CORAL CHALLENGE CUP THIRD ROUND

Outstanding victories against Thatto Heath Crusaders & Normanton Knights now see Thornhill Trojans continue the Wembley trail with a tie against Betfred League One opposition. Doncaster makes the journey for a battle that will be staged at our own Tetleys Stadium this coming Saturday 8th February with a 2pm kick off.

Admission prices are at a very attractive level & can be found elsewhere on the Rams website.

Dons coach Richard Horne who won the Challenge Cup as a player with Hull has expressed his satisfaction that the game is being played at the home of the Rams & with the exception of Brad England will select from a full strength squad for a game he is not taking lightly.

It will certainly be intriguing to see the Trojans come up against the all international half back pairing of Rangi Chase & Watson Boas. I am sure all Rams fans will wish Thornhill all the best as they battle for a fourth round slot & a potential tie against Championship opposition.

PENNINE LEAGUE

A good home win for Mirfield Stags last Saturday as they beat Illingworth 28 – 4 in Division One, Meanwhile the Division Two Derby at Leeds Road saw Thornhill squeeze home 18 – 14 victors over Shaw Cross. This coming Saturday 8th February sees Hanging Heaton make the journey to Upton.

BARLA NATIONAL YOUTH CUPS

This weekend sees several of our clubs take part in round one of the prestigious competition. Fixtures will be played on Sunday 9th February as follows:

UNDER 18S

Dewsbury Celtic v Oulton Raiders

UNDER 16S

Hull Dockers v Dewsbury Moor

UNDER 14S

Dewsbury Moor v Dalton

CHANGING FACE OF AMATEUR RUGBY LEAGUE IN DEWSBURY!

In the modern era our sport is served magnificently in the town by the likes of Shaw Cross, Dewsbury Celtic, Dewsbury Moor & Thornhill Trojans who all operate a constant conveyor belt of junior talent in addition to their open age teams.

The face of Amateur Rugby League in the town was vastly different in previous eras.

Like all other towns Dewsbury once had many thriving pubs that all had Rugby League teams, there was once a Heavy Woollen Sunday morning League containing teams such as Fearnside, Thornhill Lees Trinity ( Based at the Aletaster pub ) Perserverance Inn, Scarborough Hotel ( Saville Town ) Gate Inn (forerunner of Thornhill Trojans). There were many others too as big crowds enjoyed the keen local rivalry at venues such as Crow Nest Park, Lees Holm Park, Overthorpe Park, Saville Town & Crawshaw Street (Ravensthorpe) amongst others.

There were some great characters amongst the players, coaches & referees in that fiercely contested league. Many current Rams fans will have happy memories of those days including stalwart Charlie Coates who played back then.

There was a great social side to it too with both sets of players enjoying post match hospitality in the home team’s pub. Pork pies, black pudding , mucky fat sarnies being served on silver trays & washed down by the odd pint of Tetleys  – Happy days!! 

This article was written by Rams supporter David Hyomes.