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  1. Many years ago I played in an inter-departmental match at work in which most of the participants were soccer players having a go at Rugby League. This lad went flying down the right wing, grounded the ball over the line with a spectacular dive and jumped to his feet, fists pumping in celebration. Only problem was it was the 25-yard line! Everybody was in fits of laughter except the referee who, with a completely deadpan expression, awarded a scrum for a knock-on.
  2. Verydarkgreypool Borough wouldn’t have had quite the same ring to it either.
  3. Indeed he was but during the period when captions were displayed during BBC matches which included the player’s ‘real’ job, he was always a ‘Visual Technician’!
  4. Alice Holding-Downe - persistent tackling offender in the women’s game.
  5. Phil Dynn - casualty of the brawl started by Andy Ladd
  6. Mark R. Notsquare - Indiscipline at the PTB.
  7. I think it was 1981/82 but I don’t remember the ‘three strikes’ rule. It became a total farce and in one match both hookers were dismissed and their replacements, not being regular hookers, also committed offences and were themselves sent off.
  8. A totally innocent OP relating a current news story to Rugby League which you seem determined to construe as something it isn't and wasn't intended to be. Just lock it and have done with it. Thanks
  9. Always nice to see Rugby League fans in high office. The newly-appointed Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, was Vice-Chairman of Chorley Borough in the early 1990s and his father, Doug Hoyle MP for Warrington (now Baron Hoyle), was the Chorley president at that time. And no, Winston Churchill wasn't a closet RL fan!
  10. Very sad news indeed. His career started at Blackpool Borough after he knocked the door and asked for a trial whilst on a weekend break with his girlfriend. My abiding memory is of him playing for Great Britain in the famous third test win in Sydney in 1988. He was one of the few Scottish-born players to play at the very top level in Rugby League and it’s poignant that his passing came on the eve of a Great Britain match. I understand he was playing Masters Rugby League somewhere fairly recently. A real character and he also scored the last-ever try at Borough Park. RIP
  11. The first televised Rugby League match in which I took any interest as a skinny, long-haired teenager in Scotland was a cup final between these two. St. Helens beat Salford 15-2 in the 1976 Premiership Final at Swinton, adding this to the Challenge Cup which they had won a couple of weeks before. From memory, Salford had just been crowned league champions so they were both top sides at the time.
  12. My post isn't strictly relevant to the topic under discussion but your quote about opinions made me smile because it reminded me of a former boss at work when I was young and fiery. He would let me rant and rave in his office about whatever work subject was troubling me that day until I had got it all out then he would shrug his shoulders and say: "Always remember. An opinion is like an a...hole. Everybody's got one." A wise man indeed and a gentle put-down!
  13. James Child didn't stiff-arm tackle anybody, run into 'brawls' (although spectators from the 70s would laugh at today's pat-a-cake being so designated), put his face into anybody's face, throw punches at anybody, show blatant dissent with foul language, threaten to jump into the crowd and generally act like a tool. Those who maintain that he contributed to what happened need to grow up and try and find a couple of brain cells from somewhere.
  14. Blackpool Borough v Huyton, Div 2, 1977. You never forget your first one. Great Britain v Australia, 2nd Test 1982, Wigan. Rugby League from a different planet. Wigan v Manly, World Club Challenge, 1987. Packed so tight I could only see parts of the pitch. Wouldn't be allowed nowadays. Oldham v Featherstone Rovers, Second Division Premiership, 1988, Old Trafford. A crazy game. Featherstone dead and buried at half-time, came back to lead, beaten by a last minute Oldham try. Widnes v Canberra Raiders, World Club Challenge, 1989, Old Trafford. Game over after 20 minutes but it wasn't. Scotland v New Zealand, Four Nations, 2016, Workington. I know the Scotland team was full of plastics but when I was a thin-faced, long-haired freak who liked Rugby League at school, I would never have believed I would see this day. And yes, I was blubbing like a baby at the end.
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