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  1. I think 15k about right.I was on the open terracing at the river end and while well filled there was plenty of room. As others said a real shame it didn't work as an ideal ground with Fulham soccer fans genuinely enthusiastic. Co-incided with me starting work in London and brightened up many a dull winter Sunday afternoon. The game against the 1982 Kangaroos was another standout day.Horrible rainy Sunday afternoon but a big crowd including many of my southern RU oriented friends who these days are regulars at Harlequins.
  2. That used to be the fourth cup-the Lancashire and Yorkshire League leader.
  3. For me Challenge Cup by a wide margin then Championship/Div1,Premiership,County Cup, Floodlight Cup,Regal/JP. Soccer was pretty much the same with FA Cup ,the European Cup and both way ahead of Div1 Champion and League Cup trailing at the rear.
  4. Big call not to have Cliff Watson in the front row. Phil Lowe ,Steve Naughton and GaryvStephens missing from the lists.
  5. Especially as the Broncos were on the attack and came close to scoring in the last minute
  6. I'd consider making the forwards hold in a contained position for say 20 secs or so after the ball is tapped. No need to bind or push just down on one knee front row,second row,loose fwd. If you want something contested take the line of scrimmage from American football.
  7. A much better watch than soccer which imo relies much more on a big noisy crowd to add to the specatcle.
  8. That came out garbled! Brian Lockwood having watched the 78 Bradford Test .
  9. Having just watched the 78 Brafrom an even earlier dford Ashes Brian Lockwood has to be in there and of course from an even earlier period Brian Bevan on the wing.
  10. Forgot what a good game it was.Close at Wigan,won this and then got battered at Leeds...setting the pattern for the next 40 years! Suppose the warning signs were there in the last 10 mins and they definitely were at Saints a week later. Biggest crowd in maybe 10 years watched in stunned silence as they ran us ragged. The game was definitely on an upswing after the nadir of the early 70s.Lots of good rugby,top class players coming back from Aus (Phil Lowe,Mal Reilly,Gary Stevens,Steve Naughton etc) and a real feeling of optimisim. The 1982 Invincibles ,recession and miners strike took care of that! Watching these older matches Im warming to the idea of bringing back a 5m offside line, no messing at the ruck and fewer interchanges.Probably too late for contested scrums but messy as they were they provided some uncertainty and a a greater willingness to try moves in possession.
  11. A bit off topic but if Oldham found a Ken Davey or similar and built a reasonably successful SL side playing in Oldham would it be able to rebuild crowds to its old potential in the 7 to 10k region ? Or have time and demographics made that unlikely?
  12. The registered offivial name of the club at Company House is and always has been St Helens RFC .
  13. Contested scrums were certainly messy but unlike Union scrums were packed down and fed quickly.They certainly added an element of unpredictability with a relatively high percentage going against the head.
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