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#2960213 Warren Jowitt playing come back

Posted by TheTerminator on 16 July 2014 - 11:26 PM

Mark Sawyer's chequebook put us in the record books. Jowitt just bullied them along.

Personally I think he did more harm than good over the time he was in charge, alienating decent players whilst keeping cronies in the side. For example I would much rather have had Bretherton at the club all of those years rather than across the valley after he was told he was no good and not wanted. There were many more.

It's a real struggle to see why he thought Bretherton was 'no good'. Not the flashiest player, but a hugely consistent and dependable professional who rarely has a below average game - never mind a poor one. He's a thoroughly pleasant chap too, and very unassuming by nature.

Goulding's part in this is the most hilarious. I quote; "Imagine how the Dewsbury forwards will feel if they have to face him!". Indeed, Bobby. I bet they'll be truly terrified.

#2959316 Warren Jowitt playing come back

Posted by TheTerminator on 15 July 2014 - 09:15 AM

He's being playing vets rugby union, but that's a million miles from semi pro ruby league. The club could use it for publicity, might get a few more on the gate. But the only risk is he takes out one of our players.

Publicity stunt?? Might get a few more on the gate?? This is Warren Jowitt that we're talking about. Hardly Ellery Hanley, is he?

I can just envisage the excited conversations in the pubs of Barrow prior to the game; "Hey, Charlie! Some bloke who played for a few Super League clubs and was always injured is coming out of retirement to play for us today! Go get a taxi hailed right this minute! Wouldn't want to miss this one!".

#2959086 Warren Jowitt playing come back

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 July 2014 - 05:45 PM

Absolutely pathetic. Goulding is making a mockery of Barrow. What's to gain from Jowitt playing against Dewsbury? Nothing whatsoever, apart from the promise of exacting some sort of baseless, personal 'revenge'. I'd be alarmed if a coach was using my club in this manner.

#2959078 Has this season been as bad as 2005

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 July 2014 - 05:35 PM

My biggest concern over Goulding is that he seems quite prepared to give his retired, 40 year old buddy a game against one of his former clubs in order that he's able to take some sort of twisted 'revenge' against them for sacking him as coach. If I were a Barrow fan, I'd be pretty narked that my club was being used in this manner. It certainly casts a shadow upon Goulding's own motivations for making a comeback in his 40's. Has he really got the club's best interests at heart - especially after stating that he was reigniting his own long extinguished playing career because he hadn't retired on his own 'terms'? Nah, not at all.

Picking Jowitt - which sounds like his plan, would be utterly indefensible.

#2958873 Has this season been as bad as 2005

Posted by TheTerminator on 14 July 2014 - 12:07 PM

You need to give Goulding the big boot before next season. The man is an egotistical joke - as epitomised by his 'I never retired on my terms' comeback and '4 + 3' squad number. Now he's even talking about his buddy Jowitt turning out next Sunday.

Go with Peter Roe next season - if he's still willing to take the job. He'd bring you straight back up without a shadow of a doubt. Well respected within the game, an excellent record of identifying and then developing players from the amateur ranks, and an understanding of both the local area and the club itself.

#2958268 Halifax on Sunday

Posted by TheTerminator on 13 July 2014 - 10:12 AM

Well there it is then...JK getting his excuses in early!! I am left wondering about our recruitment policy; We seem to recruit short term just to pass players on to Super League!! Who was the last Halifax player to get snapped up by SL? Would have liked to see a centre drafted in too, let's see what the teamsheet brings today in terms of any DR's, as I can't honestly see us pulling it off with our team less Greenwood, but stranger things have happened, today might be the day when everybody stands up. It'll be close no doubt, this fixture, along with Fev and Eagles, always is. A score either way.

JK 'getting his excuses in early'? Yet another odd comment from yourself. Isn't he allowed to compliment other clubs???

I'll explain our recruitment policy to you, if you want. It's really simple. Basically, the likes of Josh Griffin won't sign for us on a long-term basis, because more often than not we can't afford to pay them what they demand on a long-term basis. Therefore - in the case of Griffin, we opted to retain the services of a top quality player (who we otherwise wouldn't have had) until he found a full-time deal elsewhere. Would you rather have the services of a top quality player for 9 or 10 weeks, or not at all? The answer seems a simple one to me. Your mention of Halifax 'not losing players to SL' is facile beyond belief. Halifax attract crowds which almost treble our own, and therefore they are able to offer players terms matching their long-term demands. Isn't this obvious stuff?

Other players have demanded Super League 'release clauses' in their contracts before they have signed them, meaning that if a club were to approach them we'd free them to take up the opportunity. Sometimes this is the only way to recruit the players we've needed to compete at this level. Although it can sometimes cause disruption, it seems sensible to me.

Either way, I'm sure that this has been explained to you on a number of previous occasions. Why you've chosen to ignore the information, I don't know?

#2954719 Signed on for 2015

Posted by TheTerminator on 04 July 2014 - 06:46 PM

If Matt Pennington isn't re-signed, I won't be renewing my season ticket for 2015.

#2953342 Nahaboo

Posted by TheTerminator on 02 July 2014 - 08:25 AM

That's if he's got any friends

Don't you worry, he's got PLENTY of friends. 'Celebrity' friends, at that.....

#2952797 Nahaboo

Posted by TheTerminator on 01 July 2014 - 09:17 AM

It was clear that this man was a dodgy customer right from the beginning, and his agenda was always to push Mark Campbell into the background with a view to gaining sole control of the club.

Look at his track record in the game - turfed out by at least three or four clubs before he was allowed to become too closely involved. He even attempted to 'invest' in Blackburn Rovers, but was snubbed by them as he was insisting that any money forwarded would be repayable at a high rate of interest. Given the nature of his business - attracting investors and promising them a profitable return for their contributions, isn't it obvious what his plan was for Featherstone Rovers? Talk of 'anonymous' investors - who have turned out to be dotted up and down the country in exotic locations such as Grimsby, should have set alarm bells ringing at the highest volume possible.

All this from a guy who - according to Company House, has barely got a penny to his name and owns a business classified as a 'High Risk' by the city.

In my opinion, his plan WAS to get Rovers into Super League. The next stage of his plan was probably to fleece the club of the millions in extra income it would have gained in order to provide his 'investors' (and himself - via kick-backs) with a weighty return on their contributions. Lots of people have been asking why, if he's so loaded, was he so desperate to finish in the lucrative second league position this season? Easy - he needed the 500k reward to pay his investors their first return. Desperation set in when league position was jeopardised by poor recruitment and staff appointments - hence the dramatic mid-season turnaround in club policy.

He'd have probably gotten away with his scheme if he wasn't for his own ego and obnoxious personality. The guy just couldn't keep his mouth shut.

I firmly believe that it will become apparent - very soon, that he hasn't actually invested anything in Featherstone Rovers. However, he's been investing other people's money with the promise of a return. Whether it's his problem or Featherstone Rovers' when those people come calling for their money back will be interesting.

#2950897 Josh to Salford

Posted by TheTerminator on 27 June 2014 - 09:19 PM

That probably means have seen the end of both. And why did we need a scrum half when we lost a centre? I realise that with Leek injured there's little cover in the halves, but both Ben and Scott are on top form at the moment, and Scott has now become main goalkicker so who wasn't going to play to let the French guy play, as he wouldn't have come all that way not to? I'm really confused as to the selection at the moment, being down to a bare squad, letting guys go elsewhere then trying to bring in a guy we didn't need, plus the DR farce with Huddersfield. That said, we're on top form just now and a win on Sunday should take us up to 5th as doubt the Rams will beat Leigh, but let's keep hoping a) confidence stays high and B) we don't pick up any injuries.

The Press have got their story wrong. It wasn't William Barthau. The player concerned would have been a direct replacement for Griffin.

#2948865 Flanagan back?

Posted by TheTerminator on 23 June 2014 - 09:49 PM

In terms of his all-round game, Nicholson is a better option at the minute. Blake is an absolute workhorse, and adds a nice contrast. Flanagan was good for us (beyond any doubt), but he's gone - and not for the first time. Some of us clearly need to get over it. And as for saying Gareth Moore is 'pap' - come off it. The bloke scored about 40 tries in around 80 games and could boot a goal from anywhere. A divisive figure maybe - a 'pap' player he is not. That's coming from someone who was hardly his biggest fan.

#2948616 Nahaboo

Posted by TheTerminator on 23 June 2014 - 03:08 PM

As a learned friend of mine just commented to me on the subject of this press release; "p*ss and wind".

#2948613 Fev make bid for Huddersfield Big 3

Posted by TheTerminator on 23 June 2014 - 03:05 PM

These press releases are absolutely hilarious. I was having a pretty boring morning at work until all this popped up. I was chuckling to myself so much that my colleagues were convinced I'd been toking on a foul dooby.
On a more serious note, Featherstone supporters need to get their act together - as one, and force this idiot out of their club. It's blatantly obvious that he's going to end up leading you down a very dark path indeed. He's already started, by the way.

#2948603 Nahaboo

Posted by TheTerminator on 23 June 2014 - 02:47 PM

This bloke is either a bona fide nutcase, or there's a nasty agenda lurking beneath the surface. Without a shadow of doubt....

#2947775 Club statement required please.

Posted by TheTerminator on 21 June 2014 - 09:09 PM

Think we need to impose a media blackout. All this talk of toilet roll and ice cream is just too confusing. We need to be giving fans the right message.