I can't see how a Conservative could support wasting tax payers money (and potentially bankrupting a privatised version of council housing to boot) by giving an arbitrarily chosen cross section of people a ridiculously high discount on their housing whilst people equally badly off have to pay tax and high private sector rents with no hope of buying
No amateur club knocked out a professional club between 1909 and 1995 (ironically Beverley were the amateur club on both occasions). However, two clubs won one game of a two legged tie but still got knocked out.
Normanton 7-2 Holbeck (1899)
Normanton 5-0 Leeds (1900)
Birkenhead Wanderers 2-0 Millom (1901)
Windhill 5-0 Millom (1902)
Millom 7-8 Parton (1904)
Featherstone Rovers 23-2 Widnes (1906)
Saville Green 10-0 Bramley (1907)
Whitehaven Recreation 13-8 St Helens (1908)
Beverley 7-2 Ebbw Vale (1909)
Sharlston Rovers 12-7 Workington Town (1946; lost 23-14 on aggregate)
Risehow & Gillhead 10-2 Keighley (1948; lost 13-10 on aggregate)
Highfield 4-27 Beverley (1995)
Highfield 20-35 West Hull (1996)
Chorley 12-27 Thatto Heath (1996)
West Hull 10-6 York (1996)
York 14-21 Dudley Hill (1997)
Bramley 10-16 Ellenborough Rangers (1998)
Doncaster 18-23 Featherstone Lions (1998)
Ellenborough Rangers 14-12 Hunslet (1998)
Egremont 18-0 Workington Town (1998)
Bramley 12-18 Leigh Miners Rangers (1999)
Batley 0-10 Oldham St Anne's (2000)
Sheffield Eagles 14-16 Thornhill (2000)
Chorley 8-22 Woolston Rovers (2001)
Wath Brow Hornets 13-12 Workington Town (2003)
Halton Simms Cross 15-8 London Skolars (2003)
Sharlston Rovers 30-28 Dewsbury (2004)
Dudley Hill 16-14 Keighley (2004)
Swinton 14-26 East Hull (2004)
Wath Brow Hornets 32-30 Dewsbury (2005)
Thornhill 16-12 Workington Town (2006)
Wath Brow Hornets 14-12 London Skolars (2009)
Doncaster 0-26 Siddal (2010)
Everything up to 2010.
Source: Making up the numbers by Stuart Sheard
I'll get the remaining wins by amateurs against pros shortly
I had a visit from Labour last weekend. The guy asked me who I was going to vote for, I said Labour then "do you mean for MP or district council?", he said both. I then said Labour for MP, Lib Dem for council but that's just because I know the councillor is a damn good representative of our area and I'd vote for him whatever rosette he wore on the day.
Fair point actually as local politics bares little resemblance to national politics. Our local Labour party with a few exceptions are to be honest pretty awful in Coventry as they're pretty much guaranteed a win so they have pretty no substance beyond slagging off the Tories. The Conservatives work very hard for the local area and actually care about issues you woukdnt expect. My homeless charity at work were having an event for the homeless young people to meet politicians. Whilst Lib Dems sent noone and Labour sent a councillor who briefly showed up and showed no interest the Conservative party's leader for the city showed up and made a real effort. On the other hand there's no way I'd vote for the Conservatives nationally and Ed Miliband seems to be coming out with better policies than I expected.
Incidentally Coventry's Lib Dem party are all but finished as it turned out the leader was a massive racist and criminal whereas the local UKIP party are all very moderate mostly ex Labour people with lots of Asian people meeting in an Indian community centre. Dave Nellist's socialist party are rather more active than their equivalents elsewhere.
Summer can't be blamed for the problems of the game. Look at the number of clubs gone from the Pennine league this season if you don't believe me.
The RFL don't do enough for the amateur game but their resources are spread much more thinly with the cuts in funding. The RFU don't even fund clubs below the Championship these days though so it's not a rugby league issue. The criticism that should be directed at the RFL is the U16s scholarship programme which is very damaging to the youth game.
There are changes in attitudes from players and the game needs to adapt to accept this fact and be less ideological. The game isn't big enough to be split and summer is the accepted view of the vast majority of the game even within Yorkshire (once juniors are thrown in) so with that being the case we need to make summer work rather than ranting about it. If players want to move to bigger clubs we need to ensure the bigger clubs run 2nd and 3rd teams to keep everyone involved. There's a large supply of players of higher end NCL standard sat not being picked by Championship and League 1 sides. If we spread them thinly (no more than 3 per club) we could provide players a place to play, strengthen the league and release the players currently in Championship U23 to the NCL. Better than sticking to 1970s ideological attitudes
If Miliband wants to start a decent argument, he could do worse than start with housing. The problem is the guy is an intellectual pygmy and since none of his policies, not one, have been properly thought through, he's unlikely to come up with anything meaningful to address the country's housing problem.
If Labour straight stood on a platform of massive expansion of housing, widespread job creation and raising the minimum wage to £8 per hour now they would get my vote. But they don't they usually do things like creating more managers down the council and give silly sums of money for free to banks at the expense of low wage workers having to pay unreasonable amounts in income tax.