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#3097308 Doncaster 14 Batley 16

Posted by TheTerminator on Yesterday, 11:38 AM

Your part time use of deodorant and toothpaste was apparently evident on the bus again.

Im on the bus for the long trip to London, make sure you bring your Lynx Africa with you.

I prefer 'Axe' - a cheaper alternative available from all B&M stores which is equally effective in terms of round the clock dryness. Fresh!

#3097124 Doncaster 14 Batley 16

Posted by TheTerminator on 29 March 2015 - 08:19 PM

I like Southernwood, he's a decent young player who has time on his side.
I'm afraid that we're really in limbo land when it comes to top quality half-backs, though. Promising youngster like Southernwood are always going to be our staple, as any experienced players with proven ability will inevitably go to the highest bidders - with whom we can't compete. A Briggs or a Murrell would improve our already decent team by 20-30%, but recruiting a player of that ilk is never going to happen whilst we're up against clubs with much greater financial clout than ourselves.

#3096744 Ryan Bailey to the rams

Posted by TheTerminator on 28 March 2015 - 11:33 PM

Incidentally, why was this posted on the Batley Bulldogs forum? Whatever basis it has, it's totally irrelevant to our club?

#3096523 New Zealand guy wanting game time

Posted by TheTerminator on 28 March 2015 - 02:54 PM

Let's look at how this thread has developed;
(1) A forum user starts a thread stating he has a friend who is coming over from New Zealand to work for a few months and is looking to find a club.
(2) Batley fans reply asking whether or not he would get a work permit.
(3) Forum user who started thread expresses his disgust at Batley fans posing legitimate questions over whether or not player would get a work permit.
(4) Forum user who started thread states his belief that the attitude of Batley fans posing legitimate questions on the internet is the reason behind low crowd figures at Mount Pleasant.
(4) Forum user who started thread thinks it would be fun to 'get one over' on Batley fans who posed legitimate questions by stating that said player (still unnamed) has gone on trial at close rivals.
(5) Interest in thread ends.
(6) Forum user who started thread returns some weeks later to inform us that player (still unnamed) has signed for a club in France and was superb on his debut. Presumably he is no longer coming over to England for work purposes.
(7) Batley fans question forum user's motives for returning to tell us the news about said player (still unnamed).
(8 ) Forum user who started thread labels Batley fans as 'half-wits' and resolves to tear up his season ticket.

Now, you tell me who has the 'mentality' problem.

#3093442 Fantastic Breaking News

Posted by TheTerminator on 22 March 2015 - 09:26 PM

As l am sure Terminator will too! As a paying spectator, l am sure you would not deny him the opportunity to voice his concerns!

Indeed. I hasten to add that I will be making a contribution to the scoreboard fund, as I have to many other similar fund-raising efforts over the years. Seeking clarification should not be misinterpreted as a lack of 'pride' or desire to 'rabble-rouse'.

#3090213 New Scoreboard?

Posted by TheTerminator on 17 March 2015 - 09:48 AM

It's an RFL stipulation that a club must have a fully functioning electric scoreboard if they wish to take their place in the middle 8's.
I'd say that to not acquire one would place an unnecessary limitation upon our ambition as a club.

#3089457 New Zealand guy wanting game time

Posted by TheTerminator on 15 March 2015 - 09:40 PM

Will, you came on here asking about the possibility of an overseas player getting a gig at Batley. All people have done is question whether or not it would he viable for us give potential work permit restrictions and the timescales involved. It's difficult for ANY overseas player to obtain a work permit enabling them play at our level.
Admittedly, my own initial comment was a little negative - but largely meant as a tongue in cheek quip made in reference to the club's recruitment policy.
You seem to have got yourself frustrated over very little. It was always unlikely that your post would solicit an immediate string of 'Oooh let's get him in the side for Sunday!'. Work permit queries were always likely to be the hot topic.
Now, I'm led to believe that your previously coached at quite a high level in Queensland. Do you known any Queensland Cup players with European passports who might fancy a stint over here??

#3089177 Batley V Bradford

Posted by TheTerminator on 15 March 2015 - 05:05 PM

av u had a bump to the head i think bradford will bring 2000-2500 to yours add around 800 you should be looking at over 3000

Only about 300 out. Ahem.....

#3088833 New Scoreboard?

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 March 2015 - 10:44 PM

I was being absolutely serious. There appears to be a trend towards naming parts of the ground after former players of distinction. I'd also like to see the likes of Carl Gibson, Norman Field and Wattie Davies represented, as I believe they're at least on a par with Paul Harrison in terms of their individual significance and contribution to our club.

#3088756 New Scoreboard?

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 March 2015 - 06:12 PM

I think we should continue the recent trend of naming new facilities after former players of note.
'The Sir Gary Thornton Scoreboard' sounds great.

#3086072 Batley V Bradford

Posted by TheTerminator on 09 March 2015 - 07:43 PM

av u had a bump to the head i think bradford will bring 2000-2500 to yours add around 800 you should be looking at over 3000

No, not at all. How rude of you.
That's my prediction and I'll stick with it, thanks.

#3085058 Salary cap

Posted by TheTerminator on 08 March 2015 - 10:38 AM

My point about accessibility: Mount Pleasant, Staincliffe Estate, Carlinghow, Soothill have always been areas from which people would walk upto the Mount in days gone by, I did it from Carlinghow in the 60's and 70's. You only have to look at some of the old pictures put out on Facebook to see the far better crowds which used to attend in those days. Now great swathes of those areas are no longer 'white, British' with no interest in Rugby League that is bound to be a big loss. Someone mentioned Bradford, and their problems due to the population breakdown in the city...has anybody noticed around Batley and Dewsbury the number of Bulls shirts, tracky tops etc of people who live in our 2 towns yet travel to Bradford to watch? Why? It can't be that the Provident is any better a place to be than Fox's or Tetley's which are both much more homely places, and now that there's no longer Super League there there's no better opposition trotting up there every fortnight to watch. The point being made about population is not a racist one, it's simply being factual. We had a big discussion some weeks back about free/concessionary tickets; giving free tickets to schools etc will have no effect on the club's paying attendance, those coming will come anyway. Now that the commercial team is up and running and doing a fine job, another little job could be visiting all the junior schools and asking kids who would like a day at the Fox's either match day or week day to see the club, to see the stuff that goes on and try to let them know that this is a club for Batley, not for the white part of it. Get class visits in, let schools take over the ground for a day, hold their classes there, then at the end of the day let their parents come in to pick up their kids and see what the kids have seen. And by the way, to whoever asked, no I don't know to the penny how much money the RFL have pumped into London in whatever guise, but what I do know is that regular little clubs like ours have been left without a better share because of it. The same goes for the money they probably fed to Toulouse, Paris St. Germain, plus the contribution to teams for their travelling. Money has been squandered in the name of, often unwanted, expansion.

Yes, much better crowds in the 1970's. If only we could return to the halycon days of 1974-75 and 1975-76, when we averaged just over 600 attendances at home. I bet The Mount was absolutely rocking on a match day back then.

#3084394 The best and worst place kickers

Posted by TheTerminator on 07 March 2015 - 08:53 AM

Steve Parrish had a beautiful goalkicking technique. Like poetry in motion.

#3081496 Salary cap

Posted by TheTerminator on 02 March 2015 - 11:29 AM

The debate is around low crowd figures of which the ethnic make up of the town is a factor and it's most certainly not bigoted to state this. What is bigoted is to blindly and relentlessly deny that this makes a difference. If the club is effectively unable to recruit fans from 34% of it's main target market then this will most certainly affect crowd figures.

But we're not effectively unable to recruit from just the British Asian population of the town - a hardcore fan base of 500-600 from a 50'000 population would certainly suggest that over 95% of people in Batley don't identify with either the club or Rugby League.
You're right to state that the sports of choice amongst the British Asian population appear to be cricket and football - why should we think that it's different within the White British population? Are they not, then, 'culturally detached' from Rugby League and Batley Bulldogs.
By the way, the member whose original comments I took offence to has made repeated references to 'Mount Taliban' and his/her belief that our stadium will eventually become a Mosque. At the very least, that would suggest that for some reason he views the ethnic make-up of the population who live around our stadium as something worthy of mockery and disdain. Why?

#3081434 Salary cap

Posted by TheTerminator on 02 March 2015 - 09:11 AM

To claim that Batley's Asian population has nothing whatsoever to do with our low crowds is naïve bordering on blinkered. It's not the only factor and may well not be the main factor but it is most certainly a factor. I don't think it's in any doubt (and I'm willing to be corrected) that Rugby League is not a sport with which the Asian community is affiliated. Cricket and football would appear to be popular in the area adjacent to Mount Pleasant but not Rugby League which I think is pretty well borne out by the number of our Asian fans which can be counted on one hand.

According to the 2011 Census Batley (inc Birstall) has a population of 46,933 of which 15918 identify as British Asian Indian/Pakistani (plus some statistically insignificant Asian groups).

So tackle some or all of the other issues, take action to engage the Asian families who live on the doorstep of our ground or do nothing at all but don't pretend that 34% of the local population not culturally identifying with the sport you are trying to market does not have a bearing on match attendances.

It would appear that 65.9 percent of the town's population don't culturally identify with Rugby League either - the majority of whom are presumably White British. Perhaps they prefer other sports.
If this is the case - as it appears to be, what I don't understand is why we're basing the debate around low crowd figures on ethnicity.