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Podcast by Tony Collins

Rugby Reloaded Tony Collins

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Podcast by Tony Collins

    131. Forty Years of Fulham & London league expansion

    131. Forty Years of Fulham & London league expansion

    On 14 September 1980 Fulham rugby league club ran out for its first match at Craven Cottage and the professional game returned to London. But the history of London rugby league stretches back to 1908 and Fulham were the latest attempt to establish a pro club in the capital. So what does the past forty years tell us about rugby league expansion in London? The new 'Rugby Reloaded' explores the struggle to keep the league flame burning in London and the lessons for future expansion.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 10 min
    130. The Secret History of Leeds United

    130. The Secret History of Leeds United

    The new Premier League season starts this week so, as Leeds Utd once again take their place in the top flight, the new 'Rugby Reloaded' looks at the secret history of the origins of professional soccer in Leeds. It's a tale of intrigue, double-dealing and concealed conflicts of interest of businessmen and journalists that led to the death of a rugby league club and the birth of commercial soccer.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 9 min
    129. 25 Years of Professional Rugby Union with Ben Darwin

    129. 25 Years of Professional Rugby Union with Ben Darwin

    Last week marked the 25th anniversary of rugby union abandoning amateurism and legalising professionalism. To mark the occasion, we chat with former Wallaby prop and CEO of Gainline Analytics, Ben Darwin. Ben played before and after 1995 and experienced rugby as an amateur and a professional, so he brings his personal insights as well as a deep knowledge of both rugby codes to our discussion about the reality of amateurism, the problems of professionalism, and the real differences between union and league.
    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 44 min
    128. Rugby League - A People's History

    128. Rugby League - A People's History

    This week's special edition marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of rugby league, with guest presenter Dr Kevin Moore interviewing me about my new book 'Rugby League: A People's History' which is published this week by scratchingshedpublishing.com.
    We talk about the origins of the sport, the strengths and weaknesses of its culture, and its prospects in the 21st Century. In 13 questions, we dissect rugby league's past, present and future.
    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 42 min
    127. The 1946 Indomitables' rugby league tour

    127. The 1946 Indomitables' rugby league tour

    Less than a year after the end of World War 2 rugby league’s Lions toured Australia and New Zealand - a tour made possible thanks to an aircraft carrier, a military train & the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. This week's ‘Rugby Reloaded’ tells the story of the incredible 1946 ‘Indomitables’, the tour that relaunched international rugby league.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 9 min
    126. Rugby Union and the Olympic Games

    126. Rugby Union and the Olympic Games

    9 August would have been the closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but... The new 'Rugby Reloaded' takes a look at rugby union's early Olympic history, starting with the 1900 tournament where the British team did not bother to turn up for a match and ending with the 1924 final that ended in violence. In between, club teams took part, Cornwall contested a final, and the USA won two gold medals. This was a very different Olympic tradition to the commercial juggernaut of today's Games.

    For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, take a look at www.rugbyreloaded.com (which also has show notes and links for this episode) and follow me on Twitter at @collinstony.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

tremainesfarm20 ,

Great informative podcast

Love these little snippets of information on a variety of rugby and other forms of football history, that looks beyond the big scores to consider the social history of the games. Fun accessible discussions really engaging and great listening for a tea break or commute!

jmannchester ,

Rugby Reloaded

Love all the social history that formed these great games .

Nicholas Fletcher ,

Rugby Reload - a Gem of a podcast

Every Monday I look forward for the notification on my IPhone to ping up with another 9 mins of joy. I love nearly all ball games and in my time have played most in some form. I too, enjoy history and how things came to be, so it’s as if this podcast was designed for me. Snips of history packed into such a short moment.... fantastic.
Keep up the good work Tony....
Roll on Monday!!

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