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A weekly digest of all things Rugby League - past, present and future.

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A weekly digest of all things Rugby League - past, present and future.

    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Nine - Tarnished Gold

    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Nine - Tarnished Gold

    'Tarnished Gold' is a chapter highlighting the farcical nature of both sides of the war regarding the appalling treatment international football. We discus limbo, the City vs Country litmus test, reconnected state or origins squads, rebel teams, Fiji being used as a pawn, coup leader George Speight, cheapening international jerseys, the Rest of The World game abandoned, disastrous Great Britain Super League tour of PNG and New Zealand, and much more!
     
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    An interview with Professor Tony Collins

    An interview with Professor Tony Collins

    To conclude our English miniseries, Michael is joined by the legendary Professor Tony Collins for an expansive look at the RFL's road to Super League, and the fallout afterwards. 
     
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    The politics of English Rugby League with Anthony Broxton

    The politics of English Rugby League with Anthony Broxton

    As a companion piece to our Chapeltown Road chapter of the Super League War, Michael chats to British labour historian Anthony Broxton about Thatcherism, striking miners, economic depression and how it all relates to Rugby League in England. Go to https://tidesofhistory.wordpress.com/ for more of Anthony's important work.
     
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    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Eight - Chapeltown Road (Part 3)

    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Eight - Chapeltown Road (Part 3)

    The RFL receives a mammoth offer to defect to Super League, the ARL begs them to stay, clubs unanimously agree to the switch, then immediately revolt over proposed mergers, fans mobilise with the publication 'Merging on the Ridiculous', the ARL makes a hypocritical raid on English players ... all this against a backdrop of northern economic decline and British classism. A fantastic concluding episode of this chapter!
     
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    Michael and Andy's all-time Dragons & Raiders teams

    Michael and Andy's all-time Dragons & Raiders teams

    In anticipation of a potentially season-defining clash between the Raiders and Dragons in Wollongong Saturday, we bring a Patreon bonus ep from behind the paywall, as Michael and Andy (separately) list their favourite ever Dragons and Raiders teams respectively. NOTE: Andy was horrified to omit one of his favourite players in Steve 'Boxhead' Walters. Take it as read that Steve gets the 9 jersey in this team.
     
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    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Eight - Chapeltown Road (Part 2)

    The Super League War - Chapter Twenty-Eight - Chapeltown Road (Part 2)

    English two of 'Chapeltown Road' the RLD discusses Engl rugby league in the 1980s. financial peril, expansion plans and at times lack thereof, teams in London, Kent and Carlisle, Australian imports, the bizarre history of the Golden Boot award, the legendary Wigan teams, Chorley, the need for structural change, Cliff Richard, The 'Framing the Future' report and much, much more!
     
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mcgheevt ,

Great intro to the game

I’m an American that discovered league during COVID-19 lockdown and have loved learning about the culture of the sport in this pod. Their series on the Super League War is fascinating and any sports fan can learn a lot from it about the ways the sports world has changed in the last 25 years.

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