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  1. Damage had a similar reputation as Roy Haggerty at Saints (one for older readers)
  2. Damage McMullen -funny guy too. The team were genuinely nice blokes and entertaining company for a cosseted 6th former/student
  3. Junior rl is thriving but the open age side is not competing this year. Not sure if anything in Wigton...
  4. There were a couple of ex Border Raiders in that squad, didn't you have Buck as well and Brad Hepi, or was that later?
  5. You are correct, the crowds were good in that first year but I always felt more connected to the subsequent sides that mainly lived locally and trained locally.
  6. Why do RL clubs fold?

    Whilst the lack of income and increased spending play a major role in most club's demise, the lack of volunteers or key staff to ensure all functions are fulfilled is also a major issue at smaller clubs. Like the ageing demographic on the terraces, the ageing boardroom at many clubs should cause concern. These solid local businessmen with the club in their heart get replaced by gamblers that do not understand the sport business and think that better players lead automatically to a winning side and more fans to pay for the better players (in the case of non-SL clubs add promotion)
  7. I'm not sure much has been lost, some fans now go west for their fax. Others have dabbled with Thunder. Quite a few are occasional super league fans lots go to magic in Newcastle for example. The demise was expected and understood by those that remained. It was undramatic and as a result few really held a grudge against the sport. The Centurions had the potential to evolve into a club similar to the late 90's Border Raiders or Hemel Stags now but needed younger driving forces to make that happen. I think that dispassionately there are places with much greater potential to grow the sport. If it were a choice between investing in Toronto or Carlisle I am an ardent internationalist.
  8. He was manager/owner of a painting & decorating place as I recall
  9. Danny Russell it was, must have been first couple of seasons if we had 1000 away fans, we struggled to get that at home by 1985
  10. Don't remember that team as well, enjoyed the matches as an 11 year old but didn't really grasp what made the team successful. Love Steve and Dean as a half back pairing but Clayton HAS to be in there and Tane was one my favourite players
  11. I fear Paul died in France in the last couple of years. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Okesene
  12. If Carlsberg did pre-season friendlies...

    Absolutely 100% correct, they can't just Hoover up lads that drop out of Leeds, Castleford or Wakefield academy
  13. We nearly bought Schubert s house a few years back, great player!
  14. Would need to be co-tenants at the proposed new Carlisle United stadium. The old club was well financed by directors but more than that it was run well and recruitment was excellent, that would be difficult to replicate. Needs a sense of fun and ambition , they couldn't just aim to Bob along in league 1.