Rugby League

The ‘People’s Game’: The Rugby League TV Archive

The People's Game In difficult times like this, we often look to sports for an escape. Rugby League, more than most sports, remains at the centre of economic and social life for many towns across the north of England. And while we all acknowledge that our health must come first, there will be many people who… Continue reading The ‘People’s Game’: The Rugby League TV Archive

Anthony Broxton · Rugby League

The People’s Game: A Collection of Essays on Rugby League

Rugby League now faces a critical period with a new broadcast deal to be negotiated, a World Cup and question marks over the viability of the lower league clubs - many of whom have Conservative MPs for the first time in a generation. Below are a collection of essays on the sport, its identity, the… Continue reading The People’s Game: A Collection of Essays on Rugby League

Anthony Broxton · Rugby League

CodeBreakers: Toronto Wolfpack​ Understand Rugby League ‘Traditions’ More Than Most

Despite inevitable criticism from the ‘traditional’ Rugby League supporters, the Wolfpack’s lucrative capture of Sonny Bill Williams is in line with the sports ambitious and radical past Rugby league began in 1895 when clubs in the North of England broke away from their southern counterparts. The northern clubs wanted to compensate their players for missing… Continue reading CodeBreakers: Toronto Wolfpack​ Understand Rugby League ‘Traditions’ More Than Most

Anthony Broxton · Rugby League

League’s Decline: Making Great Britain Great Again

On the morning of Saturday, October 24th1992, readers of the Daily Mirror turned to the sports pages to find an unusual lead story. Instead of a Football scandal or Cricketing collapse, readers were confronted with a striking publicity shot of Martin Offiah scorching past a hapless Australian defender with a blaze of fire trailing in his… Continue reading League’s Decline: Making Great Britain Great Again

Anthony Broxton · Rugby League

Hillsborough Tragedy at 30: The British Media’s Week of Shame

That depends on what you assume! People assuming things led to Hillsborough, so it depends on what you assume! Right? Albie Kinsella - Cracker - To Be a Somebody - October 1993 In Stick It Up Your Punter! - the seminal history of The Sun, the author calculates that the subsequent boycott cost the paper approx £15… Continue reading Hillsborough Tragedy at 30: The British Media’s Week of Shame

Anthony Broxton · Rugby League

League’s False Dawn: Let Us Face The Future

“You might find that when Super League starts, the Challenge Cup no longer assumes the overwhelming importance it does now” Maurice Lindsay, 1995, The Independent As League embarks on another 'New Beginning' we have survived our Winter of Discontent in one piece. The settlement cannot be sustained. It's time to Face the Future. It is just 81 days… Continue reading League’s False Dawn: Let Us Face The Future

Media · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

"In Lancashire, babies don't toddle, they side-step. Queuing women talk of 'nipping round the blindside'. Rugby league provides our cultural adrenalin. It's a physical manifestation of our rules of life, comradeship, honest endeavour, and a staunch, often ponderous allegiance to fair play."  Colin Welland The quote from Oscar-winning writer Colin Welland has been repeated amongst… Continue reading Seize The Day: Twelve Ways To Make Rugby League Great Again

Book Reviews · Rugby League · Working Class Culture

Clive Sullivan: The Man Who Broke Rugby’s Racial Barrier

1972 was a tumultuous year in Britain's history. The Heath Government faced down unprecedented industrial and social conflict. The National Front was on the rise. Labour swung to the left and unemployment hit the fatal one million mark. Amidst the chaos, Great Britain RL appointed the first black captain of any British national side. It was done without mass… Continue reading Clive Sullivan: The Man Who Broke Rugby’s Racial Barrier