I don`t think the game`s on its knees with a record crowd of 73,000 turning up at last night`s Leeds/Wigan game at Old Trafford. What a great game it was and it just shows that people will turn up for the big games because it`s our (Northern) game. Sure, there`s a lot of things that could be better, but taking major events to somewhere where there`s not a scrap of interest in it is pure folly to me. As I say, look after the very people who keep the great game going, not the people who don`t give a toss.
Why London? Sure, a few ex pat Aussies who come from NSW and Queensland will show up to watch the Rugby League, but those from the other states won`t bother as they don`t play the game anywhere else, Melbourne excepted. No, this "promoting the game" has run its course in my opinion. Look after the people who look after the game, us Northerners. All that money going into the coffers of London businesses too, why not spend that money where it`s needed, Wigan, Leeds and Warrington, or wherever the other team will be from. Plus those Pommy teams will need all the home support they can muster judging from this season`s three losses.
According to the Observer? Wow have they finally moved on from showing a picture of Fui Fui Moimoi under the "Rochdale Hornets" section with many items under that, not one about Hornets. Somebody at the MEN must`ve decided to troll through the back pages.
I think it`s a stupid idea, why take the game to London, they don`t support the game, never have and never will. Why should the northern fans have to cop the cost in travelling down there and in the middle of winter too when who knows, there could be all sorts of awful weather to get through. Stuff the south, they couldn`t care less about us "cloth capped idiots", so we should say stuff them too.