Episodes
A tribute to the life and career of the Immortal Norm Provan. Vale Sticks. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/14/21
Max Easton is host of the excellent Barely Human music history podcast and author of The Magpie Wing. Michael talks with Max about all of things, about Rugby League in the western suburbs, about Chilli's Hill, and more! The Magpie Wing is available now through Giramondo Press https://giramondopublishing.com/books/the-magpie-wing/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/01/21
While we are immersed in the 1996 season it is time for a deep dive on Parramatta's buying spree and its failure to generate instant success, with former Wallaby and Gain Line Analytics founder Ben Darwin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/24/21
 In the second installment of Chapter 30, we discuss the Super League teams forfeiting round one in1996, Illawarra club turmoil, the Crushers failing on and off the field, South Sydney's abysmal record, Balmain punching above their weight, Sironen remaining a one club man, the 1996 awards season, David Farleigh, the last Rothmans medal, the RLW players poll, a mini hall of fame discussion on the year's retirees, a deeper look at Parramatta and their gigantic player splurge,...
Published 09/16/21
It is part one of our 1996 season recap. In this episode we look at the state of the game in 1996. Rule changes, falling attendances, threats from AFL and rugby union, and the return of Monday Night Football. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/08/21
In part 2 of this Patreon exclusive episode (available to everyone this week), the RLD's heartfelt tribute to Peter Sterling commentary career descends into bashing modern commentary once again, we discuss Joey, Cooper Cronk, the expected exciting top 8 finish in the NRL, Brad Arthur, the Titans' resurgence, the Storm and Roosters' systems, and the magnificent efforts of the Cleveland Rugby League and! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 08/10/21
In this Patreon exclusive episode (available to everyone this week), the RLD goes hard on the NRL / ARLC for their attitude towards the international game, the differences between Australasian Covid response and that of the UK and Europe, the alleged smokescreen about player welfare, Gus's views, the impact of the Olympics, NRL's responsibility to international football, we go broken record on the benefits of a deisgnated rep round, the cancellation of junior and ancillary comps and much...
Published 08/10/21
'Tarnished Gold' is a chapter highlighting the farcical nature of both sides of the war regarding the appalling treatment international football. We discus limbo, the City vs Country litmus test, reconnected state or origins squads, rebel teams, Fiji being used as a pawn, coup leader George Speight, cheapening international jerseys, the Rest of The World game abandoned, disastrous Great Britain Super League tour of PNG and New Zealand, and much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and...
Published 07/26/21
To conclude our English miniseries, Michael is joined by the legendary Professor Tony Collins for an expansive look at the RFL's road to Super League, and the fallout afterwards.    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 07/07/21
As a companion piece to our Chapeltown Road chapter of the Super League War, Michael chats to British labour historian Anthony Broxton about Thatcherism, striking miners, economic depression and how it all relates to Rugby League in England. Go to https://tidesofhistory.wordpress.com/ for more of Anthony's important work.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 07/05/21
The RFL receives a mammoth offer to defect to Super League, the ARL begs them to stay, clubs unanimously agree to the switch, then immediately revolt over proposed mergers, fans mobilise with the publication 'Merging on the Ridiculous', the ARL makes a hypocritical raid on English players ... all this against a backdrop of northern economic decline and classism A fantastic concluding episode of this chapter!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/27/21
In anticipation of a potentially season-defining clash between the Raiders and Dragons in Wollongong Saturday, we bring a Patreon bonus ep from behind the paywall, as Michael and Andy (separately) list their favourite ever Dragons and Raiders teams respectively. NOTE: Andy was horrified to omit one of his favourite players in Steve 'Boxhead' Walters. Take it as read that Steve gets the 9 jersey in this team.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/17/21
English two of 'Chapeltown Road' the RLD discusses Engl rugby league in the 1980s. financial peril, expansion plans and at times lack thereof, teams in London, Kent and Carlisle, Australian imports, the bizarre history of the Golden Boot award, the legendary Wigan teams, Chorley, the need for structural change, Cliff Richard, The 'Framing the Future' report and much, much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/10/21
In this episode the RLD discusses the cultural idiosyncrasies of the English game, the lasting impact and legacy of the 1982 'Invincibles', comparing kangaroo tour squads, the British sporting psyche, fudging gate figures, fighting Paul Weller and The Jam, a golden generation of British players, a gulf in professionalism, the Larder report, Ryan Giggs' unwise career move, the brilliance of Garry Schofield and much, much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 06/02/21
The RLD is joined this week by a very special guest to discuss the incredible 1996 Challenge Cup Final between the Bradford Bulls and St Helens, Mike Mehall Wood is a brilliant journalist with a life long immersion in English rugby league and an inner circle view on the English Super League, the move to summer rugby league and indeed the impact of the war on the game as a whole, a must listen for every true rugby league fan   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 05/11/21
Andrew speaks with author and intelligent WAG Mel Hoffman who discusses her new book 'Full Credit To The Boys: A cliche free tale of marrying into footy', growing up in Melbourne, meeting Ryan, thoughts on the never ending league scandals and player culture, image of the WAGs, the impact of rugby league on family, the Wigan Warriors, the NZ Warriors, the Storm salary cap scandal and much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 05/05/21
Michael is joined by ABC Overnights host and Manly diehard Rod Quinn. We discuss the 1970s dynasty, power and influence in the 1980s, premiership glory in the 1990s, Super League, the Northern Eagles fiasco and more.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/26/21
In this part three and concluding instalment of chapter twenty-seven ‘Together Again’, Michael and Andrew discuss historic cases of players sitting out including Dennis Tutty and Ron Coote, the irrepressible Matthew Ridge finding his way back to Manly, the mental toll of the war on Ian Roberts and an in depth look at the legendary Gordon Tallis “lost season”!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/21/21
Michael sits down with former Magpies general manager Daniel Watson Hayes to discuss all things Western Suburbs. This was a long-planned interview brought forward in the wake of Tommy Raudonikis' sad passing, so we pay tribute to the legend before turning our eye over the last 40 years of Magpies history. The move to Campbelltown, the Wok-led resurgence, riding out the Super League war and entering an uneasy merger- all this and more in a fascinating interview.   See acast.com/privacy for...
Published 04/13/21
In this Patreon exclusive episode, free for the all this time only, Michael and Andy talk current rugby league, and have a blast doing so! A heartfelt tribute to Tommy, thoughts on all the excitement over the NARL and much, much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 04/12/21
In part two of this chapter we discuss the "player run" Plan B to Super League called Global League. question marks over its supposed independence, Super League players boycott round one 1996,Warriors have second thoughts, a Magpies vs Steelers blockbuster opener, the courts stopping global league, clubs backflip, paranoia abounds, Laurie Daley is a target for all and sundry, Super League referees not allowed back and much, much more!    See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 04/05/21
The gravity from Justice Burchett's decision reaches the players, and as the start of the 1996 ARL season draws near, there was still no indication that the Super League players were ready to return to the fold. In the first of three episodes on the events of March 1996, we look at how the players reacted and what it meant for the ARL competition.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/30/21
Chris Leeson is the host of a new podcast called BRL Moments in Time, a history of the Brisbane Rugby League competition. In an illuminating conversation Chris unpacks some of that history and gives us an insight into what we can expect from this very worthy project. BRL Moments in Time is available now, wherever you get your podcasts.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/22/21
In the concluding instalment of this chapter we delve into Justice Burchett's judgment, the damning appraisal of Super League and its key people, the court defining the market and what is meant by competition, the ARL celebrations, the physical and emotional toll on Arko, Super League's contingency plans, faux American entertainment, crippling court orders, reports and blueprints for the game, News Limited's odd compromise strategy, Optus says no to compromise talks, Foxtel uses Super Rugby...
Published 03/16/21
In part one of this chapter we find the ARL and Super League at Federal Court appearing before Justice James Burchett, we discuss both sides' star studded legal teams, the key legal points, Super League trials, sponsor spats, on-field innovations, the success of the World Nines, Andrew unnerving Russell Crowe and much, much more!   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/01/21