris in 1899 at the Exposition Universelle.

Its history since then and who it was comissioned for remains unknown but it turned up for sale in a Newcastle art gallery in 1957. The painting was inspected by Mr Robinson and three members of the Yorkshire Rugby Union committee, Mr Alan Dawson, the president, Mr Frank Malir and Mr. Eddie Simpson. They decided to purchase the painting and offer it to the Yorkshire Rugby Union.

The painting was formerly displayed at the Otley Club in Yorkshire from 1957, but is now held at the Rugby Football Union headquarters in Twickenham.

In Topic: Hull a Rugby League city?

Today, 03:01 PM

Your' right. 18,000 for a major European soccer comp doesn't sound that many, to be honest, but is more than the 7,500 or so who turned out for the first leg in Lokeren


In passing, even using the Calais Dover route, Lokeren is nearer by road to Hull than is Aviemore. ..and its only 100 miles if you use the Rotterdam - Hull route



oh, And Lokerren is a Belgian club.

In Topic: Rotherham

Today, 12:53 PM

Dennis McShane  has his say. According to the Daily Mirror ( see http://www.mirror.co...d-ex-mp-4118695


Disgraced former Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has admitted that he could have done more to probe allegations of child sex abuse in the town. MacShane confessed that as a “Guardian reader, and liberal leftie” he backed off from confronting the Muslim community over what was going on. The ex-Labour minister, who was jailed over his expenses last year, told he BBC: “I think that I should have burrowed into it. “If you read my prison diaries, I praise a lady, an MP called Anne Cryer who did raise the problem of cousin marriage and patriarchy of the oppression of women within bits of the Muslim community in Britain. “Perhaps yes, as a true Guardian reader, and liberal leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.”

In Topic: What can we do to increase attendances?

Today, 12:03 PM

Although the topic is about increasing attendances, which is of great impoertance, another health factor is total net revenue. No point in running a competition if all it does is make a loss. So maybe the County cups were loss making competitions, or at best didn't make a worthwhile revenue contribution.   In the 24 years since the  Rothmans  mentioned above, maybe the financial health of the game has improved overall ( well not Bradford or London)  with tv revenue more than covering the increase in cost over that period