Scarborough Pirates Rugby League 1991/92

This is the most comprehensive article on the Scarborough Pirates Rugby League team from 1991/92 that you will find. It includes a brief history, every result, points scorer and detail of every team that played in all the games. There are also some photographs however it is very difficult to find many

In December 1990, Scarborough announced an intention to apply for membership of the RFL. Scarborough Pirates RLFC were admitted as a member club in January 1991; getting exactly the minimum number of votes required. The Chairman was Geoffrey Richmond who also was the Chairman of Scarborough F.C. Len Casey was Head Coach, and Peter Smith was the captain.

Scarborough played their first competitive game on Sunday 25 August 1991 away to Doncaster in a Yorkshire Cup preliminary round match. Scarborough won 14-10 in front of 1,080 spectators.

Scarborough started the season well and finished ninth in the newly formed fourteen-club Third Division with ten wins and fourteen defeats. See the table below. However, attendances at the McCain Stadium were poor; with only four of their fourteen home matches attracting crowds of over 1,000. In June 1992, it was revealed that they were in debt to the sum of £113,000. Richmond disbanded the club after just one season citing a lack of local interest.

Season 1991/92 Results

August 25th 1991 Away at Doncaster in the Yorkshire Cup

WON 14-10

Tries Tomlinson, Robinson

Goals Pearce 3

Team

1 Ward, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Smith, 13 Daniels

14 Carlyle (for 3), 15 Hill (for 13)

September 1st 1991 Home to Huddersfield in the League

LOST 18-22

Tries – Pearce, Lidbury

Goals – Pearce 4, Drop Goals Pearce 2

Team

1 Ward, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Palmer, 12 Beall, 13 Smith

14 Daniels (for 10), 15 Olsen (for 13)

September 8th 1991 Away Nottingham City – League

WON 54-4

Tries – Palmer 3, McCabe 2, Lidbury, Patrick, Hadi, Olsen, Harcombe

Goals – Pearce 7

Team

1 Harcombe, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Olsen, 13 Smith

14 Knapper (for 5), 15 Hill (for 13)

September 15th 1991 Away Featherstone – Yorkshire Cup

LOST 30-7

Tries – Stead

Goal – Pearce Drop Goal – Pearce

Team

1 Stead, 2 Hadi, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Hill, 13 Smith

14 Mirpin (for 2), 15 Fairbank (for 11)

September 22nd 1991 Home Whitehaven – League

WON 16-14

Tries – Pearce, Ward

Goals – Pearce 4

Team

1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Pearce, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Hill, 12 Palmer, 13 Smith

15 Fairbank (for 8)

September 29th 1991 Away Trafford Borough – League

WON 34-16

Tries – Ward, G Clark, Beardmore, McCabe, Palmer, Smith

Goals – Carlyle 5

Team

1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Carlyle, 7 Beardmore, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Fairbank, 12 Hill, 13 Smith

14 Pearce (for 7) 15 Palmer (for 8)

October 6th 1991 Home Chorley – League

WON 28-10

Tries – Patrick, G Clark, Hill, Stead, McCabe

Goals – Pearce 4

Team

1 Ward, 2 B Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Fairbank, 11 Hill, 12 Palmer, 13 Daniels

14 Beall (for 8) 15 Smith (for 13)

October 13th 1991 Away Dewsbury – League

LOST 24-2

Goal – Pearce

Team

1 Ward, 2 G Clark, 3 Lidbury, 4 McCabe, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Palmer, 12 Smith, 13 Hill

14 Fairbank (for 8) 15 Ramshaw (for 11)

October 20th 1991 Home Nottingham City – League

WON 36-10

Tries – Carlyle, G Clark, Fairbank, Tomlinson, Lidbury, Wright

Goals – Carlyle 6

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 McCabe, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Carlyle, 7 Robinson, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Fairbank, 11 Hill, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 8) 15 Beall (for 11)

October 27th 1991 Away Barrow – League

LOST 11-10

Tries – McCabe, Patrick

Goals – Carlyle

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 McCabe, 4 Lidbury, 5 Stead, 6 Carlyle, 7 Robinson, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Lingard, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 7) 15 Potts (for 10)

November 3rd 1991 Away Sheffield – Cup

LOST 36-8

Tries – Smith, Patrick

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 D Clark, 4 Lidbury, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Beall, 11 Lingard, 12 Smith, 13 Ramshaw

14 Wright (for 7) 15 Noble (for 10)

November 7th 1991 Home Keighley – League

WON 38-13

Tries – Carlyle 2, Stead, Rookley, G Clark, Wright, Noble

Goals – Pearce 5

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 D Clark, 4 Wright, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Smith, 13 Lingard

14 ? 15 Forste (for 13)

November 10th 1991 Away Chorley – League

WON 12-7

Tries – Pearce, Tomlinson

Goals – Pearce 2

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Wright, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Carlyle, 8 Tomlinson, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Smith

14 15 Lidbury (for 8)

December 2nd 1991 – Home Dewsbury – League

LOST 16-17

Tries – Wood 2, D Clark

Goals – Pearce 2

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Potts (for 8)

December 8th 1991 – Away Hunslet – League

LOST 14-25

Tries – Carlyle, D Clark, G Clark

Goals – Pearce

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Forsyth (for 8)

December 22nd 1991 – Home Doncaster – League

WON 14-6

Tries – Noble, Forsyth

Goals – Pearce 3

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 15 Booker ( for 10)

December 29th 1991 – Away Huddersfield – League

LOST 9-36

Tries – Rookley

Goals – Carlyle, Pearce

Drop goal – Pearce

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 D Clark, 5 Stead, 6 Pearce, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 Wright (for 6) 15 Booker (for 10)

January 5th 1992 – Away Highfield – League

WON 22-12

Tries – Wood 2, Stead

Goals – Pearce 5

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Pearce, 5 Stead, 6 Wright, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Hill

14 Wood (for 10), 15 Lingard (for 12)

January 12th 1992 – Home Hunslet – League

LOST 12- 24

Tries – Wood, G Clark

Goals – Pearce, Carlyle

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Pearce, 5 Stead, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Noble, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Wood

14 Wright (for 4), 15 Forsyth (for 11)

Photo of Booker from the game v Hunslet

January 19th 1992 – Away Bramley – League

LOST 0-47

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Fairbank, 9 Patrick, 10 Hill, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Forsyth (for 9), 15 Rowbottom (for 11)

February 2nd 1992 – Home Bradford Northern – Challenge Cup

LOST 4-52

Tries – Hill

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Noble, 9 Patrick, 10 Forsyth, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Hill

14 Rowbottom (for 10), 15 Daniels (for 11)

February 17th 1992 – Away Keighley – League

LOST 16-18

Tries – Lidbury, Stead, Douglas

Goals – Carlyle 2

Team

1 Rookley, 2 Hadi, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Windley, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Patrick, 10 Noble, 11 Booker, 12 Lingard, 13 Hill

14 Rowbottom (for 8), 15 Douglas (for 11)

February 23rd 1992 – Home Batley – League

LOST 14-32

Tries – G Clark, Stead, Wright

Goals – Rookley

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Carlyle, 4 Stead, 5 Lidbury, 6 Robinson, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Wright (for 3), 15 Noble (for 11)

March 1st 1992 – Home Trafford Borough – League

WON 48-22

Tries – Knapper 3, G Clark 2, Rookley, Lingard, Stead, Wright, Booker

Goals – Knapper 4

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Douglas, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 5), 15 Fairbank (for 10)

March 8th 1992 – Away Batley – League

LOST 18-36

Tries – Hadi 2, Stead

Goals – Knapper 3

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Booker, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 4), 15 Rowbottom (for 10)

March 16th 1992 – Home Bramley – League

LOST 14-29

Tries – Rookley, Potts

Goals – Knapper 3

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Robinson, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Forsyth (for 2), 15 Potts (for 8)

March 22nd 1992 – Away Whitehaven – League

LOST 10-12

Tries – Knapper, Rookley

Goals – Knapper

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Knapper, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Robinson, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Hill, 10 Fairbank, 11 Noble, 12 Daniels, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 8), 15 Forsyth (for 13)

March 29th 1992 – Away Doncaster – League

LOST 2-10

Goals – Knapper

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Wright, 4 Stead, 5 Knapper, 6 Robinson, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Douglas, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 8), 15 Hill (for 9)

April 12th 1992 – Home Highfield – League

LOST 14-18

Tries – G Clark, Taylor, Potts

Goals – Rookley

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Taylor, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Booker, 12 Branton, 13 Lingard

14 Robinson (for 6), 15 Potts (for 8)

April 17th 1992 – Home Barrow – League

LOST 12-24

Tries – G Clark, Taylor

Goals -= Rookley 2

Team

1 Rookley, 2 G Clark, 3 Taylor, 4 Stead, 5 Hadi, 6 Wright, 7 Moules, 8 Van Bellen, 9 Forsyth, 10 Fairbank, 11 Daniels, 12 Branton, 13 Lingard

14 Potts (for 10), 15 Robinson (for 11)

So after 26 games Scarborough finished the season in 9th place with 20 points. They had won 10 games and lost 16 scoring 483 points and conceding 499, see the full table below

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Top 10 Temex Rugby Shirts

Which are your favourite Temex rugby shirts?

Here is a top 10 in conjunction with Classic Rugby Shirts

Most of these are available to buy there

Temex rugby jerseys by Canterbury

Number 10

Fiji

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Number 9 – Fiji

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Number 8 – Scotland

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Number 7 – Ireland

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Number 6 – Australia

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Number 5 – Highlanders

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Number 4 – Auckland Blues

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Number 3 – Hurricanes

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Number 2 – Waratahs

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The number 1 Temexjersey and most sought after according to www.classicrugbyshirts.com is this Crusaders shirt

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Do you agree or are there other Temex jerseys that should be included?

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Newcastle Falcons Classic Rugby Jerseys

Newcastle Falcons Old Rugby Shirts

A photographic history of Newcastle Falcons Jerseys from the past

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CLUB

The Newcastle Falcons (formerly Gosforth FC/ Newcastle Gosforth until 1996) is an English rugby union team that plays in the English Premiership. The club was established in 1877 and played under the name of Gosforth Football Club until 1990. The name was then changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in Kingston Park, Newcastle. At the start of the professional era the club adopted its current name of Newcastle Falcons.

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HISTORY OF SHIRTS

1996/97 HOME (below)

Shirt as worn when the club came 2nd in the Courage League National Division 2 and gained promotion to the top flight

PLAYERS – included Andrew, Bentley, Stimpson, Lam

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1997/98 HOME (below)

Shirt as worn when the club won the Allied Dunbar Premiership in their first top flight campaign

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1998/99 Home (below)

Home Shirt as worn when the club unsuccessfully defended their title and came a disappointing 8th in the Premiership.

They reached the Tetleys Bitter Cup Final losing out to Wasps

PLAYERS – included Wilkinson, Weir, Archer

 

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1998/99 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club unsuccessfully defended their title and came a disappointing 8th in the Premiership.

PLAYERS – included Wilkinson, Weir, Archer

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1999/ 2000 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club came 9th in the Premiership

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2005/07 Away (below)

Away Shirt as worn when the club came 7th in the Premiership in 2005/06

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2006/07 Home (below)

Home shirt as worn when the club came 9th in the Premiership

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2006/07 Special Shirt (below)

Charity Pink shirt as worn in the EDF Energy Anglo Welsh Cup when the Falcons were in Group C and won 2 and lost 1 and were eliminated

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2008/09 Special (below)

Shirt used in European games. The Falcons came 2nd in Pool 4 and then lost the quarter final to Saracens 32-13

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Swansea RFC 1992/93 – Classic Rugby Jerseys

A classic shirt made by Cotton Oxford made famous by a win over the World Champions, see the BBC report below

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4th November 1992

Swansea RFC 21 Australia 6

Swansea’s 1992 vintage side, a side built and coached by Mike Ruddock, would go on to become the premier Welsh side of the 1990s – as any good Jack will insist!

But few gave them a chance against the Australians who had named their Test team, rather than the dirt-trackers who Swansea fans will tell you were defeated by Llanelli RFC 10 days later.

In contrast, injuries meant the All Whites fielded a front row containing ageing club stalwart Keith Colclough and Swansea University student Chris Clark – who was making just his fifth senior appearance.

But there was something special in the Swansea Bay air that day.

The St Helen’s terraces that sweep away from the ground always make it difficult to create a pressure-cooker atmosphere, but on this occasion the crowd could have been encamped on the touch line.

A roar that rolled down to the Mumbles went up as Colclough drove opposing loose-head Matt Ryan out of the first scrum.

For me – peering through the mist and rain from the terraces – the defining moment came soon after as Wallaby number eight Tim Gavin picked up at the base of another retreating visitors scrum.

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His monstrous bulk drove through Richard Webster’s initial tackle, and then over the top of opposite number Stuart Davies.

With the Wales back-rowers swatted aside, blind-side flanker Alan Reynolds – an All Whites legend known to all as ‘Santa’ – flew across and seemed to clamber up Gavin’s back before driving him into the turf with a block-busting tackle.

With the momentum rolling, Scott Gibbs slipped through the midfield defence to slide in for an excellent try.

Portly outside-half Aled Williams kept the scoreboard ticking with two penalties, a drop goal and conversion.

And hooker Garin Jenkins got the old St Helen’s grandstand rattling with the clinching second-half try, pouncing on a loose Australian tap-back from a defensive line-out.

But if international stalwarts Gibbs and Jenkins stole the headlines, it was as much about the club regulars stepping up for their day of glory.

“The game was so special to me because Swansea was my bread and butter,” said Gibbs.

“I was playing alongside people who have been my friends for life, the guys I worked hard with all week.

“More than that, it was my only victory over Australia – all the games with Wales seemed to be foregone conclusions.

“Australian sport is epitomised and set apart by skill level and their appreciation of space.

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“Their union sides may not have the aggressive uniformity of the All Blacks, the sheer mass of South Africa, or the flair of France.

“But they have that precision and are some of the best rugby athletes and players in the world – their sporting ethos is what we should aspire to.”

Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer said that the Swansea display was “as good a performance as I can remember by a Welsh side”.

A record-equalling six All Whites went on to represent Wales in the Test with Australia on 21 November – Davies, Gibbs, Jenkins, Webster, Robert Jones and Reynolds (as a substitute).

 


Swansea: Anthony Clement; Mark Titley, Kevin Hopkins, Scott Gibbs, Simon Davies; Aled Williams, Robert Jones; Chris Clark, Garin Jenkins, Keith Colclough, Paul Arnold, Richard Moriarty, Alan Reynolds, Stuart Davies (capt), Richard Webster.

Australia: T Kelaher; D Smith, J Little, T Horan, P Carozza; P Kahl, P Slattery; M Ryan, P Kearns (capt), A Blades, W Waugh, J Eales, T Coker, S Scott Young, T Gavin.

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1998 Brumbies L/s Rugby Union Jersey Adults Medium

This is a rare ACT Brumbies Official Canterbury Rugby Union Jersey
from the 1998 season

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in excellent condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, badges are excellent. The sponsor print on both the front and back are excellent

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SIZE –  Adults Medium, armpit to armpit 21 inches

MADE BY – Canterbury

DETAILS – Rare away shirt as worn when the team came 10th in the Super 12 table

 

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Classic Milk sponsor on the front and back

 

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Looking back at the history of Rugby League side Mansfield Marksman to Nottingham City RL

The story starts in the 1980s when Rugby League was undergoing an expansion outside of its conventional northern setting.

Mansfield was chosen as an area in the heartland of the Nottinghamshire coalfields, with great access to Yorkshire and surrounding Counties and therefore a great contender for spectator sport.

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With the Mansfield Brewery’s popular lager as the main sponsor it was thought that support would flood in and so planted roots at Field Mill.

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Their pre-season games in the midst of the ongoing miners’ strike saw the team play the biggest names in rugby league including St Helens and Wigan, but suffered heavy defeats.

t was also reported that during the pre-season games, the most prominent names in the team were on holiday, creating opportunities for local players to take stage.

Already there was doubts that professional rugby league wasn’t being taken seriously in the town.

The first Division Two match for the Marksman saw an attendance of 2,291 against Wakefield in a 15-0 win.

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When it mattered most the Marksman could pull off the results to keep media support rolling in even if it was scarce.

However, despite the Marksman success on the field, attendances declined weekly.

In the second half of the season when results weren’t consistent attendances dropped to just a few hundred.

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Of course the slump in the Marksmen’s first season of existence had financial implications. It was reported that the team had suffered a loss of a staggering £90,000.

In their first season (1984/85) they finished a respectable 9th in the table

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In 1986 the Marksmen made the move from Field Mill to Alfreton Town FC, but then later moved to Sutton Town’s ground. Finally the Mansfield Marksmen made their resting place at Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden stadium in 1989, but soon became Nottingham City RLFC. Just how did it go so wrong for a team who had so much potential?

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The move to an area where the sport is virtually non-existent was a great risk. Much more could have been done make Mansfield more aware of the sport and educate people in what rugby league is all about. Perhaps there was no room in Mansfield for two professional sports teams or perhaps it was just the wrong time to drop a team in Mansfield during a period of conflict in the area. If there had been a thriving amateur scene in the area there’s a possibility it may have taken off better.

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Mansfield Marksman RLFC

Mansfield Marksman was founded in 1984 and joined the Second Division along with Sheffield Eagles, in 1984-85. Mansfield was chosen as it was in the heartland of the Nottinghamshire coalfields, and close to Yorkshire where rugby league was much stronger.

Their General Manager was Dave Parker, a rugby league journalist. They played initially at Mansfield Towns Field Mill, and were sponsored by Mansfield Brewery and named “Marksman” in the singular after a lager the brewery produced. The club colours were predominantly sky blue and dark blue shirts with yellow trim, however towards the end of their existence the club colours became a more basic blue and amber. The team was composed of northern, mainly West Yorkshire based players, who travelled down to play for Mansfield.

Mansfield’s pre-season friendlies saw them play some of the strongest teams in British rugby league, including St Helens and Wigan. Unfortunately Mansfield’s big name players were on holiday and a weakened team, including many local players, went down to heavy defeats.

Mansfield first home game in the Second Division attracted 2,291 spectators and they defeated Wakefield Trinity 15-0. They won eight of their first nine games; the only defeat being 7-6 at Dewsbury. However, they struggled after this and attendances declined steadily. Their final home game of the season against Rochdale Hornets was watched by 321 spectators and they were beaten 9-8. The club lost £90,000 in this first year and could not afford the rent at Field Mill. The final game there was on 2 February 1986 when Marksman lost 32-2 to Leigh.

The club then moved to Alfreton Towns North Street stadium. The first game at the new venue was on 23 March 1986 when Mansfield were beaten 42-18 by Workington Town in front of a crowd of 290.

The club moved once again for the 1988-89 season to Sutton Towns Lowmoor Road ground at Kirkby in Ashfield

Table for 1985/86 where the Marksman finished bottom

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1986/87 below

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1987/88 below

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1988/89 below

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Nottingham City RLFC

A boardroom split occurred over the decision to move the club to Nottingham  in June 1989. The move also led to the loss of sponsorship by Mansfield Brewery and the club was renamed Nottingham City RLFC. They played at the Harvey Hadden Stadium and their initial club colours were sky blue shirts with a dark blue and gold vee, carrying over the Mansfield Marksman colours. Later the club colours changed to myrtle green, yellow and white shirts (see 1991/92 shirt in these colours below under the 91/92 table). In later years the shirts were myrtle green with purple trim. One season the team adopted the name Nottingham City Outlaws RLFC, a name that would later be used by the city amateur side.

Shirt below from 1989/90

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The Nottingham team was led by player-coach Mark Burgess, several players were from Batley Boys RLFC and other local towns, Dave Parker took over as Managing Director at Huddersfield and the Nottingham City club was run by former Mansfield Director Paul Tomlinson and his mother Joan. As Nottingham they won only seven games in four years.

Their first season in the Second Division 1989/90 table below

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Chief Executive Maurice Lindsay wanted to reduce the number of clubs in the lower division of the league in 1993. The three clubs finishing bottom of the second division would be demoted to the National Conference League . Nottingham struggled and finished bottom of the Third Division at the end of the 1992-93 season, winning only one game. With both Nottingham City and Blackpool Gladiators both already relegated, the crucial last match at Nottingham on 12 April 1993, between Nottingham City and Highfield would determine the final relegation spot. Highfield won 39-6 and Highfield survived at the expense of Chorley Borough

The RLSA, the Rugby League Supporters Association, had called on fans to turn out at the Harvey Haddon Stadium in protest against the decision, City’s normal crowd of three hundred or so was boosted by this to a season’s best of 851.[The three expelled clubs plus Highfield RL pursued legal action against the RFL decision, but to no avail.

Nottingham could no longer afford Yorkshire-based players so imported local Nottingham Crusaders players who weren’t up to National Conference League standards and they were relegated in their first year and then resigned from the league the following year.

Table 1990/91

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For the 1991/92 season there were 3 divisions but Nottingham City came bottom again

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This season they used a Canterbury shirt

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The 1992/93 table, their last

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New Zealand Maori Centenary Rugby League Shirt 2008

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This is a rare New Zealand Maori Official ISC Rugby League Shirt

from 2008

SHIRT CONDITION – Shirt is in very good condition

CONDITION DETAILS – Colours are bright, collar has discolour

SIZE –  Adults XL, armpit to armpit 23 inches
No size label in shirt

MADE BY – ISC

FEATURES – NZ Maori Rugby League Centenary detail on chest commemorating 100 years of the Maoris playing their first RL game

DETAILS – Shirt as worn against the Indigenous Dreamtime tean on 26th October 2008 as the curtain raiser to the first match of the 2008 World Cup. The Maori team lost 34-26

 

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Sonny Bill Williams – Lets us know his sporting icon

Sonny Bill Williams has reflected on the achievements of his idol, boxer Muhammad Ali ahead of his quest for Olympic gold.

Williams already has a Rugby World Cup, Super Rugby and NRL title to his name along with a national heavyweight boxing championship but he believes winning Olympic gold would eclipse everything.

“To be able to say you’re an Olympian and get a medal, that’d just be another level,” the New Zealand Sevens star told ESPN.  

“It would be unbelievable. I get butterflies just thinking about it. God willing it all works out.”

Williams, a devout Muslim, added that former boxing legend Ali is an idol of his and draw much inspiration.

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“From an athlete’s point of view, for me, there was no one bigger than Ali,” added the rugby league convert. 

“He’s my man. He won a gold medal, he was an Olympian and it would be awesome to say I am an Olympian as well.

“His faith [was inspiring] and I guess, though he didn’t always say the right things, he always backed it up. I appreciate that from an athlete. I can only imagine the scrutiny and amount of people that would want to see him fail. But he kept on trucking on.

“There was that fight against George Foreman where no one expected him to win, the odds were stacked against him but somehow he did. It showed the character of him, the man he was.

“It wasn’t just about his mouth, he had something deep inside him that allowed him to go to those dark places and come out on top.”

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