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Blue Monkey

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#3159194 KEIGHLEY

Posted by Blue Monkey on 16 July 2015 - 07:38 PM

... at Lawkholme Lane.




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.

#3149590 Half backs

Posted by Blue Monkey on 29 June 2015 - 01:35 PM

Defence wins games


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'.

#3144977 Swinton 26 Oldham 32

Posted by Blue Monkey on 21 June 2015 - 11:04 PM

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.

#3136169 Club website - Billy Williams

Posted by Blue Monkey on 06 June 2015 - 01:56 PM

Its stories like this which make a really good website, making people aware of things that matter in sport and life in general.


Billy has a page dedicated to him on Wikipedia under the heading William Williams (rugby) if anyone would care to have a look sometime.

#3130968 Hooker Overload?

Posted by Blue Monkey on 28 May 2015 - 08:03 PM

..., a number 9.


I'm so glad you said "a number 9" rather than a 'hooker' because, as we all know, there's no such thing as a hooker in rugby league these days.

#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.