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Archive for March 2012

…on Newcastle Falcons’ slow decline and the southward drift of the Aviva Premiership

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Rob Andrew celebrates the 97/98 Premiership title

The most hated man in English rugby celebrates Newcastle's only Premiership title in 1998.

Another English Premiership season and it’s another relegation battle for the Newcastle Falcons. The early pace-setters of the professional era have been in decline for several years and thus it is little surprise that the club that escaped the drop last season by points difference are now staring the abyss in the face. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Michael Farrow

March 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Rugby Union

…on the London Broncos’ dire need for their own stadium

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Twickenham Stoop

Twickenham Stoop - Current home of the London Broncos, which some feel is slowly killing the club.

In June 1980, over forty years since anybody even tried, Fulham FC set out to bring the 13-man code of rugby league football back to London. Fulham RLFC, playing at Craven Cottage, launched the following autumn. With the football club’s backing, the club yo-yoed between the First and Second Division until relegation from the First Division in 1984 saw Fulham bring their experiment to an end and withdraw their funding. Since then, the club have essentially been homeless. 28 years is a long time to be on the streets, especially in London. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

March 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

…on John Bostock and the flawed cult of the loan spell

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John Bostock and Harry Redknapp

John Bostock can't catch a break. Every loan spell is treated as some great disaster and proof of a supposed attitude problem.

It’s the final transfer deadline of the season. The Football League’s crafty emergency loan loophole will be closed in a year or two but until then you have to treasure the last bit of transfer action. The last throw of the dice, the last opportunity to dump some wages, the last chance to bring in that one player that could get you those extra points to avoid relegation or sneak into the playoffs. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

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