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Member Since 08 Mar 2009
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In Topic: 27/07/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Yesterday, 10:03 AM

What a lot of rubbish!!!!    You might as well say if Leigh hadn't won 19 of their 20 games they might not be top.   We keep hearing your sort of argument from our neighbours who always claimed that because they win games they can't pick up BP's because you only get them for losing by 12 or less.    Well both Keighley and Haven have a record of 10 wins and 11 losses against Town's 9 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses, so all 3 teams have had the same equal chance to EARN bonus points.    Which team took a shot at goal in the last few seconds today to earn a BP?

I agree with you and I said from the start that bonus points are the system we are operating under and I have no beef with that.They do skew league places though and, good for Town, they are benefitting from the system. Without it they would be in a relegation spot. Simple.

In Topic: The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Yesterday, 09:53 AM

OK so maybe 50000 or 60000 in your catchment area.  Will they come to the games ? 
Sheffield have over a million and had crowds of around 4000, including away support, in ten seasons in the top division.

Sheffield came from nothing, not even existing, to SL, Challenge Cup winners and 4,000 attendances with at least a couple of 10,000 games thrown in for good measure.

Keighley came from practical extinction on 500 gates to average 4,000 in Div 2 no less with schools programs and youth development sending a score of coaches filled with kids to England international games.

Both of these platforms were primed and ready for making RL a long term success in their respective areas. Keighley were denied their place and Sheffield succumbed to the lure of the merger million. That was two opportunities for our game to prosper that were squandered.

Gateshead also was a partial success and were denied full Sky money, so were hambstringed from the start.

The results in all these locations could have been so much better for out game than they eventually turned out to be.

In Topic: The all-new never-ending League Restructure debate thread

Yesterday, 09:33 AM

yes I know, you said that. I knew anyway.
so that's even steven. The RFL took over the lease at Cougar Park several years ago.
and your point is?

That he Cougars were not alone in getting help from the RFL. Various exemptions from overseas player restrictions were also given to the expansion clubs. I think Rochdale may have been helped with their round situation by the RFL as well. it's part of the remit of the governing body to help out their members when they can.

In Topic: 27/07/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

27 July 2014 - 07:57 PM

Whitehaven look in trouble now, but with other teams being so inconsistent there's a possibility of even Sheffield still going down.

derbies often produce upsets, so watch out for the wounded Haven beast biting back..

In Topic: 27/07/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

27 July 2014 - 07:54 PM

Win was mainly due to a combination of lack of concentration liberally seasoned with stupidity when the Cru had the game won. Looking at the fixtures, I'm not sure if they can win another game (if poss, could they manage Keighley on the 17th., as yours truly will be there thanks to a family gathering up the road in Bingley - what's the parking like round Cougar Park?). The one saving grace is that the problems are on-field and can be sorted out in the close season as the club seems to be basically well run and appreciates the need for sound development work, which bodes well for its long term future. Oh, and I did wear my straw hat for some of the time, at least.

From the Keighley website 27th July. New car parking will be available at the Office Interiors car park on Royd ings Avenue, that's at the rear of the ground, not the A 650 side.