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Hi guys, like you all. We're adjusting to the rigors of self-isolation.

Here's a little antidote for the Rugby League aficionados around. Presenting the self-isolation chronicles.

5 random facts about your club. Your job? Reel out and flex your knowledge and share the weird and wonderful.

First up: Hull KR. 

https://www.totalrl.com/the-self-isolation-chronicles-hull-kr/

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1 hour ago, Ash Hope said:

Hi guys, like you all. We're adjusting to the rigors of self-isolation.

Here's a little antidote for the Rugby League aficionados around. Presenting the self-isolation chronicles.

5 random facts about your club. Your job? Reel out and flex your knowledge and share the weird and wonderful.

First up: Hull KR. 

https://www.totalrl.com/the-self-isolation-chronicles-hull-kr/

It wasn't "that" Mick Crane...

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1 hour ago, Ash Hope said:

Hi guys, like you all. We're adjusting to the rigors of self-isolation.

Here's a little antidote for the Rugby League aficionados around. Presenting the self-isolation chronicles.

5 random facts about your club. Your job? Reel out and flex your knowledge and share the weird and wonderful.

First up: Hull KR. 

https://www.totalrl.com/the-self-isolation-chronicles-hull-kr/

A quote from the above link ....

"It’s fairly straight forward, we post five random facts about each Super League club over the next few days. It’s your job to top them on social media or on the Total RL Forum. We’re on the lookout for the obscure."

Why only from Super League clubs ?

I assume Total Rugby League would still like the custom from supporters of lower league clubs yet it seems that they are quite happy to self-isolate the Super League clubs from the rest of the Rugby League community !

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1 hour ago, RL does what Sky says said:

A quote from the above link ....

"It’s fairly straight forward, we post five random facts about each Super League club over the next few days. It’s your job to top them on social media or on the Total RL Forum. We’re on the lookout for the obscure."

Why only from Super League clubs ?

I assume Total Rugby League would still like the custom from supporters of lower league clubs yet it seems that they are quite happy to self-isolate the Super League clubs from the rest of the Rugby League community !

Will happily do Champ and League 1 and even defunct clubs when we're done!

If the 'Rugby League community' chips in with facts from League 1 and Champ we could help collate.

Stuff like this takes a lot of reading as I'm sure you can imagine.


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58 minutes ago, Ash Hope said:

Will happily do Champ and League 1 and even defunct clubs when we're done!

If the 'Rugby League community' chips in with facts from League 1 and Champ we could help collate.

Stuff like this takes a lot of reading as I'm sure you can imagine.

Thank you ... With it only saying "Super League" then I'm sure you can appreciate the questioning of it.

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As it appears that no Super League clubs have any interesting facts to talk about then let me do so for Oldham.

1: As with Hull KR's story in the previous link, Oldham too trialed two American Football players.

In 1971 Chris Macedo and Sam Moore signed as trialists for Oldham and played a few games in the "A" team (For the younger folk on here, that's not the one with Mr.T but what reserve teams were called at the time). Sam Moore was then selected for a first team game at home to Blackpool and twice tried an American Football type throw, high and far across the field to the winger. However, both were intercepted and resulted in tries for Blackpool who eventually won the game. Moore and Macedo then never appeared for training the following week and were never seen again.

2: Signing of Olympic shot-putter Arthur Rowe.

Arthur Rowe had represented Great Britain in the shot put at the 1960 Olympics in Rome but then gave up his amateur status by signing for Oldham at Rugby League. His first appearances for the "A" team drew thousands of spectators and at 26 years of age, 6' 2" tall and weighing over 18 stones he played on the wing where he scattered opponents when in possession and taking several players to tackle him (Those who saw him make a comparison to Jonah Lomu). However, after a handful of games Arthur decided the game was too tough for him and left the club. With no longer being an amateur he could then not go back to athletics and became a regular on the professional Scottish Highland Games circuit and where he was eventually crowned World caber-tossing champion.

3: Oldham have won every match they have ever played on a certain date of the year.

Since RL began in 1895 Oldham have played 6 matches on 29 February - and won them all !   They have played on that date in 1908, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1976 and 2008 and have a 100% record. In fact the points they have conceded in each of those games are 2,5,7,2,5,8 .... which equals 29 !!!

4: The most-prolific try-scoring debut in RL history.

On 31 October 1908 winger James Miller made his debut for Oldham in an away game at Barry, South Wales but only due to their usual International winger George Tyson having been selected to play for Lancashire the same day. Oldham defeated Barry 54-0 with debutant Miller scoring 7 tries - still an Oldham club record for most individual tries in one game. However the next week Tyson was back in his usual position and Miller again in the reserves. In fact Miller was unfortunate with injuries and made only four more appearances for Oldham, scoring just two more tries - ironically both in the return fixture at home to Barry on New Year's Day 1909.

5: Oldham RL and Oldham Athletic - a shared but unwanted record.

Since the RL Challenge Cup Final was moved to Wembley in 1929, Oldham RL club have appeared in seven semi-finals and have lost each one of them - the most semi-finals any club has appeared in without ever playing at Wembley. Similarly Oldham Athletic have appeared in three FA Cup semi-finals and never won through to the final - and although sharing that record with Norwich and former club Swifts, it is also the most any club has played in without reaching the decider.

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1 hour ago, RL does what Sky says said:

As it appears that no Super League clubs have any interesting facts to talk about then let me do so for Oldham.

1: As with Hull KR's story in the previous link, Oldham too trialed two American Football players.

In 1980 Chris Macedo and Sam Moore signed as trialists for Oldham and played a few games in the "A" team (For the younger folk on here, that's not the one with Mr.T but what reserve teams were called at the time). Sam Moore was then selected for a first team game at home to Blackpool and twice tried an American Football type throw, high and far across the field to the winger. However, both were intercepted and resulted in tries for Blackpool who eventually won the game. Moore and Macedo then never appeared for training the following week and were never seen again.

2: Signing of Olympic shot-putter Arthur Rowe.

Arthur Rowe had represented Great Britain in the shot put at the 1960 Olympics in Rome but then gave up his amateur status by signing for Oldham at Rugby League. His first appearances for the "A" team drew thousands of spectators and at 26 years of age, 6' 2" tall and weighing over 18 stones he played on the wing where he scattered opponents when in possession and taking several players to tackle him (Those who saw him make a comparison to Jonah Lomu). However, after a handful of games Arthur decided the game was too tough for him and left the club. With no longer being an amateur he could then not go back to athletics and became a regular on the professional Scottish Highland Games circuit and where he was eventually crowned World caber-tossing champion.

3: Oldham have won every match they have ever played on a certain date of the year.

Since RL began in 1895 Oldham have played 6 matches on 29 February - and won them all !   They have played on that date in 1908, 1936, 1964, 1968, 1976 and 2008 and have a 100% record. In fact the points they have conceded in each of those games are 2,5,7,2,5,8 .... which equals 29 !!!

4: The most-prolific try-scoring debut in RL history.

On 31 October 1908 winger James Miller made his debut for Oldham in an away game at Barry, South Wales but only due to their usual International winger George Tyson having been selected to play for Lancashire the same day. Oldham defeated Barry 54-0 with debutant Miller scoring 7 tries - still an Oldham club record for most individual tries in one game. However the next week Tyson was back in his usual position and Miller again in the reserves. In fact Miller was unfortunate with injuries and made only four more appearances for Oldham, scoring just two more tries - ironically both in the return fixture at home to Barry on New Year's Day 1909.

5: Oldham RL and Oldham Athletic - a shared but unwanted record.

Since the RL Challenge Cup Final was moved to Wembley in 1929, Oldham RL club have appeared in seven semi-finals and have lost each one of them - the most semi-finals any club has appeared in without ever playing at Wembley. Similarly Oldham Athletic have appeared in three FA Cup semi-finals and never won through to the final - and although sharing that record with Norwich and former club Swifts, it is also the most any club has played in without reaching the decider.

That's legendary can we use that for Oldham???

I challenge anyone else to do their club too! Hit me with your best


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On 24/03/2020 at 15:17, Marty Funkhouser said:

It wasn't "that" Mick Crane...

I'm guessing it was the Mick Crane who used to play for Dockers.

Immortalised by the "Crane lifts Dockers" headline in the Hull Daily Mail sports pages.

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1 hour ago, Ash Hope said:

That's legendary can we use that for Oldham???

I challenge anyone else to do their club too! Hit me with your best

Yes please do ... and I won't even claim any royalties ! 😉

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York have four World records in RL

The longest ever game of rugby league ever played away to Whitehaven in the playoffs of 2017 , Haven scoring the golden point after 26 minutes of extra time , that record of course shared with Haven.

World record win in a challenge cup competition  132 - 0 against Northumbria University in 2011

World record league home win against West Wales Raiders in 2018  -   144 - 0

World record league away win against  West Wales Raiders in 2018     . 0 - 130

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18 hours ago, Stirlin said:

York have four World records in RL

The longest ever game of rugby league ever played away to Whitehaven in the playoffs of 2017 , Haven scoring the golden point after 26 minutes of extra time , that record of course shared with Haven.

World record win in a challenge cup competition  132 - 0 against Northumbria University in 2011

World record league home win against West Wales Raiders in 2018  -   144 - 0

World record league away win against  West Wales Raiders in 2018     . 0 - 130

That I did now know! Does Thorman have a record with York I recall or was that broken?


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On 25/03/2020 at 12:48, RL does what Sky says said:

1: As with Hull KR's story in the previous link, Oldham too trialed two American Football players.

In 1971 Chris Macedo and Sam Moore signed as trialists for Oldham and played a few games in the "A" team (For the younger folk on here, that's not the one with Mr.T but what reserve teams were called at the time). Sam Moore was then selected for a first team game at home to Blackpool and twice tried an American Football type throw, high and far across the field to the winger. However, both were intercepted and resulted in tries for Blackpool who eventually won the game. Moore and Macedo then never appeared for training the following week and were never seen again.

To follow on from the above story ... here is a photo of Oldham's two American signings in 1971 although the report says they were from an American Rugby Union club. Sam Moore, who made one appearance for the Oldham first team, is second from the left. On the right is the then Oldham club secretary Kevin Wilkinson who also played in the local cricket league and who appears to be trying to teach the Americans about that game atoo.

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3 hours ago, RL does what Sky says said:

To follow on from the above story ... here is a photo of Oldham's two American signings in 1971 although the report says they were from an American Rugby Union club. Sam Moore, who made one appearance for the Oldham first team, is second from the left. On the right is the then Oldham club secretary Kevin Wilkinson who also played in the local cricket league and who appears to be trying to teach the Americans about that game atoo.

747949187_MooreMachedo.thumb.jpg.822cb83827a21d6f61ffdd4bdeee815b.jpg

 

What a piece of Rugby League history!

Here's Salford guys!

https://www.totalrl.com/the-self-isolation-chronicles-salford-red-devils/

Anyone got any corkers from any of the Cumbrian clubs?????


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