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Geographical Expansion of Professional Rugby League in UK

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Ive been watching the game for about the last 30 years, so Ive complied these lists taking 1980 as the cut-off point. Can you help with these lists? I suspect the last list could be much longer...

Places with current clubs outside the old RL heartlands

Sheffield

Twickenham

Haringay

Gateshead

Wrexham

Neath

Oxford

Cheltenham

Hemel

Places with former clubs outside the old RL heartlands (1980 to date)

Fulham

Crystal Palace

Barnet

Brentford

Chiswick

Charlton

Bridgend

Cardiff

Aberavon

Carlisle

Mansfield

Nottingham

Scarborough

Maidstone

Southend

also

Preston

Altringham

Blackpool

Chorley

Huyton

Runcorn

Prescott

Places where some domestic pro' RL has been played outside the old RL heartlands (1980 to date)

Wembley

Edinburgh

Leicester

Gillingham

Swansea

Barnsley

Rotherham

Liverpool

Manchester

Chesterfield

Northampton

Bolton

Hendon

Wealdstone

Chelsea

Leyton

Kingston

Newcastle

Alfreton

Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Kingston upon Thames

Penrith

Grimsby

Darlington

South Shields

Jarrow

North Shields

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If you're being strictly accurate then Gloucester should be Cheltenham.

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If you're being strictly accurate then Gloucester should be Cheltenham.

RIghto

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Sheffield Eagles have played in Chesterfield (once) and NE Derbyshire (once)

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Gillingham

Wealdstone

Hendon

Chelsea

Neath

Galashiels

Newcastle

Darlington

South Shields

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I'll add Northampton and Bolton to the list. Vague memories of Ebbw Vale hosting a match, but I'm not sure on that one.

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Sheffield Eagles have played in Chesterfield (once) and NE Derbyshire (once)

Chesterfield OK, ta. What town in NE Derbyshire?

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Gillingham

Wealdstone

Hendon

Chelsea

Neath

Galashiels

Newcastle

Darlington

South Shields

Gillingham and Neath are on the list. Those London grounds, yes.

When was pro' RL played at Galashiels, Newcastle, Darlington and South Shields post 1980? Where they all Gateshead games?

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I'll add Northampton and Bolton to the list. Vague memories of Ebbw Vale hosting a match, but I'm not sure on that one.

Yes

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One team and venue missing i will put you out of your misery.SOUTH WALES/AberavonCM

I thought they played out of Cardiff, but you're right, they played a few games at Aberavon when they started out.

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Just to be clear, however you define "the old RL heartlands" Sheffield will always be outside of them.

You could possibly also consider Doncaster not to be "old" as the professional game only began there in the 1950s.

And you have missed Leyton for the Broncos.

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Yeah, Im not going outside mainland Britain. And I think Wigan counts more or less as heartlands. Is there a place called Kingstonian?

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Sorry (heartlands) KINGSTON UPON THAMES Kingstonian FC once a quite large amateur club in the Isthmian League along with Dulwich Hamlet/Corinthian Casuals/Hendon/Enfield and Bromley in London.CM

Presumably that was at Kingsmeadow? Now the home of AFC Wimbledon in League Two.

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Mansfield also played at Alfreton Town's North Street and at Sutton Town's Lowmoor Road ground in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

I thought they had played in Ilkeston, but I can't find any reference to that - perhaps it was only a proposal.

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Carlisle played at Penrith and somewhere in the borders -Hawick I think

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Mansfield also played at Alfreton Town's North Street and at Sutton Town's Lowmoor Road ground in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

I thought they had played in Ilkeston, but I can't find any reference to that - perhaps it was only a proposal.

No they never played at either Ilkeston Town ground, altgough the "new" one is a great one suitable for C1 RL.

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Yeah, Im not going outside mainland Britain. And I think Wigan counts more or less as heartlands. Is there a place called Kingstonian?

Kingstonian's ground - which has been pilfered by the bleeding hearts of AFC Wimbledon - is in Norbiton.

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No they never played at either Ilkeston Town ground, altgough the "new" one is a great one suitable for C1 RL.

No - it mat be that I read something in the RL press at the time that they were condsidering a move but it didn't come off.

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