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  1. Picture of Sherwood wolf hunt prog on their Facebook page so clearly will be one easiest of the matches tomorrow for me so heading there. Been before and decent facilities off field and for anyone interested almost next door to the Worksop direction platform at MW station
  2. Not sure why I posted where the clubs play Apart from the armed forces all six teams south of Nottingham drawn away A one in 64 chance in normal circumstances At least BARLA said in advance one year southern teams would have to travel
  3. Thanks for the info, didn’t realise Rhondda had moved Twitter shows this to be Glyncoch. This has been used before by RL. I think it was Valley Cougars and was a one off but managed to find out about the game attend Will probably go back if Rhondda are drawn at home in reply to other poster, RAF have used Cranwell in Lincolnshire recently but other venues in the past so not guaranteed. They don’t use the stadium pitch Navy are at Portsmouth, decent ground with stand. It is technically on military land with a gatehouse but no problems with access
  4. The usual venues for the southern sides are Bedford Tigers play in Biddenham about three miles from the town centre, they have been in existence at least 15 years and superseded other teams from the town. Modem facility off field but nothing pitch side for spectators Hammersmith Hill Hoists and West Tigers. The first are an almost all Aussie team and the second have I believe a strong kiwi connection. Both have used Chiswick RU and Wasps training ground in Acton / Ealing. A match at Skolars more likely if drawn at home London Chargers. League matches tend to be at Old Blues which is near Raynes Park, Wimbledon. Cup matches recently have also been at Skolars. Rhonnda use Pontypridd RU so if at home, will be the most impressive of the venues. Ground used occasionally for Wales RL fixtures and has capacity of over 10k Sherwood Wolf Hunt are based next to Mansfield Woodhouse station. Reasonable facilities as ground is a former miner welfare sports facilities Torfaen Tigers are fairly nomadic but last year we’re at New Panteg RU which is walkable from Pontypool Station. Only a railed off pitch Lomghorns are the Irish representative. They play at Ashbourne RU just outside the built up area of Dublin. Decent facility with cover of on main pitch I think only Jarrow and Edinburgh in draw which would be a new ground for me and both a bit far for me in January, unless chargers play at Old Blues
  5. Watched the final at North Shields today Super game that needed golden point to split the teams with Edinburgh winning 38 34 As others have said good things going on the North East, with a girls cup final on first and the day hosted by Whitley Bay RL and excellently organised, although I may have bought too many of their home made cakes. There was also a game between a North East select and Bolton Mets which was also close With Newcastle RL taking an active interest in events, this is undoubtedly the area showing the bast potential including youth development at the moment The fixture did not show in RL express. I accept deadlines are tight and no doubt no release from RL Is the maim factor
  6. I was told there was 300 at Keighley Albion for their ladies cup tie Although not as good as the Cas attendance it is another impressive figure Maybe the ladies game at Wembley next year and put it on first
  7. No, I actually live about 20 miles from Coventry I have been twice, firstly just after the football club left the league and I fancied the trip and did the journey each direction overnight on National Express. I think Hyde United were the visitors. Probably 1977 or 1978 I also drove with up a car full of Tamworth fans for the football but I went to Kells for a 2pm start and got to the football at half time. One all when I arrived and Tamworth scored four in second half Have also been to Borough Park a couple of timed
  8. Is the team bus going up and back in a day for this If so, are supporters welcome, I know they have been for a couple of games this season. Really fancy a visit to a ground I have only done for football
  9. Do you have Ian Golden’s book a Welsh Crusade this is an excellent book that covers the period, if you are looking for the history of that period. This is on eBay now he has published others including the history of Cardiff Rugby and although for a later period has just released one repeating all articles he wrote for 40 20 and RL World I think he posted details on here about that which was produced for charity and be contactable
  10. Only having four teams is I agree terrible anywhere but especially in Hull but as the alternative would be to close it down, this cannot be better. At least at present 26 lads or more are playing every week. We have to look at how to build on what we have, eleven a side, tournaments, home and away friendlies against sides in the Yorkshire men’s who have been let down with plenty of notice, there are NCL A sides who could play with trialists etc Goole and Moorends may be interested in A team friendlies. Lets try and get three or four good sides who can play the others three times, play 3 friendlies and enter national and Yorkshire cups and play maybe 14 fixtures I do however accept I have never tried to run an RL team, collect subs pay bills and ring round Saturday morning trying to find players, nor would I consider doing so I cannot believe there are no 60 players in Humberside who would play given an interesting fixture list. Certainly one season or the other needs to be fixed, two groups of three teams playing in different seasons is a solution only RL could come up with Good luck to those trying to make something of this
  11. Took myself to Cardiff, nice venue at Glamorgan Wanderers and about 70 in attendance which wasn’t bad with RU double header in the city Torfaen looked a decent side and Cardiff never gave up. Will be interesting to see Torfaen at All Golds in two weeks time Overall a good start for the league and whilst surprised about Hemel, the fact is they are a new team on the field and there are many positives there with multiple junior games taking place. It should also be remembered London Chargers have the best in the area for some time Small acorns so far but this does have the potential to be the basis for what the South needs, slow growth
  12. Well for the hype about Rangers being championship material, I am told they can’t get a team out today to travel as far as Salford to play Langworthy May well be a good reason but would not be accepted in NCL let alone higher
  13. Took in the game yesterday and very impressed with the set up Even accepting the facilities were already in place, there are few in the amateur game with a bar, tea bat, stand and covered terracing as well as a tannoy and all were in use Plenty of enthusiasm and I estimated the attendance to be about 150. there was also a presence around the ground, posters and boarding suggesting the club were part of the set up, rather than a barely welcomed tenant They seemed to have only played higher division teams so far and been close so hopefully first win should be soon. Interesting that the biggest cheer of the day was for the hardest tackle not the first try As it is a subject elsewhere nice to see a programme although if this matters to a visitor, suggest they check as may be a one off Both games to date have been I note low scoring Certainly a place I will revisit and only 5 mins walk from the station is an attraction, although waiting for a friend on the station, I noticed the line to Castleford has only two trains a day and a inconvenient times Programme refers to this being first match in the town since Broughton Rangers in the Challenge cup but I have been told by two people of Scarborough and Hull A teams games at the ground May well see them again at Queensbury next week as I see they are still playing at Halifax RU and not seen RL there
  14. had an email from NCP today advising they have found evidence of payment at the time with an incomplete reg number They have agreed to waive the penalty charge The power of the forum to my rescue
  15. I think non issuers are Hull KR, Bradford where the prog is an insert in the local newspaper, Rochdale who do a monthly magazine, Newcastle and I would guess West Wales as nothing last year Toulouse do little more than a sheet and I have seen Toronto progs on ebay so they must issue The NCL has been pretty much 100% and I have only failed at Crosfields who when I asked apologised and found me an old one and Ovenden who gave a different excuse to everyone and I think only produced occasionally I doubt more than about five or six clubs produce at a lower level, with Cumbria the most likely. Welsh clubs were always frequent issuers but there was nothing at Bridgend when I visited last year. Nottingham always do a decent issue
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