A NEW amateur RL club based at Ashington in Northumberland have teamed up with Featherstone Rovers.
Founded last year, Miners RL play in the North East Regional League. They chose to name themselves in recognition of a cultural community rather than a geographical one because Ashington is in the heart of the now defunct Northumberland coalfield.
Their chairman Trevor Murdie said: “The historical connection between coal mining and rugby league is inseparable. Featherstone Rovers symbolise that more than any other club. That is why our playing kit is navy blue and white hoops. Woven into the design are the names of the 70 Northumberland pits that were in existence at the time of nationalisation - now there aren’t any.”
Featherstone Rovers play York City Knights at Bigfellas Stadium on May 20.
Miners’ RL are planning a 5 day charity bike ride starting at Woodhorn Mining Museum in Northumberland, and hope to arrive at the game before kick-off, having called at Black Sheep Brewery to pick up a crate of beer, with a detour to the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.
Mr Murdie said: “It’s a while before the ride, and it will be a mighty tas. We are are the most Northerly rugby league club in England.
“We want people to know about it in good time because we want people to donate items such as that crate of ale, and for instance the hospitality package the Gateshead Thunder have promised us, so that we can auction them.
“The money that we collect on our ride and raise from the auction will be donated to TRY ASSIST - the Rugby League benevolent Fund - and the Mineworkers’ benevolent fund. Featherstone Rovers are being very supportive with this and we are sure that this kind of support will spread and grow as word gets around.”
Rovers commercial manager Paul Taylor (pictured) said: “We saw the recent news that Miners RL had formed and were honoured they had chosen our traditional colours.
We are looking forward to welcoming them to Featherstone for the first time against on May 20 and wish them luck in their first season.”
Anyone wishing to support the Miners RL charity bike ride can e-mail Trevor@Minersrl.co.uk or Graham@MinersRL.co.uk