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#3168653 Wigan-Catalans in London

Posted by Padge on Yesterday, 07:00 PM

Wigan are offering 1,000 season ticket holders free coach travel.

#3168179 Calais: what to do.

Posted by Padge on 30 July 2015 - 10:06 PM

We could of course try working with our continental neighbours, and co-operating with them instead of continually sitting in the corner sulking like the petulant child that hasn't got its own way.

#3167067 Wigan-Catalans in London

Posted by Padge on 28 July 2015 - 09:14 PM

Maybe a few of the couple of hundred thousand french living in London might go to the game,


Only if you know how to get the message to them.

#3164624 When you need a spead sheet to explain its time to rethink

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2015 - 08:54 PM

I was at a birthday party today for a young person. 


I was asked if I could explain the new system, to Wiganers who are casual rugby folloers, how the new system worked I mentioned the RFL recommend downloading their spreadsheet  which shows how it works.




These are people who are casual followers of the game, go to the odd game but are baffled by the concept.


If you have got to here, the question now is this, do none RL people understand it even if they have the spreadsheet.





#3164293 24 Jul: St Helens v Hull KR KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2015 - 11:11 AM

But to be fair that's the Rl mentality all round - first season of a new structure doesn't draw record crowds? Rubbish. Get rid. Trial games not pulling in 20k crowds? Rubbish. Get rid.


Under Lewis the game was generally taking a longer term view, even if most of the clubs weren't.

#3164209 The Photography Thread

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2015 - 08:32 AM

Tanners Wine Merchant in Shrewsbury


Popped in here expecting a big shop, found a living museum. A big thank you to their tour guide, I was wandering around looking at all they had to offer, a lot of wine from all over the world basically, when she came over for a chat. Next thing she said she would open up the rear where the offices and cellars are and gave me a quick guided tour and  left me free to take photographs. The offices are still used to run the business even if they do look like something from a Dicken's novel (an eighties adaptation of Christmas Carrol used the place as a set). Click the link at the top to see a few more.





#3164187 Have we just made it simple for the top 4/5 clubs to dominate?

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2015 - 07:56 AM

Some fair points as always Dave. But are you saying that you're happy with your lot? What is the next stage for Warrington and how do they get there - how do they compete with Leeds,Wigan and Saints? Are Warrington going forwards/backwards/static?

Rangers are still a big club regardless of their current plight. And when they do get back to the top league they'll be much better placed to be successful because of their size. Of which the stadium is an important revenue generator.

Big clubs aren't guaranteed to be big forever, just as it takes time to become one. I think from a Bradford point of view we're in danger of dropping out of that category fairly soon unless we return to SL in the next few years.


Once you lose a generation of support its very hard to get the current generation to come along and join in. For this see how hard it is for Huddersfield despite relative success to their pre-SL days. It isn't just about putting a winning team on the field, a lot is to do with engagement with the local and importantly the wider community.


The generation gap is what needs to be avoided.

#3164112 Save the Bees

Posted by Padge on 24 July 2015 - 10:24 PM

The last rational article I read about bees suggested that they were worth billions per year to british agriculture. So, we're going to risk killing them off for short term gain for the few? What happens in ten years' time when there are no bees to pollinate our crops? Does anyone care?


If I've banked all my money then fek to the rest who cares about them.

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#3164109 crowdwatch 22

Posted by Padge on 24 July 2015 - 10:14 PM

Have been consistently impressed by Wigan's marketing.


My "home" club is Leeds - not had any material from them that I can recall (even though I gave Leeds as my team when asked by the RFL a few years ago, have bought tickets from Headingly, etc. etc.).


Contrastingly, a single visit to the DW to watch a game there a couple of seasons ago, and I've had at least one phone call and I get several well targeted (based on where I live) emails about upcoming games.


I hope other clubs are as active/ smart.


Wigan are currently doing a world wide marketing exercise.


London is local as far as Wigan are concerned.

#3164095 Save the Bees

Posted by Padge on 24 July 2015 - 09:32 PM

If there is profit in it for tory voters who cares, after all the rich are all in this together.

#3163986 24 Jul: St Helens v Hull KR KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 24 July 2015 - 07:35 PM

If Hull KR threw in the towel Saints would probably intercept it and score.

#3159324 Wigan and Warrington want to bring back the reserves

Posted by Padge on 16 July 2015 - 09:43 PM

So do St.Helens and so do HKR.


The veiled move to create an elite eight was followed by a move to create eight super academies which Hull & HKR actually kicked off, and now clubs with ambition to be or stay Elite clubs are bringing back reserves.


Again, the change to the structure, according to the public relations garbage the RFL put out was supposed to create interest, enthusiasm and increased attendances across all the divisions, which was laughable. 


It's an eight club Superleague, you'll bump into it in a couple of weeks time, but this won't stop people puzzling how Wakefield are going to afford an academy, a reserve side and a first team.


Wakefield should never have been put in a position where it was expected of them, they should have been thrown out a few years back.

#3158360 Who is at fault ?

Posted by Padge on 14 July 2015 - 08:45 PM

The RFL leadership is the problem, a female gnat has more balls.

#3157824 In Support Of Tube Drivers

Posted by Padge on 13 July 2015 - 08:59 PM

So you think a train driver should get more than a doctor?

If so you should think bin men should get more than nurses


Bin men and sewage workers have saved more lives than doctors and nurses.

#3157210 Stupid Questions League - The Closing Down Party

Posted by Padge on 12 July 2015 - 08:04 PM

My beloved has just been on the tellingbone (working nights) to tell me he's gone in his slippers 


Thank god he didn't say he'd come in his slippers.