3rd July 2020, 11:55 | rl_cares
Today marks the 100th day since Rugby League Cares posted the first ‘lockdown video’ from our archive.
To help keep everyone engaged and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic, Cares have posted daily videos featuring some of the greatest and most popular players in the sport’s history.
From historic Test matches and Challenge Cup finals, to classic games from across the decades and TV programmes recording the stories behind the sport’s issues of the day, their Facebook page has been filled with memorable action.
Most of the videos have come from VHS and Betamax tapes which have been converted to digital format to preserve them for future generations: many of those videos were recorded by lifelong Rugby League fan Andrew Cudbertson, who has donated his collection of over 5,000 matches and programmes to RL Cares.
Andrew, who was one of the founding fathers of Student Rugby League when he helped establish the game at the University of Leeds in the 1970s, has seemingly had his video player recording non-stop for over three decades!
RL Cares would like to place on record our appreciation to Andrew for his efforts and his donation, which has kept us busy in the last few months.
Those efforts have not gone unrecognised during lockdown and we have been absolutely astonished by how popular our daily videos have become: in 100 days, videos posted to Facebook from our archive have been viewed an incredible 1.2 million times.
Cares would like to thank each and every one of you for showing such a terrific interest in the sport’s history.
Last week, they also announced exciting plans to establish the first national museum of Rugby League at the sport’s historic birthplace, the George Hotel in Huddersfield. Over the coming months, Cares will be working with partners at Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield to deliver a museum which will do the great history of Rugby League justice.