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Blue Monkey

Member Since 13 Feb 2003
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#3090505 ROCHDALE

Posted by Blue Monkey on 17 March 2015 - 07:54 PM

It has a smallish car park but you'll find ample street parking near the ground as long as you don't upset the natives.

#3056785 Watersheddings - no Wikipedia page for this historic stadium

Posted by Blue Monkey on 17 January 2015 - 08:43 PM

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.

#3044512 Sponsorship

Posted by Blue Monkey on 13 December 2014 - 01:31 PM

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.

#3020236 Agecroft pit - pictures etc

Posted by Blue Monkey on 25 October 2014 - 04:04 PM

Click on link below to watch and listen to a video about Agecroft Colliery, yet another bit of local life, like Station Road, now consigned to the past.





#2963401 Doncaster 36 Lions 34

Posted by Blue Monkey on 22 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

Terrific effort in every department, no doubt inspired by the leadership of new man-in-charge John Duffy.

Still think we need a really good 'pack leader' out there to whip the forwards into working more efficiently as a unit.

#2956619 Lions sign fans favourite !

Posted by Blue Monkey on 08 July 2014 - 11:16 PM

Can we also see what Mark Smith is up to as well? We could really do with his experience at this moment in time.


I'll second that. Great footballing brain if ever there was one. First rate ball player.

#2918956 Hallelujah!

Posted by Blue Monkey on 20 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

Richly deserved,without doubt the best winger I've seen in a Swinton shirt.


Agree (in recent times) with that, but obviously being of a certain age, my candidate has to be John Stopford of course.

#2916106 Swinton away, Sunday 13th April KO 3pm

Posted by Blue Monkey on 13 April 2014 - 10:43 PM

you are a complete pratt.....i guess you dont win too many matches ?.......LOL


Where's your sense of humour?


Plain to see, you're just a bad loser. It's just a game - you win some, you lose some - don't upset yourself.

#2915926 What a game and what a try

Posted by Blue Monkey on 13 April 2014 - 05:47 PM

The Lions today were all lionhearted, everyone of them.


Great TEAM performance out there today. Full credit to all the players and the coaching and training staff too.

#2903312 Anybody heard?

Posted by Blue Monkey on 21 March 2014 - 06:13 PM

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.

#2902964 Anybody heard?

Posted by Blue Monkey on 21 March 2014 - 09:37 AM

 - in Swinton!


It will be the first time they've played in Swinton since 1929

#2896825 Today

Posted by Blue Monkey on 10 March 2014 - 08:48 PM

 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.



#2883114 Match Poster - Sheffield

Posted by Blue Monkey on 18 February 2014 - 04:14 PM

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'

#2876271 CRUNCH TIME

Posted by Blue Monkey on 07 February 2014 - 12:03 AM

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.



#2873898 Board

Posted by Blue Monkey on 02 February 2014 - 05:47 PM

...because of their all round attitude towards both Swinton RLFC and the town itself,...


I've heard one or two similar comments from other fans recently.

I have two questions regarding this apparent anti-S&P & Lions attitude.


If this IS the case, then,


Why ARE they against us as (A) a town - S&P and, as a long established rugby league club?

Is it simply certain individuals, councillors or officials, or is it something much deeper?