Jump to content

RL in Stockport


Recommended Posts

Is anyone interested in starting a club in Stockport  even at amateur level?

After the disappointing WC Semi final result, I was having a read on the internet and found some history about Stockport RFC, who were one of the 22 founding members of what is now the Superleague, they averaged crowds of 3,000 and sometimes got up to 10,000 for some games, heavily in debt they became defunct in 1903 leaving Edgeley Park solely to Stockport County F.C , who became the main sporting attraction in the town after the rugby club folded,  it seems after this Rugby League faded away in Stockport which is a massive shame considering the history, I think the sport has a lot of potential to grow in the town and I know of a fair few fans who mostly root for warrington, it would be great if  we had a team of our own again.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockport_RFC

 

Edited by Hillgate Hatter
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites


1 hour ago, Sports Prophet said:

What a ridiculous suggestion. Stockport is far too south of the M62 to have any modern interest in RL.

But London, Cornwall, Newcastle, Wales and midlands isn’t? Teams have been started up in these area who have no history in the sport, Stockport had an interest albeit 120 years ago but if the team never went bust, Stockport might have ended up a RL town like Warrington

Edited by Hillgate Hatter
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 minutes ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

But London, Cornwall, Newcastle, Wales and midlands isn’t? Teams have been started up in these area who have no history in the sport, Stockport had an interest albeit 120 years ago but if the team never went bust, Stockport might have ended up a Rugby League town like Warrington

I was only joking mate. Wishing you all the best of luck if you get it started 👍

  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well I don’t know anyone with any interest in Swinton, as far as most are concerned they’re a Manchester/Salford club, Stockport is In neither…we’d rather follow a fellow Cheshire side like Warrington or better yet have a team of our own again.

Edited by Hillgate Hatter
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, welshmagpie said:

For a market of millions, I’d hasten say Swinton have it sewn up. 

Stockport has a population of 294,000 if you include the entire borough, it’s more than big enough to support it’s own team.

Edited by Hillgate Hatter
  • Like 1
  • Haha 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 minutes ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

Stockport has a population of 294,000 if you include the entire borough, it’s more than big enough to support it’s own team

I think that places such as Stockport, Chester, Liverpool, Bolton, Preston, Bury and Manchester would be better off being targeted to get schools playing and community clubs set up. This would open up a big player pool for clubs like Wigan, St Helens, Warrington, Leigh and Salford. 

There's a big untapped population in the North West for potential players and fans.

I know that football dominates but I'm sure there could be enough room for at least 20 community clubs in such a big combined population 

Edited by JM2010
  • Like 5
  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Large towns like Stockport along with other towns in and around the “heartlands” of the north west should definitely be targeted by the RFL with the view of introducing grassroots clubs to these towns of market sized, medium sized and large sized.

Not every town or city within the north that doesn’t have a RL presence needs to be a semi-professional side.

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 minutes ago, Tosh said:

Large towns like Stockport along with other towns in and around the “heartlands” of the north west should definitely be targeted by the RFL with the view of introducing grassroots clubs to these towns of market sized, medium sized and large sized.

Not every town or city within the north that doesn’t have a RL presence needs to be a semi-professional side.

I agree with that, and I think Stockport especially has the potential for growth considering we’ve already had a RFL team in the past, there was a amateur club started in the 80s not sure what happened to it but I think now it’s the time to resurrect the team in the town, with social media nowadays will be much easier to advertise and get people interested.

Edited by Hillgate Hatter
Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 minutes ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

I agree with that, and I think Stockport especially has the potential for growth considering we’ve already had a team in the past, there was a amateur club started in the 80s not sure what happened to it but I think now it’s the time to resurrect the team in the town, with social media nowadays will be much easier to advertise and get people interested.

If swinton are to in fact make south Manchester their home for the foreseeable future then it would make absolute sense for the lions to target towns like Stockport for expansion by introducing 1st schools RL and then 2nd the formation of a grassroots community club within the town.

swinton along with other clubs throughout the north west should really be working hand-in-hand with the local council, sport England and the RFL regarding funding with the creation of schools RL and grassroots community clubs.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

Well I don’t know anyone with any interest in Swinton, as far as most are concerned they’re a Manchester/Salford club, Stockport is In neither…we’d rather follow a fellow Cheshire side like Warrington or better yet have a team of our own again.

Swinton play in Cheshire.

Warrington play in Lancashire.

Just saying.

Edited by Griff

"We'll sell you a seat .... but you'll only need the edge of it!"

Link to comment
Share on other sites

46 minutes ago, Rowan said:

Stockport did have an amateur club in the 1980s. (started by Grahame Tonge who was instrumental in launching Tameside Borough. I'm not sure how long they lasted - a couple of years I think - but nothing since as far as I know.

I think that a few schools played RL in Stockport in the early eighties as well. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

True they currently ground share with Sale RFC, but it’s not there true home and they’re not a true Cheshire side, never will be. 

Technically they play Greater Manchester - not Cheshire

Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, Usera said:

I think that a few schools played RL in Stockport in the early eighties as well. 

For the last two seasons Stockport RUFC have duel coded two teams 12/14s which played in the short season GMRL. Supported by great development work by SRD foundation. 
 

They played in six tournaments- and all loved it. After one comp we took 250 parents and players into watch SRD v Wigan.

Huge potential for RL in Stockport - just need to keep providing opportunities for them to play…

Edited by Pie tries
  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

8 hours ago, Pie tries said:

Technically they play Greater Manchester - not Cheshire

Greater Manchester isn’t a real county tho, it’s only existed since 1974 for Emergency service’s etc, Stockport is officially in GM but my postal address is still Cheshire, same with Wigan/Bolton/Oldham/Bury/Rochdale they are all GM now but are historically in Lancashire

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

39 minutes ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

Greater Manchester isn’t a real county tho, it’s only existed since 1974 for Emergency service’s etc, Stockport is officially in GM but my postal address is still Cheshire, same with Wigan/Bolton/Oldham/Bury/Rochdale they are all GM now but are historically in Lancashire

Agreed!  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, Hillgate Hatter said:

Greater Manchester isn’t a real county tho, it’s only existed since 1974 for Emergency service’s etc, Stockport is officially in GM but my postal address is still Cheshire, same with Wigan/Bolton/Oldham/Bury/Rochdale they are all GM now but are historically in Lancashire

While hoping not to take the thread further off course, by calling Warrington a Cheshire club earlier, you opened the door to use of the 1974 administrative counties.

If you're using the traditional counties like you do above, then of course most of Warrington is Lancashire and only those parts south of the river are Cheshire - HJ stadium in Lancashire, Wilderspool in Cheshire.

Edited by Barley Mow
Link to comment
Share on other sites

28 minutes ago, Barley Mow said:

While hoping not to take the thread further off course, by calling Warrington at Cheshire club earlier, you opened the door to use of the 1974 administrative counties.

If you're using the traditional counties like you do above, then of course most of Warrington is Lancashire and only those parts south of the river are Cheshire - HJ stadium in Lancashire, Wilderspool in Cheshire.

Well in that case there’s no ‘real’ Cheshire club playing in the top 3 tiers of English RL, but Warrington are the closest thing considering their former home was south of the river Mersey, within the historic boundaries of Cheshire.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...