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10 minutes ago, Super Rooster said:

M60 programmes are selling printed copies of Saints v Salford and also a Leigh programme from this season. Maybe "testing the water" to see if there is a market?

Good info! As you probably know, M60 provide professionally printed copies of programmes issued by ostensibly 'digital only' football clubs. They are happy to do one-offs for about a fiver.

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I wonder whether some of these clubs who have stopped producing printed programmes have shopped around for new printing firms?   I recently produced a glossy, perfect bound 70 page A5 sized

Whitehaven v Oldham 16/02/2020. 32 page issue £2.50

Shame. I'll now not bother going to Dewsbury this season (just as I sidestepped Batley last).  I see Dewsbury claim their programme is unsustainable yet amateur NCL neighbours Dewsbury Celtic, De

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On 16/02/2020 at 19:25, Tasman said:

No programme is just an excuse, typical of the "can't be arsed" attitude of many clubs. If you don't sell many , just print a small amount. Surely programme ads over a season cover the cost ? It's a service to supporters. I like to know who's playing for both teams. Turned up at Workington Town today - nothing, not even a team sheet. All those West Bowling fans I am sure would have liked a memento of their day out.

Totally agree, the history of clubs and the memories of fans, were always in the programme, it's an absolute disgrace that the majority of clubs are ignoring fans wishes.

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Another update...

SUPER LEAGUE

In print: Hull (£3, 48pp), Leeds (£3, 80pp), Warrington (£3, 48pp), Wigan (£3.50)

Note: St Helens issued a printed programme (£4, A4) for the February 22 World Club Challenge with Sydney Roosters

Monthly printed magazine: Castleford (Roar, £1, A4), Wakefield (The Mighty Trin, £2, A4)

Teamsheet: Salford (free)

Digital: Hull Kingston Rovers (free for subscribers to download), St Helens (free to download)

Nothing: Huddersfield (exclusive former programme content will appear on the club website, no digital alternative planned)

To be confirmed: Catalans, Toronto

Note: Leeds issued an 80-page printed programme (£3) for the 2/2 Headingley double header featuring Toronto v Castleford

CHAMPIONSHIP

In print: Halifax (£1, 24pp), London Broncos, Oldham, Sheffield (£3, 44pp, also available as a digital download for £2.99), Swinton (£3), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), York (£3)

Teamsheet: Dewsbury (50p), Widnes (free, double-sided)

Digital: Batley (free to subscribers), Leigh (60pp, free to download)

Nothing: Bradford, Featherstone

To be confirmed: Toulouse

LEAGUE ONE

In print: Barrow (£2.50, 40pp), Keighley (£2), North Wales (£2)

Monthly printed magazine: Hunslet (South of the River, £3)

Digital: Coventry, West Wales, Workington (bi-monthly newsletter, for members only)

Nothing: Rochdale

To be confirmed: Doncaster, London Skolars, Newcastle

NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE

In print: Askam (£3, 8pp, w/a), Barrow Island (£1, 16pp), Batley Boys, Beverley (£2, w/a), Leigh Miners (£1), Milford (£3, w/a), Siddal (£3, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 24pp, also available as a free digital download), Thornhill (£2), Underbank, York Acorn (£3, w/a)

Digital: Hunslet Warriors (30pp, free to download), Normanton (18pp, free to download), Shaw Cross

Note: Pilkington are issuing (a 20-pager) but it could be digital only

To be confirmed: Clock Face, Crosfields, Dewsbury Celtic, Dewsbury Moor, Drighlington, Dudley Hill, East Leeds, Eastmoor, Egremont, Featherstone Lions, Gateshead, Hensingham, Heworth, Hull Dockers, Hunslet Club Parkside, Ince, Kells, Leigh East, Lock Lane, Millom, Myton, Normanton, Oldham St Annes, Oulton, Rochdale Mayfield, Saddleworth, Skirlaugh, Stanningley, Waterhead, Wath Brow, West Bowling, West Hull, Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Patricks, Woolston

NON-NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE AMATEURS

In print: Ellenborough (£2, 4pp, w/a), GB Police (£1, A4 brochure with teamsheet, two 'one-offs' for Challenge Cup ties with Torfaen and Rochdale Mayfield), Sherwood Wolf Hunt (£2.50, 12pp, two 'one-offs' for Challenge Cup ties with Wests Warriors and West Bowling)

Note: M60 Programmes (https://www.m60footballprogrammes.com) is offering printed versions of 2020 Leigh and St Helens digital programmes.

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1 hour ago, hrtbps said:

Does anyone know if any unofficial fanzines are still in existence? Proper old school, but would love to pick one or two up.

Looks like this Hull FC fanzine is still going (in print, too):

http://upthecream.co.uk/the-fanzine/

Fanatic Hull KR (might have ceased production):

@FanaticHullRL (Twitter)

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3 hours ago, neutralfan said:

NO programmes at Shaw cross versus Eastmoor game. I cant find the Digital link either?

Yes, I emailed the Shaw Cross secretary on Friday evening. He said Sharks are 'going digital' this season, adding the club's designer is away at the moment. It's why there wasn't a programme of any description yesterday. Why I went elsewhere for my Saturday sporting fix!

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I dont agree with this move by clubs. A programme is part of the game and a physical momento. 

Will be interesting to see if decent quality fanzines try and fill the gap. There are some decent articles/insights written by fans and a reasonably priced alternative might sell very well.

 

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6 hours ago, Hopping Mad said:

This is an example (versus Featherstone, 2/2) of Batley's 2020 digital offering:

https://us4.campaign-archive.com/?u=63ba65df2d6761822a1b4deea&id=a54cc59a71

Thanks for posting that HM.

To be honest, this is not an online programme. It's just a webpage. Leigh's online prog is at least a PDF in magazine format. I don't see the point of calling this a 'programme'.

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National Conference League Beverley can be relied upon to issue consistently good printed programmes, at a bargain £2 (including admission), to boot! Here's Bev's offering for this afternoon's (7/3) 2020 Second Division opener against Woolston Rovers...

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Looks very much like Thatto Heath Crusaders are continuing, in 2020, with last season's programme model: a limited number of printed copies available at £2, with a free download also on offer. Here's a link (incorrectly titled) to Crusaders' issue for today's (7/3) National Conference League Premier Division opener against Featherstone Lions...

https://www.flipsnack.com/THC07/thatto-vs-underbank-match-day-programme.html

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Cover of the York City Knights programme (£3, produced by Wigginton-based All Design & Print) for this afternoon's 8/3 Championship clash with London Broncos. Connor Robinson is pictured in action at Halifax...

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Another update...

SUPER LEAGUE

In print: Hull (£3, 48pp), Leeds (£3, 64pp), Warrington (£3, 48pp), Wigan (£3.50)

Note: St Helens issued a printed programme (£4, A4) for the February 22 World Club Challenge with Sydney Roosters

Monthly printed magazine: Castleford (Roar, £1, A4), Wakefield (The Mighty Trin, £2, A4)

Teamsheet: Salford (free)

Digital: Hull Kingston Rovers (free for subscribers to download), St Helens (free to download)

Nothing: Huddersfield (exclusive former programme content will appear on the club website, no digital alternative planned)

To be confirmed: Catalans, Toronto

Note: Leeds issued an 80-page printed programme (£3) for the 2/2 Headingley double header featuring Toronto v Castleford

CHAMPIONSHIP

In print: Halifax (£1, 24pp), London Broncos, Oldham, Sheffield (£3, 44pp, also available as a digital download for £2.99), Swinton (£3), Whitehaven (£2.50, 32pp), York (£3)

Teamsheet: Dewsbury (50p), Featherstone (donation), Widnes (free, double-sided)

Digital: Batley (free to subscribers), Leigh (60pp, free to download)

Nothing: Bradford

To be confirmed: Toulouse

LEAGUE ONE

In print: Barrow (£2.50, 40pp), Keighley (£2), North Wales (£2)

Monthly printed magazine: Hunslet (South of the River, £3)

Matchday information sheet: Doncaster

Digital: Coventry, West Wales, Workington (bi-monthly newsletter, for members only)

Nothing: Rochdale

To be confirmed: London Skolars, Newcastle

NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE

In print: Askam (£3, 8pp, w/a), Barrow Island (£1, 16pp), Batley Boys, Beverley (£2, w/a), Dewsbury Celtic (£2, 12pp), Dudley Hill (£3, w/a), Hensingham (£3, 8pp, w/a, also available, free, as a post-match digital download), Leigh East, Leigh Miners (£1), Lock Lane (£3, w/a), Milford (£3, w/a), Oldham St Annes (£2, w/a, also available as a free digital download), Rochdale Mayfield (£1, including raffle), Siddal (£3, w/a), Thatto Heath (£2, 24pp, also available as a free digital download), Thornhill (£2), Underbank, York Acorn (£3, w/a)

Digital: Hunslet Warriors (30pp, free to download), Normanton (18pp, free to download), Oulton (26pp, free to download), Shaw Cross

Note: Pilkington are issuing (a 20-pager) but it could be digital only

To be confirmed: Clock Face, Crosfields, Dewsbury Moor, Drighlington, East Leeds, Eastmoor, Egremont, Featherstone Lions, Gateshead, Heworth, Hull Dockers, Hunslet Club Parkside, Ince, Kells, Millom, Myton, Saddleworth, Skirlaugh, Stanningley, Waterhead, Wath Brow, West Bowling, West Hull, Wigan St Judes, Wigan St Patricks, Woolston

NON-NATIONAL CONFERENCE LEAGUE AMATEURS

In print: Ellenborough (£2, 4pp, w/a), GB Police (£1, A4 brochure with teamsheet, two 'one-offs' for Challenge Cup ties with Torfaen and Rochdale Mayfield), Sherwood Wolf Hunt (£2.50, 12pp, two 'one-offs' for Challenge Cup ties with Wests Warriors and West Bowling)

Note: M60 Programmes (https://www.m60footballprogrammes.com) is offering printed versions of - and print subscriptions to - 2020 Leigh and St Helens digital programmes.

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Link to the digital version of the Hensingham programme, an eight-pager, for a 29/2 National Conference League fixture with Third Division rivals Batley Boys (owing to pitch issues, played at St Benedict's RUFC). Hensingham made this available as a free download only after the match, which suggests, as last season, they are including a printed programme with admission.

https://www.flipsnack.com/HARLFC/hensingham-v-batley.html

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