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  1. Swinton get another wind up order

    You may be right. It's been a lingering death since Swinton sold Station Road and left the town. Very sad.
  2. Does Nigel Wood have the credentials to be the CEO of a major (OK, maybe not so major) organisation? Anybody know about his education and/or employment history?
  3. The mafia of the mediocre. What a joke rugby league can be.
  4. 24/6/2017 Which game this weekend

    Yes, I imagine so. There's no simple solution!
  5. 24/6/2017 Which game this weekend

    The Cumbria and Yorkshire leagues seem lately to have rearranged quite a few matches for midweek evenings. Seems like a very good idea, avoiding summer Saturdays, when players, club officials and spectators often have other calls on their time. I wonder if it's a way forward for amateur rugby league? Tricky if opponents aren't fairly local, mind. Several pics from the Seaton-Hensingham match (and many others) on my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/feversham/
  6. 24/6/2017 Which game this weekend

    A work-related overnighter in Cumbria gave me a chance to watch Seaton Rangers host Hensingham in a Cumbria League midweek evening fixture. Nip-and-tuck throughout a bruising, high-speed encounter. Rangers led 8-6 early in the second half, but the visitors from Whitehaven clinched an 18-8 victory with tries in the 62nd, 73rd and 78th minutes. Kirkcudbrightshire hills visible across the Solway Firth on a balmy evening. Admission (£2) included a four-page programme. Crowd a shade over 200. Good stuff. Hensingham now joint top with Distington. The teams meet at Hensingham next Wednesday. Title decider?
  7. Dave Fletcher Radio Leeds

    Fletcher never gives the impression he's enjoying either himself or the games he watches. Probably a better writer, which is how he started out, than a broadcaster. Still, it's only local radio, which is pretty awful everywhere. As a youngster, I enjoyed Tim Healy and Jack Wainwright.
  8. 24/6/2017 Which game this weekend

    Twenty-four games scheduled in the Yorkshire League tomorrow (5/8). So far, 11 P-Ps. Looking like cricket again...
  9. Is this, I wonder, another indication of rugby league's invisibility outside its heartlands?
  10. cumbria

    Would the RU club be interested in having a semi-pro RL club using their ground? It's pretty basic, I know, but has a small stand, a clubhouse next to the first XV pitch and a reasonable amount of parking. As I recall, it's a big site and would come with a hefty price tag for any potential purchaser. I suspect if Carlisle was the location of choice for a Cumbria Super League club, its ground would have to be Brunton Park.
  11. cumbria

    They don't. I travel frequently to Furness and the South Lakes coast, and many locals still regard themselves as Lancastrians. Blimey, Barrow doesn't look remotely - as it were - like a Cumbrian town! It works both ways, of course. A (now former) Whitehaven director once told me: Barrovians will never be Cumbrians as long as they have holes in their ar***. Come to think of it, he may have been the same bloke who advised: the fella who laid out the Whitehaven to Barrow road was pi**** when he did it.
  12. Are York a sleeping giant?

    The title of this thread implies York were once a rugby league giant that fell asleep, possibly not merely metaphorically. Have York ever been a big club (and I don't mean by comparison with Huyton et al)? Surely not. As an 'outsider' who has lived in York for about eight years, I'd say the rugby league (and football) club's biggest problem is a fair and steadily growing chunk of the city's population hails from somewhere other than York, and therefore has no interest in its sports teams. And never will.
  13. cumbria

    The old ground is still there. Now used by Carlisle City FC, who play in the murky depths of North West Counties League Division One (level 10 of the football pyramid, I think).
  14. cumbria

    Penrith might be a better bet. At least RL has some previous there. Nobody watches Kendal RU. Average gate about 300. Mind you, at least Kendal's population (28,000) rivals those of Whitehaven and Workington.
  15. 24/6/2017 Which game this weekend

    Crossed the Pennines for a revisit to Rating Lane and Barrow Island's NCL home clash with Division Three leaders West Bowling. The visitors had much the better of the first and last 10 minutes, and won 36-26. Try count 5-6. Entertaining stuff in warm sunshine. Crowd about 130. Island are still playing on their weird back pitch (it's rubbish for spectating). No immediate prospect, I learned, of them switching to the relaid pitch, subject of a legal battle, outside the clubhouse. Shame.