Northern Rail Cup Final
July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Rugby League championship teams face a final battle in Blackpool to determine the 2012 Northern Rail Cup winners. The Hotels Blackpool has in the vicinity of the clash are gearing up for the Sunday session of a lifetime when Featherstone Rovers and Halifax RLFC meet on July 29th, 2012. Rugby League Long Weekend Northern Rail have sponsored this championship event since 2005, and the cup final is synonymous with a long weekend of fun and sport. Blackpool promenade will host a multitude of rugby fans making their way to the final on Sunday. Blackpool’s famous Bloomfield Road club venue is the scene of this clash of the titans. With kickoff at 3pm, there is plenty of time to see the sights of Blackpool, the seaside, world famous fish and chips, amusement arcades, rides and the newest attractions on the promenade. Things to look out for are the new Blackpool Tower Eye and the stunning views of the seafront and the newly refurbished Winter Gardens complex. The Central Pier hosts the famous “Legends” rock ‘n’ roll show extravaganza which is something to do on the Saturday night prior to the big match on Sunday. Outside the Tower by the seafront you will find sculpture displays and the comedy legends street artwork “Comedy Carpet” display. Check out the Blackpool Wedding Chapel and Tower Festival area with stunning artwork and ecological features. You can always get married if rugby is not the only thing on your mind! Featherstone Rovers Featherstone Rovers finished top of the league table for the 2012 season four points above Halifax RLFC. Based in West Yorkshire, Rovers fans will be easy to spot wearing the club colours of blue and white or maroon. Coach Daryl Powell will be expecting strong performances from Andy Kain, Liam Finn, and Jon Grayshon if recent performances are anything to go by. Judging from the opinions on the Featherstone Rovers website, these boys are keen to take the NR Cup home from the match in Blackpool. Halifax RLFC The first thing to note about the club is the coach Karl Harrison. He’s returned to coach them after a ten year absence and has clearly hit the mark. Arriving in Blackpool this weekend his team won convincingly last week against Hunslet with Paul White, Tony Tonks and Anthony Thackeray putting in strong performances. It is going to be hard to predict the outcome, with both sides looking match fit, determined and well placed to take the Silver Cup. The Northern Cup Rail Final tickets for Blackpool’s Bloomfield venue will set you back £14-£20 for adults and £8 -£10 for concessions and looks to be great value for spectators.