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my dad took me to oldham a few times in 1985,can't really remember the games cos i was only 6...

first game i actually remember was oldham v australia on the 86 tour...we nearly beat them too.

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Can't remember my first game but it must have been around 1972.

But I can remember the first game I took my 5 year old daughter to watch as it was Cas's first game at The Shay. We followed a Cas supporter off the motorway to the stadium. Unfortunately he drove to Thrum Hall. We only realised his mistake when a bloke wearing a Fax scarf came out if his house and asked what we were doing. So we jumped backed into our cars and followed the Fax fan to The Shay.

Once inside my daughter got hungry so i bought her some sweets. They were the rice paper 'spaceships' that had sherbet inside them. I also hoisted her up on my shoulders so she could see the game and eat her sweets. It was only later that I noticed what I thought was dandruff on my shoulders was actually sherbet as my daughter had bit open all the 'spaceships' emptied the sherbet in to my hair and ate the rice paper.

Lovely memory.

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I took my Granddad to his first ever live match yesterday at the grand old age of 90. 

Fantastic - but which ground and game was it ?

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Hornets v Wigan 1971. I was six.

 

First Game in Oz was Cronulla v Parramatta at Shark Park in 2002 - I was 37 and just as excited. That first trip was a pilgrimage - every day of the trip visiting a ground/former ground/leagues club. We thought it'd be a 'once in  a lifetime' chance to immerse ourselves in Aussie RL.

 

I've done the trip 11 times since. 

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My first game was 1975 World Cup match, Australia v England, at the Sydney Cricket Ground. I was 11 years old.

 

The two things I remember were Aussie winger Mark Harris going off with an injury (it was only this year, 39 years after the event, that I have seen a DVD of that game, to discover that Harris copped a shocking cheap shot that these days would get the offending player half a season. Yet in that game the Pommy offender wasn't even penalised !) The other thing I remember was a spectator constantly standing up and shouting for England; presumably he had had a few drinks. he also had this strange accent. i'd never heard an accent before.

 

First club game was South Sydney v North Sydney at the old Redfern Oval in 1976. I was totally hooked on the North Sydney Bears back then - shocking that they are no longer in the NRL.

 

It goes without saying that the game has got me for life … and I still LOVE the Bears and the Rugby League World Cup !

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October 1964 - Bradford Northern V York at Odsal. I can remember some of the players... Johnny Rae, Joe Levula, Brian Lord, Albert Wilkinson, Tommy Smales..

 

Smell of Wintergreen, orange slices in a bucket at half time for the players, coffee heavily laced with whiskey in the old wooden stand..

 

Even at my young age I found football a complete bore and still do - I got bitten by Rugby League that day in 1964 and never found the antedote..

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Cas V WIdnes 1981 - we lost 31-13 and remember seeing Mick Burke for the first time and even as an 8 yr old lad thinking "Christ, how does he run the fatty"

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First game 74-75,first game that really sticks in my mind is Leeds v Kangaoos in 82.

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Leeds v Warrington in 2008 (may have been 09)

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Fantastic - but which ground and game was it ?

It was at the Hive, London Broncos vs St Helens

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My parents took me to the willows in 1946,I was five years old,cannot remember who Salford played but I remember my dad pointing out Barney Hudson who was injured.

I have been hooked on the Reds ever since.

1946? The year of my birth! My first game was in either 1957 or 1959.. Can't recall which. Station Road, either a cup semi or an international. Played with Swinton and Pendlebury Band on the pitch before the game and at half time. ..and was hooked for life .!

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It was at the Hive, London Broncos vs St Helens

I hope he didn't mind some of the chanting by Saints fans!

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!960 just before Easter at Post Office Road; Featherstone V Workington. Town also played in blue and white, so as was the custom in those days the home team had to change, and Rovers turned out in red shirts and white shorts. I was only 8 at the time and didn't know beforehand what colours they usually played in. My next game was a few weeks later, the Easter Tuesday local derby against Castleford. The first team to run out onto the field were wearing blue and white hoops in a butchers apron pattern, so I booed them thinking they were Cas! That was the first and last time I ever booed Fev.

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1961 - My father took me to Station Rd to see Swinton v Wire. The burgeoning Swinton side were too good for Wire. A young Alan Buckley scored 2 or 3 tries and my father correctly predicted "he'll play for Great Britain that lad " . Brian Bevan scored  a consolation try for Wire and my father said " I'm glad the old man's got one" but he only expressed such magnanimity after Swinton had won the match !

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!960 just before Easter at Post Office Road; Featherstone V Workington. Town also played in blue and white, so as was the custom in those days the home team had to change, and Rovers turned out in red shirts and white shorts. I was only 8 at the time and didn't know beforehand what colours they usually played in. My next game was a few weeks later, the Easter Tuesday local derby against Castleford. The first team to run out onto the field were wearing blue and white hoops in a butchers apron pattern, so I booed them thinking they were Cas! That was the first and last time I ever booed Fev.

I was at that game

I'd seen the rovers in that change strip, in those days it was the home team that changed. I wondered why the shirts had pink collars, not realising that the dye had run. I was a committed fan by then after my early experiences: qv

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Me and my mate took a work colleague to his first ever RL match in 2003. He had never even seen a game on tv and had no idea how the game (or probably any sport for that matter) was played. The game was GB v Australia at Wigan.

The journey for fans from Gods own country was a nightmare after a big pile up on the M62 so a one hour journey took 4 hours. We arrived and sat down seconds before the game kicked off only to watch Morley flatten Kearns and be sent off. I went ballistic cursing and swearing at Morley as to how he could do that after the journey we had.

The game ebbed and glowed for 20 minutes when the newbie said to me "Which team is Great Britain?".

EDIT - just watched the Morley sending off again on you tube. When Deacon kicks off the time on the video is at 4 seconds when Morley connects with Kearns it is just after 9 seconds. So why does it say 12 seconds on most internet sites/pages.

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Saints v Workington 1978, then the reverse fixture at DP. My dad trying to undo the damage caused by going to watch Carlisle united with neighbours. Still preferred football, specifically going to watch the great Liverpool side of that era until he took me to a boxing day or good Friday match v Wigan - then I was hooked !!

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I hope he didn't mind some of the chanting by Saints fans!

He thought the atmosphere was brilliant and enjoyed the broncos fans doing a mini conga in the second half. He did comemnt how he thought that fans can mix in together and drink lots of beer and still behave themselves unlike when he goes to the football.

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He thought the atmosphere was brilliant and enjoyed the broncos fans doing a mini conga in the second half. He did comemnt how he thought that fans can mix in together and drink lots of beer and still behave themselves unlike when he goes to the football.

Get him to Broncos v Bulls on 13th Sept, end of season relegation party for the two teams, it'll be surreal!

 

My first was Bulls v Warrington, March 1997, as a 9 year old.

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My first game ever was as a young lad of 10 and the game was Feathersone Rovers at home in the cup 2nd round

( February 1961)
Donning my new Wires scarf and armed with a massive wooden rattle( ex Air Raid Warden's) I was ready for my indoctrination.Just as I was setting off my Dad shouted to me "Don't forget to look out for the number 2 winger Bevan he's the best player that has ever played for us" wow that was some statement and I couldn't wait to see this super hero !
Well here I was at Wilderspool and the atmosphere was electric as Wire entered the arena to the roar of a packed crowd.

Then shock horror I realised Bevan wasn't playing but instead some old man who was bald with no teeth ,thin as a rake and swathed in more bandages than an Egyptian mummy was on the wing instead.!
Oh well not to worry I watched the game and was still captivated for life with my beloved Wire.
Even though we lost 13-10.
I got home and told my Dad all about the game and how we probably got beat because Bevan never played and I then described this old man who had taken his place.
Suddenly I felt a clip around my ear as Dad told me that WAS Brian Bevan !!!
Happy days happy memories. 

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My first ever match was in 1945 at Odsal, playing Keighley as I recall, my uncle took me, he was a former Northern player. Getting into the spirit of the game I shouted come on Willie. My uncle nearly knocked me for six,'you don't call him Willie, that is W.T.H., and his surname is Davies,and he's one of the greats'. Strangely I now work in Swansea, and even now WTH is still remembered there. The greatest thing in Welsh Rugby Union is for a club side to beat the All Blacks, and this Swansea did in 1935 11points to 3 with Davies and Hayden Tanner his cousin who were both 19 at the time. The All Blacks manager was scared to mention in his cable that his side had been outplayed by two nineteen year old half backs.

Davies signed for Northern in 1939 and had a great career in League, winning the Lance Todd trophy in '47, and played for Wales and Great Britain. I could never call him Willie after that, and even now I am frequently asked did I ever see the great WTH when he went north, and of course I am proud to say that I saw him many times.

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It was Widnes 'A' v Saints 'A' at Naughton Park in October 1956. Was at Simms Cross Primary School then and up till then following the Chemics from a distance ie the local Weekly News. It heaved down that Saturday afternoon. The wooden pop side stand leaked and the terraces railway sleepers & cinders. Widnes didn't do posh in those days! The outstanding memory from that day though was the tannoy announcement from Knowsley Road St Helens 44-4 Kangaroos.

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mine was Wakefield v Widnes in about 91-92 when i was about 8 or 9. 

 

my cousins husband took me and i got passed over the turnstyle. there was 5 of us crammed into the back of his car, 4 adults and me. 

there was thick fog and it got called off after about 20 mins. couldn't see a thing. 

 

the next game i remember my mum and dad took me and we were playing halifax at belle vue. fax scored pretty late on in the corner and their kicker was taking his kick right in front of us. he took ages to take his kick time wasting and i got really upset and started to cry. i cannot remember who was kicking the goal but would still happily punch him in the head. ha. 

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My dad took me to Wembley in 1960 to watch our team, Wakefield, beat Hull 38-5. That was my first match and been hooked ever since.

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