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Local Heroes?
Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:24 pm
Posted by The Don on Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:24 pm
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The lack of Leigh born players in the team got me wondering whether this is a recent phenomenon or if it has been declining for many years. Always one for the long view and with half an hour to spare a quick run through the heritage booklet came up with the following results for players that debuted for the club from Leigh (amateur) teams as an overall % of all players that made their debut. From the 1920s to 2000, the figure is steady at around 25% reducing to 11% from 2000-09, and now at 5% for 2010-18. My question is, as a hotbed of Rugby League, why do more local players no longer debut for Leigh? Is the talent no longer there? Does it matter?

1900-09 47% 1960-69 19%
1910-19 53% 1970-79 27%
1920-29 26% 1980-89 26%
1930-39 33% 1990-99 26%
1940-49 25% 2000-09 11%
1950-59 21% 2010-08 5%
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:51 pm
Posted by EVO105 on Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:51 pm
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The Don wrote:
The lack of Leigh born players in the team got me wondering whether this is a recent phenomenon or if it has been declining for many years. Always one for the long view and with half an hour to spare a quick run through the heritage booklet came up with the following results for players that debuted for the club from Leigh (amateur) teams as an overall % of all players that made their debut. From the 1920s to 2000, the figure is steady at around 25% reducing to 11% from 2000-09, and now at 5% for 2010-18. My question is, as a hotbed of Rugby League, why do more local players no longer debut for Leigh? Is the talent no longer there? Does it matter?

1900-09 47% 1960-69 19%
1910-19 53% 1970-79 27%
1920-29 26% 1980-89 26%
1930-39 33% 1990-99 26%
1940-49 25% 2000-09 11%
1950-59 21% 2010-08 5%


It matters enough to you to put this down in writing why is that? Also interesting the use of the word hero Are you an ex player?
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Post Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:11 pm
Posted by The Don on Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:11 pm
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Sorry, don't see the connection between your questions and mine.
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:38 am
Posted by EVO105 on Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:38 am
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The Don wrote:
Sorry, don't see the connection between your questions and mine.


Calling players Hero's is strange
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:12 am
Posted by Centurino on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:12 am
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The Don wrote:
The lack of Leigh born players in the team got me wondering whether this is a recent phenomenon or if it has been declining for many years. Always one for the long view and with half an hour to spare a quick run through the heritage booklet came up with the following results for players that debuted for the club from Leigh (amateur) teams as an overall % of all players that made their debut. From the 1920s to 2000, the figure is steady at around 25% reducing to 11% from 2000-09, and now at 5% for 2010-18. My question is, as a hotbed of Rugby League, why do more local players no longer debut for Leigh? Is the talent no longer there? Does it matter?

1900-09 47% 1960-69 19%
1910-19 53% 1970-79 27%
1920-29 26% 1980-89 26%
1930-39 33% 1990-99 26%
1940-49 25% 2000-09 11%
1950-59 21% 2010-08 5%


Interesting Info. I'd guess the decline is relative to the decline in participants playing rugby league in general from grassroots up. The player pool is reducing fast. I'm generalising, kids would rather play games online than wake up early on a Sunday morning and get soaking wet. There is absolutely no coincidence since the inception of the www the world has changed and competition for all activities and business has increased. The effects have been huge. That's my global answer.
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Posted by LeythIg on Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:32 pm
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Introduction of Super League probably responsible for the drop, as more players go into academies at Wigan, Warrington, Saints etc...
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:43 pm
Posted by glow on Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:43 pm
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Introduction of Super League probably responsible for the drop, as more players go into academies at Wigan, Warrington, Saints etc...


How many Leigh lads playing in SL these days?
get leigh outta wigan
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:55 pm
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How many Leigh lads playing in SL these days?


No idea. Just pointing out a major event in the sport, which has correlated with a drop in local players playing for the club's first team.

How many players have been chewed up and spat out of SL academies, and lost to the game?
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:44 pm
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LeythIg wrote:
No idea. Just pointing out a major event in the sport, which has correlated with a drop in local players playing for the club's first team.

How many players have been chewed up and spat out of SL academies, and lost to the game?


That's the right question
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Post Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:44 pm
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LeythIg wrote:
No idea. Just pointing out a major event in the sport, which has correlated with a drop in local players playing for the club's first team.

How many players have been chewed up and spat out of SL academies, and lost to the game?


That's the right question
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