Richard de la Riviere

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  1. He wasn't being parochial when he (correctly) tipped them to finish second last year. He often dished out praise and regularly talked up Andrew Henderson. Maybe there's no agenda and he just thinks they'll struggle this season.
  2. New Facebook group

    Thanks! I've really enjoyed doing it and certainly didn't expect 400 odd people to join in just a few days. They were indeed great days. Plenty more material to come!
  3. New Facebook group

    I've set up a Facebook group called 'Workington Town - The Peter Walsh years", for fans to exchange stories, pics and videos of the club in the early to mid-1990s. Feel free to search for the group and join in. You can add others as well.
  4. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Thanks mate, glad you're enjoying it!
  5. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Thanks guys. Hope you enjoy it!
  6. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Oh and I've a 2-page article in the new Rugby League World about the book and a chance for a couple of signed copies to be won.
  7. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Thanks for the positive feedback. Hope you continue to enjoy it! Thanks also to Man of Kent & Jon for buying and for the kind words. Re the text. Every story is between 900 & 1,300 words long. All stories are spread over 2, 3 or 4 pages.
  8. Clive Sullivan - The man who broke rugby's racial barrier.

    One of the stories in my book is Billy Boston moving to Wigan, knowing that he was never going to play for Wales and how several other black players had also given up on becoming Wales's first black international in rugby union, going back to George Bennett in the 1930s. It took until 1986 for them to cap a black player. There are some powerful quotes from Tony Collins on the Welsh rugby union's links with British imperial identity and white skin being a prerequisite for success.
  9. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Here’s an interview I’ve done about the book with League Express’s Matthew Shaw:
  10. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    thanks mate! hope you enjoy it.
  11. Get em Onside - my new RL blog

    Thank you! You will get criticised by the way, even if you're just doing your blog as a hobby. Don't let it get you down though!
  12. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    This is the Newtown Jets team from 1975, the most notorious team in Rugby League. Garry Sullivan became a prolific armed robber. Paul Hayward tried to import millions of dollars of heroin into Australia from Thailand. Chris Dawson was investigated after his wife disappeared, although charges were later dropped. Doug Kemister drove a car for a notorious Sydney gangster. The stories of Sullivan (second left, back row) and Hayward (second left, front row) are featured in my new book, ‘100 Days That Shook Rugby League’ -
  13. 100 Days That Shook Rugby League

    Yes I wanted to go with something pre-1895 for that very reason. It's an amazing story as well, not just because of what happened to Bob Seddon, but with Jack Clowes not being allowed to play in any of the matches by the RFU for accepting the same clothing allowance as every other player. And it's incredible to think that the first ever British Lions played 19 Aussie Rules matches!
  14. Get em Onside - my new RL blog

    Enjoyable blog mate. Keep it up!
  15. rugby league history quiz

    Yes it's Lewis. Bennett sacked him as Brisbane captain just days earlier. It was a huge story. Wally bore a grudge for years and only recently forgave him.