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  1. How about Blackpool Borough's plain grey away shirt of the late 1980s? Went a colourful treat with the usual white shorts and black socks.
  2. Worth adding: Belle Vue (Manchester) Premiership Speedway - £18 Sale Sharks Premiership Rugby Union - £22
  3. Don't forget the cricket and rugby union clubs, who both departed for Bingley... Not sure the Bradford Cricket League has 'gone'. Its top division is one of the strongest ECB Premier leagues.
  4. Love the bit about Dewsbury's ground being painted red, amber and black. That's all right, then.
  5. Agreed. Horsfall is awful (even for a crowd in the hundreds), as anyone who has watched BPA there will know.
  6. I noticed Sheffield Cricket Lovers Society (of all people) made it known via social media they had for sale, at face value, tickets for last weekend's England-Wales friendly. Can't say I have Twickers on my 'to do' list.
  7. I wonder what the same writer would make of some of the stuff that goes on at rugby league?
  8. In my experience, this sort of thing occurs far too frequently in rugby league, particularly at amateur rugby league matches. Have to say, I witness behaviour like this hardly at all when watching rugby union. Football, on the other hand, remains in a league of its own, though small beer compared to what I saw in the 70s and 80s.
  9. York-Hunslet always seems a bit contrived to me (like calling a Barrow-Whitehaven game a 'Cumbria' derby). Decades ago (when Hunslet could give Leeds a run for their money), York would have been below the notice of Hunslet. Owing to its relative isolation (in rugby league terms), York doesn't really have a 'local' rival.
  10. From the online version of the Huddersfield Examiner (4/8), relating to an abandoned Huddersfield Cricket League Conference division match (3/8) between Linthwaite and Kirkheaton: Police were called to a cricket ground after a gang of drunken teenagers invaded the pitch and attacked players. Violence broke out late on Saturday afternoon at Linthwaite Cricket and Bowling Club as the first XI took on Kirkheaton. A group of around 12 teenagers attacked players after being asked to leave the ground, according to a witness. One of the teenagers was heard shouting "this is our postcode - we run this postcode" shortly before trouble broke out. Four players were injured, including one Kirkheaton cricketer who suffered a broken leg when he was hit with a wooden pole. The four were treated in hospital for their injuries. The violence went on for around 20 minutes and involved around 10 boys and two teenage girls who had armed themselves with cricket stumps. Two of the teenage boys pulled out knives during the trouble and one had a baseball bat, according to one player. One witness said: "In the second half (of the match) there was a mass brawl on the pitch. There was a group of teenagers aged between 15 and 19 who have entered the field. They decided they wanted to break seats and do someone some harm. Linthwaite players and the crowd tried to usher them off the field and a few punches were thrown. From then on it descended into chaos." The source, who asked not to be named, told ExaminerLive that one of the teenagers suddenly produced a baseball bat while another made threats to stab people. "One of the teenagers was threatening to 'shank' people with a knife. The knife was dropped on the field and has been handed over to the police." Witnesses said the teenagers had been drinking and smoking cannabis. "The players were just trying to get them out of the ground and to calm them down and to protect themselves. It was very scary." As the violence escalated, some teenagers armed themselves with the club's own pitchforks and spades. "They went to the side of the shed, found the pitchforks and spades and started to attack people again." Some of the teenagers directed racist comments at Asian members of the Linthwaite side, the witness claimed. Two teenage girls also joined the attack after grabbing hold of cricket stumps and threatening people with them. The game was called off as police gathered evidence at the scene and spoke to witnesses. "The kids ran off towards Grosvenor Chemicals. An ambulance was called for the lad who broke his leg," according to the witness. "I have never seen anything like it. These children had no respect. Members of the bowling club witnessed it. It was just carnage. One of the kids was shouting 'just stab them' or 'just shank them'." A player, who did not want to be named, said the teenagers involved had been seen drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis shortly before they became violent. He said one of the teenagers was armed with a lock knife while another had a kitchen knife. "I was on the ground scuffling with one of them when another tried to stab me in the face with a pitchfork. I believe four people were injured. One player was hit on the hand with a baseball bat and another was hit on the head. There were spectators who were in tears with fear. It was awful." He added: "I think they were drugged up and had been drinking." West Yorkshire Police was approached for comment but was unable to provide any details. It is believed that at least one person has been arrested. A spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to attend the ground at 5.20pm on Saturday but had been 'stood down' and did not attend.
  11. 27/7/19, Yorkshire League, Division Five Dodworth Miners v Dearne Valley Bulldogs: £1 (8 pages)
  12. Latest (August 13) Super League, Championship and League One Still in print (programme for individual matches): Barrow (£2.50, 44pp), Coventry (£2, 20pp), Dewsbury (£2.50, 24pp), Huddersfield (£3), Keighley (£3, 56pp), Leeds (£3), London Broncos (£3, 40pp), London Skolars (£2.50, digital version also available), North Wales (£2), Oldham (£3, 24pp), St Helens (£3), Salford (£3), Sheffield (£3, 40pp), Swinton (£3, 36pp), Toulouse (8pp or 12pp, free), Warrington (£3), West Wales (£2, 24pp, though Raiders didn't issue for the 6/7 Doncaster game - word is they've now packed in doing a programme), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), Wigan (£3, though Warriors didn't issue for the 28/6 Salford game), Workington (£2, 20pp), York (£3, 26pp) Still in print (monthly magazine): Castleford (Roar, £1), Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River, £3, A4) Still in print (matchday information sheet): Doncaster (two sides of A4, 50p) Still in print (newspaper style, done by the local newspaper): Bradford, Halifax, Wakefield Digital only: Batley (free to download), Hull KR (register for free download), Leigh (free to download) No programme of any description: Catalans (though Dragons issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 18/5 Wigan game in Barcelona), Featherstone, Newcastle (though Thunder issued what appears to be a one-off 'physical' programme for the 25/3 Toronto double-header), Rochdale, Toronto, Widnes Women's Super League Still in print (programme for individual matches): York (£2, 8pp) Wigan produced a teamsheet for their 7/4 live streamed derby with St Helens (may well be a one-off) National Conference League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Askam (£3, 20pp, w/a), Barrow Island (£2, 16pp, w/a), Batley Boys (£1, 8pp, free digital version available post-match), Beverley (£2, 16pp), Clock Face (£2, 24pp, w/a, issuing seems very hit and miss), Dewsbury Moor (w/a), Drighlington, East Leeds (£3, w/a), Eastmoor (£2, 28pp), Egremont (£3, 32pp, w/a), Gateshead (£2, 12pp, w/a), Hensingham (£3, 8pp, w/a), Heworth (£1, 20pp), Hunslet Club Parkside (£1), Hunslet Warriors (8pp, free digital version available), Kells (£3, 24pp, w/a), Leigh East, Leigh Miners (£1, 36pp), Lock Lane (£2.50, 16pp, w/a), Milford (£3, £1 concession, 24pp, w/a), Millom (50p, 32pp), Oldham St Annes (28pp), Oulton (£2, w/a), Pilkington Recs (£2, 20pp, w/a, free digital version available post-match), Saddleworth (£3, w/a, 20pp), Salford City Roosters (£2, w/a, resigned from the league in July), Skirlaugh (£2.50, 28pp, w/a), Stanningley (£2.50, 28pp, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 28pp, print run limited to 20, free digital version available), Thornhill (£2), Underbank (£3, w/a), Waterhead (donation, issuing seems very hit and miss), Wath Brow (£3, 24pp, w/a), Wigan St Judes (£2, 32pp, w/a), Wigan St Patricks (£2.50, £1 concession, 20pp, w/a), Woolston (£1) Digital only: Crosfields, Myton, Normanton, West Hull NCL clubs to be confirmed: Dewsbury Celtic, Dudley Hill, Featherstone Lions, Hull Dockers, Ince, Rochdale Mayfield, Shaw Cross, West Bowling, York Acorn Southern Conference League Digital only: South London Non-issuers (neither printed nor online): All Golds, Cardiff, Torfaen Other SCL clubs to be confirmed Cumberland League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Distington, Ellenborough (£2, 8pp, first and second team games, w/a), Glasson (£2, w/a) North West League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Latchford Yorkshire League clubs issuing printed, individual match programmes: Bramley (£1.50, resigned from the league in June), Dodworth (£1, 8pp), Goole (£2, 16pp, A4), Nottingham (£2, 16pp)
  13. Yes, one of the Toll Bar players said they'd been stuck in Division Four because they were late applying.
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