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2 hours ago, Davo5 said:

Never said it would be easy,you seem very good at putting over excuses,are you on the BARLA board ?

On second thoughts don't do anything,let this sorry excuse for a once great comp continue to wither away into obscurity,I'm sure BARLA will be happy when the dog & duck beat the plough mans arms in the final in a few years time,as long as they are Yorkshire pubs.

No I'm not on any board and the National cup has actually attracted a few more teams this year, and it's an open cup for all and teams like the Dog and Duck have done well in the past and who knows, they'll probably get invited to join the NCL 

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Carlsberg don't do Soldiers, but if they did, they would probably be Brits.

http://www.pitchero....hornemarauders/

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13 hours ago, Celtic Rooster said:

Semi-finals Upton .v. Thatto Heath Crusaders & Walney Central .v. West Hull.

I'll go for Thatto v West Hull, Upton have IMO played well above themselves in the Yorkshire & National cups this season.


Carlsberg don't do Soldiers, but if they did, they would probably be Brits.

http://www.pitchero....hornemarauders/

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Won by a  Thatto second team while their firsts play in the cup on the bbc, shameful that a once great competition is now 2 seconds in a final

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4 hours ago, TheDuke said:

Won by a  Thatto second team while their firsts play in the cup on the bbc, shameful that a once great competition is now 2 seconds in a final

Would have been a great day for the 34 players who took part in the BARLA Cup final.

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Carlsberg don't do Soldiers, but if they did, they would probably be Brits.

http://www.pitchero....hornemarauders/

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It's not just the BARLA National Cup that has seen its former prestige be diminished, it's happened to several  amateur competitions and, in my opinion, is mainly due to having too many games to play during the season, which can include national, county, regional and local league matches.

Therefore something has got to give and clubs have to make sacrifices to satisfy their own priorities.

For example, at local league level;  just a few years ago the Oldham Amateur League's Standard Cup Final, which was always played at Watersheddings (thats another story !) at 11am on Good Friday morning, regularly attracted attendances of at least 4,000 - and, just like Wembley, people used to go to the game irrespective of who was involved.

Thesedays, however, due to other commitments, the Standard Cup is no longer a priority for many of the local clubs and, like the BARLA National Cup, a club's first-choice team does not always make an appearance. Indeed, of this year's finalists, one won their semi-final against their opposition's reserve team and the other went through when their opponents withdrew  The final itself is now played on the Oldham Rugby Union ground and attracts a fraction of its former crowds. Although still at Easter time, the date and time of the final are not always the same and therefore spectators have got out of the habit of just turning up for the game.

This year's final, Mayfield v Saddleworth, is actually on Good Friday morning (11.45am).

Edited by RL does what Sky says
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On 24/02/2019 at 13:28, TheDuke said:

It’s amateurish at best 

 

They are amateurs, so there's maybe an excuse for being amateurish ? 😉

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