Keith Nutter

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About Keith Nutter

  • Birthday 12/16/1955

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  1. Tomorrow night (4th Jan) 6pm kick off at Craven Park v Bishop Burton College (Hull). Get down and support the lads who have so far lost only one match this season. See if we can top the 200 attendance mark for this one - please spread the word. Entry just £3 (£2 concessions). Next Wednesday sees the lads play Roose Pioneers Open Age at Craven Park with a 7pm kick off.
  2. The Barrow model was agreed with representatives from all the local Community Clubs and rather than harming the clubs it enhances them. The U19s range in age from 16 through to 19 and all will play open age (most in first teams) in the coming season. The boys have access to Barrow's physios when injured and meet weekly (as a group) for a session with the first team conditioner. It is made clear to them all when they join that it is an opportunity with no false promises. Only a handful will make League 1 but they will ALL become better players and individuals hopefully. Maybe one day one will emerge from the group to reach SL. The College League is a great concept which I firmly believe will be embraced by more and more clubs in the next few years.
  3. Leigh is developing a model very similar to those already established by a number of Championship and League 1 Clubs. Barrow has been running theirs for two years now and this season their U19s squad (25 or so players aged from 16 to 19) are competing in the College League Premier Division under the name Furness Raiders. Underpinning the U19s is an U16s squad of around 20 players, some of who will progress to the U19s next season. For sure there are lads in the U19s who have been at SL Academies in the past but have chosen this route for a number of reasons. Many in the squad have played at international and County level via BARLA teams. People shouldn’t think that SL clubs take all the best kids – they don’t because some choose a career to run alongside their Rugby League ambitions. Virtually all of the squad work in Engineering (mainly at BAE Systems) and even the younger boys aged 16 currently earn circa £10k a year. All have the potential to be earning £40k in their day jobs by their early twenties. Even if they don’t progress to the professional ranks they are not risking their future employment prospects. If they did progress to a SL club at aged 20 they would always have an apprenticeship in the Nuclear Industry to fall back on. If they don’t make the pro ranks then they have a good job to continue with. The other bonus of taking the College U19s route is that there is little impact on the Community game. All the Barrow U19s players train with their respective Community clubs and play Open Age at the weekends. To me this is a win-win because SL U19s primarily are not exposed to open aged opposition. Of course some lads do choose the SL Academy route and (so far as Barrow is concerned) they go with the area’s blessing. It is their choice but at least the College set up offers a good option for others. The concept has certainly taken off at Barrow and the team is a self-funded organisation linked to the parent club but financially independent. The community clubs have a say in how it is run and all our coaches are drawn from the local amateur ranks. Out of interest when we play at home (at Craven Park) with an evening kick off crowds are excellent with the best being around 350 paying spectators. Even an afternoon kick off will draw a three figure crowd. What’s not to like really and good luck to Leigh with their efforts. Follow the link below to watch our recent match against Halifax ERA (which Fax won 20-16). https://youtu.be/8XMvbozzHOI
  4. Already happened. Phil Jackson (Barrow, Lancashire, England, GB star of the 1950s) was born at Canada.
  5. July 2012 when we put 48 past Haven and then 42 past Oldham in consecutive matches.
  6. Today's match at Keighley is definitely ON.
  7. Steve Mc is one of the sport's good guys who was always very helpful to me when I was trying to promote the Development Fund. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and I will always remember that. I hope he enjoys his time with his family but it is a real shame to see him no longer active in pro RL.
  8. On Saturday 23rd of March we have a double-header of events. The first is Elvis tribute show featuring the fabulous Neil McLaughlin. This is at the British Legion club and tickets priced just £6 are available at the Rugby Shop. On the same night there is the Past and Present Players/Coaches Association Dinner at the Chequers Hotel. This event is open to all past and present players/coaches (from any Barrow RFC team) and also to supporters of the club who may wish to spend an evening reminiscing. The likes of John Rea, Steve Hogan, Steve Tickle, Ralph McConnell, Les Wall, Les Quirk, Tony Kay and Pat Trainer, to name just a few will be there along with a fair few of the current squad for what promises to be a great night. Many of the past players and their wives/partners who are attending are travelling a fair distance to be there to support the new association. Tickets (£25) for this mixed event can be obtained from Andy Whittle (whittle212@btinternet.com or telephone 01229 58809) or David Cairns (davecairns7@gmail.com). The clash of these events was inevitable as the date for the dinner was chosen on a weekend when our first team did not have a match, whilst Neil McLaughlin is doing the Elvis night for free and this was the best date for him. So whether you want a quiet meal and a good rugby craic or want to wear your drain-pipes and let your hair down, one of these events should suit you.
  9. Today's match is definitely ON.
  10. The Barrow Rugby Shop in Scott Street will be open on Saturday 22 Dec from 9.00am to 3.00pm and on Monday 24 Dec from 9.00am to 2.00pm. It will re-open Wednesday 2 Jan 2013 at 9.00am.
  11. I was having a few drinks with David Cairns a week or so ago and we discussed the setting up of a Past & Present Players and Coaches Association. David, Barrow’s last Great Britain international back in 1983, has been keen on this concept for a long while now and so we decided to give it a whirl and see if there is sufficient interest. “Joining” the association will not cost a penny and “membership” is open to all players and coaches who have been involved with any team connected to Barrow RFC – First Team, A team, Academy, Colts, etc. The exact structure of things is by no means sorted yet and David’s idea is still in the embryonic stage. However, as a minimum, we will organise social events and dinners and circulate contact details for all members so that players who have lost touch can get in contact again. I would also plan to organise a past players/coaches day at Craven Park at one of the matches next season. To date I have sent details to around 100 ex players and the response has been excellent with around 60 responding with a resounding yes to the idea. However, I am sure a lot of the email addresses I have are now no longer valid so this is an appeal for ex players to get in touch with me. There are a few ex players who come on here occasionally plus if people on here can also pass the message on to any ex players they know that would be helpful. Anybody on here who is interested please email me at keith.nutter@electricityalliance-sw.com in the first instance.
  12. I was having a few drinks with David Cairns a week or so ago and we discussed the setting up of a Past & Present Players and Coaches Association. David, Barrow’s last Great Britain international back in 1983, has been keen on this concept for a long while now and so we decided to give it a whirl and see if there is sufficient interest. “Joining” the association will not cost a penny and “membership” is open to all players and coaches who have been involved with any team connected to Barrow RFC – First Team, A team, Academy, Colts, etc. The exact structure of things is by no means sorted yet and David’s idea is still in the embryonic stage. However, as a minimum, we will organise social events and dinners and circulate contact details for all members so that players who have lost touch can get in contact again. I would also plan to organise a past players/coaches day at Craven Park at one of the matches next season. To date I have sent details to around 100 ex players and the response has been excellent with around 60 responding with a resounding yes to the idea. However, I am sure a lot of the email addresses I have are now no longer valid so this is an appeal for ex players to get in touch with me. There are a few ex players who come on here occasionally plus if people on here can also pass the message on to any ex players they know that would be helpful. Anybody on here who is interested please email me at keith.nutter@electricityalliance-sw.com in the first instance.
  13. RFL launch state of the game surveys The RFL have launched two online surveys to get the views, observations and opinions of all Rugby League participants on the 2012 community game season. These surveys are a crucial part of the 2012 season review with one open to all Rugby League players - http://www.therfl.co.uk/player_survey and the other open to all, coaches, volunteers, match officials, spectators, parents and administrators - http://www.therfl.co.uk/non_players_survey. RFL Director of Participation David Gent said: “We want feedback on what participants have enjoyed this season, what they think could be improved and any other suggestions which they want to share with us. “It’s important that we get as many responses as possible so we can progress and tailor our programmes to the needs of participants and ensure that the 2013 season will be even better. “We are already meeting with leagues, clubs and other key stakeholders across the country as part of the review process and taking on board all feedback both positive and negative as we plan for next season and beyond. “The surveys are quick and easy to fill in so I would urge everyone to please spare five minutes to have their say and help us to develop our sport.” As well as questions on the 2012 campaign the survey, which is entitled ‘Let’s Talk Rugby League’ also includes a number of more general Rugby League questions for people involved in the sport to answer. The results will help the RFL to better understand the requirements and motivations of Rugby League participants and will provide key insights which will be used to improve programmes as well as communication and marketing. To take part in the online survey for players visit: http://www.therfl.co.uk/player_survey To take part in the online survey for coaches, volunteers, match officials, spectators, parents and administrators visit: http://www.therfl.co.uk/non_players_survey
  14. Driving home from work at Bristol to sunny Cumbria yesterday I caught this programme on Radio 4. It doesn't mention Rugby League but nevertheless is very interesting listening for anybody trying to raise the profile of a club or sport in general. Whilst not featuring RL, the principles and logic discussed apply as much to our great game as the sports in question. I am not bright enough to be able to post a link but it is still available on BBCiplayer. The advert for the programme gives a good synopsis of what it was about. It barely scratches the surface and could have definitely benifitted from being on longer (it was half an hour or so) but I really enjoyed listening to these guys. Evan Davis meets three of the sport sector's top business brains and gets them to share their stories of reinvention and the secrets of their industry. Evans hears from the darts, snooker and boxing promoter, Barry Hearn, who is also chairman of Leyton Orient and creator of the televised fishing contest, Fishomania. Former Formula 1 boss Max Mosley gives the inside story on how his sport became a hit in the Far East. And former managing director of IMG India explains how the Indian Premier League turned cricket into a showbiz sporting sensation.
  15. Sad I know John, but I have almost every copy in my archives (maybe missing a dozen or so)!!