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  1. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    And nobody has had the bottle to tell either of them
  2. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    The Rising Sun in Hensingham square? Pretty sure it's still open. Edit. Pub in Hensingham is called The Sun Inn Never really knew Steve Williams but I can tell you Eddie is still around, saw him a short while ago
  3. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    Willie got that name when he was playing amateur at Egremont Great lad Alan, tough as teak. Years ago I worked with a lad who knew his dad, said he was even tougher, that's a frightening prospect
  4. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    Forgot about Tiny playing in that game, great lad I bumped into him for the first time in ages last week and he's looking well
  5. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    I remember that game for Les Davison knocking lumps out of everyone and the battering Jeff Simpson got from the Aussie pack
  6. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    That seems about right,sure he turned out a few times for Egremont when they won the NCL,but don't recall him playing towards the end of the season.
  7. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    He was manager at Jewsons on coach road near the Whitehaven ground. He was a manager at Steve's Paints when he was the owners son in law. Predates his time at Jewsons
  8. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    Willie did indeed start with Egremont, he scored an hatrick on his first ever game for Egremont 2nd team playing on the wing, he'd probably be about 23 or 24. He represented Cumbria at badmington and was certainly a rally driver, driving for a Nissan supported car run by Steeles garage of Moor Row between Egremont and Whitehaven where he comes from. Wasn't a bad footballer too hence the goal kicking. You could have seen him on television during the floods as he is quite senior in the Cumbria Fire Service
  9. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    They do but they have been struggling in recent years, towards the bottom of the Cumberland league with some fixtures not being fulfilled. I did hear that they were trying to get junior rugby going again in a combined team with the Maryport clubs but I don't know if it ever got going. I notice Cockermouth have juniors so maybe they have village lads there
  10. What happened to Carlisle RL club?

    Pretty sure he was from Broughton Red Rose who have produced some tremendous players over the years
  11. How exciting/boring is Rugby League?

    For me, at its best Rugby League is light years ahead of any other sport in terms of excitement, at its worst I still find it watchable, which I cannot say about other sports, but there again I am biased. What I would say about RL is while the top level can offer up games of breath-taking speed, skill and toughness it's not necessarily always the highest level that is the best to watch. I have seen some incredible games at amateur level and some (relatively) poor internationals. I cannot imagine sometimes finding amateur gymnastics or tennis being more exciting to watch than say Max Whitlock or Andy Murray.
  12. Reserve and Academy teams

    Yes maybe it was Hull I read about rather than Saints. I agree with you on both points, that it is not a good enough excuse and that the RFL should make it a requirement for the clubs
  13. Reserve and Academy teams

    I believe every team in Superleague should be running a reserve or U23 (with a number for over age players) team, with regards to academy I think that they should at least some involvement, even if that is a shared team, for instance the City of Hull Academy. My understanding is that it was lack of regular fixtures persuaded Saints not to pursue the reserve team but I can't remember where I saw that. I don't think you can just get the teams up and running, therefore a time table should be set out, for instance in 5 years every SL team should be running a reserve/U23 team and have a share in an academy. This should be enforced, no teams no SL place. By the same token I would have enforceable minimum criteria for grounds too. Any team wanting to enter SL, whether that be a new (eg New York) or existing (eg Leigh) would have to meet the criteria before being allowed to join the competition
  14. barrow

    I hadn't looked at the fixtures, they couldn't have got a much harder start to the season than that
  15. barrow

    I genuinely hope Barrow stay up but I think it is going to be a long hard season for them. They probably need to get off to a good start with a few early season wins to gain a bit of momentum to give them their best chance