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First RL season in France. Looking for info please....

Discussion in 'French Rugby League' started by Willow, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Willow

    Willow Administrator

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    Does anyone have the ladder results for the first French championship season in 1934/35?

    I'm told it can be found in the back of Mike Rylance's great book, The Forbidden Game.

    Many thanks.
     
  2. ParraEelsNRL

    ParraEelsNRL Referee

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    Villeneuve played 18 points 49
    Bordeaux played 18 points 42
    Lyon Villeurbanne played 16 points 40
    Roanne played 16 points 40
    Pau played 16 points 34
    XIII Catalan played 17 points 33
    Albi played 17 points 26
    Paris played 16 points 25
    Cote Basque played 15 points 21
    Breziers played 13 points 15

    3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a lose.
     
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  3. Willow

    Willow Administrator

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    Thank you kind sir. Was that from Forbidden Game?
     
  4. ParraEelsNRL

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    Yes I have the book, great read.
     
  5. Willow

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    I can't find my copy, been too many years. I vaguely recall the reason why some teams played more games was due to logistics. What were the reasons?

    Were there some draws?

    Asking for a friend who is interviewing Mike Rylance tomorrow.
     
  6. miguel de cervantes

    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    Béziers not Bréziers
     
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    Just has a look page 196 and it says:

    For the first and only time in the history of French Rugby League, the championship was decided on points, Villeneuve taking the inaugural title.

    Each club should have played 18 matches, playing against all the others on a home and away basis, although because of the problems associated with grounds only Villeneuve and Bordeaux managed to complete their full set of fixtures.
     
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    astreizix Juniors

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    If you want to know all on the beginning of RL in France I recommend this recent book:


    " IL ETAIT UNE FOIS LE RUGBY DE LIBERTÉ "

    " ONCE UPON A TIME THE RUGBY OF FREEDOM "

    It's a real mine of information, a great book of research and a huge work of archives. il_etait_une_fois_le_rugby_de_liberte_couverture.jpg
     
  9. Willow

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    Many thanks for the replies.
     
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    Greatestgameofall Juniors

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    I have looked at the French Championship table for 1934/35 and unfortunately, the one above must be incorrect. If 3 points for a win / 2 draw and 1 point for a loss, then 3 clubs - Villeneuve, Albi and Paris all recorded 1 drawn match !!! As you are all aware there has to be an 'even' amount of clubs to match drawn results.
    Has anyone got a copy of Mike Rylance's book, The Forbidden Game ? Apparently, the correct table is at the back of the book . Many thanks
     
  11. ParraEelsNRL

    ParraEelsNRL Referee

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    That's where I got the stats from.
     
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    Greatestgameofall Juniors

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    Okay,
    Does The Forbidden Game list the win/draw/loss record of the 10 clubs ?
     
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    As the state of the game was very strong in the early years which clubs prospered and which clubs perished?.
     
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    If anyone has a copy of The Forbidden Game, could you take a photo of the 1934/35 French championship table, and email it to me ?
     
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    Greatestgameofall Juniors

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    Dear Astreizix
    I have 'googled' Denis Arcas - Once upon a time the Rugby of Freedom , and I come up with nothing. Do you know how to get in touch with Denis Arcas ? Any help, is very much appreciated.
     
  17. miguel de cervantes

    miguel de cervantes First Grade

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    auteur "denis arcas"

    in google will bring up plenty of links if you want to chase up his recent book

    you could try getting an email from [email protected] for whom he worked for at one stage, or I can see someone that is likely him in the french white pages. not sure he would speak much english though if you decided to call him.
     
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    Okay, thank you very much for this. I'm in Sydney Australia and when I google 'Denis Arcas' or ' Once upon a time - the Rugby of Freedom' , I get nothing. I will try his former employers and see if I can track him down that way. But, once again, thank you for your help.
     
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    astreizix
    Thank you so much for this information. I will email Denis today. Thank you.
     
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