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Have been on Lions TV watching our Chairman's pep talk for the fans.
Nice to have a club regime which is fully open with its supporters and is continuing to keep us all in the picture with all aspects of club affairs, unlike the old Soviet/KGB style approach of the former management, no names need to be mentioned.
However, as much as I am a big fan (I think we all are) of JR's positive approach, his opinion regarding the much-longed-for new home for the Lions is that he doesn't believe in the old adage of 'build it and they will come' to boost attendances.
It is my firm and unbending belief (as has always been) that as soon as building commences we will witness a gradual renaissance within the local community of real interest in our wonderful and historic club. Attendances will not double overnight of course but will grow as a sleeping giant stirs in much the same way as our old rivals over there in Oldham would if their similar dreams were also realised.
I'm not a fan of Bears or Rhinos or whatever other unconnected animal or meteorological phenomenon you can dream up.
I'm totally with you on this train of thought. Almost all the 'modern' nicknames are so very contrived and phony, Bulls, Wolves, Giants, Warriors, Centurions, Bulldogs etc. Maybe it's me just being old fashioned but I'd much prefer if my team Swinton was still just 'Swinton' and not 'Swinton Lions'. However I am consoled that at least our 'Lions' tag is anything but phony as they have been known as 'the Lions' since the late 19th century when they made the White Lion pub their changing rooms and HQ near to the old Chorley Road ground (1886-1929).
Can't see you having any problems beating Keighley. Oldham by 20. You won't choke this time.
Hopefully we'll beat York then have Keighley in the final. We've beaten them four times already this year.
Yes we (the Lions) have, twice in the league and once each in pre-season friendly and the Ipro cup (both away).
I'd have thought you would have made it all ticket, after all, 'Owdham' are truly a sleeping giant of rugby league as your older fans will well know, especially those old enough (like I am) to remember the '50s glory days with men like Ganley, Davies, Pitchford, Turner etc in your ranks.
Oldham are a great old Lancashire club with a long and proud history (much like us) and deserve to be up there with the other big boys.
Give Keighley a good trouncing and be promoted in style, you deserve it after such a storming season.
Then, hopefully, we can do the same a week later and come up and join you there in the Championship.
Nice one Ian. I have always much preferred the traditional/historic name of a club's ground. 'Cougar Park' sounds far too much like something from Aussie RL or American football. We're British rugby league, let's be proud of our own unique culture, warts and all.
How very true. I've always been a great believer in that line of thought. Going way back to my youth, the cornerstone of the '60s sides was a solid defence whose motto surely was 'they shall not pass'.
A game of two halves without doubt. Shame we gave them too much leeway in the first 40, but I think we must give Oldham some credit for a storming display that laid the foundations of our undoing. They are easily the fastest, never say die attacking side to come up against an improving Lions side up to now. They nearly always managed to get their passes out despite tackles and opened the hard fought game with two or three tries before the Lions got their share of possession. By the time our lads had recovered from the early Roughyeds try blitz, they were always going to face an uphill task, a task, it turned out to be, just out of reach as the final hooter sounded. A bit of luck late on and redemption could well have been achieved after the gloom of the 4-22 score at the interval.
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.