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what made you "choose rl"?

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parental influence?

your mates influence?

your own preference?

tv coverage and media promotion?

stumbling over an amateur game localy?

what was the reason you chose rl?

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Free tickets for first three home games as a 9 year old in '97.

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Free tickets for first three home games as a 9 year old in '97.

u didnt go on u own age 9 though?

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Schoolmate asked me to go. Dad had taken me to Wakey when i was really young, but when i went to Cas 1st time and saw Kevin Ward i was in awe.

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Mates influence as a 12 yr old from wombwell in 1973.

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Widnes won the WCC when I was 6. My family had always followed it, it would be stranger if I wasn't a fan. However, I was more of a Football fan as a teenager but ironically my interest resumed when Widnes were at their lowest ebb. There was just something about RL that I preferred to Football and still is.

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Dad took me to Watershedings one (freezing cold, obviously) evening to watch Oldham play Australia. Can't remember much about the game although I know we gave them a decent match. As an 8 year old I'd never been in big crowd before and loved the atmosphere. I was hooked from then on. As I got older I started to appreciate the game more and more. No other sport compares for me.

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I was born into it. My uncle played pro and I went to my first gamed when I was just two weeks old!

I wouldn't have it any other way. :D

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At junior school, must have been 8-9 at the time, my mates said I should come and join them playing junior RL at Lunts Heath Lions .....I gave it a go and loved it......my dad was made up (he'd taken me to watch Widnes when I was 4-5) but now I was actively involved without his influence.....now gave him the excuse to take me to watch them, at that time we seemed to whoops a fair few teams (I remember Fev, Salford and Hull KR in particular for some reason) but playing Wire or Saints at home was always a full house and a great atmosphere (though playing Leeds at home always seemed to create quite a hostile environment for some reason).......that was the year Widnes beat Wigan at Naughton Park to win the Stones Bitter Championship

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Mad football fan as a kid until I watched on telly the first ashes test at wembley and was in awe of the greatest athlete I'd ever seen, ellery Hanley.

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Watching it on the Tele with dad on Fridays when I was a young kid, getting taking to internationals in 2004 and never coming home from Craven Park being disappointed.

Bit of a mixture of family and preference really. But when you get really can't get out of it. Everything about the sport in general is pretty much spot on.

Dont see what's better than going to the pub before hand then turning upto the ground being able to stand pretty much wherever you want, have a crack with some of the friendliest people you''ll meet in either set of fans, and watch the most entertaining sport in the world.

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Mad football fan as a kid until I watched on telly the first ashes test at wembley and was in awe of the greatest athlete I'd ever seen, ellery Hanley.

Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe

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Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe

1963 attendance 13000.

them wot days hangiung from the rafters they were

the poster you are correcting was actually right. It was the first test of the series.

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Fred Birchall

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Carlisle starting up in 1981. Had been to Knowsley Road and even Derwent Park before that but a side you can go and see every week as an 11 yr old was the tipping point.

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Mates at school dragged me up to Odsal, Northern vs Bramley on a Wet Winter Wednesday eve Yorkshire Cup tie, I bet there was less than 2,000 there...God knows why I ever went back? Late 80's or early nineties I guess...not many of us go anymore...just 3 of us out of the original 6 or 7.

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My dad used to take me to Central Park, he would drop me off in the "hen pen" and disappear off with his mates and pick me up after the game. Happy days.

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Born and bred Swindonian with no connection to anything north of Wiltshire brought up a football/Swindon Town fan.

In 1988 I saw the 3rd test from Australia and thought this is a good sport. Started playing for Swindon Bulldogs in 89 but got completely hooked at the Wembley Test Match in 90.

The club game will never really increase the profile of RL like internationals do. Here's hoping for a great World Cup. Come on England!

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Sorry to be a pedant, but the first ashes ever test at Wembley was in the early 1970s I believe

1st test at wembley not first ever test at wembley. 1990 series.

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I didn't choose RL... it chose me.

Seriously though, I was introduced to union at school (I come from a big footy area). Then I saw some challenge cup on the telly and thought it was awesome.

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Family - mum & dad supported, one brother played to a decent youth standard until he broke his jaw at Hilton Park, and my other brother ran the turnstiles for years. It was just the norm, and we liked most sport. Rugby league was our favourite and was our towns highest profile sport to go and watch.

Bring kids into the game, and they will love it forever - that's why I love to see any professional clubs efforts to have special offers for under 12's and it's great to see the SL & CH players at local amateur clubs giving their support. I remember how I idolised Leigh players when I was at school (and cringe a bit thinking about it)

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Uncle took me to watch football a few times (Bradford Park Avenue and Bradford City) - bored stiff and didn't like it (still feel the same today)

1964 - At school aged 10... Sat next to a lad who was (a) brilliant at art and (B) a Bradford Northern fan. Every art lesson - regardless of subject he used white, red, amber and black as his colours. EG He could draw a perfect apple - with white skin and red, amer and black stripes. It drove the teacher mad - so at christmas he had us draw a nativity. My mate drew a fantastic scene - but baby jesus had a Bradford Northern sheet over him :-)

After all this - I went to watch Northern V York in October 1964.

Rest is history - loved the game ever since. Connected with it straight away and memories are still vivid. Wintergreen, snow on the pitch with markings in red, whiskey coffee and Tom Jones "Its Not Unusal" every half time.

But etched forever - the sight of two heroes with brown legs on a snow covered pitch - Garth Budge and Errol Stock......

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Moved to Wigan as a teenager and it chose me.

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Widnes won the WCC when I was 6. My family had always followed it, it would be stranger if I wasn't a fan. However, I was more of a Football fan as a teenager but ironically my interest resumed when Widnes were at their lowest ebb. There was just something about RL that I preferred to Football and still is.

Very similar. Family always supported RL but I preferred soccer as a kid. Then I started to go to the Boulevard regularly when Hull went through the season unbeaten and that was it. I was in awe of the commitment shown by these part time players compared to the prima donnas playing soccer. The advent of the Premier League totally killed off any interest I had in soccer at the top level.

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I come from a non-sporting family and, for a long time, had no interest in playing or watching sport. Any sport.

I played a bit of Rugby Union at public school and, for one term, Rugby League at the state school I attended after that. Didn't enjoy either. RU on the playing fields of Cambridge, where the icy wind blasts across the flat landscape and freezes your bones is no fun unless you're a bit odd in the noggin. As for RL, the fact that the two school gorillas were in the same school house - not the one I was in - may have been a factor! :D

Then, mid-teens, I started to enjoy watching sport, and seeing a Challenge Cup tie (Wigan v Widnes) just caught me and I've never stopped watching Rugby League since. The comparison between Rugby League and what the TV/radio/newspapers told me was the pinnacle of 'Rugby' (the England RU team) was so blindingly obvious, it was unbelievable.

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