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  1. 8,000 (all seater). Hard to say how much the stadium is costing because - according to the gov.uk blurb - it's part of a complex to feature a sports hall, a swimming pool, a dance studio, a gym, a 14-screen IMAX cinema, a community hub (with offices for community sports clubs), offices and a shop for York Against Cancer, NHS outpatient services, shops and restaurants, and catering and hospitality areas. Whole lot = circa £44m.
  2. As an experiment, Underbank played a game - a one-off, I thought - at Lockwood Park (Huddersfield RU) the season it became obvious they were going to secure promotion to the NCL Premier. It wasn't repeated, for some reason, despite talk of their own ground being unsuitable for top division NCL. At Batley Boys last Saturday, I was told the distance between changing rooms and pitch is just inside the maximum permitted by the NCL. Friend of mine was at Barrow Island last Saturday. He was told Island hope before the end of this season to move onto the refurbished pitch (subject of a long legal battle) outside the Rating Lane clubhouse. No more NCL games on the bizarrely sloping pitch on the other side of the hedge. It's the oddest pitch I've ever seen, in either rugby code.
  3. Latest (after the April 11-14 round of games): 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), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), Wigan (£3), Workington (price/pp nk), York (£3, 26pp) Still in print (monthly magazine): Castleford (Roar, £1), Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River, £3) 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, Featherstone, Newcastle (though Thunder issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 25/3 Toronto double-header), Rochdale, Widnes To be confirmed: Toronto 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), Clock Face, Drighlington, East Leeds (£3, w/a), Eastmoor, Gateshead (£2, w/a), Hensingham (£3, 8pp, w/a), Heworth (£1, 20pp), Hunslet Club Parkside (£1), Hunslet Warriors (8pp, free digital version available), Kells, Leigh East, Leigh Miners (£1, 36pp), Lock Lane (£2.50, 16pp, w/a), Millom (50p, 32pp), Oldham St Annes (28pp), Oulton (£2, w/a), Pilkington Recs (£2, 20pp, free digital version available post-match), Salford City Roosters (£2, w/a), Stanningley (£2.50, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 28pp, print run limited to 20, free digital version available), Thornhill (£2), West Hull (£2.50, 18pp, w/a, free digital version available), Wigan St Patricks (£2.50, w/a), Woolston (£1) Digital only: Crosfields Normanton tweeted a link - https://www.flipsnack.com/NormantonKnights/saddleworth-programme-2019.html - to an 18-page digital programme for the Saddleworth game on 23/3. Not sure if it is available in print Underbank did not issue a programme for their 2/3 home game (versus Rochdale Mayfield) Other NCL clubs to be confirmed Cumberland League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Distington, Glasson North West League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Latchford Yorkshire League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Bramley (£1.50), Goole (£2, 16pp, A4), Nottingham (league games only)
  4. 7/4/19, Women's Super League York City Knights Ladies v Castleford Tigers Women: £2 (8pp)
  5. Watched Batley Boys score two converted tries in the last nine minutes of normal time to beat Third Division rivals Millom 26-16. After a 4-4 (two penalties apiece) first half stalemate, Millom led 14-4 and 16-14. In a biting wind, not the best game. Both teams made too many handling errors and conceded too many penalties. In the first half there were several lengthy injury stoppages. Boys' No 8 lucky to receive only a yellow card in the 80th minute after appearing to kick an opponent. Played at Halifax Road, Staincliffe - where Boys will stage all their remaining 2019 NCL home fixtures. I was told Boys baulked at paying Batley Bulldogs £500-a-game to use Mount Pleasant. Crowd was about 150. Admission was free (Boys can't take a gate owing to the open nature of the ground), with an eight-page programme sold pitchside for a quid. Ditto raffle tickets.
  6. Went to the Batley Boys-Millom game this afternoon (13/4/19). The home people said Boys decided to forget about playing at Mount Pleasant (after just one game) because Batley Bulldogs wanted to charge them £500-a-match and keep the bar/catering takings. Over the years, how many Batley Boys ARLFC products have turned pro with the Gallant Youths/Bulldogs?
  7. 13/4/19, Kingstone Press Cider National Conference League, Division Three Batley Boys v Millom: £1 (8 pages)
  8. Will the pitch be grass or synthetic? If it's grass, will there be undersoil heating (or similar)?
  9. Two more 2019 National Conference League programme covers, tweeted by Clock Face and Drighlington:
  10. Good to see the forum back. Many thanks for your considerable efforts.
  11. Latest (after the April 4-7 round of games): 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), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), Wigan (£3), Workington (price/pp nk), York (£3, 26pp) Still in print (monthly magazine): Castleford (Roar, £1), Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River, £3) 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, Featherstone, Newcastle (though Thunder issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 25/3 Toronto double-header), Rochdale, Widnes To be confirmed: Toronto Women's Super League Still in print (programme for individual matches): York (£2, 8pp) National Conference League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Barrow Island, Batley Boys (£1, 8pp, w/a, free digital version available post-match), Clock Face, Drighlington, East Leeds (£3, w/a), Eastmoor, Hensingham (£3, 8pp, w/a), Heworth (£1, 20pp), Hunslet Club Parkside (£1), Hunslet Warriors (8pp, free digital version available), Kells, Leigh East, Leigh Miners (£1, 36pp), Lock Lane (£2.50, 16pp, w/a), Millom (50p, 32pp), Oldham St Annes (28pp), Oulton (£2, w/a), Pilkington Recs (£2, 20pp, free digital version available post-match), Salford City Roosters (£2, w/a), Stanningley (£2.50, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 28pp, print run limited to 20, free digital version available), Thornhill (£2), Wigan St Patricks (£2.50, w/a), Woolston (£1) Digital only: Crosfields Normanton tweeted a link - https://www.flipsnack.com/NormantonKnights/saddleworth-programme-2019.html - to an 18-page digital programme for the Saddleworth game on 23/3. Not sure if it is available in print Underbank did not issue a programme for their 2/3 home game (versus Rochdale Mayfield) Other NCL clubs to be confirmed Cumberland League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Distington (issued for the Torfaen and RAF Challenge Cup ties) North West League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Latchford Albion Yorkshire League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Bramley (£1.50), Goole (£2, 16pp, A4), Nottingham (league games only)
  12. Rams press release says the 14th (3.0). It will be played at Thatto's ground. https://dewsburyrams.co.uk/2019/04/04/rams-cup-tie-to-be-shown-live-on-bbc-sport/
  13. Yes, taking rugby league to distant galaxies...
  14. By coincidence, last Saturday I drove past Hayfield (Arthur Lowe's birthplace), en route from York to Stoke, and stopped off briefly to view the blue plaque adorning his childhood home. https://www.buxtonadvertiser.co.uk/news/corrie-star-honoured-on-his-street-1-3731378
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