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Bradford Bulls take a long hard look after tonight


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#21 goldcard

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 10:00 AM

If it's any help, you're going through now what us Wires fans had constantly until very recently.
Swings/roundabouts, sporting cycles, whatever, all clubs have them.
Once a team hits the top, the only possible way from then is down.
Wires record breaking 10 match run: L 16-17 ; L 34-36 ; L 24-44 ; L 20-38 ; L 8-46; L 14-26 ; L 20-40 ; L 22-48 ; L 14-20 ; L 8-60. Thanks Jimmy.The Glamour Club. Apparently.
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#22 Tommy The C5t

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE (goldcard @ Jul 10 2010, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it's any help, you're going through now what us Wires fans had constantly until very recently.
Swings/roundabouts, sporting cycles, whatever, all clubs have them.
Once a team hits the top, the only possible way from then is down.


This is different Bill, Warrington didn't have the foundations where we've had the 15,000/14,000 average gates, which have halved.

#23 Bulliac

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 02:09 PM

QUOTE (John Drake @ Jul 9 2010, 11:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh I can. More than once!

Between my first full season of watching them in 1982 up to the birth of the Bulls brand in 1995, Northern had some really barren years that make the past couple of seasons look like a picnic.

Lowlights include getting stuffed at Odsal by Hull in front of a crowd of less than 2,000 during the Barry Seabourne coaching era. Almost managing to lose a Cup tie against Highfield under the dreadful tenure of Aussie coach Ron Willey. The cries of 'Willey Out!' during the game being the only thing that lightened the mood that day. And best (worst) of all, the debut of our 80k RU signing Terry Holmes away at Swinton. He got injured in the first ten minutes and missed the rest of the season, we lost the game 8-0 and went bottom of the league.

But you know what? It wasn't the end of the world.

Oh yes John, I wondered about the club apparently starting in 1996, I can remember, good and bad, from long before then too. There does seem to be a number of people who have lost sight of the fact that sport is competitive and that NO-ONE has some god given right to be at the top all the time. The day I go to a match thinking we have so pre-ordained right to win is the day I'll not bother.

We were poor, beyond poor if you like, chasing shadows and the referee to moan about decisions which might or might not have been wrong, and which wouldn't have mattered in the slightest if they'd just concentrated on the game. We're having a bad run; too many injuries, short of confidence, too many mistakes, giving away far too many silly penalties. When players of the quality of Steve Menzies are back chatting the ref it shows just how 'down' the side is at present.

On the good news front: despite losing several players covering for injuries in the first team and having to put academy lads in, the under twenties WON 28 -18. The journey wasn't wasted after all!!

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#24 Johnoco

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:25 PM

Sorry lads but I don't think saying 'by we had it really bad in my day' is a good thing to do and not a good yardstick to set yourself. Manchester United were once a local side, I'm sure having lost the title to Chelsea they aren't just saying 'ah well, sport is cyclical, we have had our share', they will be planning to get back up there ASAP.

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect (or even want) to win every game, I don't mind a bit of variety (would I still be here if I did?) that encompasses good times and bad but the current attitude at the Bulls just seems to be 'ah well, what will happen will happen' as though it were the weather we are talking about. We are not rich but with the players we have, we should be doing a hell of a lot better. Not neccesarily winning trophies, just not playing so ###### and losing all the time. And if we are in the mire, Mr Hood should come out and tell us 'We are skint, expect a few years in the wilderness' It would be better than pretending we are still a player.

#25 Bitofaboogie

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:39 PM

QUOTE (snapski @ Jul 9 2010, 10:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
parksider it was ok for wigan, finish bottom or break salary cap , easy

Wigan has never broken the salary cap.


#26 goldcard

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:56 PM

QUOTE (Bitofaboogie @ Jul 10 2010, 05:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wigan has never broken the salary cap.



Really?
Wires record breaking 10 match run: L 16-17 ; L 34-36 ; L 24-44 ; L 20-38 ; L 8-46; L 14-26 ; L 20-40 ; L 22-48 ; L 14-20 ; L 8-60. Thanks Jimmy.The Glamour Club. Apparently.
Captain Morgan Trophy Holders.(I still think we have the British Coal 9's trophy hidden somewhere, too...)
Ooooh, the Challenge Cup!!! Thank you Tony.....
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#27 Bitofaboogie

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:02 PM

QUOTE (goldcard @ Jul 10 2010, 05:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

You shouldn't always believe everything that you read in the papers, although if you take the trouble to read that article it does tell you (amongst some untruths and non-facts) of what Wigan was found guilty.

So yes, really, Wigan has never broken the salary cap.


#28 Tommy The C5t

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 05:47 PM

QUOTE (Johnoco @ Jul 10 2010, 05:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Sorry lads but I don't think saying 'by we had it really bad in my day' is a good thing to do and not a good yardstick to set yourself. Manchester United were once a local side, I'm sure having lost the title to Chelsea they aren't just saying 'ah well, sport is cyclical, we have had our share', they will be planning to get back up there ASAP.

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect (or even want) to win every game, I don't mind a bit of variety (would I still be here if I did?) that encompasses good times and bad but the current attitude at the Bulls just seems to be 'ah well, what will happen will happen' as though it were the weather we are talking about. We are not rich but with the players we have, we should be doing a hell of a lot better. Not neccesarily winning trophies, just not playing so ###### and losing all the time. And if we are in the mire, Mr Hood should come out and tell us 'We are skint, expect a few years in the wilderness' It would be better than pretending we are still a player.


Spot on John and that is what I'm getting at.

#29 The Future is League

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 06:08 PM

i'm not fully aware of the situation as regards Bradford young players, but with nothing to lose wouldn't it be a good idea for Bradford to blood some more young players, or give some more experienece to young players who might have appeared in only a few games for the Bulls?

#30 Johnoco

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 06:46 PM

QUOTE (The Future is League @ Jul 10 2010, 07:08 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i'm not fully aware of the situation as regards Bradford young players, but with nothing to lose wouldn't it be a good idea for Bradford to blood some more young players, or give some more experienece to young players who might have appeared in only a few games for the Bulls?


Thats what some of us would like to see but then we said that last year....and the year before that.

#31 Johnoco

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 12:46 AM

I'll tell you another thing that bugs the ###### out of me about Bradford - this ludicrous wall of silence that exists over every major movement. Thus we have Robbie Paul playing his last game without any 'official' acknowledgement, or Noble leaving whilst everyone seems to pretend he isn't etc etc

And now we have a situation where they know who the new coach is yet probably won't announce it for another 5 years. angry.gif angry.gif angry.gif

#32 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 10:08 AM

QUOTE (Tommy The C5t @ Jul 9 2010, 10:10 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Where do I start before my battery dies on me?

Well for one it's not just about what I've seen tonight which I can categorically say has been the worst Bradford Bulls performance since that first game back in March 1996 when we beat Castleford by 30-12 in front of over 10,000 supporters at Odsal.

The truth is and however painful it may be, is that this club is dying a slow death. Forget about Mick Potter and what the new coach will offer, the facts are that we have now had two seasons with no play-off finish.
This surely for a club the size of Bradford has to be at the bare minimum requirement with the player personal on board.

The crowds will be down again next season as people who have been following the club since the 50's, 60's and 70's turn their back on the club, meaning even less money coming into the club, to spend on players.

The players are badly underperforming, showing no effort or determination whatsoever, they don't look interested when out on the field.

We have now failed to win in nine weeks, I can't remember Northern going through such a bad patch. I'm actually ashamed to be wearing the the famous red, amber & black right now, such was the embarrassment that I've just seen.

Tonight is the night when my last ounce of confidence in Steve McNamara has gone and he should now do the right thing and just walk away and concentrate on getting England ready for the Four Nations, letting Paul Medley take over for the rest of the season, which can't come soon enough.


A Super League side should have put 40 past you

So that's Cas, Hull and Quins who in your book arent Super leasgue sides yet both have beaten the once mighty Bulls handsomely

Now then, it's a race between Sandie....and Fairburn....and the little man is in........yeees he's in.

I, just like those Castleford supporters felt that the ball should have gone to David Plange but he put the bit betwen his teeth...and it was a try

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The real Mick Gledhill is what you see on here, a Bradford fan ........, but deep down knows that Bradford are just not good enough to challenge the likes of Leeds & St Helens.





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