But I never said that, I said we never found out how good the crowds would be in winter under SL. It was bulldozed through along with many other SL changes. As I said earlier, I and many of the friends I watch RL alongside were gobsmacked by many of the SL moves and summer rugby was one of the biggest surprises.
I was and am an avid reader of LE and I recall no demand in its letter columns for a change to summer - unlike the demand for a return to P&R about which there is at least one letter per week.
As for Union going pro the players had been advocating it for years - it was "the old farts" who were against it. And many of the old guard journos - I know for a fact that Clem Thomas who wrote for the Guardian was very much against pro Union - his attitude was if players want to make money out of playing rugby let them go and play RL - a view I very much agreed with! The World Cup was one catalyst in Union going honest - Super League was another IMO.
well we have freak weather conditions where we are going into easter with classic winter weather. I hopeyou are enjoing your rugby.
Summer Rugby was high on the agenda and had been a topic resurrected regularly in the Rugby League media: usually when games were postpondandfixturs piled up, or when attendances were poor.
It was the same with Super League: from the late eighties onwards the biger clubs were working on breaking away and forming theior own Super League, even without a SKY deal. This would have meant more big games, less subsidising of the smaller clubs by boosting the smaller clubs' attendances whilst having lower attendances when these clubs were the visitors.
Clem Thomas was either;
or livin in a dreamworld.
Here's why. veiled professionalism had been allowed, or turned a blind eye to in Wales since the English Northern clubs formed the Northern Union. It was politically expedient when the game was in a state offlux. the England team had already been captaind by a professional on the firs tour down under. In Thomas' own lifetime professionalism was open in France and South Africa, nd turned a blind eye to in Australia and New Zealand.
Rugby League wasn't and isn't a purely professional sport: so Thomas was showing his ignorance.
If you want a modern example of professionalism in modern Welsh Union read Allan Bateman's autobiography in which he describes taking a pay cut by joining Warrington: the attraction as in almost all such cases being the huge signing on fee.
Why would yo agree with the dishonesty and hypicrisy of shamateurism?
Union's following was already there when it went honsetly professional. It had aand has massive supprt: it just didn't until the miod 90s find expression in attending big club games.
Edited by l'angelo mysterioso, 27 March 2013 - 08:38 PM.