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…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 Widnes’ great comeback and the future of Super League

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Steve O'Connor, Widnes owner

Widnes chairman Steve O'Connor has put time, money and effort enhancing what Widnes already have. Unfortunately, they're the exception not the rule.

It’s old news, I guess. Widnes Vikings have been confirmed as Super League’s newest team, with the RFL living up to the promise that one Championship side would be guaranteed a licence for the 2012-2014 period. The Vikings have turned things around considerably in the three years since they were turned down in the last round of applications. Had the club been in its current state then, they would not have been shut out. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

…on the new Super League teams

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Brewery Field

Brewery Field; no 12,000 capacity, no Premier facilities, no 10,000 crowd but it will be Super League's newest venue

Oh my word, people are angry. To quote Chris Rock, “I haven’t seen white people so angry since they cancelled M*A*S*H”. The RFL announced Salford City Reds and Celtic Crusaders as the two new teams to Super League, retaining all twelve current clubs. Everybody involved with Leigh Centurions cried foul and Widnes Vikings’s fans wailed but the club themselves remained resolute. It was kind of obvious that Salford, being Manchester’s RL team, would be involved as the RFL wants a Manchester-based team and Salford have talked big. However, picking the Celtic Crusaders, the Paris Saint-Germain of their time, seems to reveal a deeply-flawed process where the RFL listened to everybody and then just picked who they wanted. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 22, 2008 at 10:48 pm

…on the upcoming Super League licensing

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City of Salford Stadium

The proposed City of Salford Stadium - I assume it'll be much bigger in reality

Since the Murdoch money reared its head and British rugby league entered the Super League era, the RFL has always been at the helm of some crackpot scheme. Occasionally sensible, mostly strange, the next big thing is licensing. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Farrow

July 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

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