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#2965850 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Posted by Padge on 26 July 2014 - 10:33 AM

Who's wishing anything bad for Bradford or London? Any failure diminishes the game as a whole.  But it's a fact that Bradford in their pomp deliberately set out to attract the fans of their neighbouriing non SL clubs.  Tell me this, how is the game enriched by ]the same fan choosing to watch the Bulls rather than say Batley?  Same speccie, can't be in two places at once.  Bradford IMO were ruined by Caisley.  He was arrogant, ignored the game as a whole and what we now have at Bradford is the result.  

As far as London goes, they've been a lost cause for years.  Unless someone is prepared to put big money in and be prepared to lose a good proportion of it, or at best wait  a long time for any return, I can't see the London venture ever prospering.  I'll be 34 years next month since Fulham first took the field, and the normal state of affairs in London has been that they have struggled.  As soon as P&R came back they predictably the first candidates for relegation.  They haven't won a game so far this season.  What possible credit with the general sporting public of London can RL gain from this car crash of a team?


That's business, you seek customers, that's marketing, you target potential customers who have already shown an interest in your product. Its Batley's job to keep their customers not the Bulls' job.


What Bradford did wrong, and its the same thing that many professional sports clubs do, is spent as if winning bonuses (including crowds) would be in their accounts for ever. Sport doesn't work like that.

#2965691 The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2014 - 10:24 PM

Personally, I think the downfall of the three eights will be a boatload of blow-out results as a result of the mismatched finances.


However, we had to give it a trial, otherwise we'd never hear the end of it.


Time will tell, obviously.


My pediction is it will be a short time.

#2965536 25/07/14 - Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by Padge on 25 July 2014 - 07:51 PM

Really enjoyed that first half, that was great. A little scrappy at times but so what, the heat and humidity is bound to take its toll.


hope the second half is as entertaining.

#2962585 Bradford officially relegated

Posted by Padge on 20 July 2014 - 10:28 PM

This has been the worst season for RL in this country for over 20 years.


Close the M62 next move, let's go back to only having the A62, don't want many people crossing the only RL county border left.


Well at least next year their may be two dogs instead of one watching Roysten Vasey RLFC.

#2961838 Comical Cummings' Critical Commentary

Posted by Padge on 19 July 2014 - 07:37 PM

I want to stop talking about the officials. Isn't this thread about our irritation that Sky seem intent on making dramas out of refereeing decisions?

I for one would love it if there was more emphasis on the skill, athletism, bravery and decision making under pressure shown by the players of this great game!

Sky feed on what they see and hear from fans and what they are interested in.


We feed negativity they bite on it and grow fat on it,


If the viewing public in general showed they wanted to discuss the positives then Sky would follow that trend,


Sky operates like the Sun 'newspaper', it will follow the popular view. It doesn't create the view, but feeds the trend.



#2961815 Comical Cummings' Critical Commentary

Posted by Padge on 19 July 2014 - 06:41 PM

Its the constant droning of so called supporters that gets my goat. 


Stop watching the officials and pretending you know better, watch the players and admit you have no chance of being better than them.

#2954049 Billy Boston Statue

Posted by Padge on 03 July 2014 - 05:38 PM

great idea.will the council be making  contribution?


I have no idea, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust are on the board of the Trust driving the project.

#2953554 Billy Boston Statue

Posted by Padge on 02 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

Don't know if this has been posted before, apologies if it has.




A fund has been set up to raise money to pay for a statue of Billy Boston to be erected in Wigan.




Posted by Padge on 01 July 2014 - 09:54 PM

Apologies for being a day late guys, but if its alright I'll post this taken last week in Greece.


Chick Feed



#2949768 So will Jeopardy - Bradford v Wakefield - see a bumper crowd next week?

Posted by Padge on 25 June 2014 - 05:05 PM

I don't think there's anything aggressive (frustrations, sure) but written messages can always be taken differently.


The issue with Padge's analysis is that we have never tried the new system, and with most changes there have been so many variables to make analysis nigh on impossible.


At work if I was going to test something, I would make as few changes in one go so I could understand the impacts.


I have said elsewhere that I, nor anyone else, can comment on the effects of the new structure as there is no data to analyse. I have been commenting on the affect P&R has on the game and after studying it long and hard. There is nothing to recommend at is a game grower.

#2949133 So will Jeopardy - Bradford v Wakefield - see a bumper crowd next week?

Posted by Padge on 24 June 2014 - 02:49 PM

But surely you should, as that's the context it's being used in. Otherwise it's just a baseless line that doesn't apply.


Rugby League as a whole is my main interest (not Wigan as Keighley snidely stated), I want what is the best overall strategy for the game as a whole.


I have not found anything yet to convince me that P&R is good for the game, quite the opposite.


The only problem with licensing was that the RFL bottled it, they went to 14 clubs when they should have stuck to 12 and thrown 2 out and brought 2 in.

#2947665 So will Jeopardy - Bradford v Wakefield - see a bumper crowd next week?

Posted by Padge on 21 June 2014 - 03:57 PM

there is no jeopardy this season due to the bottom crawling performances of the bottom two.


Unfortunately this tends to happen most seasons, a fight to the finish is very rare.

#2947042 Doncaster RL's new celebrity owner...

Posted by Padge on 19 June 2014 - 08:19 PM

All 5 of one direction were worth 50m in 2013 so he will obviously have money.

Hopefully he invests money in the club and that's about it and lets someone else pull the strings.


I was worth £50 in 2013 and could afford Donny

#2945821 Ticketing Arrangements Cas vs. Widnes Semi

Posted by Padge on 17 June 2014 - 07:15 AM

So the RFL play it in a big stadium and its only a third full they get it in the neck, they play it in  a medium stadium, fill it and they get it in the neck.


Maybe the should book Wembley next year just in case a town gets giddy over making it to the semis.

#2944362 13/06/14 - Wigan Warriors v Castleford Tigers KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

Posted by Padge on 14 June 2014 - 06:52 AM

St. Helens Reporter Sports Headlines


Castleford climb to fourth as Wigan slide to third.