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Feversham Lens
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Perhaps time to get this thread started…

In addition to an ongoing agreement with its title sponsor, Kingstone Press Cider, the NCL has a new sponsorship deal, worth more than £200,000 over three years, for 2018. It is with kit, ball and equipment supplier Rhino and car sales company Arnold Clark (who backed - maybe still do - Warrington-based Rylands Sharks when they were in the NCL). Under the deal's terms, all clubs will wear Rhino kit, and use Rhino balls, for the next three seasons. Adverts for Rhino and Arnold Clark will appear in match programmes.

No official word yet on new members for 2018, though it looks as though Beverley is the sole candidate.

Also, rumoured (but not confirmed) the NCL Challenge Cup is to be abandoned.

Just a thought: how about putting details of midweek NCL fixtures on this thread, rather than having a separate one?



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NCL member clubs have voted Beverley IN for 2018. Stanley Rangers (Wakefield) and Waterhead Warriors (Oldham) made successful applications for re-election.

It's not mentioned in the links below but it appears Beverley WILL be playing on the pitch round the back of the town's leisure centre. The Potting Shed, a pub, the club's HQ, is alongside. One or two minor alterations to the ground required, I understand. Beverley will also feature in the 2018 Challenge Cup. First round draw is in a couple of weeks.

http://www.totalrl.com/thumbs-up-for-beverley/

https://mobile.twitter.com/...5262338302738432?p=v



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Premier Division newcomers Underbank Rangers have confirmed they will be staying at The Cross, Holmfirth, for the 2018 season. There had been talk of "facility criteria" issues forcing a post-promotion switch to the Lockwood Park ground of Huddersfield RUFC.



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The 2018 fixtures have been released. Barrow Island, on February 24, are the first visitors to Beverley, back in the NCL after a two-decade absence.

http://www.rugby-league.com/...tures-announced-for-



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Do all National Conference League teams normally play on Saturdays ko 14.30?

I'm trying to make sense of who plays when in rugby league. Do I have this about right? Superleague plays whenever Sky wants it to, but Sunday afternoon is just about still the default. In the Championship and League 1, everyone normally plays on Sundays ko 15.00 except:

Toronto Wolfpack (Sat 16.30 local)
Toulouse Olympique (Sat 18.00 local)

Hemel Stags (Sun 14.00)
London Skolars (Sat 15.00)
North Wales Crusaders (Sun 14.30)
West Wales Raiders (Sat 15.00)

I'm sure there are business reasons why the two foreign teams and also London Skolars and West Wales Raiders play their home games on Saturdays. Is there any particular reason why Hemel Stags and North Wales Crusaders kick off earlier than everyone else?


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Do all National Conference League teams normally play on Saturdays ko 14.30?

I'm trying to make sense of who plays when in rugby league. Do I have this about right? Superleague plays whenever Sky wants it to, but Sunday afternoon is just about still the default. In the Championship and League 1, everyone normally plays on Sundays ko 15.00 except:

Toronto Wolfpack (Sat 16.30 local)
Toulouse Olympique (Sat 18.00 local)

Hemel Stags (Sun 14.00)
London Skolars (Sat 15.00)
North Wales Crusaders (Sun 14.30)
West Wales Raiders (Sat 15.00)

I'm sure there are business reasons why the two foreign teams and also London Skolars and West Wales Raiders play their home games on Saturdays. Is there any particular reason why Hemel Stags and North Wales Crusaders kick off earlier than everyone else?

Looks about right to me. Quite a few high summer derby games in the NCL are rearranged for midweek evenings, presumably to avoid the same problem amateur cricket now has: blokes incurring the wrath of wives, partners and children by spending too much of the weekend playing sport (and travelling to and from it).

Your question brings to mind various unusual Sunday afternoon kick-off times from rugby league's semi-professional, winter era. One could understand York kicking off at 2.30, because Wigginton Road didn't have floodlights. But why Barrow? There's a funny story concerning Wigan centre David Stephenson lining up a conversion attempt in the closing stages of a midwinter fixture at York. He was so obviously struggling in the murk, a Wigan fan ran on the pitch to assist with the flame from a lighter. Why did Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield and Whitehaven find it necessary to delay until 3.30 the start of their home matches? How come Hull FC settled on 3.15 as their preferred kick-off time? Similarly, I can't explain why Hemel Stags and North Wales Crusaders start earlier than 3.0 (though the cynic in me thinks it might be to ensure the many heartlands-based players both clubs employ aren't too late getting home, especially with work the next morning).



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London Skolars may not be able to play some games on Saturday afternoons as there is now a football club (Park View) playing there.



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Do all National Conference League teams normally play on Saturdays ko 14.30?

I'm trying to make sense of who plays when in rugby league. Do I have this about right? Superleague plays whenever Sky wants it to, but Sunday afternoon is just about still the default. In the Championship and League 1, everyone normally plays on Sundays ko 15.00 except:

Toronto Wolfpack (Sat 16.30 local)
Toulouse Olympique (Sat 18.00 local)

Hemel Stags (Sun 14.00)
London Skolars (Sat 15.00)
North Wales Crusaders (Sun 14.30)
West Wales Raiders (Sat 15.00)

I'm sure there are business reasons why the two foreign teams and also London Skolars and West Wales Raiders play their home games on Saturdays. Is there any particular reason why Hemel Stags and North Wales Crusaders kick off earlier than everyone else?

Looks about right to me. Quite a few high summer derby games in the NCL are rearranged for midweek evenings, presumably to avoid the same problem amateur cricket now has: blokes incurring the wrath of wives, partners and children by spending too much of the weekend playing sport (and travelling to and from it).

Your question brings to mind various unusual Sunday afternoon kick-off times from rugby league's semi-professional, winter era. One could understand York kicking off at 2.30, because Wigginton Road didn't have floodlights. But why Barrow? There's a funny story concerning Wigan centre David Stephenson lining up a conversion attempt in the closing stages of a midwinter fixture at York. He was so obviously struggling in the murk, a Wigan fan ran on the pitch to assist with the flame from a lighter. Why did Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield and Whitehaven find it necessary to delay until 3.30 the start of their home matches? How come Hull FC settled on 3.15 as their preferred kick-off time? Similarly, I can't explain why Hemel Stags and North Wales Crusaders start earlier than 3.0 (though the cynic in me thinks it might be to ensure the many heartlands-based players both clubs employ aren't too late getting home, especially with work the next morning).

Wasn't Featherstone and Castleford (who still kick off at 3.30 if playing on a Sunday) to do with the end of the shift at the pits? Similarly I think Hull was to allow an extra 15 minutes to get from the docks?


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I'm trying to make sense of who plays when in rugby league.

Your question brings to mind various unusual Sunday afternoon kick-off times from rugby league's semi-professional, winter era. One could understand York kicking off at 2.30, because Wigginton Road didn't have floodlights. But why Barrow? Why did Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield and Whitehaven find it necessary to delay until 3.30 the start of their home matches? How come Hull FC settled on 3.15 as their preferred kick-off time?

Wasn't Featherstone and Castleford (who still kick off at 3.30 if playing on a Sunday) to do with the end of the shift at the pits? Similarly I think Hull was to allow an extra 15 minutes to get from the docks?

Could well be the explanation - for Whitehaven, too (remember when Haven were known as 'Colliers'?). Perhaps the shift patterns in Barrow's shipyards were different to those of the coal mining industry!



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Coventry do seem to fluctuate between Saturdays and Sundays, although primarily the latter
I was told the Sats were mostly to attract RU fans who have this as their regular day
The actual days they use seem erratic however


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I think it depends on the Superleague club what their default is. Warrington seem to play more Saturdays at home than most. After the Tv schedule is decided, I think it's up to the home team, within reason given the visitor's previous / next game.
Local summer NCL games end up on Fridays sometime, attendances are often pretty good then. Except for Challenge Cup ties, NCL games on Sunday are very rare since Bramley left. Midweek might be the result of a stag do / wedding involving a number of players!



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Having looked at the 2018 fixtures, the only two Super League teams playing a majority of their home games on Sunday afternoons are Castleford and Wakefield Trinity. Dragons Catalans are playing on Saturday evenings as usual, and Huddersfield mostly on Thursday nights. All the rest are playing mostly on Friday nights.

Was professional level rugby league always played mostly on Sundays, or did it switch there from Saturdays to avoid being at the same time as football and/or rugby union when it was a winter sport? If so, when did that happen?

Meanwhile, I've done a "how to get to the grounds" document for rugby league, covering the three professional divisions and the four Conference divisions. I'll put this on my website at a point, but for now it's attached below. Please shout if anything is glaringly wrong.


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Was professional level rugby league always played mostly on Sundays, or did it switch there from Saturdays to avoid being at the same time as football and/or rugby union when it was a winter sport? If so, when did that happen?

Saturday was rugby league's usual matchday until 1967, when the RFL, after a lot of dithering, sanctioned Sunday football. Despite that, Sunday did not become the official matchday for another decade. Interestingly, amateur clubs had played on Sundays since 1955. Now, of course, they hardly ever do. According to Geoffrey Moorhouse's 'A People's Game, The Official Rugby League History, 1895-1995', Barrow, Batley, Huddersfield, Hunslet, Leeds and Whitehaven informed the RFL their players objected to Sunday football "on religious, moral or social grounds".

The first Sunday games were on December 17, 1967. Bradford beat York 33-8 in front of 10,377 and 6,000 watched Leigh defeat Dewsbury 15-10. To circumvent the spirit of the law, a charge was made for a programme, with buyers gaining free entry.

The move to Sunday didn't solve rugby league's biggest problem of the late 60s/early 70s - loss of spectators. Attendances touched rock bottom in 1974-75 (the year I started watching the sport!), when only 800,000 went through the turnstiles. It took until the 1979-80 season for attendances to rise above a million.

Rugby league switched to Sunday mainly to avoid competition with football. In Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire, rugby league's heartlands, rugby union has never been a serious competitor for hearts and minds. Even today, Yorkshire's best supported rugby union club averages only 1,800 spectators. That club, Yorkshire Carnegie (product of a merger between the Headingley and Roundhay clubs), plays their home games on Sundays, primarily as a means of attracting fans, engaged elsewhere on Saturdays, of other Yorkshire rugby union clubs.



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Thanks Feversham Lens. The objections from the Cumbrian clubs may have contained an element of "Around here, rugby league is the #1 sport and it's football that should move out the way", but the West Riding clubs weren't really in a position to try that one.

If we go back a hundred years, was there a sharper division than today between "rugby league towns" (Dewsbury, St Helens, Wakefield) and "football towns" (Blackburn, Sheffield, Worksop)? Is that the reason why the first group of towns don't have a football team of any great note, while there is little rugby league in the second group?


I know what you mean about rugby union in the Heartlands though. Back in the 90s when I used to watch Saracens, I went to a few away games in the north of England. Orrell (a couple of miles outside Wigan) were a good team at the time, but only got about 700 through the gate. Whether those 700 people went to Central Park as well, or whether watching both sports simply was not done at that time, I don't know.

Liverpool St Helens (who played latterly in St Helens) were at the foot of the Premier League, and I doubt if there were 150 in the ground when Saracens won there on a warm Saturday in March. Much as this was Premier League rugby, it felt like Step 5 football; at that time, probably only Bath, Gloucester, and Leicester routinely got four figure crowds.


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If we go back a hundred years, was there a sharper division than today between "rugby league towns" (Dewsbury, St Helens, Wakefield) and "football towns" (Blackburn, Sheffield, Worksop)? Is that the reason why the first group of towns don't have a football team of any great note, while there is little rugby league in the second group?

Go back to circa 1900, and, certainly in Yorkshire, there wasn't any division between "rugby league towns" and "football towns" because the latter sport barely existed. It's astonishing to look at the number of 'rugby' clubs that functioned (and no longer do) in late Victorian/early Edwardian Yorkshire. 'Lost clubs' include Alverthorpe, Hebden Bridge, Kirkstall, Leeds Parish Church, Ossett and Sowerby Bridge. In Lancashire, add Lancaster, Morecambe, Radcliffe, Rochdale St Clements and Werneth. The Football Association was so desperate to get a foothold in the West Riding, it allowed Bradford City (formerly Manningham RFC, first winners of the Northern Union - ie RL - Championship) to join the Football League without them ever having kicked a round ball. Manningham realised a national, rather than a regional, game was more appealing to spectators, and jumped ship at just the right time.

All very different now, of course, sadly, with the football colussus poised to crush every other sport, though places like Batley, Castleford, Dewsbury, Featherstone, Halifax, Wakefield and Whitehaven are still very much "rugby league towns". In those towns, along with the likes of St Helens, Leigh, Wigan and Warrington, rugby league is often the sport that has first call on local athletes. In Wakefield, anyone with an interest in football generally heads up the road to watch Leeds United. You'll recall Wakefield's rugby union club went bust because, even playing at second tier level, it struggled to attract 200 spectators. And we all know about the disasters that were Wakefield-Emley FC and Wakefield FC.

It used to be said having a rugby league club in your town damaged a football club's chances of achieving anything. Barrow, Halifax, Leigh, Oldham and Workington are good examples, and it took Hull for ever to get a football team in the top division. Bradford City and Huddersfield Town have also had long spells in the doldrums. As for small fry such as St Helens Town, Warrington Town et al, well, nothing further needs to be said.

Once football got a firm grip, post-1905, rugby league suffered, even in its heartlands. Established, semi-pro clubs such as Brighouse Rangers, Broughton/Belle Vue Rangers, Runcorn, Stockport and Tyldesley fell by the wayside.

Prior to going to university, I grew up in three different towns with rugby league clubs: Doncaster, Halifax and Keighley. We (my dad and I) watched all three, along with the towns' respective football teams. In Halifax, certainly, one didn't bump into many people whose loyalties were divided between The Shay and Thrum Hall. Generally, the locals were either one or the other. And nothing much has changed during the intervening years. Interestingly, my dad grew up in Sheffield and, despite attending a grammar school, had to wait until he got a job in Keighley to discover rugby of any description.



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According to RugbyLeagueonTV.com, FreeSports (Channel 95) plans to show a live NCL match (5pm kick-off) on March 10, 17 and 24.



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According to RugbyLeagueonTV.com, FreeSports (Channel 95) plans to show a live NCL match (5pm kick-off) on March 10, 17 and 24.

That FreeSports deal runs right through the season, with regular season games up to September 1 earmarked for live coverage. Presumably play-offs after that? There will be televised NCL Wars of the Roses matches (what, no Cumbria?) at Castleford RLFC on June 23 and Headingley on August 29.

Full list of TV games:

March
3 Wigan St Patrick's v Thatto Heath Crusaders; 10 Rochdale Mayfield v Egremont Rangers; 17 Wath Brow Hornets v Kells; 24 York Acorn v Bradford Dudley Hill; 31 Lock Lane v Thornhill Trojans.

April
7 Siddal v Thatto Heath Crusaders; 14 Oulton Raiders v Milford Marlins; 21 Stanningley v East Leeds; 28 Ince Rose Bridge v Featherstone Lions.

May
5 Waterhead Warriors v Oldham St Annes; 12 Siddal v Underbank Rangers; 19 TBC; 26 Hunslet Club Parkside v Myton Warriors.

June
2 Kells v Egremont Rangers; 9 Leigh Miners Rangers v Milford Marlins; 16 Myton Warriors v West Hull; 30 Pilkington Recs v Skirlaugh.

July
7 Underbank Rangers v West Hull; 14 Thatto Heath Crusaders v Hunslet Club Parkside; 21 West Hull v Wigan St Patrick's; 28 Underbank Rangers v Thatto Heath Crusaders.

August
4 Beverley v Dewsbury Celtic; 11 Normanton Knights v Hunslet Club Parkside; 18 Saddleworth Rangers v Leigh East.

September
1 Egremont Rangers v Kells.



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With the new season just a fortnight old, the NCL has its first casualty: Third Division Blackbrook have pulled their open age team out of the competition. The St Helens club had problems towards the end of last season, which resulted in relegation, and clearly haven't resolved them over the winter.



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With the new season just a fortnight old, the NCL has its first casualty: Third Division Blackbrook have pulled their open age team out of the competition. The St Helens club had problems towards the end of last season, which resulted in relegation, and clearly haven't resolved them over the winter.

Couple of illuminating tweets from Blackbrook after their withdrawal from the NCL:

Despite reports, Blackbrook are thriving despite their issues with open age at the moment. To talk of the club going to the wall is 100% wide of the mark. The club regularly fields over 10 teams every weekend and is still, and will continue to be, a production line of future stars.

The club is in talks with the North West Men's League regarding open age rugby, and is extremely hopeful of continuing within their tier of rugby.



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With the new season just a fortnight old, the NCL has its first casualty: Third Division Blackbrook have pulled their open age team out of the competition. The St Helens club had problems towards the end of last season, which resulted in relegation, and clearly haven't resolved them over the winter.

Couple of illuminating tweets from Blackbrook after their withdrawal from the NCL:

Despite reports, Blackbrook are thriving despite their issues with open age at the moment. To talk of the club going to the wall is 100% wide of the mark. The club regularly fields over 10 teams every weekend and is still, and will continue to be, a production line of future stars.

The club is in talks with the North West Men's League regarding open age rugby, and is extremely hopeful of continuing within their tier of rugby.

A bit more, posted on a rugby league fans forum, by someone involved with the open age team at Blackbrook (I've edited out the uninteresting stuff):

We decided to resign from the NCL on Friday afternoon (9/3) and made them aware of the situation. I phoned Beverley (opponents on 10/3) straightaway to let them know also. With hindsight perhaps we should have resigned at the end of last season. However we wanted to stay but unfortunately it's not worked out. We have a great squad of 13/14 lads who will turn out every week, and several more who have been finding it difficult to travel due to work or family commitments. I'm sure all clubs have similar issues but our squad has been too small to handle it. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to go forwards. Open age rugby is alive and kicking at Blackbrook. We have had positive talks with the NWML and we will soon be playing again.

Still no official announcement on the NCL website of Blackbrook's withdrawal...



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It's Play-Off season in the National Conference League. As always neglected in the Rugby League fixtures and results section on the BBC Sport website, the Premier Division Play-Off's began last weekend with the eliminators between the teams finishing 3rd - 6th, results were:
Thatto Heath Crusaders 14-24 Underbank Rangers
Egremont Rangers 28-12 Wath Brow Hornets

Saturday 22nd September:
Egremont Rangers v Underbank Rangers (1430)
Winners playing for place in final eliminator against the losers of
Hunslet Club Parkside v West Hull (1605)
1st v 2nd for automatic place in Grand Final

Hunslet won all 22 games in the regular season after only being promoted from Division 1 last year, it would be a massive shock if they weren't crowned champions at the end of the season.

At the other end of the table Normanton Knights, Wigan St Patricks and Myton Warriors were relegated.

Division 1:
Champions - Thornhill Trojans
Promoted in 2nd - Lock Lane
Relegated - Ince Rose Bridge; Shaw Cross Sharks; Bradford Dudley Hill
Play-Off's (22/9):
Leigh Miners Rangers v Featherstone Lions
Pilkington Recs v Milford Marlins

Division 2:
Champions - Stanningley
Promoted in 2nd - Dewsbury Moor Maroons
Relegated - Drighlington; Hunslet Warriors; Leigh East
Play-Off's (29/9):
Crosfields v Saddleworth Rangers
Askam v Wigan St Judes
(Askam still need point in final league fixture at home to Leigh East to secure home advantage for play-off)
Saddleworth have taken the place of East Leeds who were deducted 4 points for non fulfilment of play-off fixture.

Division 3:
Champions - Beverley
Promoted in 2nd - Barrow Island
Play-Off's (22/9):
Millom v Eastmoor Dragons
Clock Face Miners v Woolston Rovers

In case any team is relegated, Salford City Roosters finished 2nd bottom, Waterhead Warriors 3rd bottom ahead of Stanley Rangers who pulled out halfway through the season and unplayed fixtures appear to have been awarded to their opponents.


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It's Play-Off season in the National Conference League.

Premier Division - Saturday 22nd September:
Egremont Rangers 22-18 Underbank Rangers
Hunslet Club Parkside 9-2 West Hull

Saturday 29th September:
West Hull v Egremont Rangers (1505)
Winners meet Hunslet Club Parkside in Grand Final

Division 1 Play-Off's (22/9):
Leigh Miners Rangers 39-20 Featherstone Lions
Pilkington Recs 18-29 Milford Marlins

Grand Final (6/10):
Leigh Miners Rangers v Milford Marlins (1205)

Division 2 Play-Off's (29/9, both 1430):
Crosfields v Saddleworth Rangers
Askam v Wigan St Judes

Division 3 Play-Off's (22/9):
Millom 36-12 Eastmoor Dragons
Clock Face Miners 19-6 Woolston Rovers

Grand Final (29/9):
Millom v Clock Face Miners (1430)


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Premier Division Grand Final + Div 1 Promotion Final @ Featherstone Rovers 6/10/18 ( Double Header )


Div 2 Promotion Play Off Final Wigan St Judes v Saddleworth Rangers Sat 6/10. KO 2.30 . At Judes , Parsons Meadow , Poolstock . Wigan.




PS ......... heard a few weeks ago that Ince Rose Bridge were quitting the NCL at the end of season and joining the NW Mens Lge ???


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Play-Off results and fixtures:

Premier Division (29/9):
West Hull 16-8 Egremont Rangers

Grand Final (6/10):
Hunslet Club Parkside v West Hull (1505 @ Featherstone Rovers)

Division 1 Grand Final (6/10):
Leigh Miners Rangers v Milford Marlins (1205 @ Featherstone Rovers)

Division 2 Play-Off's (29/9):
Crosfields 24-50 Saddleworth Rangers
Askam 18-35 Wigan St Judes

Grand Final (6/10):
Wigan St Judes v Saddleworth Rangers (1430)

Division 3 Grand Final (29/9):
Millom 12-16 Clock Face Miners


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I think congratulations are in order to Champions Hunslet Club Parkside who went through the League season and Play Offs with an 100% record.
There only defeat in the season was to Workington Town in the Challenge Cup and that by only eight points.

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