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John Drake

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#2963389 Bulls withdraw points appeal

Posted by John Drake on 22 July 2014 - 09:45 AM

So, I asked this question on the locked thread, but does anybody have any idea what has changed? Why have the Bulls now decided it is not in their interests to be principled?

Perhaps because common sense has prevailed?

I hope that's the reason.

I'm a Bulls supporter. I'd like to see them pouring all their efforts and resources into rebuilding the club I used to be proud of from the bottom up, rather than fighting battles that even if they win them would only add to their pariah status within the game.

If the Bulls are to return to Super League, I want it to be as a result of what they've done on the field, not in the courtroom, so we Bulls fans can at last look all our rivals in the eye again and say we've earned it the hard way, and the right way.

#2963363 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by John Drake on 22 July 2014 - 08:58 AM

I've resurrected and pinned this thread (and merged even more recently opened threads with it) so people who want to do so can talk about promotion and relegation and the benefits or otherwise of league restructures to their hearts content without disrupting threads on unrelated topics with the same arguments that have been aired over and over and over again.

I'll bet that in another 40 pages, not one person involved will have changed their opinion on anything.

At least this way, people who are totally bored with the subject can hopefully avoid it and discuss other matters of interest, while moderators can avoid being accused of censoring or closing down debate.

#2962520 First game you attended?

Posted by John Drake on 20 July 2014 - 09:00 PM

My first live match was Fulham v Bradford Northern on the eve of the Challenge Cup Final in 1981. The game was a one-off challenge match between the Londoners who had just won promotion, and my hometown team Bradford who had just won the old First Division Championship for the second year in a row. I was 15.


Bradford got hammered, but I loved the occasion and I've supported both clubs ever since, which makes today of all days a bit of a downer for me, really.

#2962510 Should Marwen Koukash get his own section?

Posted by John Drake on 20 July 2014 - 08:50 PM

I was thinking that maybe the good DR could get his own forum?



#2960977 17/07/14 - Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by John Drake on 18 July 2014 - 08:58 AM

General warning & temporary lock:


Please try, from this point on in the thread, to discuss THE GAME, and avoid the name-calling, the slagging people off, or the attempt to justify either, for whatever reason.


If you have issues about crowd behaviour, report them to the club and/or the police, don't bring it on here, it'll achieve nothing.


If you can't do that, find another forum to post the abuse because it isn't welcome or appreciated on here.


I don't have time to go back and try to remove all the garbage posted already, so you'll all just have to manage to draw a line under it yourselves.


If this thread continues in that vein, the people causing it will be suspended and the thread will be locked.


Thank you for your co-operation.


Thread will re-open shortly when everyone has had the opportunity to read and digest the above warning.

#2960293 Big Brother is here: Emergency surveillance bill passes in 1 day

Posted by John Drake on 17 July 2014 - 09:39 AM

I am always very wary of any legislation that is rushed through without the usual checks and balances proper debate provides. Rushed laws are usually bad laws.




And this was rushed through on the same day as a major Cabinet reshuffle as well, guaranteeing it would receive little scrutiny in the media either, who were too busy dealing with more heavyweight issues like the fashion sense of female Cabinet members.

#2958903 Executive pay reaches 162 times the average wage

Posted by John Drake on 14 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

Reforms fail to stop executive pay reaching 162 times the average wage
Executive pay has reached 162 times the wage of the average worker, following a 15 per cent pay rise for the top 100 bosses in the UK.

Meanwhile, those with the least are expected to keep on tightening their belts, endure never-ending austerity and be blamed for an economic slump they didn't cause.


What a country we live in.

#2958900 The Establishment investigating the Establishment - What could possibly go wr...

Posted by John Drake on 14 July 2014 - 01:12 PM

Westminster child abuse inquiry: Judge in charge of investigation bows to conflict of interest claims and quits role

The Establishment investigating the Establishment. What could possibly go wrong?

Given that her brother was Attorney General during the period set be be investigated, why was she ever considered an appropriate person to head this inquiry in the first place?

When the job was offered to her, why didn't she simply refuse due to a clear conflict of interest?

#2957632 Pizza Boy!

Posted by John Drake on 11 July 2014 - 04:22 PM

#2957108 Rugby League Podcast: Rob Purdham fears for London

Posted by John Drake on 10 July 2014 - 10:22 AM

The latest instalment of Ian Ramsdale's Rugby League Down South Podcast is now available.


Here's what's included.


03.45 One of seven inaugural members of the London Broncos Supporters Association Hall of Fame, ROB PURDHAM, fears for his former club.
31.00 Ever-positive LONDON BRONCOS head coach JOEY GRIMA saying things are challenging even his nature as Broncos’ winless streak goes on.
38.00 One of the latest recruits for BRONCOS 2015 squad, JOEL WICKS, outlines why he’s staying on board.
45.00 And SOUTH WALES SCORPIONS media man IAN GOLDEN on the 3 league fixtures being played on union’s Cardiff Arm’s Park pitch.


Listen to the podcast via the display at the top of the forum or at www.totalrl.com/podcasts

#2955257 Bradford Bulls take appeal to the High Court

Posted by John Drake on 05 July 2014 - 10:08 PM

Well, I was happy to get off the roundabout of circular argument but any post by Adeybull is worth a read and a reply.
Great post as always and the above quote is merely an aside to Adey's excellent main agenda. As the above aside seems to indirectly address my concern that Superleague "needs" Bradford, and as it disagrees, then one more reply may be OK for the amateur mods and their ad hoc rules about "elongating" posts?.
Adey, of course no club has any "god given right" to do anything including "exist". But I was never talking about the philosphical dimensions of Bradford Bulls rights under whatever deity you wish to quote. It may be Krishna is more into Union.
All I said was Superleague needs Bradford. I went on to clarify the point in terms of Superleague needing Bradford more than it needs several clubs, whom may rise above Bradford under P & R or maintain a place above Bradford due to the fact their empty coffers and inability to generate the resources the game needs, have someone mega rich to pay for empty seats and outbid other clubs for their better players without producing any of their own. 
There are plenty of unsustainable club RL business models that work because Richy Rich is in charge rather than Chris Caisley, Bulls model didn't work in the end, but there remains the small matter that somehow Bulls won a shedload of trophies, and attracted massive numbers of fans without a "Richy". That later on they developed a very effective academy is also a great achievement but very badly timed as it was too late, and the sharks moved in when Bradford fell from financial grace.
I think that Superleague has needs. These needs may not be a "god given right" but those needs include as many bums on seats as possible, and the development of quality young players. Bulls have proved they can achieve high levels of these valuable resources.
And so If a 12 club Superleague needs clubs best able to provide these resources, look no further than the Bulls under Mr. Green who I assume has the money to balance any financial imbalance. I'm no supporter of mock moral outrage, only a supporter of the game doing it's best to compete with other sports.
The Primary fault does indeed lie with "the various individuals who have owned and managed the club"   But please don't peddle me the line that a badly mismanaged and under-invested in business cannot retain it's strength especially under financially strong new owners.
It wasn't long after Koukash impetuously bought Salford that he was on considered reflection sending the Missus to try to get the Bulls.......

You've said all this before. Many times. It's also still off topic. This is just prolonging the thread for the sake of it now. I should have locked it after Adeybull's post.

Locking it now.

#2953789 Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash to rock Blackpool

Posted by John Drake on 03 July 2014 - 10:46 AM



Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash to rock Blackpool

The world’s most famous seaside resort will rock to the planet’s most exciting sport next summer when Bloomfield Road hosts a full round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures over two action-packed days.
The Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash will take place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24, 2015, and features a compelling series of events and activities to keep the whole family entertained.
As well as three matches on each day, the Summer Bash will bring the same party atmosphere to Blackpool that Super League fans have enjoyed at Magic Weekend over the last few years with live music, a Fanzone, social media interactions and on-pitch entertainment.
The Summer Bash is a new addition to the Championship calendar and has been introduced as part of the exciting league restructuring that will see the top two divisions each feature 12 clubs from 2015 onwards.
The world famous seaside resort created magical memories for Championship fans between 2005 and 2012 when it staged the Northern Rail Cup and the Summer Bash is expected to become a popular feature of the Championship calendar.
RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “We are delighted to announce that the Kingstone Press Championship will head to Blackpool for the Summer Bash in 2015.
“The Summer Bash will be a fantastic addition to the new-look Championship and I am sure fans of all the clubs involved will embrace the concept and take the opportunity to spend a magical weekend at the seaside.
“With so much accommodation choice for every Rugby League fan over the Bank Holiday Weekend, Blackpool is the perfect destination for the Summer Bash.
“Blackpool has provided the backdrop to some epic Rugby League matches down the years and the restoration of promotion and relegation from 2015, when every minute of every game matters, will produce drama of the highest quality.”
Glen Friel, Sales and Marketing Director of Championship title sponsors Kingstone Press, said: “It’s great that a full round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures are to be staged in Blackpool over what will be a fantastic weekend for the whole competition.
“At Kingstone Press we are committed to supporting Rugby League clubs, players and fans alike.  
“We are already looking forward to Blackpool in 2015 and working on ways we can help make this an excellent weekend for all involved.”                   
The 2015 Kingstone Press Championship Summer Bash fixtures, and details of ticket prices and availability, will be announced later this year.

#2950143 NHS is the world's best healthcare system

Posted by John Drake on 26 June 2014 - 02:26 PM

Too late! My NHS dentist already charges, as does my NHS optician. car park charges and provision at Grimsby Hospital are nothing short of a scandal and NHS physiotherapy provision is in my experience, a joke.


Indeed, but that just proves the point about the slippery slope the NHS is on.


The bits of it that are still free at the point of use won't remain so unless those who believe in that principle continue to speak up about it. And how many avoid the dentist these days because they either (a) can't find one within the NHS or (b ) are fearful of the costs involved, which again just proves the point about how charging for healthcare will (and does) prevent poorer people seeking the treatment they need, just as it did before the NHS was created (which is why it was created in the first place).


It's worth remembering however, that even now, not everyone has to pay prescription charges so some remain shielded from those costs, and those charges that are levied represent in most cases a fraction of the actual cost of the medicines being dispensed, and NHS dentistry remains a significantly cheaper alternative than private provision.


(That's not a defence of those charges, just an illustration that it could easily be a whole lot worse).

#2950058 So will Jeopardy - Bradford v Wakefield - see a bumper crowd next week?

Posted by John Drake on 26 June 2014 - 11:22 AM

Round and round and on and on it goes....



#2949036 Commonwealth Games Rugby League 9s

Posted by John Drake on 24 June 2014 - 11:37 AM

Scotland will field several locals in the Rugby League Commonwealth Championship on Friday as players from all around the world descend on North Lanarkshire’s Broadwood Stadium. The Young Bravehearts will feature two Easterhouse Panthers in their squad – half-back Kieran Wyber from Moodiesburn, winger Jack Feeney from Bellshill – along with coach Mark Senter, who has been a central figure in the development of rugby league in Scotland and the growth of the Panthers.
Ayrshire Storm have two representatives in winger Connor Turnball from Kilmarnock and forward William Black from Ayr, while two Edinburgh Eagles make the squad in hooker Lewis Clarke from Bonnyrigg and 17-year-old half-back Finn Murphy.
The inaugural Rugby League Commonwealth Championship is part of the Homecoming Scotland festival of events, that will get the Commonwealth summer off to a flying start, with some of the best Under-19 rugby league players on earth coming to at Cumbernauld for the Nines tournament.
The local connections do not stop there: winger Harvey Burnett, who will be making his Scotland debut on Friday when the host nation kick off against Wales, followed by Group A games with Jamaica and favourites Australia, will be supported by his father, a Glasgow-born policeman now residing in Surrey. Burnett junior last week signed a professional contract with Super League side London Broncos and is expected to make his first team debut for them before the season is out.
“Playing for Scotland this week will be a huge privilege,” said Burnett, 18, who went full-time with the Broncos last year having finished his studies at Esher College. “Getting the chance to work with experienced coaches like Steve McCormack and Dave Rotheram will hopefully improve my game further. I’m also looking forward to putting my name into the coaches’ minds for the full squad in the future.”
Burnett started playing league at the age of six at Elmbridge Eagles, where his mum ran the club’s tuck shop. “Mum is a huge influence on my career because she spent countless hours down at side of muddy pitches while I tried to master basic skills and have fun.”
Although the Broncos are bottom of Super League without a win yet this season, Burnett is loving the opportunity to play alongside the likes of England internationals Scott Moore and Matt Cook. “It’s an amazing opportunity to train with the first team,” says Burnett, who studied PE, Biology and Geography last year. “I’ve learned a lot of skills and gained so much confidence. The coaching staff there are very positive and have been a huge help to me and my recent performances.”
See Scotland in action on Friday against Wales, Jamaica and Australia in Group A while England play Canada, Papua New Guinea and South Africa in Group B, all games at Broadwood Stadium, starting from 1pm. Entry on Friday, and at the finals day on Saturday, is FREE.

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