In many parts of Yorkshire excitement is now growing about the Tour de France weekend of July 5th & 6th. Questions were raised a little while ago asking if the club or RFL intended to consider the arrangements for games scheduled on these dates and it was indicated that we should "wait and see" as some sort of announcement would be forthcoming. we have yet to hear anything.
Just to be clear, the interest in this event is enormous and the match that we have scheduled against Swinton on the 6th will be severely affected, in my opinion, if we simply go ahead with the proposed kick off time and date. I am sure that there will be many on here who will simply say that they're not interested in bikes, it's a French race, no-one in their right minds will bother etc, but I'm afraid that you would be wrong. The publicity is growing daily, loads of places (pubs, farms, villages, communities) are planning and promoting events; it is being presented as a "once in a lifetime" event; and even if individuals aren't so keen the pressure from kids, grandkids and others to attend will be massive. In Huddersfield alone the organisers are predicting that 100,000 will be watching somewhere on the 6th.
In my personal view, once again, the sensible option would be to consider switching to Friday 4th July. Can the club please tell us if they have any plans to change their arrangements for this fixture?
Edited by Tom Coates, 09 July 2014 - 02:32 PM.