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Growing reach of RL

28 January 2015 - 09:55 PM

I logged on to the board and saw threads about WCC v the Aussie clubs, Cardiff RLFC, Newcastle Thunder and Catalans all grouped together on the board and it struck me that, despite all setbacks, the reach and footprint of the game is inexorably spreading slowly to the point whereby the heartlands are not the sole focus of our attention and I thought this was good to see.

Leeds in Division two.

26 January 2015 - 02:30 AM

I meant to post this on the Leigh season tickets sales thread but it was locked before I could do so.


Scotchy was in his Leeds are  aristocrats mode and was  making much of the fact that Leeds had never been in the second division EVER.


Well I wish to inform him that in season 1902-03 Leeds were promoted from the 2nd Division behind, WAIT FOR IT, the Champions KEIGHLEY.


So that dispels that little myth.

Swinton 1st Dec open meeting

21 December 2014 - 05:24 AM

There is a long report well worth reading on the Swinton Lions website regarding an open meeting on 1st December


The bits I found most interesting were

1. At the beginning of 2014 the club was 250,000 pounds in debt.

2. They entered a CVA and formed a new club involving the supporters trust whilst the old club received central funding to service the CVA.

3. In mid summer it was discovered the old club was negotiating with Sale RU behind the back of the new club re ownership.

4.The RFL stepped in and the two clubs went into negotiations

5.The end result was that the new club are now the owners of Swinton Lions, debt free but having to resolve the CVA issues

6.The club is to quit the LSV and have signed a three year deal with Sedgeley Park RU

7..The club is still in touch with Dr Khoukash, who is in negotiations with Salford mayor to build a 4,000 capacity stadium for the Lions in Swinton town centre.

8. The Lions will not enter into a DR next season.

9 The Lions are re engaging with the Swinton community and have forged contacts with Swinton High School, Eccles College and Manchester University and have invited local amateur clubs to a 9's competition.

10. The club knows it has had bad communications in the past and is trying to improve this using the web site, twitter, facebook, Salford radio and a TV outlet costing 3 pounds fifty a month for Lions matches.


I thought the Swinton club was on it's beam ends but much of this is positive. It takes a lot to kill a RL club.