Steve Mascord – born Andrew John Langley – was obsessed with rugby league and rock’n’roll. Long after almost everyone he knew, he clung to these things like twin teddybears, turning at least one of them into a career and making a bit of money out of the other.

But he spent all this money on …. rugby league and rock’n’roll. At the age of 47 he owned precisely nothing aside from hundreds of records and CDs and almost every edition of Rugby League Week ever printed. He was unmarried, had no car or property and was the proud owner of $50,000 of credit card debt.

Touchstones coverThen one day he discovered the truth about himself.

He always knew he was adopted but it turned out he was part of a bohemian family, his mother forced to give him up after suffering a mental breakdown. She searched for him until her dying day. Steve met uncles and cousins and aunties he never knew existed and for the first time in his life he felt whole. And he looked around that storage room full of CDs and football magazines and felt sad; a sense of loss.

He appeared in newspapers and on radio and television and people thought he was successful but had he really created a life for himself? Or was he living in a childhood fantasy, compensating for what had been missing, ready to fall down on top of him as traditional media imploded?

Steve thought ‘enough of being Steve Mascord, who is not a real person. Time to finally be Andrew John Langley’.

Having figuratively thrown all his toys out of the cot, he decided to conduct an audit. Which ones to pick up off the floor and keep in his new life, and which to leave laying there forever.

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Streaming details for Hull KR-Leeds in Australia and South East Asia tonight

ACCESS details have been released for tonight’s special Betfred Super League broadcast in Australia, South East Asia and parts of the Middle East.

The clash between Hull Kingston Rovers and Leeds Rhinos from Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium is being shown by rugbyleaguehub.com at 11.30pm Sydney time and can be accessed via this link: https://watch.rugbyleaguehub.com/#/play/49769/51903

In the UK, only season ticket holders of the Robins and the Rhinos can watch the Round 13 Super League match but rugbyleaguehub.com is taking the encounter to audiences in Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Tonight’s match – played behind closed doors as per Covid-19 regulations still in force in Britain – gives Hull KR the chance to make amends for their elimination from the Challenge Cup at the hands of Leeds only six days ago.

In team news, German international Jimmy Keinhorst is in contention for his first Rovers appearance this year while Brett Ferres and Adam Cuthbertson return to Richard Agar’s Leeds squad.

rugbyleaguehub.com launched a relationship with Super League this year which involved streaming rights – some games live, others on replay – into Australia, South East Asia and parts of the Middle East.

The partnership was reactivated last Thursday with the game between Wakefield and Huddersfield from John Smith’s Stadium. 

Super League returns to rugbyleaguehub.com tonight

rugbyleaguehub.com is proud to announce it will resume its streaming of Betfred Super League into Australia and South East Asia tonight, Australian time.

Wakefield v Huddersfield from John Smith’s Stadium marks the resumption of a relationship that was forged in March before the competition was suspended due to the Global Pandemic.

The Trinity-Giants clash is being made available only to season ticket holders of those clubs in the UK, giving us a window to take the broadcast to Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

The broadcast will start at 11.45pm Thursday, Sydney time, and can only be accessed signing up at this link http://eepurl.com/c091wb and awaiting further instructions later today

rugbyleaguehub.com co-founder (with Steve Mascord) Jimmy Smith said: “It seems a long time since we did a few test broadcasts on various platforms at the start of the year, bringing viewers Israel Folau’s return to rugby league and Sonny Bill Williams’ second game back in our great sport.

“Steve and I are thrilled to move our venture on to the next level and honour our commitment to do whatever we can to expand rugby league and Super League.”

For further information contact Steve Mascord

Steve@rugbyleaguehub.com

+44 7411 461255

watch.rugbyleaguehub.com

Mascord Brownz #SAVETHEPROGRAMME campaign surpasses 50 percent funding

#SAVETHEPROGRAMME, a campaign by international rugby league merchandisers Mascord Brownz, has surpassed 50 per cent funding with half the designated period to run.

With printed match programmes dead in Australian rugby league and on the endangered list in the UK, Mascord Brownz has gone out on a limb by printing the leagueunlimited.com-produced The Front Row four times in the wake of Covid-19 – twice in each Hemisphere.

Now the company is crowd-funding the printing costs of 10 issues in the UK to finish the season.

So far, 31 people have contributed £1831 to keep the tradition alive, opting for rewards such as an Australian Nines jersey and a free t-shirt with each issue.

Now Mascord Brownz has launched a mini-subscription of just four editions as well as making items available exclusively via the campaign that do not require a subscription, such as a PNG Hunters players’ polo.

Overseas readers can choose to have their programmes posted all at once or weekly.

The campaign can be supported here: http://kck.st/2YUPtve

Mascord Brownz steps up #savetheprogramme campaign by offering £36 discount to 70 UK subscribers of The Front Row

International rugby league merchandiser Mascord Brownz has stepped up its recent activity around saving physical match programmes with a subscription pledge model.

The first edition of The Front Row printed in the UK, for the return of Super League from Covid-19 lockdown, sold out but the second edition – for a weekend on which there was just one game and only one British team playing – did not go so well.

MB has therefore decided to measure the ongoing demand for a global match programme each week in the UK by offering 70 fans the chance to get the publication for the final 10 weeks of the Northern Hemisphere season for just £50 including postage

This is £3.60 a week off the normal total cost of the publication.

Other rewards will be added for higher tiers.

BACK THE PROJECT HERE