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#61 jonnyg28

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 07:34 PM

The fact that they are included in the fixtures tells me the outcome of a meeting held last week.


Heard 2 potential investors myself but only hearsay. Any short list for potential coach? On their twitter it says 62 players have been in touch.

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:04 PM

Heard 2 potential investors myself but only hearsay. Any short list for potential coach? On their twitter it says 62 players have been in touch.

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#63 Spicer

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 08:54 PM

If you discount the derby matches, the fixture compilers have managed to clash over 50% of the Skolars and Hemel matches. I'm afraid that will mean one less season ticket sold by Hemel this year. I know quite a number of people who went to games at both last season and they will have the same choice. Many fans in the south try to support not just a club but rugby league in the south and given the clubs' proximity I would have thought it made sense to keep as many fixtures apart as possible.


Far to sensible, that would never do.

#64 Eldujo

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:43 PM

It's in the West Midlands, down from Birmingham and kind of across from Leicester if memory serves me right. Harr harr.

 

The plans for them to join in 2014 fell apart some time ago,they dont have security of tenure at their ground - always being booted off by the rahrah's if I heard rightly. Dont know how they stand for 2015. As for Manchester Rangers, that was a plan for 2015 - how they're coming along with that I dont know & if Coventry are still in the running maybe that'd put anyone else back a further year or two.

Manchester Rangers are due to start at Belle Vue in time for 2015. The plan is for them to ground share with the speedway team from there. I'd imagine the far better fit though would be to look into a ground share with the new FC United stadium that is being built over in North East Manchester.

 

The new stadium is to be around 5,000 capacity and I'd imagine offers better viewing angles for spectators. Having tried watching basketball at the velodrome in Manchester many years ago, I'm no fan of having a large gap between the crowd and the players. I'm presuming that's how it would work at Belle Vue.



#65 abd

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:44 AM

Would that be the new planned Belle Vue speedway or the current adjacent Kirkmanshume Lane place they share with the dogs? If it's the latter, it's a very tight track and so won't have the width for a pitch i'd guess.



#66 tim2

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:30 AM

Far to sensible, that would never do.


The clubs could always agree to, for example, switch to Saturdays on an alternating basis whenever clashes occurred.
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#67 iffleyox

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 11:41 AM

The clubs could always agree to, for example, switch to Saturdays on an alternating basis whenever clashes occurred.

 

They could, but it depends what the current fan profile is  - I know I see a lot of the same faces at London Welsh that I do at Oxford RL. If playing on a Saturday in March/April/May and September they have to compete for fans with Sarries and Wasps then that could just hurt things even more.

 

It's not that one code is better than the other, more a recognition that in the south (certainly in Oxford's case), you have rugby fans, not (yet) dyed in the wool "league" fans.

 

If push came to shove I'd still choose Welsh over Oxford RL, and I'm a season ticket holder/member of both currently. London might be different I suppose, but only because it's likely to have a lot of northern exiles. Not sure Saturday matches would work for us.



#68 tim2

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 12:38 PM

They could, but it depends what the current fan profile is  - I know I see a lot of the same faces at London Welsh that I do at Oxford RL. If playing on a Saturday in March/April/May and September they have to compete for fans with Sarries and Wasps then that could just hurt things even more.
 
It's not that one code is better than the other, more a recognition that in the south (certainly in Oxford's case), you have rugby fans, not (yet) dyed in the wool "league" fans.
 
If push came to shove I'd still choose Welsh over Oxford RL, and I'm a season ticket holder/member of both currently. London might be different I suppose, but only because it's likely to have a lot of northern exiles. Not sure Saturday matches would work for us.


Fair points, I just wondered whether clubs (and fixture list compilers) should be smarter in figuring out how to maximise crowds. I also appreciate it isn't easy.
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#69 Stag Fan

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Posted 03 December 2013 - 07:35 PM

The clubs could always agree to, for example, switch to Saturdays on an alternating basis whenever clashes occurred.

A problem we have at Hemel is our clubhouse is booked out for functions on nearly every Saturday, so we find oursleves in a position that we have to ask people to leave the large function room and move to the little bar, this tends to make people leave rather then stay. We have found over the years that the crowds are upto double on a Sunday that what they are on a Saturday.

 

The best solution would be to have one away while the other team are at home similar to Arsenal and Spurs.


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