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Border City Blues

The Story of Carlisle Rugby League

Alan Tucker


Border City Blues is the previously untold story of rugby league football in the proud city of Carlisle.

Alan Tucker shares his inside view of the highs and lows and ups and downs of life in English rugby league’s most northerly outpost.
Complete with an introduction of New Zealand rugby league legend Dean Bell, the bulk of the book ia a season-by-season account of the city’s longest surviving professional outfit, Carlisle Border Raiders. From their birth in the early 1980’s to ‘merger’ with Barrow in 1997, it is a dramatic story of struggle against the odds and a faithfully produced insight into just what it takes to get a new sport up and running in often quite unsympathetic territory.
Added to this is a detailed analysis of every season in the Border Raiders existence, including league tables, match-by match records and individual player contributions.


Scratching Shed Publishing



Publication Date:

2010 November





Black & white photographs

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