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Sir Jekyll Stocking

Member Since 28 Aug 2007
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#3199152 Dalton signs...

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 23 September 2015 - 09:34 PM

Showing your age, Coolie.

At least 18 in 1971 puts you nearly in OAP territory.

No wonder you get on so well with BSJ.

#3199148 Kear confirmed

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 23 September 2015 - 09:28 PM

Just a couple of points, if I may, Greavsey.

Firstly, I doubt the coach forbade "the more attacking approach."

I think the close defeats are more to do with out playmakers not being good enough - enough of the time.

Injuries to 6,7,9 & 13 for extended periods didn't help, and we've seen on occasion that they can play expansive and entertaining rugby. As you imply, if rumours are to be believed, our fortunes should pick up next season.

Since the early '80s (and probably before I started watching Batley), I don't think it's a coincidence that our most successful periods have coincided with halfbacks willing and able to open up the opposition with apparent ease. Tommo, Moore, Handforth & Black could all do it.

#3199062 Alex Walmsley

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 23 September 2015 - 07:21 PM

Jermaine McGilvary did same at Giants , must be something Batley is doing well , as a platform for a super league career ,

Would be nice to see them both in England shirts

I'd prefer to see them in Batley shirts, if I'm honest.

#3155501 Interactive Guide to the Super 8s

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 09 July 2015 - 08:38 PM

Hi there Tom, thanks for the link, but when I tried to download it there was a security risk warning that came up, so its a no go for me.


Cheers Roger.

Is Tom trying to raid your bank account?

You can't trust these Rams fans!

#3122468 Widnes away challenge cup

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 14 May 2015 - 04:34 PM

I've heard some talk (on Twitter actually) about Widnes fans boycotting this match. Does anyone know what this is all about?

Possibly still smarting after Blackpool 2010.
I'm afraid I won't have helped matters by blasting Queen's "We are the champions" out of the car stereo (all windows down) as we passed a number of Widnes fans trudging their way back to the car park.

#3111674 Sawyer hails record attendance

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 25 April 2015 - 12:52 PM

The stadium was capacity was increased for the day by Kirklees Council. This enabling a bigger attendance. It is correct that the ground holds short of 4000, as the new terrace can't be included unless it is covered.

Thanks for the confirmation, NR. Always good to know middle age hasn't killed too many memory cells.
Out of interest, what was the basis of the temporary increase in capacity?
I would assume the application would have had to be submitted well in advance of the good weather forecast. Were any contingency plans (for wet weather) required?

#3109730 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup: Dewsbury 10 Warrington 52

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 21 April 2015 - 08:18 PM

It won't be a full house and they do attract some dodgy fans...

The massive bonus for us all is that I will be able to attend this time - relief all round.


Well, that's at least one dodgy fan attending! :tongue:

#3097474 Dewsbury 28 Featherstone 38 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 30 March 2015 - 04:53 PM

And we could close down all fans' forums whilst we're at it. Don't you like other people to have opinions that differ from your own?

Don't be silly, BSJ.

I didn't say fans aren't entitled to their opinions - even when at odds with mine - or allowed to whine and moan as much as they like. They've paid their brass.

I was merely questioning how much attention the coach should pay to those opinions. I suggest that GM will have his own opinions as to his players' strengths & weaknesses, presumably based on better knowledge than the typical supporter, who only sees 17 players 80 minutes a week (assuming they attend home & away).

Consider Mr Pryce.
When I first saw him play, I can't say I was terribly impressed. A view shared by many of your lot at the time. Now he seems to be in most of your preferred "team of the week." GM obviously saw more clearly than the rest of us that his (KP) abilities would become apparent sooner or later.

#3096375 confusing info

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 28 March 2015 - 08:58 AM

Well two out of three ain't bad...

#3092718 London Broncos Abysmal Start

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 21 March 2015 - 04:31 PM

Yes, I noticed, with some dismay.

I was hoping London would get themselves back into superdooper league this year, and take the seagulls with them.

we'd get a better atmosphere and attendances in the Championship without them.

#3089798 Kingstone Press Championship: Dewsbury 16 Bradford 30

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 16 March 2015 - 12:56 PM

4000 there

No. It was a very cold day. Everybody wearing lots of layers, so the ground appeared fuller than it actually was. 

#3073422 Who was top 5 players today?

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 16 February 2015 - 10:56 PM

All of whom were young, inexperienced players with something to prove when we had them.
Using experienced first team players (a current international in this case!) who play a couple of games for the partner club in order to gain a bit of match fitness is farcical.

I fully agree, Terminator.

When used "properly" (by which I mean to develop young talent in the game by regular game time in the Championship), then everyone benefits.

Perhaps an age limit should be applied to DR to prevent the "farce" to which you refer.

But maybe SL teams wouldn't be too happy with that...

#3050066 Today

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 29 December 2014 - 06:07 PM

there were probably 1,000 people that didn't know it was £17 entrance fee till they got in the queue, .a little bit late to turn round then...,,,when inflation is 2% for everyone year after year ..why the  14% increase

I guess £15.30 is a bit fiddly at the turnstiles to keep your 2% increase.
At the end of the day it's a commercial decision. The outgoings have to be met by the income.
The board will have dusted off their crystal ball and decided how much they think we the punters will be prepared to pay week in and week out.
The decision is made.
It's now for us all to decide - are we prepared to pay?
Personally, I am.
Others, I accept, will find it more difficult to stump up the extra cash.
In the words of Esther Rantzen, That's life, I'm afraid.

#3011554 No more bonus points!

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 11 October 2014 - 01:18 PM

Did it actually affect the table/play-offs/relegation?


I ask because I don't know - not a wind-up.

After the first season we had bonus points I did a retrospective check on whether BPs made a difference on league standings compared to the previous years.

There was one change.

That season Dewsbury finished one place ahead of Batley, benefitting from bonus points. If the league places had been calculated on the basis of 2 points win 1 point draw Batley would have finished one place ahead of Dewsbury. As neither team were in contention for play-off or relegation that season it didn't really matter.

There being less boring things to do with my time, I've not bothered to check since.

#2987277 Appeal

Posted by Sir Jekyll Stocking on 02 September 2014 - 06:35 PM

I'd be more than happy to be proved wrong Griff, given your extensive knowledge of rugby league grounds in the 80's and your superior knowledge of the rules in terms of minimum ground regulations at the time, even I'm quite looking forward to seeing your evidence.



Don't hold your breath, Dogfather. Griff has resisted the temptation on numerous occasions to answer BSJ.

I think he gives lessons to eels on slipperiness.