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Mysterioso,

I was cetainly not romanticising the mining industry. I had a couple of uncles die from pneumoconiosis and a cousin who has spent the last 6o years on one leg due to a pit accident. It was a tough and brutal industry.

However, i think there is no doubt that it's demanding physical work day after day honed big strong, tough, determined men and when these men chose to play rugby, these built in physical attributes, attributable to the hard physical toil of their jobs, made them ideal rugby players.

I think also that Rugby gave them a release from the stresses of their dirty and dangerous working lives and maybe contributed to the large numbers of persons turning to the sport.

It was just a thought from me in answer to the poster who was writing about the declining numbers of players currently turning out for the fev amateur teams.

I certainly did not wish to precipitate a debate on the pros and cons of mining. I did not bring up the subject of the film.

However, I did like it. i thought the Danny Boy scene moving and encapsulated the three plot lines of the film, i.e. the love of music, another outlet for the miners, like RL, from the horror of their jobs. the tremendous sense of community in those pit villages which manifested itself in their support of their dying band leader, and the sense of doom at the extinction of their jobs and livlihoods, however grim, signified by the extinguishing of their helmet lights at the end of the performance. Also the loss of self worth that affects many men, not just miners, when they are made redundant and cannot fend for their families.

Like and dislike are personal choices, but I liked it, sorry.

I can understand what Ange is saying, however the pits in the 1960s-1980s were different to those in my grandads era and beforehand.

In the later era, there was more safety, better money, less hours and good camaraderie.

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Do you think the extinction of the mining industry which used, bu it's very nature, to produce tough, muscular men ideally suited to our game has had any bearing on the decline of the amateur game in and around fev.?

Slightly, but I think it's more to do with marginalisation. Wakey & Cas are still doing ok on the junior front, but you hear about them all the time on local TV & radio, and read about them in the local papers, but when Fev play Batley, Fax & Sheffield in a few weeks time in games that will probably decide the league leaders they won't get a single mention on Look North.

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Slightly, but I think it's more to do with marginalisation. Wakey & Cas are still doing ok on the junior front, but you hear about them all the time on local TV & radio, and read about them in the local papers, but when Fev play Batley, Fax & Sheffield in a few weeks time in games that will probably decide the league leaders they won't get a single mention on Look North.

Marginalised? The local press report on the championship frequent regularly and in depth

Look north and. Calendar last for half an hour with a few minutes at the end for sport how on earth can you expect either of them to cover other than the elite games? Your club isn't in that elite same as all the other non super league clubs I can't think of a reason why out should be treated differently from them

Marginalised has a nice victim ring to it though I suppose

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Marginalised? The local press report on the championship frequent regularly and in depth

Look north and. Calendar last for half an hour with a few minutes at the end for sport how on earth can you expect either of them to cover other than the elite games? Your club isn't in that elite same as all the other non super league clubs I can't think of a reason why out should be treated differently from them

Marginalised has a nice victim ring to it though I suppose

I was answering a question why less kids are taking up the game in non-Super League areas, and yes, the Championship is marginalised in terms of media coverage. I wasn't just talking about my club in this respect, local derbies between such as Fax v Batley are never mentioned. Kids are impressionable and want to buy whatever the TV tells them to. If their local club is hardly mentioned in the media, be it right or wrong, they will turn to other things. 

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I was answering a question why less kids are taking up the game in non-Super League areas, and yes, the Championship is marginalised in terms of media coverage. I wasn't just talking about my club in this respect, local derbies between such as Fax v Batley are never mentioned. Kids are impressionable and want to buy whatever the TV tells them to. If their local club is hardly mentioned in the media, be it right or wrong, they will turn to other things. 

 

 

In 1996 the Martyn Sadler edited Superleague annual spoke of "no longer could a nine month winter league involving teams no-one south of sheffield has ever heard of be put forward as a rival for the public's hard earned cash and lesiure time".

 

The game upped the stakes to professionalism and the media responded to that and report the bigger end of the game. In turn Superleague attracts big crowds and produces many young professionals who come from their areas.

 

Yes, the TV tells them to buy into Superleague, and the policy of Superleague is born of a pressing need to respond to changing times and failing traditions........

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I was answering a question why less kids are taking up the game in non-Super League areas, and yes, the Championship is marginalised in terms of media coverage. I wasn't just talking about my club in this respect, local derbies between such as Fax v Batley are never mentioned. Kids are impressionable and want to buy whatever the TV tells them to. If their local club is hardly mentioned in the media, be it right or wrong, they will turn to other things.

I don't think it works that way

See terry mullaneys post about his grandson

Local clubs as I said get plenty of mention in the local media there were fifty youngsters at a featherstone lions training session

I hardly think Tanya Arnold not waxing lyrical about your team once a week for thirty seconds on look north is going to make much difference to a child

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I thought this thread was about Leigh Centurions?

 

 

Every thread on here is about Fev - didn't you know that?

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Every thread on here is about Fev - didn't you know that?

It usually gets derailed by the usual suspects.

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