No more rugby, then. Played me last game. Twenty years of it.
I had some great times - on the field and off. But what was the point?
You can get into the habit of something and let it become so big, that you
can't even remember why you started doing it in the first place.
I think it was all about being macho. Being hard. You didn't know why, but
if you had a certain personality or a certain background, it was just something you did.
Other lads joined the army. Instead of medals, we had cuts and bruises; breaks, sometimes.
If you were lucky you'd have a few scars - a more permanent reminder of how hard you were.
And there was a strange pride to be had from going out on the town with a limp or a fat lip.
Most of the time, the rules of the game kept you from coming to any real harm,
but when you keep running into 16 stone of beef and bad temper, rules don't come
into it - it just bloody hurts.
A feller called Graham Lowe, coach of the great
Wigan team of the 1980s, once said that playing a game of rugby was like getting
mugged every minute for an hour-and-a-half. He was right.
Fear? Yeah, there was fear.
It was something you thought about, but never dared speak it.
No bloody way. I guess we just relied on adrenaline to take care of things; fight or
flight, I suppose. No choice on a rugby field though - you can't run away there.
But adrenaline is nature's anaesthetic, and you never felt any pain until later -
usually, just as you were jumping off the bus for your first pint in town.
Perfect if there were a few birds around - the wounded heroes returning from battle.
At that age we had a different approach to life in general, I suppose. Including sport.
We weren't very good sportsmen, really. Let's face it - rugby's based on intimidation
and violence, and the best way to do violence is build up a bit of hatred beforehand.
So while some people go on about the honour and decency in rugby, it's usually just
writers who've never played the fucking game. Yeah, those things existed, up to a
point - we'd all shake hands at the end of game and have a beer, but it only lasted
until the next match.
A lot of the guys you came up against had nowt in their lives, especially those from
the pub sides off the estates. No job. No money. No prospects.
Just a lot of pent-up aggression.
Sports, News - Report From England Athletics U23 And U20 Championships, Bedford 23rd - 24th June 07 By Jon Mattos
Kingston upon Hull AC's promotion hopes have received a blow after Lee Blaymire suffered a hamstring injury at the England Athletics under-23 Championships.
Blaymire has spearheaded Kingston's fine Northern League Division Three campaign with 12 wins from 12 to date but will have to sit out for 6 weeks following the incident at Bedford.
With Kingston sitting
Sports, News - Reports From KUHAC (Kingston Upon Hull Athletics Club) Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th May 07
Emma Jackson sits proudly at the top of the UK rankings over 200m after a fabulous eight
days for the Kingston upon Hull AC athlete.
The 14-year-old sprinter produced two masterful performances in the
Young Athletes Northern Premier League before swooping for gold at the
Northern Championships a week later.
On home soil at the
Sports, Karting - Fast Track Karting By Julian Thorley
If you have a need for speed, then it could easily be satisfied by going Karting.
Having never experienced it before, I was looking forward to trying it with a
number of work colleagues.
We went to the Fast Track Karting circuit in deepest East Hull straight from work.
First impressions of the place were good.
A new building holding reception, briefing
Sports - Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting By Cilla Photographs by Roland Standaert and Mo
The world of martial arts has always been a mystery to me.
I wouldn't know the difference between a leg block and a karate chop.
When I was presented with the opportunity to go a long to see what happens at a
Kung Fu class, I thought it would be a good idea - it might help to de-mystify the sport.
So one chilly Wednesday evening a couple of weeks ago
Sports, Rally - The Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally 2006 - Saturday 25th March 06 By Matt Rudd
The third round of the BTRDA took place last as part of the
Wold Construction North Humberside Forest Rally.
The rally kicked off at the Jarvis Hotel in Willerby then a long road section to
Gale Rigg for the first stage of the event.
The weather of the previous day and night before the event would be decisive
throughout the event with the stages being extremely wet and slippery.
Sports, Rally - Robin Hood Forest Stages Rally - Sunday 5th March 2006 By Matt Rudd
As usual the Robin Hood Rally was split into 2 main categories; the
Robin Hood Historic Forest Stages and the Robin Hood Forest Stages Rally.
As well as having many stages on the Sunday, the Historic event also had 3 night
stages on the Saturday.
The Historic event was the opening round for this year's British Historic Rally Championship
and therefore did
Sports - Sunday 18th September 1.00pm - American Football Returns To Its Roots In Hull!
The new Hull Hornets A.F.T have agreed a deal with the Ennerdale Sports Centre, Sutton Road,
The Hull-City-council-owned centre last staged a competitive American football
game in the late 1980s, when the city's former team the Kingston Liberators played
at the site, although many people still associate the Ennerdale complex with
American football in the city.
Sports, Speedway - Wednesday 13th July - Hull CPD Vikings v Glasgow Tigers KOC 2nd leg By Mark Oliver Photos by Adam Jennison
Hull CPD Vikings: 44 Glasgow Tigers: 46
Heat 1 Re-run after Stancl fell on the first bend of lap 2. In the re-run Branney touched the tape so opted to go off 15m. In the second re-run Leverington won from the gate closely followed by Sanchez. Branney never really made the ground up from 15m back.
Sports, Rally - The 2005 Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally - Saturday 18th June By Matt Rudd
The Dukeries Rally, like the North Humberside which was my last rally,
is a round of the BTRDA rally championship.
The rally took place on June the 18th which was one of the hottest days of the year which meant for the competitors lots of dust. The rally was based at Mansfield while most of the stages were in the Sherwood Forest complex.
Sports, F1 - Motor Racing - How Pathetic! By Matt Rudd
I have always been a fan of motor sport, whether it was Rallying , Moto GP or Formula One.
However on Sunday it was the US Formula One Grand Prix.
To be honest this was the most pathetic race I have ever seen, instead of about 20 cars
on the starting grid only 6 came onto the track these were the 2 Minardi's , Jordan's
Sports, Water Skiing - Splashing Out for The Summer By Michelle Dee and Lottie Clark
Twenty five years ago Tony Edge a leg amputee formed the British Disabled
Tony Edge lost a leg in a flying accident during World War II.
He believed there was an easier way to enable amputees to water-ski and he along
with others formed the organisation to provide many disabled people a unique
Sports, Football - What a night. Liverpool European Champions By Mark Ryan
What a night. Everything I've believed about football - Steven Everett spoke of it - has been kicked into row Z.
Much will be written and spoken about the night Liverpool became football kings of Europe, and rightly so.
Milan's first goal was, we must admit, a sickener. A set-piece from the first attack in the first minute.
Traore - showing us the skill that scored that Burnley own goal - started as nervous as
Sports, Boxing - Fight Club By Stephen Allen
Nobody told me I should do boxing. It was only my cousin Gavin who told me
about the St Paul's Boxing Club when I was eleven. Gavin took me down there
the first time. I didn't know what to expect.
As we pulled up I saw a small brick building, with a blue sign
saying St Paul's.
The Beverley 2k Fun Run By Eleanor Smith Age 7 and Eleanor's Mum
I thought the Fun Run was very tiring but I tried to carry on.
My Mum and my brother's friend Ross were doing it too.
I wish I could do the big run when I'm older.
When I was doing the Fun Run I had a stitch in my tummy but I carried on.
My medal was excellent. I showed it too my class in 2FB Anlaby School.
They wanted to do the Fun Run as well.
My friend Eden was very very happy to see I had a medal and
Beware of the Cat - Beverley 10k - Sunday 15th May 05 By Mike Pullon
The 2003 Beverley 10 k was , at 44 , my first attempt at any sort of competitive running for about 30 years.
As part of a weight loss, and fitness gain, plan over the previous year I had been running about
2 miles a day and felt that this event would be a good test for me.
My goal was to finish and if possible not last.
In the event I found that the motivation
2005 Beverley Annual Fun Run 13 page Photograph Gallery By Mo
Well as the website is utterly buzzing from a home page link at the
Beverly Athletics Club thanks for that!
I have got together this 13 page gallery of the Fun Run for you all...Enjoy.
Coming up next is the 10 Race Gallery, shortly when I have my breath back..cheers
The Beverley 10k Run - Sunday 15th May 05 By Jonathan Rollison
The Beverley 10k - what a fantastic morning - well done Beverley Athletics Club!
This was my first ever running event since school - 26 years ago.
The main highlight was to see my 11 year old in the fun run come storming back into the
main arena at full tilt looking determined to get a few places up the field in the 2k race.
He admitted later that he started the home sprint too early, but
Sports, Speedway - Why Speedway? By Danny Searle
Why do I love speedway? My Dad used to go before I was born. As I started getting older I went more often. But I remember I was four when I first started to go.
I can't remember the first time I went to Speedway. I can however, remember two of
the riders, Jan Stapman and Joe Screen.
I can't remember
Sports, Bowling - Ten Pin Bowling - Championship Golden Bowl in Turin - 4th - 10 April 05 By Dom Gall
Reigning European Ranking champion Paul Moor from England defeated tournament leader
Osku Palermaa from Finland in the title match, 210-205 and 227-215, to win the Championship Golden Bowl
in Turin and 10,000 Euro.
This was Moor's second victory of this year's European Bowling Tour after winning the second stop in