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Post Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:37 pm
Posted by davids on Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:37 pm
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Hello fellow RL fans,

Wire fan here who spent a lot of time travelling around watching RL in the 90s, home and away.

I am researching/putting together a book of Memories of Wilderspool, but someone suggested I expand it (if I can) to cover some of the other grounds we all have fond memories of, that held such an important place in our communities, now unfortunately lost to the bulldozers and property developers.

I'd be particularly interested in hearing from fans of Leigh, Sheffield Eagles, Oldham, Halifax, Salford, Widnes, Wigan, Hull FC and Saints* as I have great memories of travelling to these grounds back then, but of course any contributions from fans of any team would be valued.
*Actually, not such 'great' memories as we always took a thrashing there :lol:

Please message me or reply if you are interested in being interviewed (Skype/Zoom/email of course), or having some of your memories recorded for posterity.
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:51 am
Posted by Miro on Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:51 am
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Have you seen the book "The grounds of rugby league" printed in the 80s or 90s?
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 10:54 am
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Miro wrote:
Have you seen the book "The grounds of rugby league" printed in the 80s or 90s?


I haven't seen it. Thanks for the suggestion.

I have a second-hand copy of 'I Wouldn't Start from Here!: Travelling Supporters Guide to British Rugby League Grounds' by Lush, Peter ordered but it hasn't arrived yet.
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:38 am
Posted by King Street Cat on Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:38 am
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My Dad would probably be interested in this (Trinity fan for 6 decades). He's 75, so currently in isolation, but it might give him something to do! He's not tech minded but he might be able to write some notes which I can forward on. I'll send my mum a text.
"Back home we got a taxidermy man. He gonna have a heart attack when he see what I brung him."
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:50 am
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King Street Cat wrote:
My Dad would probably be interested in this (Trinity fan for 6 decades). He's 75, so currently in isolation, but it might give him something to do! He's not tech minded but he might be able to write some notes which I can forward on. I'll send my mum a text.


That would be absolutely great!

I am focusing on the memories of the grounds, the matchday experience and how important the matchday ritual is to the people of the local community, rather than specific games or legendary players (which are well documented elsewhere).

If I include any contributions from people, I will of course properly quote/cite them.

Many thanks
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:24 pm
Posted by Wigg'n on Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:24 pm
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Have a read through this for Central Park pal
viewtopic.php?t=227276
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Post Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:29 pm
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Wigg'n wrote:
Have a read through this for Central Park pal
viewtopic.php?t=227276


That was a great read, thank you.

I absolutely loved Central Park, probably one of my favourite sports grounds I've ever been to.

I remember winning 11-4 there with a Rob Myler length of the field try, 1992-93 season when we looked to be heading for relegation and no-one, not even me, gave us a chance. Remember being in my uncle's car driving up, we were all expecting an absolute hiding from that brilliant Wigan side.

Always loved going to Central Park, we stood or sat in various places, often amongst Wiganers, and the people were always great.
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Post Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:52 am
Posted by King Street Cat on Thu Apr 02, 2020 6:52 am
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Super League at 25: The home grounds from the first season

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/ ... rst-season
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Post Thu Apr 02, 2020 11:29 am
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Wigg'n wrote:
Have a read through this for Central Park pal
viewtopic.php?t=227276


You might also be able to get your hands on the Central Park Memories DVD. If you have heard of Rugby League Replayed then it is on there.

There was also a Central Park Years book produced as well that may still be hanging around somewhere like EBAY.
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Post Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:19 pm
Posted by Karen on Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:19 pm
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Super League at 25: The home grounds from the first season

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-league/ ... rst-season


Completely off topic, but WHY WHY WHY is everyone saying that SL is 25 years old this year?? It isn't, it's 24. It's the 25th season of SL but it's still only 24 years old and it's getting right on my unmentionables!!

Rant over.
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