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#1 Jill Halfpenny fan

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 07:38 PM

Caught 15 mins or so of the Wigan/Blackpool soccer game today.

At one point the commentators (Jimmy Armfield and, I think, John Murray) said the Wigan pitch was in fantastic condition.

They then went on to say that Wigan RL had been playing on it all summer, and where also playing tomorrow.

They even knew it was a potential league leader decider.

Expect next week they'll be covering conference football and Lawrenson will be on to restore normality.
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Posted 14 August 2010 - 07:45 PM

QUOTE (Jill Halfpenny fan @ Aug 14 2010, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Caught 15 mins or so of the Wigan/Blackpool soccer game today.

At one point the commentators (Jimmy Armfield and, I think, John Murray) said the Wigan pitch was in fantastic condition.

They then went on to say that Wigan RL had been playing on it all summer, and were also playing tomorrow.

They even knew it was a potential league leader decider.


Expect next week they'll be covering conference football and Lawrenson will be on to restore normality.

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#3 GazCoops

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:06 PM

Give it a couple of months and they'll be blaming rugby for the pitch been so worn out in the goal mouth and center circle areas. wink.gif

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:09 PM

Good to hear
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#5 MrPosh

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

Jimmy Armfield is a good man and John Murray is an excellent and very knowledgeable commentator.
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Posted 14 August 2010 - 09:13 PM

QUOTE (GazCoops @ Aug 14 2010, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Give it a couple of months and they'll be blaming rugby for the pitch been so worn out in the goal mouth and center circle areas. wink.gif


As always the pitch looks nice csometically at this time of year but has a distinct cheap and nasty look about it, there's a good bit just infront of the Boston/East stand that was visibly moving today and some good chunks were taken out in sliding tackles.

Much to my amusement the bloke behind me was totally bemused as to why one of the groundsman was spending so long off the football pitch at the South Stand end in what would be the ingoal area at the Rugby following some cutting up in the warm up, clearly we have a rugby loving football hating member of the ground staff! laugh.gif

It'll be a quagmire by November the usual bull will be written/commented on by the media and once again nobody will think to mention its built on a marsh!

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 09:47 PM

Like a carpet, a nice pristine bowling green for Blackpool to do one over that Athletic travesty on. Eat that Whelan.

#8 GazCoops

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:42 PM

A bit of topic but was watching match of the day and thought it was nice to see the famous Wigan walk is not just a rugby league thing. laugh.gif

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 10:50 PM

QUOTE (GazCoops @ Aug 14 2010, 11:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A bit of topic but was watching match of the day and though it was nice to see the famous Wigan walk is not just a rugby league thing. laugh.gif


It is even better to see the football lot walk out. Wigan's a rugby town. Get rid of 'em.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 02:40 PM

Wouldn't it be good to see Mo take PNE to the DW and beat Wigan Athletic in front of about 3,000.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:04 PM

QUOTE (MrPosh @ Aug 14 2010, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Jimmy Armfield is a good man and John Murray is an excellent and very knowledgeable commentator.

Spot on. Lesser fools in the football media will be along to moan soon.

I noticed tonight that the soccer goal mouths were fenced off during the warm ups.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:07 PM

QUOTE (Millman @ Aug 15 2010, 10:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Spot on. Lesser fools in the football media will be along to moan soon.

I noticed tonight that the soccer goal mouths were fenced off during the warm ups.

They normally are.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:43 AM

Don't worry, as soon as one of the big clubs slip up at the pie dome, normal service will be resumed and we will know it was the rugby's fault. dry.gif
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:48 AM

QUOTE (Jill Halfpenny fan @ Aug 14 2010, 08:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Caught 15 mins or so of the Wigan/Blackpool soccer game today.

At one point the commentators (Jimmy Armfield and, I think, John Murray) said the Wigan pitch was in fantastic condition.

They then went on to say that Wigan RL had been playing on it all summer, and where also playing tomorrow.

They even knew it was a potential league leader decider.

Expect next week they'll be covering conference football and Lawrenson will be on to restore normality.


i don't know a lot about John Murray, but he sounds a good man. Jimmy Armfield i have heard in the past talk up Rugby League. i given to believe he is a fan of the game going back many years.

#15 Li0nhead

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:22 AM

Ok aside from the individuals concerned could it be our message every time football types moan about this finally be getting through. That on shared grounds Rugby (i include both codes for the purpose of this post) chews up the pitch more equally than football which the damage is more concentrated on the two goal mouths. Is that finally getting through to them?

#16 dallymessenger

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 10:54 AM

only 16,000 for an opening PL fixture is awful

when they finally get relegated i expect the club to dwindle away fairly quickly

ill enjoy watching wigan get relegated as much as seeing Hull tigers get demoted

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:06 PM

QUOTE (dallymessenger @ Aug 16 2010, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
only 16,000 for an opening PL fixture is awful

With 6000 Blackpool fans apparently.

#18 shrek

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:14 PM

QUOTE (PREPOSTEROUS @ Aug 16 2010, 01:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With 6000 Blackpool fans apparently.


Last I read there were 4200 in the away end, which looked about right give or take acouple of hundred with the "sterile" zones they had cordoned off in there, so there was no way there was 1800 delirious sorts in the home end, believe me they'd have stood out a mile.

Still a poor showing from the home turn out and pretty much reflecting the mood around the club currently, despite the cheap price of season tickets sales must be pretty poor, not seen any official figures released and sales on the day seemed quite brisk for one off tickets so it'll be the first of many poor turnouts this season.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:18 PM

QUOTE (dallymessenger @ Aug 16 2010, 11:54 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
only 16,000 for an opening PL fixture is awful


Compared to the big clubs, yep, its awful, taken in context to what crowds were 10/15 years ago its a decent increase in % terms considering the quality of competition right on the door step and its an increase I am sure many in our sport would jump at.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (PREPOSTEROUS @ Aug 16 2010, 01:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
With 6000 Blackpool fans apparently.


thats even funnier




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