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The first Final Hooter

19th August 2007 Correspondent 0

New Last Tackle writer Alison Whitfield is a welcome addition to our team, and you can view her weekly blog “The Final Hooter” every Sunday. In her first article, she looks at promotion, relegation and the franchise system. [Read more…]

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To cap it all

12th July 2007 Correspondent 0

So the salary cap rears its ugly head once again. This time it’s Bradford Bulls, St Helens and Wigan Warriors facing the accusations (although Wigan haven’t yet been found guilty of doing anything it must be stressed). So what do last night’s rulings actually mean?

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A famous friend

9th July 2007 Correspondent 0

Considering our game does not receive the coverage due to it in our national press, we do seem to attract some high profile supporters. I hear that Australian star of stage and screen Mr Russell Crowe is an avid follower of South Sydney Rabbitohs, Mr David Hinchliffe MP, watches Wakefield Trinity whenever his busy schedule allows, soccer player Mr Alan Smith is a Castleford fan and comedy actors Mr Johnny Vegas and Mr Ricky Tomlinson watch St Helens.

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Challenge Cup Dilemma

13th June 2007 Correspondent 0

nThe passage of Les Catalans Dragons to the Challenge Cup semi finals presented something of a dilemma for the RFL as to where they were going to stage the event. The answer came after this afternoon’s cup draw. [Read more…]

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Saints within their rights

6th June 2007 Correspondent 0

St Helens stand out as the rugby league club that has caused the most controversy by fielding weakened teams in league matches to keep their top players as fresh as possible. This time the outcry was not as pronounced as in previous years – possibly because we’ve all grown used to it – but some people were aggrieved at Saints’ perceived arrogance. [Read more…]

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Soul of the North

5th June 2007 Correspondent 0

How often have you sat on a bus these days only to have our eardrums accosted by a chav playing what sounds like Pinky and Perky on speed on his I-pod? Such things would never have occurred in my day. The idea of carrying a wind-up gramophone and several boxes of 78s onto any form of public transport is too ridiculous for words. As for these modern forms of music, what is there to say? It is awful and is crying out to be banned.nn [Read more…]

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Breaking up the Union

30th May 2007 Correspondent 0

Anyone who has followed the news recently will have spotted the debate about Scottish independence and breaking up the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  The election of the Scottish National Party to the Scottish Parliament seems to suggest that Great Britain’s time is drawing to a close. It’s been the same story in rugby league. [Read more…]

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Beware of complacency!

26th May 2007 Correspondent 0

Some of my Chemical supporting friends were quite surprised at the events which took place at Wheldon Road recently. They certainly seem to be off to a fine start to the season and Thursday’s win against the Glassblowers must have cheered them all up no end.nn [Read more…]

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Donny’s warning to RL

23rd May 2007 Correspondent 0

Anyone who thinks that introducing a franchise system to Super League would prevent clubs from overstretching themselves must surely have had a wake up call after the recent plight of Doncaster Lakers. The South Yorkshire club are in meltdown because of their overreaching ambitions to be given a franchise in 2009. [Read more…]