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Wakefield Ram

Member Since 11 Mar 2003
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 08:08 PM

#2998126 Next years rams, Best squad since 2000?

Posted by Wakefield Ram on Yesterday, 04:30 PM

Yes the strongest squad since 2000 without a doubt, and without a doubt it looks like some directors have been putting their hand in their pockets to fund these.

Hopefully, the people of Dewsbury will respond with higher attendances.

#2992699 Fantastic Presentation Night

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 10 September 2014 - 09:48 PM

Just got back from the evening and it was a really good night, entertaining comedian/compere, good food, videos, awards, excellent value.

So well done to everyone involved and don't miss it next year.

One thing that did come across was how well the players get on, they seem to have a really good team spirit.

Looking forward to Sunday.

#2991283 Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban? (Merged threads)

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 09 September 2014 - 07:49 AM

Threats and insults between players will always happen, as it's a physical game. But that does not mean it's all okay. When I started supporting RL in the 1970s, racially abusing black players was seen as okay. Think the majority would say that it's not okay.

Any abuse of referees should not be tolerated. Unfortunately the RFL and referees allow a level of abuse/ arguing with referees which would not have been accepted in the 70s. How many players are sent off or sin binned for dissent? To a point, the referees and the RFL have allowed this situation to develop. When Hardaker was making his comment first time round, Carl Abblett can be heard saying something to the ref along the lines of "That's f####### b########" . But the ref just stood there and took it. And before any outraged Rhinos fans respond, I am sure players from all clubs do the same.

The bigger point is how many parents/kids see something like this and think, yes that's a game I want my son to play rather than RU, cricket or not bother at all. Do they see the potentially great sport or think it's a game played by tattooed, homophobic thugs?

#2990471 Dual-registration inquiry

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 08 September 2014 - 05:58 AM

Don't waste your time Chris

#2989170 Dewsbury v Workington - promoting the game, details, predictions, discussion

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 05 September 2014 - 05:57 PM

I will try and get my son / a friend along.

#2988006 The run-in and the play-offs

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 03 September 2014 - 09:16 PM

If we get as far as Leigh away, then that will be our GF.

#2982534 Season Tickets 2015

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 25 August 2014 - 02:54 PM

Though the drop in income is an issue, I think the older generation are a potentially untapped market.


Generally, they have more free time as family commitments reduce i.e.kids grow up, they have more disposable income than young families and as shown above have more loyalty. The average life expectancy of a 65 year old is 20 years.


Yes we should encourage youngsters to attend, but we shouldn't forget the old 'uns either. Who knows they might even bring their grandkids.


I have suggested this before, but I am sure organisations like Probus, Rotary club would be happy to have GM and/or his wife come along and talk about being a professional coach / marketing etc..They are usually looking for speakers and we could invite them to a game in return.

#2978949 Batley 14 Dewsbury 16 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 17 August 2014 - 05:29 PM

Said this before, but I ref junior rugby and it is ten times harder than it looks. If you think you can do better, go and have a go. After 10 minutes you will have a different view.

As a spectator you actually get a better view of the game most of the time than the ref and as a supporter you see things from one viewpoint. You can't penalise every offence because you wouldn't have a game. You have to make hundreds of split second decisions every game.

Some refs are better than others, refs make mistakes, have good games and bad games, they always have and they always will.

#2971921 Transfers, departures and re-signings: rumours and news

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 05 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

If we are going to sign Fieldhouse then that explains Grayston's departure, unless he fancied another season on the sidelines. GM has done him a favour releasing him early to give him the best chance of signing for another club. We will see how he gets on at Batley.

#2970611 Ryan Wright

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 03 August 2014 - 07:32 PM

He always adds some enthusiasm to the defence and his try was well deserved. To be charging down a kick and run 50m in the last minute was a great effort.

#2966775 Rams release Grayston

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 27 July 2014 - 09:50 PM

Again, why are you dismissing people's opinions in this way? What's Wakefield Ram's affiliation to the club?

Just to be clear, I have no affiliation to the club other than supporting the team for 40 years. There's no party line to toe. Players come, players go, I'm not quite sure why Grayston's departure is such a big deal.

#2966763 Rams release Grayston

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 27 July 2014 - 09:23 PM

The Championship is a very competitive league. If GM decides he has better players than Grayston, then that is his decision. We are 5th in the league, so it would appear his judgement is not completely flawed.

We have had this same scenario before and will again. That's the nature of professional sport but some seem to regard this as a sinister plot.

Grayston showed promise, he wasn't a world beater, but he was GMs signing. He has gone, can we get on with the rest of the season now?

#2965658 Rams release Grayston

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 25 July 2014 - 09:39 PM

Usual comments from usual suspects. Grayston has potential, but was not outstanding. The Championship is a ruthless competition. This is not a league for developing young players. His defensive positioning looked a bit suspect and the simple fact is there are better players. I hope he finds another club and let's see how well he does.

Personally I doubt Fev, Halifax, Leigh, etc.. will be lining up to sign him. But no doubt the moaners and conspiracy theorists will be harping on about this for weeks to come.

Oh and by the way, Darrne Rogers left the club on good terms.

#2961558 Hardaker says he's a better person now.

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 19 July 2014 - 08:50 AM

Ok, we all know that this was a publicity stunt to raise the players and clubs profile again but nevertheless he has used his time well while being suspended I think.
Anyway, if Zak is watching his foul language then perhaps the fans should watch theirs at matches as well.

So Leeds PR team made him go and meet some gay people and have a picture taken and suddenly the world is a better place, Zak's realised his prejudice was misplaced and has become a better person. And they all lived happily ever after........

Does anyone believe a word of this?

#2961269 The rams squadbuilder

Posted by Wakefield Ram on 18 July 2014 - 04:32 PM

Have received a letter from club asking if I want to be a member of a committee.

To be honest, think how the money is spent is up to the coach. As a Squadbuilder member, all I would like is occasionally to be told that "Squadbuilder has helped secure XXXXX's contract" or if you have a Sponsors Evening to get invited to that.

Don't think I should be telling GM that he needs to sign a prop/winger/half back. Expect he would have a pretty good idea himself.