Almost every stadium, past and present, existing or not, is featured on Wikipedia with its own page.
Consequently, as a long time follower of the game (Swinton) I am surprised, nay shocked, to note the omission of the Roughyeds' old home Watersheddings on the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, only the Oldham district of Watersheddings itself - which briefly mentions the ground.
As a lover of rugby league's wonderful and rich history, I find it a real shame and would like to propose that someone from the 'Oldham camp' might get this put right at some point.
Even though our (the Lions) old home, Station Road, went well over 20 years ago, its place in RL's story is covered on Wikipedia. Let's get Watersheddings recorded for posterity also shall we?
I am old enough to remember ‘Owdham’s’ late ‘50s heyday when they were the strongest side in the game with the likes of Ganley, Davies, Turner etc.
Additionally we are offering 'fans' sponsorship at £75 per player. For this you'll get a replica shirt and your name alongside your chosen player in the match programme & on the website (a kind of "Roll of Honour") for the full season. If you like you can also be presented with your shirt at the launch night in Feb at the same time as your chosen player, and get a nice photo as a souvenir.
This is a new initiative & I think all numbers are still available. Please email the club if you're interested. Or send me a text on 07932 500731. Thanks for your support.
Sounds good, and, a snip at only 75 quid, methinks I'll consider this.
The planned capacity, based on what Dr Koukash and Martin Vickers said during the same meeting, is 3,000.
Personally I feel that's a bit on the small side and it would be better to aim for 5,000. However a capacity limited to 3,000 definitely implies the ground will be too small to host Salford matches in Super League.
If I remember correctly, the minimum standard for SL is 8,000. Besides which Salford's gates this season have been hitting arounrd the 7k,000 mark. Dr Koukash wouldn't want to turn 4,000 paying customers away!
What is more likely is the stadium being used for lower tier things, like Salford academy matches and some training. We then enter into the realms of how far that type of thing can go before it starts to undermine the unique identity of Swinton Lions.
However the priority has to be to get the bricks and mortar in place - hopefully to a standard that means it will be around long after Dr Koukash's involvement. Once the ground is actually there, the rest is a changeable feast.
Dewsbury's ground capacity is about 3,500 and is a nice sized stadium for clubs at our level. The main thing is, that if it should initially be limited to 3,000, there should be adequate provisions for enlargement should circumstances dictate.
I think we need to think of imaginative ideas to attract new fans and encourage ex-fans to return. How can we encourage more families to attend?
The root cause of this is the club's diabolical failure to ensure that it retained its relationship with the S & P community at large.
This can only be addressed in a big way by reversing the process. After all, 22 years is a VERY long period of time in this situation. Probably the main way (if not the ONLY way) is to get the new local stadium up and running in the shortest possible time whilst simultaneously blowing the club's trumpet at full blast 24/7. Only then, perhaps, the descendants of former fans may come and have a look at us.
I caught a bloke in tesco Walkden today reading about the lions in league express
I asked him if he still goes....he said he hadn't been since station rd.
After a good chat
he assures me he will give it a go on Sunday with his wife
Two more through the gate
Well done Mark with the sales patter, you'll have to shop at Tesco in Walkden more often - 'Every little helps'
Point is, is it time to get the banners and placards out, picket the town hall and at least vent our valid feelings towards those who should now be finally backing the club after idly watching from the sidelines as we drifted in the wilderness for more than two decades? After all, didn't the pinks' fans do much the same when they were pursuing their move to Barton some years back? I for one am sick of waiting and I suspect most other fans are too. We MUST do SOMETHING. We've all written our letters to certain councillors, some of which were never even acknowledged.
If any elements of Salford Council are reading this, may I politely suggest you finally GET YOUR FINGERS OUT and do the right thing for once in your lives, or God help you and the rest of us.