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It chose me. In 1957 I trod the hallowed Station Road turf with Swinton and Pendlebury Brass Band before and at half time for something like a cup semi or an international match. We watched the game from chairs placed around the low concrete walls around the pitch. The atmosphere was electric and being so close to the action, the impact was incredible. Subsequently, we played there for big games quite frequently and the die was cast.

However, in the twilight of my years, the memories are getting increasingly dim and distant and all I have left is a bookshelf full of reminiscences, a box of video tapes from the 1990s and dreams of what might have been.. :)

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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......

Garth Budge coached the BARLA Yorkshire side sometime in the early 80's,

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It chose me. In 1957 I trod the hallowed Station Road turf with Swinton and Pendlebury Brass Band before and at half time for something like a cup semi or an international match. We watched the game from chairs placed around the low concrete walls around the pitch. The atmosphere was electric and being so close to the action, the impact was incredible. Subsequently, we played there for big games quite frequently and the die was cast.

However, in the twilight of my years, the memories are getting increasingly dim and distant and all I have left is a bookshelf full of reminiscences, a box of video tapes from the 1990s and dreams of what might have been.. :)

Brill :lol:

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Mates at school kept talking about this bloke called Chuck Hardisty so I thought I'd better go and see what it was all about.

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Dad is a massive Wigan fan, but has been going to watch Fev since he moved over here in 1964

He took me to my first game in 1980 and I loved it.

I'd tried football but it bored me, RL was superb by comparison.

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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.

Same with me, my love of football as a kid growing up in the 80's verged on the fanatical until I stumbled across great players like ellery Hanley, Martin offiah and Garry schoefield playing for GB against the Aussies in the 1990 ashes series and the rest as they say is history. Like you also with the advent of the premier league and riches galore for the players I drifted away from modern day football but still like to read about football in the 80's and watch the old games on ESPN classics.

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Always watched it on TV in the Eddie Waring era, and liked it, but first started going after my sister got a season ticket at Sheddings because her bf was a big fan. I was a Liverpool soccer supporter first and foremost, but went to more and more RL, mostly because it was cheaper. Don't get much opportunity to see many games at all nowadays :-(

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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!

Wiltshire - did you know someone called Neil Cameron who I believe was involved with Swindon Bulldogs in the mid/late 80s ?

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I played for Clayton back in the 70's as a kid but wasn't really aware of the pro game and I went to watch City as my dad was more soccer orientated. Anyways, after the City fire we had to play some matches at Odsal whilst VP was being rebuilt, and I can remember now the impact that place had on me when I walked through those gates for the first time and the whole earth seemingly opened up. So, shortly after that we started to go to both City and Northern, with attendance at City matches eventually coming to an end in 1989 when we started our boycott*.

*We won't return to watch City until Terry Dolan is reinstated after being unfairly sacked by Stafford Heginbotham. This Boycott still stands.

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Pat Quinn was my maths teacher

My mate took me along to see him play fullback for Leeds.

Been hooked ever since.

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Someone close to me was a senior ref (and a big Leeds fan), and he got me watching and playing for all the nine years I could have done too.

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Becoming disillusioned with football. Saw big games on the tv and felt the urge to attend a gf. Been to every gf since. Got a few mates into it too.

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The 1983 Challange cup final had a big influence for me because my Dad who supported Fev introduced me to the game but it was the cup final of 85 where I was hooked on the sport.

The Hull v Wigan final was followed by the Man Utd & Everton FA cup final a week later and in terms of entertainment there was no comparison.

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Father took me to some football games at Burnden Park and Springfield Park. Made me wait until I was almost 12 for my first visit to Central Park, when I was "ready". Wigan got stuffed by Salford that day and I was the only happy Wiganer.

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Family, my Dad and Uncle both played as amateurs.Went to my first Leeds game in 1973,played to a decent level,now watch my youngest son as he progresses through the age groups and get to Rhinos games when work allows.

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Someone close to me was a senior ref (and a big Leeds fan), ...

Nice to see some things never change... :D

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I was a Rugby Union supporter for many years and held a season ticket for Swansea All Whites. In early 1990,s I saw the Charity Shield Match between Wigan and Widnes at the Vetch Field in Swansea. I was instantly converted. I was impressed by the speed, action, skill and physical commitment of Rugby league and I have been a supporter ever since.

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u didnt go on u own age 9 though?

No.

Went with a neighbour, who was still only a teen at the time, and of course lil bro had to come. :dry:

If it was any other season than Bradford Bulls 1997 then who knows.

I don't remember knowing anything league from before then, I suppose at 9-10 you're still young to the big wide world (perhaps not today). My only memory of rugby was the Fick Nations on telly on a Saturday afternoon and my Grandad coming round to visit. Also t'Bulls came into middle school once or twice, from that moment is spawned into going to all games home and away, 4 season tickets, Wembley, cable tv for sky sports... I still remember watching Saints v Bulls in the garden while having a barbeque... to being a little bit annoyed at all those people running on the pitch at Don Valley. But the Cup games that year before the first SL game v Warrington? Nope, no idea. Nor the Premiership competition after we won the League either, no idea.

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My dad, a born and bred Featherstonian, took me to watch Keighley after his job took him there. They were never great but, in those days, the top teams all played at lLwkholme and I saw the top stars week in week out.

Eventually Keighley got so bad, several of my mates and i went to play for Keighley Albion under 19's.That did it. Hooked for life.

I have had to play a lot if union since and was quite successful but RL has no rival for my sporting affection.

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Mad keen football fan and used to follow Liverpool everywhere in my teens and twenties. Used to like watching RL on TV but never went to a match.

Then moved to London and first live match I saw was GB vs Australia at Wembley in 1994. Had a nice 20 pound bet on GB to win which made it all the sweeter.

Went to a Wigan /Saints boxing day match at Central Park when visiting the folks in Lancaster one Xmas and couldn't believe how packed it was.

But really got into it in 2001 when we moved to Hull with my wife's work. Popped along one April day to the Boulevard to see Hull vs Halifax Blue Sox (!) and was the first time I'd been really close up to the action and could hear the crunch of the tackles being made and see the skill levels on display.

After that I was hooked and was a season ticket holder until we moved to the US in 2008. Now back down south and have adopted London as my new team.

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I watched Manchester United home and away from 1966 to 1981. My first RL match was at Leeds .v. Salford in 1971 then went to Featherstone .v. Salford in 1973 just cos friends were going. In 1977 I found out that the bars were open in my local clubs - Salford & Swinton after the pubs closed at 2pm on Sundays so I started to watch them alternatively, just to get a beer! I soon fell in love with the game and started to follow United Saturdays and Salford home and away on Sundays. In 1981 I was starting a family and something had to go. I have only ever been to one football match since.

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Nothing beats RL.

I am northern and proud of it. I am proud of our sport and how it embodies so many qualities that matter to me. I was born into it but the family also followed football, cricket, athletics and rugby union but it still came out on top.

Deep down I would have loved to be a Rugby League player.

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Deep down I would have loved to be a Rugby League player.

 

Welcome to the forum, Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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