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  1. Couldn't agree more. A game offering even less variety would be a dangerous option to take (and I'm not a casual observer).
  2. Borough Park wasn't new to me. I've seen Reds play there a number of times over the years. First visited in 1986, when the ground was pretty much as it had been during Reds' Football League years. For viewing, I always rated it better than Derwent Park. Never liked the speedway track (except for speedway!). Pre-match, I had a chat with some Town officials at Derwent Park. They were very optimistic Allerdale Council will give the green light for the new stadium. Here's hoping!
  3. Trekked over from York for this. As a neutral, I'd have preferred a closer game. That said, Town scored some great tries, including a couple from their own half. Coventry, 12-16 down, were still in it going into first half stoppage time, only for Town to cross twice before the hooter for a decisive 26-12 interval lead. Ten tries to three. Announced attendance was 895. Apparently there were eight supporters on the Bears team bus. Admission £15. A 20-page programme (dreadful, I have to say) cost £2.
  4. 16/6/19, League One Workington Town versus Coventry Bears @ Borough Park, Workington FC: £2 (20 pages)
  5. Latest (June 16) Super League, Championship and League One Still in print (programme for individual matches): Barrow (£2.50, 44pp), Coventry (£2), Dewsbury (£2.50, 24pp), Huddersfield (£3), Keighley (£3, 56pp), Leeds (£3), London Broncos (£3, 40pp), London Skolars (£2.50), North Wales (£2), Oldham (£3, 24pp), St Helens (£3), Salford (£3), Sheffield (£3, 40pp), Swinton (£3, 36pp), Toulouse (8pp, price nk), Warrington (£3), West Wales (£2, 24pp), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), Wigan (£3), Workington (£2, 20pp), York (£3, 26pp) Still in print (monthly magazine): Castleford (Roar, £1), Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River, £3, A4) Still in print (matchday information sheet): Doncaster (two sides of A4, 50p) Still in print (newspaper style, done by the local newspaper): Bradford, Halifax, Wakefield Digital only: Batley (free to download), Hull KR (register for free download), Leigh (free to download) No programme of any description: Catalans (though Dragons issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 18/5 Wigan game in Barcelona), Featherstone, Newcastle (though Thunder issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 25/3 Toronto double-header), Rochdale, Toronto, Widnes Women's Super League Still in print (programme for individual matches): York (£2, 8pp) Wigan produced a teamsheet for their 7/4 live streamed derby with St Helens (may well be a one-off) National Conference League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Barrow Island (£2, 16pp, w/a), Batley Boys (£1, 8pp, free digital version available post-match), Beverley (£2, 16pp), Clock Face, Drighlington, East Leeds (£3, w/a), Eastmoor (£2, 28pp), Gateshead (£2, 12pp, w/a), Hensingham (£3, 8pp, w/a), Heworth (£1, 20pp), Hunslet Club Parkside (£1), Hunslet Warriors (8pp, free digital version available), Kells (£3, 24pp, w/a), Leigh East, Leigh Miners (£1, 36pp), Lock Lane (£2.50, 16pp, w/a), Milford (£3, £1 concession, 24pp, w/a), Millom (50p, 32pp), Oldham St Annes (28pp), Oulton (£2, w/a), Pilkington Recs (£2, 20pp, w/a, free digital version available post-match), Saddleworth (£3, w/a), Salford City Roosters (£2, w/a), Stanningley (£2.50, 28pp, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 28pp, print run limited to 20, free digital version available), Thornhill (£2), Waterhead (donation), Wath Brow, Wigan St Judes (£2, 32pp, w/a), Wigan St Patricks (£2.50, £1 concession, 20pp, w/a), Woolston (£1) Digital only: Crosfields, Normanton, West Hull Other NCL clubs to be confirmed Southern Conference League (non-issuers, neither printed nor online): All Golds, Cardiff, Torfaen Other SCL clubs to be confirmed Cumberland League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Distington, Glasson (£2, w/a) North West League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Latchford Yorkshire League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Bramley (£1.50, resigned from the league in June), Goole (£2, 16pp, A4), Nottingham (£2, 16pp)
  6. Two full teams, with subs, for this afternoon's first-versus-second Yorkshire League Division Five clash at Brotherton, who pipped Dodworth Miners 12-10 to extend to six their 100 per cent start to the season. Tight, tense game settled in Bulldogs' favour by a 79th-minute penalty. Two tries apiece. Even avoided the torrential rain in the vicinity! About 90 watching.
  7. I see the Cutsyke 'A' game (at Farnley) is off tomorrow.
  8. Can anyone confirm the Oldham game (June 23) is also being played at Borough Park?
  9. Been to three Yorkshire League games this season. Goole Vikings v Keighley Albion (26-22), Nottingham Outlaws v New Earswick All Blacks (0-19) and Stainland Stags v Goole Vikings (16-19) each featured two full teams. Two-thirds of the crowd at Stainland yesterday had travelled over from Goole. Quite impressive. I was told there were three Goole RU players in the Vikings line-up. That said, there do seem to be an alarming number of P-Ps in the Yorkshire League.
  10. The grandstand had 640 seats (in the Forties and Fifties), according to Trevor Delaney's The Grounds of Rugby League. Kerry Miller's The History of Non-League Football Grounds says 1,000 seats. Miller reckons Borough Park's capacity in the Fifties was about 20,000. Capacity at the end of 1986, not long before the grandstand roof was removed, must have been at least 10,000 because Borough Park fell foul of the Safety at Sports Grounds legislation.
  11. Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. (my late father) Don't follow the ball, let the ball come to you. (a sports photographer on sports photography) Make sure you marry someone who can keep you in the style to which you've become accustomed. (my late grandfather, a man of his generation!)
  12. Not sure about that. Glasgow has plenty of RU clubs, one of which is fully professional. Liverpool has virtually no RU clubs. The Liverpool club fled to St Helens, leaving Liverpool Collegiate, Liverpool University, Mossley Hill, Sefton and Waterloo (who play in Crosby not Liverpool). The Wirral has a number of RU clubs but it isn't Liverpool.
  13. You're quite right. 'Woolly' (an abbreviation of 'woollyback') was the expression locals used when I lived in Liverpool. I never picked up that bit of scouse-speak. Where I grew up, 'sheepshagger' was the insult, which is why I used it.
  14. Ninety-five per cent of my extended family is from Sheffield (I'm not). They're all Wednesday (i.e. football), and have absolutely no interest in rugby league. Ice hockey is the only non-football sport in Sheffield that draws a decent crowd. I lived and worked on Teesside for five years. Locals would tell me "rugby league isn't a Teesside sport". On Teesside, football completely dominates. Everything else - such as cricket, rugby union and speedway - is minority interest stuff. Middlesbrough residents (and those down the coast to Redcar) regard themselves very much as from Yorkshire. Rather surprised me when I first pitched up there. I see Hartlepool has had a mention. Welshmen who built the docks brought rugby union to Hartlepool. Always seems strange that rugby union is popular - five senior clubs - in such a working class town. Doesn't Hartlepool have an amateur rugby league club for 2019? I attended Liverpool University in the early 1980s. At the time (and I'd be astonished if this outlook has changed), rugby league - on the rare occasions it broke through to the city's sporting consciousness - was seen as a sheepshaggers' sport. St Helens, Warrington and Widnes were not regarded as 'Liverpool'. Liverpool is like Middlesbrough: football is the only sport that matters. Anybody trying to establish, and popularise, a rugby league club in Liverpool would face a massive task. Anybody who has lived outside rugby league's heartlands will know how little the sport is regarded. I lived and worked in Exeter for a couple of years (at a time when Exeter RU were rubbish - second tier, playing out of a ramshackle ground shared with a speedway team and struggling to attract a thousand spectators). Rugby league simply didn't register. It was in the same class as shinty.
  15. First time yesterday. No touch judges at Eastmoor-Drighlington.
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