Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C.
Bradford Association Football Club is an English football club based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Its name derived from the old stadium on Horton Park Avenue in Bradford. However the club is known simply as Bradford, with the letters BFC adorning Leitchs grandstand. The present club is a reincarnation of the club played in the Football League from 1908 to 1970 before dropping to the Northern Premier League. The new entity, established in 1987, is part of the National League North for the 2015–16 season and plays its matches at the 3. Bradford Park Avenue is one of 35 clubs to compete in all four top tiers of English football, the new club started life at what was then the thirteenth tier, Division Three of the West Riding County Amateur League. The original club was formed in 1863 as the Bradford Football Club, playing rugby football, a member of the Rugby Football Union, Bradford FC became a founding member of the breakaway Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895. Bradford were runners-up the 1898 Challenge Cup in 1897–98, won the championship in 1903–04, the faction left the original club and formed a new Northern Union club, Bradford Northern. Bradford Northern applied for membership of the Northern Union, replacing Bradford FC, on 23 August 2012, Bradford Park Avenue was one of the parties interested in purchasing the Bradford Bulls. The club shared the West Yorkshire League championship with Hunslet in 1895–96, Bradford played in the FA Amateur Cup in 1896–97, progressing to the FA Cup in 1897–98 and 1898–99. The club entered the Yorkshire League in 1897–98, finishing next to last, bradfords first football club was closed down at the end of the 1898–99 season due to mounting losses. Despite the failure of this experiment, association-football success elsewhere prompted the club to abandon rugby in 1907. They were not accepted, instead joining the Southern League and filling a gap left by Fulham and their nearest opponents were Northampton Town, whose ground was 130 miles distant. In 1908, Bradford FC was elected to the Second Division of the Football League, the club was promoted to the First Division in 1914 after finishing second, and achieved its highest-ever league position at the end of the 1914–15 season. In 1914 Donald Bell played four games, but at the outbreak of war asked to be released to serve, rising to the rank of lieutenant, in 1916 he received the VC for conspicuous bravery on the Somme before being killed later that year. After the First World War the club began a decline, relegated to the Second Division in 1921. In 1928, the club were the Division 3N champions and were promoted back to the Second Division and they were relegated again in 1950, and placed in the Fourth Division after a 1958 reorganisation. Although the club won promotion to the Third Division in 1961, after several difficult seasons, in 1970 they were replaced in the Football League by Cambridge United
Hull Kingston Rovers
Hull Kingston Rovers R. F. C. are a professional rugby league club in Hull, England, formed in 1882. They were relegated from Super League to the Championship in the 2016 Million Pound Game, Hull Kingston Rovers are one of two professional rugby league teams in Hull. Hull F. C. play on the west side of the city, the River Hull is the divide between the two. Hull KRs nickname, the Robins, originates from their playing colours of red. Hull Kingston Rovers began in 1882 when a group of apprentice boilermakers in the Hessle Road area of Hull came together to start a team, Kingston Amateurs. Their first ground was a piece of wasteland in Albert Street, by 1885 Kingston Amateurs had played at three grounds, Albert Street, Anlaby Road and finally Chalk Lane. The club name was changed to Kingston Rovers as they entered the Times Cup in the 1885–86 season. A number of joined the league and the club entered the new Hull and District Rugby Union Cup. The club won its first trophy in the 1887–88 season by winning the Times Cup, the Rovers moved to their fourth ground, down Hessle Road. In 1888–89,6,000 fans turned up to the cup game against Hull A at the Holderness Road ground, Rovers went through the next season losing just two games, defeating Britannia in the Times Cup final. Rovers beat Hull A for the first time in 1889–90, and moved to their fifth ground, the Red and Whites won the Times Cup for the third year running in 1891–92 beating York A in the final. 1892 saw Rovers play at the Boulevard for the first time, only one away win was recorded this season and six home wins, but Rovers entered the Yorkshire Cup for the first time although they were knocked out by Dewsbury in the second round. In 1893 Rovers played out of the Boulevard, and they lost to Bradford Northern that season in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup. Amos Law, a drop kicker joined the club from Cleckheaton and Huddersfield, while George William Lofthouse played at the age of 14, the youngest ever player to turn out for the senior side. In 1895 the Northern Football Union was founded, when the rugby union sides in the North of England broke away to form a league of their own. Rovers, then nicknamed the redbreasts did not join the new organisation and were promoted to the second division of the RFU finishing joint second. They moved to their first ground in East Hull in Craven Street off Holderness Road, in 1896–97, they were denied a place in the first division when several sides resigned but when the West Riding club dropped out, Rovers moved up. Hull KR amalgamated their resources with Albany Soccer Club, Rovers won the Yorkshire Cup for the first time beating Shipley 11–5 in the final
Acton and Willesden R.L.F.C.
Acton and Willesden RLFC was a professional rugby league team based at Acton Park Royal in London. Along with Streatham and Mitcham R. L. F. C, the club was an early attempt to establish rugby league in London during the 1930s. Although the club drew good crowds the operating costs proved too much of a burden so the moved to Liverpool. Both Acton and Willesden RLFC and Streatham and Mitcham RLFC were started by local businessman Sydney Parkes, the idea of two teams was to generate plenty of interest in the game, and also to attempt to establish greyhound racing at both clubs newly built grounds. Both teams were accepted into the Rugby Football League in March 1935, a number of supporters and rejected trialists formed a number of amateur teams in London. There was no competition in London at that time but leading teams were Acton Hornets, Park Royal Rangers, Hendon, Dagenham. Unfortunately for Acton and Willesden, high player payments proved to be their downfall, although they drew good crowds and were reasonably successful, the income was not sufficient to sustain the salaries for the reserve standard players they had recruited. Acton and Willesden struggled on but the club folded at the conclusion of the 1935-36 season. Streatham and Mitcham survived a season longer, however, as they were operated the same as Acton and Willesden, insufficient income became a crux, none of the amateur clubs survived the failure of the two professional clubs. Rugby league would eventually be played again in London, although the establishment of professional club was not until 1980 in the form of Fulham RLFC at Craven Cottage. Dennis Madden Cornelius Con Dennis Murphy Rugby Mudlarks, Photo of Leeds playing against Acton & Willesden at Park Royal in London 1936
Belle Vue (Wakefield)
Belle Vue in Wakefield, England, is the home of Wakefield Trinity rugby league team. It is beside the A638 Doncaster Road, approximately one mile south of Wakefield city centre. The site was purchased in 1895 after the split between rugby league and rugby union, to provide a permanent base for Wakefield Trinity who had been playing on fields in the area since 1873. Money was provided by the Wakefield Athletic Club, and the ground was used for cycling. Scenes from This Sporting Life were filmed at the Belle Vue Stadium during Wakefield Trinitys third round Challenge Cup match against Wigan in 1962, floodlights were installed in 1967 and were upgraded in 1990/91. The stadium was called the Atlantic Solutions Stadium for 2005, Wakefield won the match 29–17 sending their nearest rivals Castleford down to the National League. The capacity of the stadium was increased to 12,600 in 2008, to help with the application for a 2009 Super League licence, however, there have been difficulties in agreeing with the council on a suitable alternative site. The North Stand is terracing located behind the posts and houses the big screen. A roof was erected over the stand in 2012 to meet Super League regulations, capacity,5,333 The East stand is the only stand in the ground to contain seating which is covered. The is an amount of uncovered terracing in front of the seats. The South End of the ground has a four storey building houses the hospitality. In the South East corner is the tunnel and players changing rooms, the West Stand is mostly uncovered terracing and is where the TV gantry and dugout is. It mostly houses away fans and has toilets and food outlets, list of rugby league stadiums by capacity Belle Vue on Worldstadia. com
City of Wakefield
The City of Wakefield is a local government district in West Yorkshire, England, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. Wakefield is the administrative centre. The population of the City of Wakefield at the 2011 Census was 325,837, the district includes the Five Towns of Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley. Other towns include Ossett, Hemsworth, South Kirkby & Moorthorpe, the City and borough are governed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Wakefield lies between Leeds and Sheffield, in 2010, Wakefield was named as the UKs third most musical City by PRS for Music. In Ossett, house prices have risen from an average of £50,000 in 1998 to £130,000 in 2003, although unemployment was amongst the highest in the country for most of the 1980s, and 1990s, Wakefield District now has below-average unemployment. The Wakefield East ward had 4. 7% unemployment in May 2005 - which was more than 1% higher than any other ward, horbury is something of an anomaly in having had an iron works. When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979 there were 21 pits in the district, by the time the 1984 Strike began this had decreased to 15, however it still had more colleries than any other district in the country. Most of the pits had been very hardline during the 1984 strike. The former Borough of Wakefield was raised to city status by letters patent in 1888 and it became a county borough in 1913, taking it out of the jurisdiction of the West Riding County Council. The new metropolitan districts city status was reconfirmed by letters patent in 1974, the Councils headquarters is County Hall, originally built for the West Riding County Council and acquired by Wakefield in 1989. The district is divided into 21 wards, with each ward represented on the districts Wakefield Metropolitan District Council by three councillors, exceptions to this include by-elections and ward boundary changes. The city was the safest Labour council in England in 2003, after the 2008 election results the Labour Party had a majority of just one. However the death of Labour councillor Graham Phelps meant that the authority was for a time in no overall control, Labour did however, hold the seat in the by-election in January 2010 restoring their majority. In the May 2010 local elections Labour held all of their seats, following the defection of an Independent to Labour, Labours majority was increased to 5. In January 2011 a Conservative Councillor defected to become an independent Councillor, in May 2011 Labour increased their majority on the council to 15 making 5 gains, taking 3 seats from the Conservatives, and 2 from the Independents. The Conservatives gained Ossett from the Liberal Democrats, which there are no Liberal Democrat councillors in Wakefield. The current Council make up is Labour 54, Conservatives 6, all three have had periods of success