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In Topic: 5 Mar: Hull FC v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (TV)

05 March 2015 - 10:06 PM

Emotional interview from Radford.

In Topic: Promotion and relegation or something completely different ?

04 March 2015 - 10:28 PM

"WHEN what we offer is worth it" these are your words, we will not get the money up front to turn London, Sheffield and Newcastle into big Superleague clubs by your own admission.



And as the voice of true reason states above there isn't that money available.


As things stand let's say SKY did want to have fixtures involving Newcastle, London and Sheffield.


What do we do?


Do we split the SKY money such that these clubs get far more of it, do we open up the salary cap for them so they can spend more of it?


Do they then start signing up the better players from the top clubs to faciltate this because that's what Koukash wanted to do. He'd have pillaged Wire, Saints and Wigan to get there. Do some M62 clubs then pay the price??


I assume they do not as I heartily acknowledge your idea that if you flood an area with junior development somehow a senior professional club will pop out.


But wherever a senior professional club does not exist in the first place Junior development is very hard. Once the Celtic Crusaders left south Wales Junior development collapsed.


Yes I can see your vision of a 12 club league in big areas that all produce their own top professionals so they all are at a high standard, but I can also see the mega-massive bill for creating that infrastructure, the immense cost of subsiding professional clubs in their own stadium running their own local junior development with high staffing levels.


Don't get me wrong, don't be abusive and aggressive again, I can see this for Newcastle.


But it would depend on the private owner providing this money, not SKY. By their own actions SKY have never offered to fund development, by your own admission they ain't going to do it.


I'll reply when you explain the bit in bold.

In Topic: RIP Ray

04 March 2015 - 09:53 PM

I got to know Ray very well, after helping him with "In Its Own Words", we did a lot of research together about a possible other project. He was always a pleasure to be in the company of and he was a true Gent. His love of RL and his determination to highlight the wrongs done to the sport in the past are an inspiration.


I was shocked when I picked this up on FB (I'm currently away from home) and I'm struggling to believe what I have read.


Condolences to his family, his friends and the many people on here who knew him personally and through posting with him and saw him as a kindred spirit.


R.I.P Ray, a Gent by name and a gent by nature.

In Topic: Promotion and relegation or something completely different ?

03 March 2015 - 09:44 AM

You will only get true top level expansion if you pay hard cash for it. 


The RFL and therefore that means the clubs have to stump up the cash, and it has to be long term cash to specific clubs in specific areas and some M62 clubs long term will pay the price.


Its funny reading the pro P&R stuff where the claim is that it will save the 'small' clubs and without it we will throttle them. It took 10 years of arguing to get P&R introduced in 1973, it took 10 years because the small clubs kept voting against it sayng it would choke the life out of them.

In Topic: Total Solar Eclipse on March 20th...

01 March 2015 - 09:22 PM

Early man wasn't as dumb as we think, he just looked up and said "Suns going behind the Moon, lets start a scam, we'll call it religion."