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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Played two games when I lived in Lancashire. Mainly soft footballers like myself and a few RU lads trying to play RL. I've never been so exhausted and I thought I was fit at the time. I have total respect for anybody who does that every week at any level. I broke my arm badly early in a third game and that was that. Doesn't stop me telling anybody who will listen that I averaged a try every two games in Rugby League though!!
  9. Quite a few Borders players switched to League over the years, the most notable probably being Dave Valentine of Huddersfield and George Fairbairn of Wigan and Hull KR but football dominates in the large centres of population and that will sadly never change. I was amazed to read recently that there had been an application to join the Rugby League in the 1950s from a team called the Glasgow Black Eagles. They had a stadium and financial backing but the application was apparently rejected because of the travelling it would involve. Good progress was being made in the 2000s with a league leading to a grand final for a few years but that's all gone now. The RFL's decision to stop funding the Scotland Development Officer, which I believe was because they themselves were seeking funding from Sport England, was probably the final nail in the coffin. I would absolutely love to see the game flourish here but speaking as a Scotsman born and bred, it's never going to happen.
  10. And it happens in the strangest places. I walked into my local library in a suburb of Glasgow wearing a Canterbury Bulldogs shirt (it had been reduced from £80 to £25 in a sale!) and noticed I was being eyeballed by a new librarian. Turned out to be an Aussie who explained that he couldn't believe he'd seen a Bulldogs shirt in Glasgow which was why he kept looking! Many a Rugby League chat since then.
  11. I know it's a different sport and wasn't at professional level but I was refereed twice by women in the 90's during my football days. Both were very good and once the match had started I didn't even notice.
  12. A good few die-hard supporters from Blackpool continued to follow the club, running coaches from the resort to both 'home' and away matches. They stuck with the Borough until the relocation to Altrincham when they decided to stay behind and support the second Chorley club. They produced a fanzine called The Tangerine Dream, of which I still have a few copies, and gave great support to Chorley Borough. They were always a good-humoured bunch and had a long-running good relationship with a similar bunch of Swinton fans in those days with whom they enjoyed many a liquid afternoon!
  13. It's a long and convoluted tale! Springfield Borough played at Wigan Athletic's Springfield Park, hence the Springfield part of the name. They had played as Blackpool Borough from their admission to the Rugby League in 1954 until a combination of factors forced them to leave the seaside in 1987 and they relocated to Wigan. History repeated itself and they were forced to leave Springfield Park. They relocated again to Victory Park, Chorley and played as Chorley Borough for a season before unbelievably moving again to Altrincham as Trafford Borough. An offshoot of the original Chorley club stayed behind, however, continuing the Chorley Borough name until they were kicked out of the professional game altogether. To complicate it even more, there was a later reincarnation as Lancashire Lynx playing at Preston North End's Deepdale ground and even later as Blackpool Gladiators, playing, I think, at Fylde RU for a while. They went out of the game for the last time early in the 2000s but, believe it or not, there was a meeting recently with a view to forming a new professional club in Blackpool!! Hope this helps. I need a lie down now!!
  14. I was born and brought up near Motherwell, Scotland. I started watching Rugby League on BBC Grandstand, where they used to show the second half of matches on Saturday afternoons and on Tuesday nights in the BBC Floodlit Trophy. It wasn't love at first sight but over a period I came to understand the laws of the game and could name players and teams. When I left school, I went down to a seasonal job in a hotel in Blackpool. I was only supposed to be in Lancashire for 5 months but stayed there for 21 years! I started watching Blackpool Borough, hence my user name, but also went to matches at Wigan, Chorley Borough, Salford, St. Helens, Leigh, Warrington, Swinton and Keighley as well as Premiership Finals at Old Trafford and Great Britain internationals. I've been back in Scotland for 20 years now but never lost my love of the game. In recent years I've been to two Magic Weekends, the Australia v New Zealand final at Anfield and matches at Workington, Whitehaven and Newcastle Thunder. I still prefer the game as it was in the 1980's and 1990's but that's probably because I'm a grumpy old man rather than faults in the product currently on offer!!
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