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Feversham Lens
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Clubs in rugby league's top three tiers are starting to ditch printed programmes.

Batley (available as a free download) and Hull Kingston Rovers (and possibly Leigh) are 'digital only' for 2019.

Newcastle and Widnes have confirmed they won't be doing a 'physical' programme.

Those continuing in print include Barrow (£2.50), Dewsbury, London (£3, 40pp), Oldham, Sheffield (£3, 40pp), Swinton, Whitehaven, Workington and York (£3, 26pp).

Looks as though Bradford and Halifax will again merely do an insert in their respective local newspaper.


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West Wales are only on-line but you can wait a week or two for them to appear.


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For 2019, Dewsbury are issuing a 24-page programme, price £2.50. Various contributors, all volunteers. Pretty decent effort.


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Hunslet, who issued individual match programmes last season, have confirmed for 2019 they'll be producing a monthly magazine. Covering all the games in any particular month, it will be an in-season extension of the club's existing quarterly magazine, South of the River.

St Helens are sticking with a 'physical' programme for 2019. Price is £3. Interestingly, Saints, supported by Saints Heritage Society, will be running a series of 'retro' covers throughout 2019. They're asking fans to send in their ideas (favourite covers from seasons past). Good to see that sort of engagement. For the season-opening Wigan game (31/1), in addition to the regular match programme, Saints produced 200 copies (available only from the club shop) with a one-off cover celebrating wing Tommy Makinson's 200th Saints appearance. Warrington Audi is the programme's season-long sponsor.


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Looks as though Featherstone Rovers won't, in 2019, bother with even the basic foldout 'physical programme' they sold for a quid last season. Nothing online, it seems.


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Not had time to update my where did you go posts for the last couple of weeks, but I was at Leigh's opening league game versus Toulouse, and can confirm the programme was available as a download only. It was free, but the Leigh website didn't make it clear if that was as an opening day of the season offer, or whether all editions will be free. It was the usual excellent effort from Leigh of recent seasons, 56 pages packed with reading material. Leigh supporters who wanted a physical copy were asked to e-mail the club if they would be interested in a season long subscription at £3.00 per issue plus postage costs - not sure whether this would be dependent on demand.

The Leigh issue downloaded as a pdf file, which was easily saved so as to be accessed from any device. The only previous game I had attended with an online programme was Glasgow Hawks rugby union last year. They did give out a basic four pager on the gate, but the online issue had much more match specific content. However, it downloaded as a web page and appeared impossible to save (other than saving the web page itself, which presumably would only be available as long as it remains on the website).


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Looks as though Bradford and Halifax will again merely do an insert in their respective local newspaper.


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Oldham's 2019 match programme consists of 24 pages (only three of them ads) for £3. A redesign took place during the close-season. The issue looks good and reads well.


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Three other confirmed issuers of proper 'physical' match programmes after this weekend's round of Super League, Championship and League One fixtures: Salford Red Devils (£3), Whitehaven (£2.50) and Coventry Bears (£2).



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I was at Leigh's opening league game versus Toulouse, and can confirm the programme was available as a download only. It was free, but the Leigh website didn't make it clear if that was as an opening day of the season offer, or whether all editions will be free.
Looks as though it will be available as a free download throughout the season, Andrew. According to a Leigh tweet, yesterday's Featherstone Rovers issue was. I note Leigh also have a programme sponsor.


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Super League Wakefield Trinity have confirmed they are no longer issuing printed programmes. I didn't ask (because digital programmes don't interest me) when emailing the club, but there's no reference on the club website to a digital alternative.


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There was a physical programme at Newcastle on Saturday. I didn't buy one though so I don't know if it was a double header, a Newcastle programme, or a Toronto programme.


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There was a physical programme at Newcastle on Saturday. I didn't buy one though so I don't know if it was a double header, a Newcastle programme, or a Toronto programme.

I had a feeling there might be a one-off programme for that 'event' at Kingston Park. I didn't enquire because I had other plans.


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From the Wakefield Trinity Website
"Wakefield Trinity are delighted to announce a brand new look for the 2019 match day programmes.
The Club are delighted to be working alongside local paper, Wakefield Express to create a brand new eight page editorial insert for every home game of the 2019 season". They also charge £1 to buy one on matchday's.
Toulouse - issued a glossy style programme for their home game against Widnes - I'm not sure if it is the same 1 page glossy sheet which was issued last season.
Huddersfield Giants - appear to be issuing a physical programme as one has appeared on sale on ebay.


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From the Wakefield Trinity Website
"Wakefield Trinity are delighted to announce a brand new look for the 2019 match day programmes.
The Club are delighted to be working alongside local paper, Wakefield Express to create a brand new eight page editorial insert for every home game of the 2019 season"

So, no proper programme! Sounds as dire and pointless as the offerings from Bradford and Halifax. The T&A, the Courier and the (Wakefield) Express must be desperate. Have these local newspapers' sports desks simply become an extension of the clubs' PR operations?


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No one laments the passing of programmes more than me. As chairman and programme editor for Leigh Centurions Iíve tried to force back the tide. To no avail. In Super Lge we sold over a thousand programmes per issue. Last season we were selling just over 200. With minimum print runs etc we were losing several hundred pounds per issue. We now do a 56pp programme digitally. I write it so the costs are nil apart from the designer whose costs are covered by the programme sponsor. We asked fans who were interested in a subscription to email in so I could get some printed. We have had 12 responses so far. I am trying to maintain standards and a historical record. The programme takes me 25hrs minimum. Iím grateful for Onion Bagís simply fantastic photos which really enhance it. For the Toulouse game we had 1,200 downloads so at least itís getting a wider audience and our sponsors are getting wider recognition. We will have a free download each issue this season. Thatís how it is. If anyone has any suggestions Iíd be grateful to receive them. Nothingíd please me more than having the programme printed again.


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Can't knock the reasoning, GH.

Meanwhile, Hull have, for 2019, ditched individual match programmes and gone instead for a monthly magazine, The 18th Man. It's 64 pages, costs a quid and is A4 (every collector's least favourite size!). It will continue, monthly, out of season:

http://www.hullfc.com/...sion-of-the-18th-man

A summary of what we know thus far:

Still in print (individual match issue): Barrow (£2.50), Coventry (£2), Dewsbury (£2.50, 24pp), Huddersfield (£3), London (£3, 40pp), Oldham (£3, 24pp), St Helens (£3), Salford (£3), Sheffield (£3, 40pp), Swinton (£3), Toulouse (n/k), Whitehaven (£2.50), York (£3, 26pp)

Still in print (monthly magazine): Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River)

Still in print (local newspaper insert): Bradford, Halifax, Wakefield

Digital only: Batley (free to download), Hull KR (register for free download), Leigh (free to download), West Wales (free to download)

No programme of any description: Featherstone, Newcastle, Widnes

To be confirmed: Castleford, Catalans, Doncaster, Keighley, Leeds, London Skolars, North Wales, Rochdale, Toronto, Warrington, Wigan, Workington


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Providing of course they have updated site for new season (and they seem to have done so) London Skolars say they are doing an individual matchday programme at £2.50.


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Castleford have been tweeting about their new, monthly magazine, Roar (cover price £1, £36 for a year's postal subscription). Can't imagine they're doing that as well as continuing to issue individual match programmes. Any references to programmes on the club website are for 2018.


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Doncaster are replacing their programme with a "matchday information sheet" (50p). Club statement extract:

In line with a host of Betfred Super League clubs and the supporters board, the Dons will now produce a double sided A4 information sheet which will include Richard Horneís thoughts on the game, four key players from the opposition and a full squad list from both sides. On sale for 50p, the first issue of the all-new matchday information sheet will be on sale around the ground and inside the stadium.


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A summary of what we know:

Still in print (programme for individual matches): Barrow (£2.50), Coventry (£2), Dewsbury (£2.50, 24pp), Huddersfield (£3), London Broncos (£3, 40pp), London Skolars (£2.50), Oldham (£3, 24pp), St Helens (£3), Salford (£3), Sheffield (£3, 40pp), Swinton (£3), Toulouse (n/k), Whitehaven (£2.50), York (£3, 26pp)

Still in print (monthly magazine): Castleford (Roar, £1), Hull (The 18th Man, £1), Hunslet (South of the River, price n/k)

Still in print (matchday information sheet): Doncaster (two sides of A4, 50p)

Still in print (local newspaper insert): Bradford, Halifax, Wakefield

Digital only: Batley (free to download), Hull KR (register for free download), Leigh (free to download), West Wales (free to download)

No programme of any description: Featherstone, Newcastle, Widnes

To be confirmed: Catalans, Keighley, Leeds, North Wales, Rochdale, Toronto, Warrington, Wigan, Workington



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Warrington - issue (£3) from Leeds (H) 2/2/19 available on e-bay so presumably print copy available.



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On the Fev section of the Totalrl.com forum someone is claiming Fev will issue for "Special" games.


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Wigan issued a printed programme (£6) for the World Club Challenge (17/2/19) against Sydney Roosters.


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Workington's commercial manager has confirmed Town will be issuing paper programmes this season.

Interesting the smaller clubs appear to be the ones sticking with 'physical' programmes. How are they making them pay?


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