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Hemel Rugby League

Member Since 25 Apr 2004
Offline Last Active May 11 2014 04:58 PM

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In Topic: Reg Gasnier

11 May 2014 - 04:57 PM

Puff the Magic Dragon!

In my teenager days he was my sporting hero and was responsible as much as anyone in getting me hooked on rugby league.


In Topic: Hemel Stags ground update

05 May 2014 - 08:59 PM

Posted Today, 06:58 AM

Any bike racks there ?


The bike racks are en-route from France where they know a thing or two about those sort of things and only the best will do for Pennine Way.

In Topic: bronco's into admin

25 April 2014 - 12:06 PM

The view that the RFL have not put any money into London is a little off the mark. At the peak of Sport England funding to the RFL there were 29 fulltime rugby league development people employed in London & the South East who were largely responsible for the creation of a player production line for the benefit of the Super League club and the generation of greater interest  in the sport. In financial terms there was probably around £1 million pa being spent on salaries in London. Those development  posts could have been allocated elsewhere in the country by the RFL, but were not.


In respect to the RFL funding stadiums I don't know the financial arrangements concerning Odsal stadium. However, a glance at the annual accounts of the RFL will show that while it is a profitable organisation it is not a cash-rich organisation partly because it tends to distribute all it surplus fund to its member clubs. If it was to, say, halve its distribution to clubs there would be some funds available for capital projects but there is little chance of that happening for obvious  reasons.


Unless a club has ownership of an existing stadium which can be sold  to enable a new stadium to be built there is little prospect of new stadiums arriving unless there is someone who has a big pot of personal  money to invest. The other alternative is to try and build a ground from grassroots up - no easy task as the people at Hemel can confirm.

In Topic: Where are we for 2014?

20 April 2014 - 02:10 PM

Hemel played their first game on  5 April 1981 v McEntee (Walthamstow) at Pennine Way (Lost 38-0)


They have played all their home games at Pennine Way since then with the exception of three:

  May 1983 v Les Ulis (Paris) at Chaulden Meadow, Hemel as Pennine Way was being used for Hurling

  Feb 1999 v Featherstone Lions at WASPS RFC Sudbury - RL Challenge Cup

  Aug 2002 v Bedford Tigers (RLC) at Hemel RUFC - Pennine Way unplayable


They have always been called Hemel although the name Hemel Stags emerged in the late 90's in place of the cumbersome HHARLFC.


HHARLFC own the ground at Pennine Way where Hemel Stags Rugby League Club Ltd now play in Championship 1.


The club's original logo featured Henry XIII (don't ask -  Hemel FC are nicknamed 'The Tudors') and the first Stag logo appeared when the club joined the Rugby League Alliance in 1991

In Topic: In the South East on Good Friday?

15 April 2014 - 02:31 PM

And it's a big day for the kids!