>Another beautiful game?

>Many of my (northern) friends have suggested I might enjoy watching rugby – proper rugby, you know, rugby league, not that “girlie” (they say) rugby union. Well, I don’t know the first thing about rugby, other than that old chestnut (and alleged myth) that it was invented at a midland public school, or the difference between league, union, super league, championship, whatever. I am totally ignorant.

However, I trust my friends, and while I may not jump off a cliff if they say it’s a good idea, I do think that if they say I might like something, then I might. So I’m going to give it a try (ha ha – no pun intended) this season …

And there was my first mistake. I said I’d give it a try this season, but now I’ve done a little research, it seems the season is almost over. Doing!

My next quandary is who do I support? Several of my Brummie friends (waves towards Birmingham) decided a long, long time ago that they too might give rugby a go (we were already football fans – Birmingham City/Aston Villa – and ice hockey fans – Solihull Panthers/Solihull Barons/Solihull Vixens – Solihull Ice Rink was one of our “locals”, but I don’t think the Panthers still exist). So they looked at the league tables and decided to support the worst team in the country … which at that time happened to be Rochdale Hornets (I believe). From the moment they started to support them, Rochdale started to do well, and while I’d quite like to support the same team my Brummie friends do, I’m not sure I want to be crossing t’Pennines to do it, although they frequently drove up the M1 and M6.

Another friend suggested yesterday evening that Scotland could do with a bit of extra support, even from as far away as England, and I already have a soft spot for Scotland teams – apart from when they play England teams – but I shall certainly start to watch Scotland and hope they do well … just not as well as England.

Many of my Yorkie friends support rugby league, some support Castleford Tigers, some support Wakefield Wildcats, and some support Leeds Rhinos. But I think I may do what my Brummie friends did and plump for someone a bit lower down the league … someone like Sheffield Eagles … There’s something about Brummies, we always seem to go for the underdogs. And dontchya just love those names?

Meanwhile I will continue to watch and support my favourite football (soccer) teams – Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Barnsley, and Sheffield Wednesday (in that order, although I also have soft spots for Sheffield United and Sunderland) – and I’ll continue to listen to cricket commentaries (can’t stand watching the game, but love a good commentary – they make it sound so exciting).

I might even make it to a few games. One day I may make it to the races as well … but that’s another season.

13 thoughts on “>Another beautiful game?

  1. Ordinary Man 4 August 2010 / 2:37 pm

    >Do not 'glory hunt', you will never be respected, which is why we went for the Hornets. The atmosphere amongst the supporters is better, everyone knows everyone and the 'away' trips are a blast. Manchester United may be one of the best teams in the world, their fans are the most ridiculed. Rememeber when United get to Wembley their supporters only have to travel 2 junctions round the M25….thought I'd get that one in. Go for 'league'.


  2. Diane 4 August 2010 / 2:44 pm

    >Carol; They're Super League, aren't they? I don't think I know anyone that supports them.


  3. Diane 4 August 2010 / 2:46 pm

    >Nidge: "Glory hunt"? Ho ho ho. I'm a Birmingham City fan and a Brummie, remember. We usually go for the underdogs.I don't remember you calling them the hornets. But I seem to remember they called you lot something – The Rochdale … somethings …


  4. carolwarham 4 August 2010 / 3:31 pm

    >Not a clue, I just know they play at the Galpharm!


  5. Rare Lesser Spotted 4 August 2010 / 9:19 pm

    >My wifes relatives are all Hull FC fans (that's the west Hull rugby league team as opposed to Hull Kingston Rovers from the east of the city.) I know nothing about the game and remain blissfully ignorant of the complexity of the rules. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching the rough and tumble of league and union but I prefer cricket, that was always my game. Mind you, I guess trying to explain the LBW rule (leg before wicket) will be just as difficult as explaining the offside rule in football, or the other complex rules of handling or miss handling the odd shaped ball. Either way, whatever you decide – enjoy. Generally, the experience of attending, being with friends in a big crowd and spectating is more exciting than the game!


  6. Ordinary Man 5 August 2010 / 9:04 am

    >We were the 'Birmingham four' as mentioned in a rugby league book called 'When Push Comes To Shove'. Some of the fans did call us other stuff…none of which is printable on here!!! All in jest I hasten to add.The Panthers were the Nottingham Panthers, still going strong along with the Solihull Barons and the Vixens who are the womens team.


  7. Diane 5 August 2010 / 9:24 am

    >Carol: Never heard of that either! :o)


  8. Diane 5 August 2010 / 9:25 am

    >Steve: I'm getting there with the cricket, but it still bores me to watch. Hull may be a little bit far to the right for me. I think it might be Sheffield, and that's close enough for me to go along to matches too.


  9. Diane 5 August 2010 / 9:29 am

    >Nidge: When I went to the ice rink from school in the 4th year (1978-9), Solihull Panthers were like the B team for the Barons, or maybe the under 16s, but they were disbanded, possibly because of the Panthers in Nottingham. The Vixens were disbanded temporarily too, but they've been back for a while. They'd play that song, Hi Ho Silver Lining, on a Saturday night, and most people would shout "Hi Ho Solihull Barons", but we'd shout "Hi Ho Solihull PANTHERS" because they never got the recognition they deserved. We felt.I know I've had this discussion with you, Brian and Fishing Phil before. :o)


  10. Diane 5 August 2010 / 9:47 am

    >Okay, I think I've remembered that Solihull Panthers was an unofficial team in 1978, and they had to change their name in 1980 when Nottingham Panthers, who had been out of existence for almost 20 years, re-appeared. I think they became Solihull Juniors … I'm sure one of my cousins, an Atherton, played for them. An older Atherton cousin (his brother) certainly played football for Solihull Borough, who another cousin managed.


  11. Devon Ellington 5 August 2010 / 12:32 pm

    >Hmm. I'd say go to a few games of the team most convenient to you to check it out, and then decide which team to support once you've seen several play. Your most local team might not be the right one for you, but you also might not want to have to travel too far too often. Save your loyalties at the beginning until a team earns them!


  12. Diane 5 August 2010 / 12:56 pm

    >Yes, I have to bear in mind the travel, but rugby league/union apparently does have a north/south divide, but I really don't want to be going too far west like my friends do. I'll start with Sheffield, it's the closest, and the 2 football teams are already in my list.


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