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Bill H

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  1. Bi11 is no more BSJ. Given that not everyone realises that Bi11 was a substitute for Bill rather than Bi eleven,, and that 'Bill' is still not available, I've changed the username to Bill H. Wakefield Dreadnoughts? From what I have seen on the television lately I think that York Dreadnoughts would be more appropriate. There is far more water to float a battleship.
  2. Forgive my unreliable memory, but apart from postponements for frost and snow is this a first for MP?
  3. Encouragement BSJ? Come on, admit it; if you could you would have us play them away.........................on the deck of a carrier!. Ouch
  4. I cannot comment on the refs decisions as clearly I'm biased. Had one of the trys been awarded during that dominant spell towards the end of the first half then I do think that we would have gone on to win. At the end of the second half York looked to have more in the tank and found a way over our line and good luck to them. Either side could have won the game. Neither side deserved to lose. Congratulations to the winners. I liked the quiet way that the game was refereed, no prima donna stuff. If he got the Walshaw disallowed try wrong then it's a shame but he can only give what he sees.
  5. It wouldn't be a bad bet if you could get it. He's not in the 21 man squad. Let's hope that he is not out for long.
  6. I guess that the above clip is a sign that the squad will be on the club website soon. In the meantime is a numbered squad list available anywhere?
  7. No doubt it's passed me by; but who is Connor Carr?
  8. And the same to you Roger
  9. I've seen Batley hammered on Boxing Day...........well, most of them were.
  10. Concession at over 65 according to the website
  11. Phil, as far as I remember Edwards first choice position is second row even though he turned out at centre for us. Anyway, it's academic I guess from what you say. It was a pleasure to see him in a Batley shirt though.
  12. I did BSJ. Less open that CF or Mount Pleasant after the loss of the long stand, but a very cold location next to the Pennines. I also feel an involuntary shiver when I recall games at Thrum Hall.
  13. I've since found equally old references to Crown Flatt, so it seems as if the use of both names goes back a long way. To be fair to BSJ the official address certainly was or became Crown Flatt. I liked the complaints about the cold conditions, something that I could sympathise with from my visits to CF. Anyway, back to KTFs question, any more answers?
  14. With apologies to fellow Bulldogs for going off thread; BSJ may find this link of interest. Results for 'crown flatts' | Between 1st Jan 1850 and 31st Dec 1899 | British Newspaper Archive
  15. I'm pretty sure that we have had this discussion before BSJ. It was originally called Crown Flatts. Somewhere along the way Crown Flatt seems to have become the norm (lazy pronunciation perhaps). It might be a suitable subject for the Rams forum as to when this now defunct ground became more commonly known by the version that you prefer. I seem to remember the version with the s on the end was not uncommon. In the meantime I must remember to avoid using the F word. As a traditionalist, and if the ground still stood, I could imagine you leading the call for a return to the original name. Am I wrong? Subsequent to this now edited post I've messaged you, BSJ, with a bit more info as to when the "official" name change may have happened.
  16. Sonny Whakarua played for us that season. I remember his "a" team debut at Crown Flatts/Flatt. So just a stab in the dark I'll guess he was top try scorer?
  17. For a ground that's set up nicely for summer rugby it's certainly a shame to have three games at home before February is out.
  18. I guessed that the Lingard clue got you into roughly the right era. By the next season he was playing for Dewsbury. For obvious reasons 72/73 would have been a memorable season for you.
  19. It was nice to see the ground full for games against the top teams and surprise results did occur if the weather was foul and the hooker on form. However, many of the games were embarrassingly one sided and I think that the current format makes more sense.
  20. Bill Hudson was the hooker that I was looking for Roger. His father had been a record transfer to Wigan before my time. Stan Whittaker was indeed the sponsor. And the colours were as you've described. The details are from the John Player yearbook 1973-74 and not my unreliable recollection. You will probably remember better than me Roger, but I seem to think that Bill Hudson junior was in the Mark Scott mould.
  21. It was an interesting season. We were in decline after the loss of Gittins, Gorman, Doyle and Martyn but still a useful side. To put the double over Bradford Northern into perspective for younger forum readers, although their league form was patchy they beat a very good Dewsbury side to reach the Challenge Cup final that season. Three of our squad, I think, came from Dewsbury with big Jim Naylor winning his Yorkshire Cap; whilst at least two of the squad went on to play across the valley . And I believe that I am right in saying that a generous sponsor of ours in recent years played for us that season. Our hooker was the son of one of our greatest ever back row forwards whilst the scrum half had played Rugby League for Wales. As to Dewsbury..........nah, forget it, wrong forum!
  22. That didn't last long BSJ. A memorable year for your lot of course and I had a suspicion that you might come up with the answer.
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