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Geographical Expansion of Professional Rugby League in UK

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Norwich City Saxons RLFC currently playing in the Eastern Merit League

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If you class `A` team games as professional rugby league then VPG Goole (Hull FC `A`)

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Is IOM in the UK?

good one, didn't they play a charity shield type game there?

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good one, didn't they play a charity shield type game there?

They played several

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In 1982, Leigh played Carlisle at Grimsby in an exhibition match to test the potential support for RL there, and a year later a similar game was played at Nottingham Forests ground when Hull KR beat Cardiff City.

There was also a proposal to play a game between Salford and Widnes in 1986 on the artificial surface at Luton Towns ground, however, I cant find any mention that this actually took place.

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Norwich City Saxons RLFC currently playing in the Eastern Merit League

A professional club?

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In 1982, Leigh played Carlisle at Grimsby in an exhibition match to test the potential support for RL there, and a year later a similar game was played at Nottingham Forests ground when Hull KR beat Cardiff City.

There was also a proposal to play a game between Salford and Widnes in 1986 on the artificial surface at Luton Towns ground, however, I cant find any mention that this actually took place.

Never knew that about Grimsby. Nottingham is on the list

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For the Gateshead ones:

  1. Newcastle - several times at Kingston Park (home of Newcastle Falcons)
  2. Darlington - former home of Darlington FC called Darlington Arena. It was a Challenge Cup game against Oldham in 2009. For those interested, Rugby Union side Darlington Mowden Park have recently put a bid in to buy it.
  3. South Shields - several games at Filtrona Park last year.
  4. Jarrow - played a game at Monkton Stadium in 2004 (I think the year is correct - the game taking place there is definitely right)
  5. North Shields - played 2 games at Percy Park RUFC in 2005.

Also another one for Gateshead if you're saying Britain and not just England is Edinburgh. We played at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian, where we defeated Wigan in 1999. Don't know about the Galashields one but Gateshead haven't played there..

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In early years there were 6 Welsh clubs:

Merthyr Tydfil

Ebbw Vale

Mid-Rhondda

Trehebert

Aberdare

Barry Town

Plus Cardiff and Pontypridd at different times

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Norwich City Saxons RLFC currently playing in the Eastern Merit League

No they don't. they folded and never played any games last year.

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For the Gateshead ones:

  1. Newcastle - several times at Kingston Park (home of Newcastle Falcons)
  2. Darlington - former home of Darlington FC called Darlington Arena. It was a Challenge Cup game against Oldham in 2009. For those interested, Rugby Union side Darlington Mowden Park have recently put a bid in to buy it.
  3. South Shields - several games at Filtrona Park last year.
  4. Jarrow - played a game at Monkton Stadium in 2004 (I think the year is correct - the game taking place there is definitely right)
  5. North Shields - played 2 games at Percy Park RUFC in 2005.

Also another one for Gateshead if you're saying Britain and not just England is Edinburgh. We played at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian, where we defeated Wigan in 1999. Don't know about the Galashields one but Gateshead haven't played there..

Interesting, ta. Thunder have got about a bit. Not as much as the bronks, but still.

Edinburgh is on the list.

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In early years there were 6 Welsh clubs:

Merthyr Tydfil

Ebbw Vale

Mid-Rhondda

Trehebert

Aberdare

Barry Town

Plus Cardiff and Pontypridd at different times

Of course there were many many clubs back in the day, of which you've listed a few. I was making a specifically post 1980 list.

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For the Gateshead ones:

  1. Newcastle - several times at Kingston Park (home of Newcastle Falcons)
  2. Darlington - former home of Darlington FC called Darlington Arena. It was a Challenge Cup game against Oldham in 2009. For those interested, Rugby Union side Darlington Mowden Park have recently put a bid in to buy it.
  3. South Shields - several games at Filtrona Park last year.
  4. Jarrow - played a game at Monkton Stadium in 2004 (I think the year is correct - the game taking place there is definitely right)
  5. North Shields - played 2 games at Percy Park RUFC in 2005.

Also another one for Gateshead if you're saying Britain and not just England is Edinburgh. We played at Tynecastle, home of Heart of Midlothian, where we defeated Wigan in 1999. Don't know about the Galashields one but Gateshead haven't played there..

Galashiels was host to a Workington v Hull KR pre-season game in the early 90s. Don't know if there have been others.

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Interesting, ta. Thunder have got about a bit. Not as much as the bronks, but still.

Edinburgh is on the list.

I think Sheffield can claim the most individual home venues. I wrote an article on it some time back... it was loads!!

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Can't be more than London or the old "Blackpool Borough" and associated reincarnations.

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I think Sheffield can claim the most individual home venues. I wrote an article on it some time back... it was loads!!

More than the Fulham Bronquin Crusaders? BLimey. In terms of 'official residences' the Eagles would count as three, would it? Owlerton, DVS, B'Lane.

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