Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
13 September 2013 11:05 PM
A double-header of games a few miles apart today will go a long way towards determining the emerging pattern of this season’s Super League play-offs.
13 September 2013 08:11 PM
He enjoyed the reputation of being hard to handle, and he liked to get his retaliation in first
12 September 2013 11:10 PM
Wigan are one match away from a Grand Final after a hard-fought victory at a near-waterlogged ground here tonight. Two tries from Josh Charnley gave the Warriors the edge in filthy conditions. They now have next weekend off, whilst Huddersfield, the most consistent side all year, have to try to take advantage of their second chance. This was a reminder for them that finals football is a different proposition.
09 September 2013 12:02 AM
Hull Kingston Rovers 22 London Broncos 34
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08 September 2013 12:00 AM
Bradford ended a forgettable season with some minor consolation as the Giants kept their powder dry for next weekend by fielding a young, experimental line-up that was not quite up to the job.
05 September 2013 03:08 PM
They will be a part of the re-named Red Devils ahead of the 2014 season
Dave Hadfield: Rugby league players' lot is not a happy one in a game suffering money and image problems
04 September 2013 11:10 PM
01 September 2013 11:26 PM
Salford played their last game as the City Reds before this week’s planned rebranding as the Red Devils at Castleford. Apart from the name change, the club will announce a series of new faces to go with scrum-half, Tim Smith, signed from Wakefield for “a substantial fee.”
01 September 2013 11:18 PM
One of the longest waits in rugby league ended last night as the Giants clinched possession of the League Leaders’ Shield.
30 August 2013 11:03 PM
Two late drop goals from Daniel Holdsworth prevented Wigan from showing that whatever their Challenge Cup-winning senior players can do to Hull, their young reserves can do too.
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