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North One / Northumberland Senior Cup Final 2017
« on: April 11, 2017, 02:45:14 PM »
It's a N1E final again this year. Current holders Morpeth take on close rivals Alnwick.

Alnwick have only won the trophy once before when they beat the mighty Gosforth back in 1984. Can this Saturday be the their day? They've already beaten 'Peth twice this season so my money will be on them.

Durham & Northumberland One / 1000 members.
« on: April 05, 2017, 10:16:03 AM »
Congratulations Snakey. You're our 1000th member of the forum.

For this you win a great prize. A meal for three accompanied by HitmanHall and Dr Nick. I'm sure you'll have a great evening!

Merit Leagues / Border Park
« on: April 04, 2017, 04:54:24 PM »
A great interview with Tom Richards and Richie Geldson discussing how they've helped keep England's "most remote club" going.

I'm sure plenty of people have good stories to tell about playing away to Border Park


Durham & Northumberland One / April Fools!
« on: April 01, 2017, 12:02:47 PM »
April Fools! I apologise to you all!

I've had some wonderful emails in the time the forum hasn't been live. Thanks to all those well-wishers.

I assure you all, I'll never really shut this place down.

Good luck to all teams today!  :D :D

Durham & Northumberland One / Promotion Odds 2017
« on: February 26, 2017, 02:06:17 PM »
Seeing as we have one for the relegation spot for DN1 (3 teams in the running).

It seems apt to have one for the 3 teams gunning for promotion - guaranteed with a title, 2nd place are looking like they will play West Leeds.

It's all Barnard Castle's to lose now as they sneak to the top of the table (beating Heed by just 1 point!) with a game in hand.

Barnard Castle   19   16   0   3   545   281   +264   77         
Northern           20   15   1   4   802   349   +453   76         
Westoe           20   14   0   6   583   293   +290   75   

Northern have by far the best points difference, could that come in handy by the end of the season? Or will Bernie's game in hand be enough to see them through?

Bernie:                         Northern:                     Westoe:

Horden (A)                Stockton (H)                  Consett (A)
Northern (H)             Barnard Castle (A)          Ryton (H)
Consett (A)
Novos (A)                 Gateshead (H)                Medicals (A)
Ryton (H)                  Gosforth (A)                  Stockton (H)
Stockton (A)            Hartlepool (H)                 M'Boro (A)
Westoe (H)               Consett (A)                    Barnard Castle (A)

Barnie have to play both Northern and Westoe, but luckily they're both at home. Lose either of them then it gets interesting. Consett could be the King makers as they play each team.

I'd say Westoe have the toughest fixtures with only 2 home games and they will finish 3rd.
Northern will finish second 2 points behind Barnie.

Let's see how it goes after this week...

Merit Leagues / Northumberland Cups 2017
« on: February 12, 2017, 05:05:13 PM »
This coming weekend sees ALL Northumberland cup fixtures taking place on the same weekend. This is to make sure there's no loading in lower teams when games are played on different weekends. Definitely a step in the right direction in my opinion. Seghill and Prudhoe 1st XVs are also taking part.

Anyway! Here's the draw:

Senior Shield:
Morpeth 2 v Medicals 2
Northern 2 v Seghill 1st XV
Tynedale 3 v Alnwick 2
Novos 2 v Percy Park 2

Junior Cup:
Gosforth 2 v Novos 3
Ponteland 2 v Morpeth 3
Percy Park 3 v Northern 3
Alnwick 3 v Prudhoe & Stocksfield 1st XV

Junior Shield:
Rockcliff 2 v Medicals 3
Blyth 2 v Ashington 2
Morpeth 4 v West End
Berwick 2 v North Shields 2

Junior Trophy:
Blyth 3 v Tynedale Vets
Gosforth 3 v Winner of Seghill 2 v Rockcliff 3
North Shields 3 v Novos 4
Ponteland 3 v Ashington 3

Durham & Northumberland Two / 11th Feb 2017 DN2
« on: February 09, 2017, 01:30:02 PM »
There's been hardly any chat in here recently - unfortunate as this is usually the most used site on the forum.


Ashington 14-18 Darlington. Darlo to just pip this one
North Shields 23-15 Bishop Auckland. I can see Shields getting a good win at home
Sedgefield 10-30 Whitley Bay Rockcliff. Rock gunning for promotion
South Shields 24-12 Seaton Carew. South Shields to add misery to Carew. Although if Carew pull of a shock it makes things very interesting
Sunderland 9-22 Ponteland Pont to win - too much to lose.
Whitby 15-12 Redcar. I big curveball but I can see Whitby providing a shock
Winlaton Vulcans 21-23 Blyth. Come on Blyth, get yourself out of trouble!

Other Senior Rugby / 6 Nations 2017
« on: February 05, 2017, 03:27:09 PM »
Will Scotland be the surprise package this year?

Will the bonus points make any difference? 60 mins into the Italy game with Wales winning from 4 penalty kicks would suggest not!

Durham & Northumberland Two / 4th Feb 2017
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:49:08 PM »
Winlaton v Redcar

Big game. Redcar can top the table with a victory.


I think North Shields are in the Nat Cup too

North One / N1E 2017. Last Relegation Spot?
« on: January 29, 2017, 09:03:42 PM »
Seeing as I've created one for the DN1 forum I thought we could try and get a bit more chat going on in here. It is pretty certain that Wheatley Hills and Guisborough are both going down. However, amazingly just 6 points split 6th placed Morpeth from 12th placed Dinnington!

6th   Morpeth           44pts
7th   Percy Park   44pts   
8th   Durham City   42pts
9th   Driffield           42pts   
10th Hud' YMCA       39pts   
11th Malt & Norton   39pts
12th Dinnington   38pts


3rd last - Finishes since 2011.

2011- Pontefract 51pts
2012- Old Brods 47pts
2013- Keighley    37pts
2014- M'Boro      50pts
2015- Brad & Bin 50pts
2016- Northern    32 pts

The average points total of the last relegation spot since 2011 (first season of bonus points) has been 44.5. It seems pretty likely that 45 points will be beaten in 2017! Anyway, what an exciting prospect that anybody from 6th place downwards could go down.

I hate to say it but I could see Durham City being in or around there on the final day of the season. If not them, perhaps Malton & Norton (sorry Riddler!!!). I can definitely see Dinnington pulling away from it.

Who do you think it will be?   

Durham & Northumberland One / Relegation Odds 2017...
« on: January 29, 2017, 08:52:31 PM »
So with just 8 games to play it seems incredibly likely that Ryton will be relegated to DN2. But who will join them?

9th to 13th is separated by just 4 points:

9th   Medicals 37pts (1 game in hand)
10th Gosforth 36pts
11th Hartlepool Rovers 35pts
12th Novos 33pts
13th Hartlepool 33pts

Since the introduction of bonus points in the 2010-11 season, the side relegated in 13th place have finished on:
2011- Wallsend – 21pts
2012- Ashington – 30pts
2013- Ryton – 42pts
2014- Ponteland – 34pts
2015- Blyth 23pts
2016- Ponteland -42pts

I’d say it looks likely that this season somebody will beat the highest points total for relegation. This would mean a side being relegated on at least 43 points!  :o

Indeed, the average points total of 32 points has already been surpassed; showing just how strong a league DN1 has become in the past couple of seasons.

Which leaves me with the question....who do you think will go down?

It’s too close to call!

Durham & Northumberland One / Site Down
« on: January 29, 2017, 06:09:51 PM »
Please read the below link as to why the forum has been down in the past day.




Other Senior Rugby / London Welsh kicked out of Championship
« on: January 24, 2017, 09:32:53 PM »
Thoughts....? It looks like pro clubs are struggling with the money in the sport. A sad day indeed.


London Welsh have been removed from English rugby’s professional ranks and will immediately forfeit their place in the Championship.

The Rugby Football Union has declared the club’s position in the second-tier Championship “untenable” after it failed to convince England’s governing body of a sound future financial footing. London Welsh fell into liquidation in December, before being granted a temporary licence that expired on 21 January.

A new board was challenged to provide evidence of funds to pay creditors and clarity on a new business plan, but RFU bosses were left unconvinced.

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“It is deeply regrettable that we should arrive at this point, but with London Welsh in liquidation and unable to satisfy conditions to compete in The Championship as a professional club, participation in the competition became untenable,” the RFU chairman, Andy Cosslett, said. “We know this will be an extremely disappointing day for everyone connected with London Welsh, including players, staff and supporters, and the sadness at the loss of this club from the professional ranks will be shared throughout the game.”

London Welsh became one of the amateur domestic game’s glamour clubs in the 1960s and 70s, boasting Wales stars like John Dawes, JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and John Taylor.

But the Old Deer Park side have struggled to move with the times and falling into liquidation in December has now proved fatal to their professional status.

An RFU statement read: “Following the appointment of liquidators in December 2016, a temporary licence was granted by the RFU to London Welsh, via a ‘Phoenix Entity’, to enable participation in The Championship.

“The licence expired on 21 January 2017. The conditions required by the RFU regulations to enable London Welsh to continue to participate in the competition following the expiry of the temporary licence have not been met – despite the RFU granting two extensions to deadlines – and, with regret, London Welsh will no longer be granted permission to play in the Championship for the remainder of this season and beyond.”

Other Senior Rugby / 1981 - Domestic Super League!
« on: January 17, 2017, 09:33:53 PM »
A fascinating photograph from Rugby World's 'Donestic Super League' in December 1981. Quite a few DN clubs in their table. Rugby has changed just a little bit since then...


Durham & Northumberland One / Rovers Head Coach Stands Down
« on: January 17, 2017, 07:36:03 PM »
Thoughts on this? Rovers languish just above the drop, but have injuries and key personnel being unavailable made it a tough job this season?


Carl Robinson has stood down as Hartlepool Rovers’ coach the club has announced.

The news comes after the Whites lost 17-15 to Novocastrians in a relegation ‘eight-pointer’ at the New Friarage on Saturday.

That defeat has plunged Rovers deeper into relegation trouble and with two clubs facing the drop into Durham Northumberland Two come April, it is vital that the team avoid the bottom two slots by whatever margin possible.

The current third bottom position is a long way from the heady heights of third top last October after a great start to the season that included wins over the current top two of South Shields Westoe and Northern.

The former stand-off and centre for the Friaragemen was faced with a start to the season minus two of the team’s star players: Lee Maddison who had returned to West Hartlepool and Ryan Foreman who had moved to National League side Blaydon. He was also without long-term injury victim Steven Barnfield and then, through injury and work commitments respectively, of Jack Gunn and Liam Austwicke.

Despite these setbacks, third place was reached and the question being asked was where the team would be if at full strength?

This was never to happen and injuries, unavailability and absenteeism were to hamper Robinson’s efforts to stem the slide. An away trip to leaders Westoe before Christmas saw a patched-up team that had three back row players in the backline take to the field and the side for the Boxing Day clash with West Hartlepool was also a work in progress right up to kick-off.

Robinson, who is white, black and red from head to toe, brought tremendous passion to the coaching role and could and should have expected more from his underperforming players and stands down with his head held high.

Director of Rugby Mick Ainslie said, “We respect and thank Carl for all that he has done for Hartlepool Rovers and look forward to him continuing to be involved in rugby at the club.

“It has been a difficult time recently and results have, understandably and unfortunately, taken their toll.”

The club has also announced that former Ryton and Consett chief Jon Benson will be taking up the coaching duties from Tuesday 17 January and whose immediate brief will be to secure Durham Northumberland One survival and then put in place a strategy to take the club forward on the pitch.

Benson has vast playing experience from his time with West Hartlepool, Leeds and Rotherham and after his spells in charge at Ryton and Consett understands the challenges of Durham Northumberland One as well as the unique make-up of rugby in Hartlepool.

The new coach will inherit, as well as a struggling side, a fan-base that is the envy of many clubs and who have continued to back the team despite poor performances and results and who, like the departed Robinson, deserve better.

Robinson is expected to take a couple of weeks’ break before becoming involved in other aspects of the club’s rugby set up. In this regard, he has much to offer having previously coached the junior age groups and developed many players who have gone on to play senior rugby, including the first team.

Assistant coach Michael Henderson has also left the 1st XV scene but will continue to be involved with the club’s veterans’ side and the annual players’ supporters’ and members’ reunion.

Darren Smith, Robinson’s other assistant, will continue in the short term whilst Benson settles into the coaching role before devoting all of his energies into the junior and girls and ladies sections of the club.

Benson’s first game in charge will, coincidentally, and ironically, be at former club Ryton on 28 January and where nothing less than a win will do.

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