Rugby League News Part 1 1920 - 1945

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Rugby League News

Part 1 1920 - 1945

Rugby League News began in 1920 as a weekly programme with all the teams for the round, up until that time individual programmes for each match or ground were printed for a particular day's games. Rugby League News continued up until the end of the 1973 season.

The Sydney Rugby League Competition took various formats and ran different lengths of time depending on the format, the number of teams in the competition and the number of representative matches being played. Therefore the number of issues varied from year to year.

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Rugby League News

1920 Vol.1 No.s 1 to 23
First issue of Rugby League News issued 1/5/1920
"A Journal devoted to the interests of Rugby League Football and containing the only authorised List of Names, Numbers, Colors and Positions of Players."
Issues comprised 16 pages and the logo about a 1/3 of the way down the page with advertising above and below.
Aust v Eng No.s 12 & 13
NSW v Qld No.18

1921 Vol.2 No.s 1 to 23
Change of format with logo now at the top of the page with a covering story and photo instead of advertising.
NSW v Qld No.7

1922 Vol.3 No.s 1 to 24
Another slight format change cover now with picture or cartoon no associated story.
NSW v Qld No.

1923 Vol.4 No.s 1 to 23
NSW v Qld No.10

1924 Vol.5 No.s 1 to 25
NSW v Qld No.s 5 & 6
Aust v Eng No.s 11&12

1925 Vol.5 No.s 1 to 21

Error made with dates issue no.7 & 8 both dated June 8, no.8 should be June 13.
NSW v Qld No.s 5 & 7

1926 Vol.7 No.s 1 to 24 
Format changed after issue 7 now with a pale green coloured thick cover and new logo, now 20 pages with cover although cover has no page numbers.

NSW v Qld No.s 8 & 9

1927 Vol.8 No.s 1 to 24
Covers vary in colour between pale green & pale blue.

NSW v Qld No.s 12 & 13

1928 Vol.9 No.s 1 to 24
Covers vary in colour between pale blue & pale pink.
NSW v Qld No.s 5 & 6
First souvenir Test Match issues with colour cover Aust v Eng 2nd & 3rd Tests No.s 15 & 16

1929 Vol.10 No.s 1 to 24
NSW v Qld No.s 8 & 9

1930 Vol.11 No.s 1 to 25
NSW v Qld No.s 7 & 8
Grand Final No.25

1931 Vol.12 No.s 1 to 22
Cream cover added to the blue and pink during this season.

NSW v Qld No.s 7, 8 & 9
Grand Final No.22

1932 Vol.13 No.s 1 to 27
NSW v Qld No.s 5 & 6
Colour covered Test Match issues Aust v Eng 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 10 & 16, issue 16 a huge 32 pages.
Also issued during the season a special Cartoon Supplement dated June 6
Grand Final No.26

1933 Vol.14 No.s 1 to 23
NSW v Qld No.s 7 & 8

1934 Vol.15 No.s 1 to 23
NSW v Qld No.s 8 & 9

1935 Vol.16 No.s 1 to 24
Pages increased to 28(including cover) from issue No.6
First special NSW v Qld covers No.s 8, 9 &10.

1936 Vol.17 No.s 1 to 25

1936 No.24 Ray Thompson from North Sydney on the cover

NSW v Qld No.s 7 & 8
Colour covered Test Match issues Aust v Eng 1st & 3rd Tests No.s 14 & 17 both 44 pages






1937 Vol.18 No.s 1 to 24
Pages reduced to 24
Covers vary in colour between pale blue, pink, cream and orange.

NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11

1938 Vol.19 No.s 1 to 22
Pages reduced to 20

NSW v Qld No.s 13 & 14

1939 Vol.20 No.s 1 to 26
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11

1940 Vol.21 No.s 1 to 22
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11

1941 Vol.22 No.s 1 to 26
NSW v Qld No.s 10 & 11

1942 Vol.23 No.s 1 to 22
Pages reduced to 12 due to war and no longer with a cover all pages the same.
Grand Final No.20

1943 Vol.24 No.s 1 to 24
Pages reduced to 8.
Grand Final No.20

1944 Vol.25 No.s 1 to 23
From No.2 physical size reduced remains at 8 pages, paper quality reduced.
Grand Final No.22

1945 Vol.26 No.s 1 to 22
NSW v Qld No.9
Simple 4 page programme for 1st semi-final 18/8 un-numbered and no Rugby League News logo.

 

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