Radio League Unlimited

A View from the Hill and Radio League Unlimited presents a new podcast called Rugby League, That's The Way It Was.

Hosted by A View from the Hill's Robert Corra and featuring a different topic and expert each episode, this podcast unpacks history-making moments in Rugby League. Along the way we will explain their significance on the game, then and now.

Rugby League, That's The Way It Was, produced by Tony Peterson and presented by a View from the Hill and Radio League Unlimited.


Episode One

Episode One, the 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia looks at the events surrounding the last time Great Britain won an Ashes. Rob is joined by Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker to discuss this incredible series.

Alan Whiticker

S01 EP01 - The 1970 Ashes Tour of Australia

The 1970 Ashes Series was said to be one of the greatest series played between the two traditional foes.

English hard-men Cliff Watson, Malcolm Reilly and Roger Millward terrorised the Australian pack. Plagued with injuries, Australia selected three different captains during the series and even had a priest playing in the centres.

Cliff Watson

The Poms won the series 2-1 and it was to be the last time Great Britain won the Ashes in Australia.

Differing to the tours of today, Great Britain played a number of games from Darwin, Toowoomba and Wagga.

Out of 24 games played Great Britain won 22, drew one and lost one.

The 1970 Lions contained a galaxy of stars including captain Frank Myler, Roger Millward, Cliff Watson and Mal Reilly.

Future Kangaroo Tour captain and later coach Bob Fulton made his test debut in the 1970 Ashes series.

It's all here when Rob sits down with Rugby League Writer and Historian Alan Whiticker joins Rob to discuss this incredible series.


Episode 2

S01 EP02 - The Super League War

A look back at the most divisive period in our game's history.

Rob is joined by author Mike Colman, author of the book, Super League - The Inside Story. The story starts before a player cheque was even signed, with the commissioning of the Bradley Report.

On one side there was Super League, backed by Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation. On the other was the ARL, headed by Ken Arthurson supported by Kerry Packer and Optus Vision. At stake was the bounty of broadcasting rights and supremacy in the sport.

Super League had attracted several existing clubs, and introduced two new clubs. The ARL fought to keep the remaining teams loyal, with threats of court cases and the promise for a share in the spoils.

When the ARL tried to block the new league, Super League, headed by John Ribot ran one season parallel to the ARL's in 1997.

At the conclusion of that season a peace deal was reached and the two leagues united to form the National Rugby League.

But what price peace? Hundreds of millions of dollars ripped up, friendships destroyed and a cynical fan base that would take a long time to win back over.


Episode 3

S01 EP03 - History of the Sydney Second Division

Lewis Jones

On Grand Final Day 2019 we witnessed a classic game of Rugby League between the Newtown Jets and the Burleigh Bears.

It was a match to decide the Australian State Champions.

But the genesis of this ‘new' competition had its beginnings back in 1963, when the NSWRL established what was called the Inter District Club.

Host Rob Corra with special guest - rugby league historian Terry Williams, takes a look at the History of the Second Division.

Together they look at this important feeder competition from its earliest days in 1963, through the Metro Cup era and finally to today. What happened to a club in Liverpool and what were their colours? How did Cronulla and Penrith get the nod to be promoted to the top tier comp?

It's all here as Radio League Unlimited presents Rugby League: That's the Way it Was - a series of podcasts that look at different historical aspects of the game of Rugby League, from 1908 to the present day.

Earlier episodes can be listened to on iTunes, LeagueUnlimited and wherever good podcasts can be found.

Pictured. Lewis Jones - The Welsh Wizard - played for Wentworthville 1964-1969, then became First Grade Coach


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