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Steve Mascord
Exclusive content for readers of Two Tribes - Steve Mascord's new book about rugby league's divided season and the birth of the NRL.
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  • December 22, 1996: Off-season travails
    22 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Today 25 years ago was a Sunday, which means the Sunday papers and off-season rugby league gossip. As the NRL’s regular ‘On This Day’ feature tells us, the ARL refused to share judiciary records with ...
  • December 21, 1996: Goodbye, Canon
    21 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    Twenty-five years and one day ago, John Quayle was cleaning out his desk at Phillip Street. As he did so, he spoke to colleague Peter Fitzsimons, saying: “There has been a tremendous amount of emotion...
  • December 17, 2021: Remembering the 1997 Super League grand final
    20 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    By STEVE MASCORD LAST time Shane Richardson saw his old buddy and sometimes sparring partner Shane Edwards, the former Brisbane Broncos chief executive had a gift for him. “About 18 months ago he actu...
  • December 20, 1996: Bleak City Blues
    20 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    On this day 25 years ago, a story by colleague Richard Hinds appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald questioning whether Melbourne could support a team in a national rugby league competition. The ARL ha...
  • December 16, 2021: RIP 'Skull' Mulholland
    16 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    When I wrote in the foreword to Two Tribes that ‘none of the people in this book will be around forever’, it was a glib comment made without much thought. But with every revision of the book - I start...
  • December 15, 1996: Whittaker: George Piggins convinced me to take the job
    15 Dec 2021 • 2 min read
    An intriguing story in the Sun-Herald on this day 25 years ago: Neil Whittaker says George Piggins convinced him to take the job as NSWRL general manager and ARL chief executive. The author of the pie...
  • December 14, 1996: Neil Whittaker press conference highlights
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    December 11 was the anniversary of the press conference to confirm Neil Whittaker had won the job to replace John Quayle as ARL chief executive. December 12 was the anniversary of the reporting of tha...
  • December 6, 1996: Super League releases Jamie Goddard
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    ON December 6, 1996, we read that Gold Coast’s feisty hooker Jamie Goddard had been released from his Super League contract. Goddard had signed with the breakaway at Jupiters Casino but did not want t...
  • December 13, 1996: Super League World Nines launched
    13 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read
    “The World Nines is going to be the beginning of a truly global game,” Super League CEO John Ribot promised as he launched the 1997 World Nines in Townsville. The World Nines had been born the previou...
  • December 12, 2021: Two Tribes tops Amazon rugby league charts
    12 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    I was surprised how it affected me yesterday when I saw the web page depicted above. Having access to the sales figures, I know that this does not mean I’m about to out-sell Steven King or Fred Forsyt...
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