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Blue Monkey

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#3207276 Just four words .................

Posted by Blue Monkey on 04 October 2015 - 11:02 AM

Come on Swinton, make a Lancashire one two.


I'm glad you said 'Lancashire' and not the dreaded 'Greater Manchester'.

#3207088 End of season awards

Posted by Blue Monkey on 04 October 2015 - 08:44 AM

Man of steal - Stuart Littler



Is that an unintended pun? (steel/steal)

#3196993 Oldham vs Keighley

Posted by Blue Monkey on 20 September 2015 - 04:58 PM

 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).

#3194453 Oldham vs Keighley

Posted by Blue Monkey on 16 September 2015 - 06:37 PM

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.

#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.