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    Quote Originally Posted by prescot98 View Post
    my dad played for City from 1963 - 1968 (the glory years!!)
    they were beating Wigan in 1966 and the ref played 8 minutes 'injury time', Boston going over to win the game late on.
    I was there - never felt so cheated in my life (I was 14 at the time)!!!


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    Great to here from you Prescot..

    What is your dads name. Liverpool City was before my time (born in 70) although i have done a bit of research into the club.

    My main knowledge of the club is as Huyton from about 78 to when they went to Runcorn in 84.

    Have you any photos of the club(s) from any era, either team pics or ground photos, anything at all. It would be fantastic to see them.

    Also i am not a native of Liverpool but would love to see the book you mentioned when it is released. Keep me up to date on that as i might miss it's release living over here in Wakefield.

    All the best
    Chris
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    I live in NZ, explaining to kiwis why I only lived a stones throw from st helens ( stronghold of rugby league ) but it isn't followed in the city has always been met with disbelief, when I arrived here We would go to the video shop and you could rent videos of wigan V st helens on tapes, I thought it was all a bit mad on the absolute other side of the world when you can't rent them in huyton

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    Hi hUYTONRLFC,

    Was talking to my dad about the games (Arthur Johnson) at Knotty Ash and then Alt Park. The team was 'half decent' for about 4 seasons as they stopped getting 30+ journeymen from Barrow and Widnes and started developing youth and signing players in their twenties.

    Dad brought Jeff Heaton with him from Saints (his best mate and my godfather) after saints wanted to sell them both off to Widnes in 1963.
    With Vollenhoven and Murphy at Saints their appearances would be limited so the chairman basically told them to sign for widnes. When they refused they were told 'you wont play for saints again'. So, they both decided to quit saints and move to City.

    Another story from 1965 was a game City v Dewsbury (he thinks) and AJ was getting grief from a handful of away supporters...so hurdled the wall and laid into them!!!
    Quite rightly sent off too...he kept quiet about that for 40 years!!

    I'm trying to get a release date for the Liverpool City RL book from the author, so will keep everyone informed.

    there's an interview with Ray Ashby on CodeXIII (on channel m Sky 203 or online at channelm.co.uk) Part of a tribute to Eric Ashton.

    will try and scan some of Dad's scrapbooks and old programmes too.

    cheers
    Dave

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    Hi
    the RL book will be out the week before the challenge Cup Final. title still TBC but it will be focussing mainly on Liverpool Stanley / Liverpool City era and a bit of history to the pre and post incarnations of the club.

    I've seen a draft copy and there will be match stats, player stats, interviews, mini biographies and essential fact n figures on Liverpool City / Stanley.
    very detailed and a real rugby league fans dream!

    more nearer the date of publication - author is Mike Brocken.

    cheers
    DJ

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    Cheers Prescot 98

    I'll keep an eye out on here for more info when it's released.
    HUYTON R.L.F.C. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!

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    Smile LIVERPOOL CITY RUGBY

    Quote Originally Posted by prescot98 View Post
    Hi
    the RL book will be out the week before the challenge Cup Final. title still TBC but it will be focussing mainly on Liverpool Stanley / Liverpool City era and a bit of history to the pre and post incarnations of the club.

    I've seen a draft copy and there will be match stats, player stats, interviews, mini biographies and essential fact n figures on Liverpool City / Stanley.
    very detailed and a real rugby league fans dream!

    more nearer the date of publication - author is Mike Brocken.

    cheers
    DJ


    Any more news on the publication?

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    Hi
    I've contacted the author and I'm waiting to hear back from the publishers.
    The book is due out in 4 - 6 weeks, as yet I've had no confirmation on title or number of pages (or stockists).

    hopefully, more info very soon

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    Here's a few links from a page marked as archives.

    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep.../lpoolrfc.html

    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep...ercury1897.htm

    From here.
    http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homep..._archives.html

    I love Rugby League but only a couple of other people I know are interested in it,it's a shame really as the saints are so brilliant too watch.

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    For those interested a book on Liverpool City and the origins or rugby league in Liverpool will be published in mid october.
    All the ex players will be contacted and a launch 'do' arranged - venue tbc

    Once I have the exact date and publishers outlets I'll repost more info.

    Pity it won;t be at the same time of the RL Premiership Final but it may launch week of the RL world cup in Oz.

    cheers
    Dave

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    Thanks for the info. I look forward to it.
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    Liverpool City RLFC Mike Brocken | WHSmith

    The book is due out 27th Oct ?14.95

    also available at LLP, Amazon and other outlets.
    cheers

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    THANKS A LOT PRESCOT98!

    You've been a great help keeping us posted.

    I've got my copy on order and are very much looking forward to it arriving.

    All the Best.
    HUYTON R.L.F.C. GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!

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    Hi
    Has anyone had their copy yet?
    Possible delay with the publishers - I ordered a copy due on 27th...still no sign!

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    Hi All,
    I was a pupil at St.Margarets Belmont Road 1946-47.We had a teacher who played for Liverpool Stanley his name was Mr Hughes.I honestly can't remember them winning a game while I was at SMA.He was a pretty good guy Mr Hughes and we used to give him some real stick.He was 6ft at least but like a bean pole,but he was bloody fast off the mark and was fit.He made a big mistake for me I wanted to be a Marine Architect,Draughtsman.A scholarship came up for the School of Art and he recommended I should try for it as it would be good for my Drawing come Draughting.Waste of time all my important subjects Maths,Algebra,etc went backwards.It had advantages of course mixed class.I managed to get an aengineering Apprenticeship with Babcock and Wilcox,Bromborough Power Station 2 1/2 years then Main works Renfrew Scotland 2 1/2 years.So when I went to see the School of Art had helped as I became a pretty good P---- artist (joke).I met Mr Hughes about 1954 and we had Coffee at Kardomah Church Street.I told him the story and he really was apologetic.I told him straight it worked out pretty well and was getting ready to join a ship being built in Holland and for Delivery to NZ,where I was going to Marry a New Zealand girl.Her was a good guy he wasn't playing as he'd injured a knee but was still with the "Stanley"Watch some great League here Ozzie and Kiwis.But I'm really or was a kick it with your head man.Best Regards Ken B

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    Ordered mine form WHSMITH and it was here on Tuesday 28th. Very well put together it is too.
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    Hi,
    there was a full hour with former Liverpool City players and the author on Radio Merseyside last week - Thursday 4th Dec 7pm - 8pm Alan Jackson plus RL guests,
    Did anyone record this? or know how to find it online as BBC radio Merseyside doesn't seem to have it available.

    thanks
    Dave

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    Hi all,
    I've been looking through my dad's old programmes (he played for Liverpool City from 1963 - 1968) then one season for Huyton before retiring.
    He played almost 100 games but only has around 65 programmes from the games he played.

    Does anyone know where I can get these missing programmes? I scour ebay but would prefer to buy them from a collector or fan looking to offload them to a new home.

    It would be great to hear from anyone with just one or a load of the programmes!

    Liverpool City Aug 63 - May 68
    Huyton Aug 68 - May 69

    Obviously, I will buy thses and cover all postage costs.
    Also, any RL programme websites or contacts would be useful.

    regards
    Dave Johnson

    djohnsonmedia@blueyonder.co.uk

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    I know Huyton revived for a year as an amateur club in the Merit League in 2009, would be great to revive Liverpool City as an amateur club in the Merit League 2011, provided a pitch could be found, assume Alt Park couldnt but revived as a Rugby Pitch.

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    Help!!!! Can anyone here please help me find an ex player for Liverpool Stanley in any programme, literature or memories. HIs name was Ernest Walter Dalton, he was born in 1925 and played for Liverpool Stanley sometime between the 40's and 50's, possibly even the 60's. I've tried every possible approach to locate him playing for Stanley so if any of you kind hearts on this great site can help I'd be greatly appreciated, regards Steve.

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    Breaking news - there are now three rugby community league clubs in Liverpool (Liverpool Buccaneers, Liverpool Lions and Liverpool Storm) and one in Knowsley (Kirkby Cougars).

    Buccaneers open age team will be playing in the RLC NW Premier division in 2011; they are also looking to run a merit league squad - www.liverpoolbuccaneers.co.uk

    Lions junior teams play at De La Salle Academy (Croxteth) - www.liverpoollionsrlfc.co.uk

    Storm junior teams play at Hope Park Sports (Childwall) - www.pitchero.com/clubs/liverpoolstormrlfc

    Cougars junior squad play at St Laurence's Primary School - www.pitchero.com/clubs/kirkbycougarsrlfc

    Please contact John Farrell for more information on rugby league development in Liverpool and Knowsley - 07812 986795 or john.farrell4@liverpool.gov.uk

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    I have developed a hobby of colouring old photos and had a go at this one of City v St Helens in 1966 from "The Book".



    The reason this is important to me is that there, to the right of the photo, wearing the green and white scarf his aunt knitted, is a 14-year-old me

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    Well done George, cracker that.
    www.inacityliving.piczo.com/

    Updated weekly with old and new pics.

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    I remember it well. I used to go to all the home matches at Knotty Ash with my Father. There was an old green scoreboard at what I think was the northern end of the ground, and the clubhouse with seating on the east. The rest of the ground was terraced embankments, with old tin shelters behind the posts by the scoreboard, and I think on the west side of the ground. I do not have any photos of the ground, but I do have autographs of the team from 1960.

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    Liverpool City Rugby League Club training Saturday mornings 11.00am-12.30pm (1st session 22nd Oct 2011) at Wavertree Playground all new & experienced players welcome at this new inner city based amateur Rugby League team. See website for more details.

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    Liverpool City RL Team (2011) will play their first fixture on Sunday 4th December, 1pm kick-off at Hope Park Sports (Taggart Avenue, Childwall). Their opponents are Chester Gladiators and the team will be playing in traditional green & white shirts.

    All interested people are welcome to attend.

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    I'm now in NZ. I first went to Knotty ASh When I was 14. City played SWinton and lost 8 -3. The first game of league i ever saw. Looking back, it wasn't a particularly good game, but I thought it was wonderful

    ---------- Post added at 09:20 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:14 AM ----------

    A group of us from my school (Holt High School at Childwall fiveways) used to attend City's games at Knotty Ash regularly. City lost most of their games, But how we loved the ones they won.
    Some of the players I remember - Dave Cox (fullback), Jack Wood (centre), Bill (Pongo) Reilly (prop),
    Wilf O'Mara (hooker).

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    Highlight - the time City beat Warrington - 1954 I think it was. Warrington were top of the league and won the league-Cup double that year. And City (bottom of the league) beat them 5- 2 at Knotty Ash.
    Try and penalty by Jack Wood. Just before the end ,with City hanging on grimly, us boys were screaming for the ref to blow time. What an upset!!
    The City team that day: Dave Cox: Bennett, Jack Wood, Oliver Teggin , Bill Adair: Harry Green, Wally Parkes: Ken Moss, Frank Hudson, Welsby, Frank Collier, Doug Holland, Frank Griffin.

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