Tony Collins

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  1. Harry Jepson RIP (Merged Threads)

    In tribute to Harry I've uploaded the full 100 minutes-long video of an interview I did with him in 2009 covering his entire life in the game, from being a boy on Parkside terraces to signing Eric Grothe for Leeds in the 1980s. It's long but utterly compelling for anyone interested in the history of the game. You can view it at
  2. The RFL Archives at Heritage Quay, Huddersfield University, need your help. The archive contains hundreds of photos without identification of players, grounds and matches, covering all eras from the 1950s to the present day. This Saturday, 6th February from 11am until 3pm, the photos will be on view, with the archivists looking for your expert help to add names to the pictures. Put your knowledge and memory to the test to identify long-forgotten players of the past (and some not so forgotten). The photos are a fascinating insight into the development of the game over the last sixty or so years and should bring back memories of games watched and players seen. Free tea and biscuits are available so please call in at Heritage on Saturday and help bring these photos to life for everyone to enjoy. Who knows, you might even see yourself! For more details go to:
  3. Are you interested in Rugby League heritage? Want to help preserve Rugby League’s history for future generations? Heritage Quay, the archive of the University of Huddersfield, is looking for volunteers to help them catalogue the RFL's archives and to make these unique records as accessible as possible. There are currently two opportunities available: The first role will involve cataloguing some of the personal archive collections of former players of the game (including Joe Brittain, Bryn Knowleden, Jim Sullivan and Idris Towill). The second role will involve watching and cataloguing the recordings of the RFL’s extensive video collection. This important work will make these collections fully accessible for the first time and ensure that fans and researchers of the game can enjoy these vital archives for years to come! Full training (plus tea and biscuits) will be provided for both roles. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. The deadline is the 31st January and more information is here:
  4. Thanks very much to everyone who came and for the forum comments. We're looking at running it in Leeds and Hull next year (and potentially Wigan) plus having a follow-up series at Heritage Quay. If anyone has any ideas about other possible venues, let me know and we'll try and sort something out.
  5. If you're fed up with William Webb Ellis and all of the other myths that are being trundled out during the rugby union world cup, ‘The Roots of Rugby League’ adult education course is the antidote you've been waiting for. Over four weeks (every Wednesday from 6-8pm at Heritage Quay at Huddersfield University, starting on 14 October) we'll be looking at the origins of rugby, the rise of the game in the north, the 1895 split, and the emergence of rugby league as we know it. Using photos, historic film footage and some of the treasures in the RFL archives that are stored at Heritage Quay, we'll uncover the roots of rugby league - and untangle fact from fiction in rugby history. It's completely free - and all you need is enthusiasm for the history of our game. To sign up and for more details go to:
  6. Thanks Julian - hope you enjoy it.

  7. looks like a good book im going to buy it