John Drake

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John Drake last won the day on October 13 2017

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  1. One week today...

    Yes, for Super League and Championship clubs. League 1 squads more difficult to get in full before our print deadline unfortunately.
  2. Old RL paper

    The publication in question was indeed the forerunner (eventually) to the website you're now looking at! It began life in September 1993 (the days before 'summer' rugby) as League Express Weekend, on sale on Fridays, and underwent three title changes over 8 seasons, overseeing the transition from winter to summer and the Super League era. It made its final bow on 20th October 2000 as Total Rugby League. The print edition was replaced by a website in January 2001. I've dug into the archives in our office and here's a precise timeline and a few covers for you. LEAGUE EXPRESS WEEKEND Issue 1 (24/9/93) to Issue 30 (29/4/94) First cover of League Express Weekend RUGBY LEAGUE WEEKEND Issue 31 (19/8/94) to Issue 70 (19/5/95) Issue 71 (18/8/95) to Issue 93 (26/1/96) - End of Centenary Season First cover of Rugby League Weekend SUPER LEAGUE WEEK Issue 94 (29/3/96) to Issue 118 (13/9/96) - First Super League season Issue 119 (14/3/97) to Issue 148 (3/10/97) Issue 149 (27/3/98) to Issue 180 (2/11/98) First cover of Super League Week TOTAL RUGBY LEAGUE Issue 181 (5/3/99) to Issue 209 (17/9/99) Issue 210 (3/3/2000) to Issue 242 (20/10/2000) First cover of Total Rugby League ...and the last cover of the print edition of Total Rugby League
  3. The always hotly-anticipated season launch issue of Rugby League World will be on sale a week today, Friday 26th January (or the day before for those who prefer the online edition). It will feature every club in the Super League, Championship and League 1 in a bumper season preview, plus plenty of other top notch content to whet your appetite for the year ahead. There's a new editor at the helm too. Who can it be? You'll have to buy the mag to find out! Still only £3.99 for 84 full colour glossy pages of Rugby League goodness, even cheaper if you subscribe and have it delivered to your door. Click here to order your copy now (print edition) - single issues or subscriptions available. Click here for the online edition and use the code RUGBY25 at the checkout to save a whopping 25% off any Rugby League World online subscription or issue. Don't dilly dally though, this offer only lasts till the end of January.
  4. Those nice tories

    The way this thread generally works is: Someone posts something anti-Tory. Someone defends the Tory position. That person gets personal abuse aimed at them. Moderators step in to remove the abuse and ask for people to stop posting personal abuse. Cycle repeats itself for another dozen pages.
  5. Those nice tories

    Plural? There only appears to be one left in this thread. I'm sure others exist (the Tories are still at 40% in most polls) but when you see the sort of personal comments that get posted in here it is little wonder they can't be bothered engaging anymore. I've lost count of the amount of it I've had to remove from here, and those posting it still don't see the problem. If you engage reasonably with opponents, you never know, you might get a reasoned response.
  6. The TV Thread

    I have to join in the chorus of approval for Inside No. 9. Just caught up with the latest two episodes, both different, both excellent. Incredible creativity and talent on display from Shearsmith & Pemberton.
  7. Those nice tories

    People in the Labour Party should be outraged about it, never mind what others think. They aren’t, and that’s their problem. But there’s another thread for that discussion. There’s too much ‘My side right, your side wrong’ all the time on here from both political trenches. No one can appreciate the sincerity of the other person’s point of view, even if they disagree with it, and no one is prepared to admit their own side can screw up too. It gets really boring after a while. IMO anyway.
  8. Those nice tories

    By way of light relief, if such a thing is possible on this thread...
  9. Those nice tories

    The problem with that is it is happening right now and being largely ignored by people who should know better.
  10. Those nice tories

    It is possible. Debate can be heated but it doesn’t have to get personal. A few people on here need to learn to accept that others have different opinions and are entitled to express them without being subjected to personal abuse.
  11. Those nice tories

    Various posts removed. Next person to post a personal insult at another forum member on this thread gets suspended indefinitely. No more polite requests. No more warnings. It stops NOW.
  12. Those nice tories

    I'm sick of saying this, but here we go again: please avoid making personal digs at each other, in this (or any other) thread. It's tedious. They will be removed, so you are wasting your time - and ours - by typing them in the first place. Thank you.
  13. Well that's settled

    Shall I lock this now, whilst everyone is happy...?
  14. Conspiracy Theories

    I would have doubts about landing on the moon myself, it looks a dangerous business! But I have absolutely no doubt that Neil Armstrong and others have landed on the moon.