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Well it’s been a while since we had this one. I was listening to the latest Out of Your League podcast earlier and Kyle Amor was the guest. He said that he thought (if the finances were in place) a West Cumbrian team alternating games between Whitehaven and Workington would work.
 

What do you think, could it work? never having been there I imagine p155ing off the fans of the two rival clubs might be a big issue, but it’s been done and worked elsewhere before (in the NRL and Inverness). They certainly have the player pool. 

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3 minutes ago, Eddie said:

Well it’s been a while since we had this one. I was listening to the latest Out of Your League podcast earlier and Kyle Amor was the guest. He said that he thought (if the finances were in place) a West Cumbrian team alternating games between Whitehaven and Workington would work.
 

What do you think, could it work? never having been there I imagine p155ing off the fans of the two rival clubs might be a big issue, but it’s been done and worked elsewhere before (in the NRL and Inverness). They certainly have the player pool. 

Wow a merged West Cumbria club thread part 103.

The finances are not in place

Both grounds are in decay despite the ongoing efforts of the clubs.

The player pool is usually stripped of its best young talent by Superleague clubs and of the ones who aren’t a lot are usually in well paid employment in the nuclear industry and tend to stay in the amateur ranks.

The remaining dwindling support base is largely made up of aging diehards who can’t see past the end of their nose and would rather see their clubs wither & die than merge with the “enemy”

A sad state of affairs not helped by the RFL’s apathy towards what was once a great RL hotbed.

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11 minutes ago, Chris Taylor said:

Do we include Barrow in this too......

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Bants aside, when people say they should be included they can’t have ever been to Cumbria, you might as well merge Widnes and Hunslet. 

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3 minutes ago, Eddie said:

Bants aside, when people say they should be included they can’t have ever been to Cumbria, you might as well merge Widnes and Hunslet. 

Even if all the obstacles I listed could be overcome,it would only happen if a Superleague place could be secured and that won’t happen,not sure a competitive Championship club would be a big enough carrot for both parties to come together.

The 90 minute drive up & down the goat track to/from Barrow will always rule them out

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The time to do this was twenty-five years ago and it wouldn't have worked then either

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37 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

The time to do this was twenty-five years ago and it wouldn't have worked then either

It really could have though with investment from BNFL (financial) and the RFL (resources)

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9 minutes ago, Wanderer said:

and for somewhere that used to have it's own league its very sad 

Surely somewhere like Carlisle would be a good place to target as a place for new community clubs. I'm surprised Newcastle Thunder haven't tried

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Our friend Celtic Rooster had previously posted this:

CARLISLE & DISTRICT LEAGUE  FINAL TABLE.

 

 

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Against

Difference

Points

  1

Wigton (Carlisle)

   18

  17

    0

    1

 

    

      

   34

  2

Crown Inn (Carlisle)

   18

  15

    0

    3

 

  

   

   30

  3

Horse & Farrier (Carlisle)

   18

  12

    0

    6

 

   

     

   24

  4

St. Nicholas Arms (Carlisle)

   18

    8

    0

  10

 

      

   

   16

  5

Carlisle Rugby League Supporters Club

   18

    7

    0

  11

 

      

   

   14

  6

Dalston ‘A’ (Carlisle)

   18

    4

    0

  14

 

      

   

     8

  7

Penrith (Cumbria)

   18

    0

    0

  18

 

  

   

     0

 A Carlisle amateur RL was formed after the new semi-pro Carlisle club created interest in the town and it lasted until the 1988-89 season. This is the 1986-87 season table.

 

on this link 

 

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20 hours ago, Wanderer said:

Our friend Celtic Rooster had previously posted this:

CARLISLE & DISTRICT LEAGUE  FINAL TABLE.

 

 

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

For

Against

Difference

Points

  1

Wigton (Carlisle)

   18

  17

    0

    1

 

    

      

   34

  2

Crown Inn (Carlisle)

   18

  15

    0

    3

 

  

   

   30

  3

Horse & Farrier (Carlisle)

   18

  12

    0

    6

 

   

     

   24

  4

St. Nicholas Arms (Carlisle)

   18

    8

    0

  10

 

      

   

   16

  5

Carlisle Rugby League Supporters Club

   18

    7

    0

  11

 

      

   

   14

  6

Dalston ‘A’ (Carlisle)

   18

    4

    0

  14

 

      

   

     8

  7

Penrith (Cumbria)

   18

    0

    0

  18

 

  

   

     0

 A Carlisle amateur RL was formed after the new semi-pro Carlisle club created interest in the town and it lasted until the 1988-89 season. This is the 1986-87 season table.

 

on this link 

 

Quite a few other Carlisle & District League clubs listed in the FIM Cumbria Rugby League annuals of 1982-86:

They include Caledonian (Carlisle), Crown & Mitre (Carlisle), Friars Tavern (Carlisle), Morton Manor (Carlisle), Pheasant (Carlisle), Pioneers, Platform One (Carlisle), RAF Carlisle, Royal Scot.

From the same period, a few 'lost' West Cumbria ARL clubs to reminisce over:

Blue Bell (Workington), Frizington, Great Clifton, Mirehouse (Whitehaven), Moss Bay (Workington), St Bees, Shipwrights (Whitehaven), Twinames (Cockermouth).

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1 hour ago, Hopping Mad said:

Ha, ha. As a Whitehaven RLFC director of the 1980s explained it to me, a Yorkshireman: "Barrovians will never be Cumbrians as long as they've got holes in their *****."

As long as Cumbria as existed, Barrow has been part of Cumbria. Now Cumberland is a different story. 

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