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#3048555 Rochdale AFC, EGM

Posted by DiddyDave on 23 December 2014 - 10:17 PM

Don`t know about true colours shining through as the Baron said, but I`d call it being realistic. How does the Baron work out that Dale have ensured that the Stadium Company was to fail? No matter. Surely the Stadium Company has kept both codes in existence, but times change and it`s time for a change. The Hornets of today are a lot different than the Hornets of the eighties, they were doing ok, but Super League came along and clubs like Hornets were basically sent to the wall. You have to thank Red Hill for that, they only wanted elitist clubs and they got it, the rest were left to survive as best as they could, and Hornets, bless `em, are doing just that. It sounds to me like a good deal for Hornets, at least they don`t have to struggle to find a ground to play on like Oldham and Swinton, and I`m sure most visiting teams would be more than happy to play at a decent venue like Spotland. Time will tell.

#3044303 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 12 December 2014 - 10:17 PM

Good on ya mate, this great game is OUR game, not theirs. People like Smith and his ilk are here today, gone tomorrow to some other grubby big money venture, while it`s us fans who actually keep the game, or any other game going. The ABC have some good journos and commentators who often ask questions about the general health of the game, though their two best, Dave Morrow and Warren Ryan, have both recently fallen foul of the pc brigade and have both resigned or retired. But as spectators, we should all have a say on the future and direction the game is going, not just accepting carte blanche what the blokes in suits tell us, so we need to "watch this space" whenever news from GHQ is reported. As I say, it`s OUR game, not theirs.

#3043201 NRL Team Wellington

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 10:52 PM

As a bloke who`s lived in New Zealand from 1972-2007,I dispute the clamour for another team entering the NRL from the Shaky Isles. There might be more Kiwis playing in the comp, but a big majority of those are from the Islands who just used NZ as a stepping stone to enter Oz. Everyone knows rugby yawnion is the main game played professionally in NZ, all eventual League players having been forced to play the 15 a side game at school, which is not the case in Australia. As R L Winger says, Wellington or any other proposed new NZ team, should wait their turn if they were to increase the comp to 18 teams, though I have big reservations about even that. The comp can`t even play every other club twice a year as it is now, so how they`d run it with two extra teams defies logic. Think about it, one NZ team is always going to be better player wise, financially wise, and interest wise than two.  But after 20 years the Warriors are still to show us that they can cut the mustard with the Aussie teams, two losing grand finals and occasionally making the play offs, to me, does not mean they`ve been all that successful. They have a massive supporter base, junior base and a good stadium (for how long, we don`t know), but are still to show us that they are an automatic top eight side, so let`s get real.

#3043173 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 10:22 PM

Well, all I can say is, I don`t want to see any game that is spontaneous, like Rugby League is, to be controlled by television like sport is in America, more money or not. To me, all games are reliant on the people who go along every week and pay our hard earned through the turnstiles. No fans means no game, but television doesn`t care about that, all they want is to slam us with the same boring, intelligence insulting ads at every opportunity, and I for one don`t want a bar of it. As I say, I`ll refuse to watch the game if these crackpot "innovations" eventually take hold. There`s half a dozen clubs or more that I can go to see within a few miles of where I live here in Tweed Heads, and to be honest, I get just as much enjoyment and more from watching them as I do going up the road to watch the Titans.

#3042714 RL Revolution,Australia Style

Posted by DiddyDave on 09 December 2014 - 05:11 AM

Has anybody seen the new "radical changes" that the Aussies (NRL rules and competition committee) are reportedly wanting to bring in? They`re proposing four twenty minute quarters over a 100 minute period obviously to accommodate more advertising that would "generate millions of dollars". In other words American Football by default. Have the powers that be in the Old Dart been notified of this load of codswallop? How come it always seems to be the Aussies who want to change this game that we all love? I`m sick of going to NRL matches already with the amount of advertising and crass music they play at every opportunity, preferring to watch the local footy where you get eighty minutes of what I expect, RUGBY LEAGUE. Don`t let this happen, stuff Channel 9 and Foxtel.

#2999685 Match Day 2015...

Posted by DiddyDave on 21 September 2014 - 12:55 AM

Think this is a non starter straight away. The RFL would have to pencil Hornets in to play at Spotland on when Dale are away,and in any case nobody has yet mentioned if the opposition would want to play on Saturdays. I rather think not as a lot of players would work on Saturdays with Sundays being the only day free to play. And,as has been pointed out,Mayfield play on Saturdays,so no,it`s a bloody stupid idea. 

#2974873 Dale Bid for Stadium

Posted by DiddyDave on 10 August 2014 - 06:31 PM

Fair comment about Dale living on the breadline,selling their best players is clearly the only way they can survive,there`s nothing new in that,but so is buying the stadium in the long term. It`s the old argument about buying or renting,most of us have had to make a decision which way to go on that score. Tyrone Shoelaces assertion that the only reason Dale want to acquire the stadium is to kick Hornets out is ridiculous knowing that we all agree that Dale are so poor. Think about it,the only added source of income for Dale is using the pitch,Hornets are doing that and presumably keeping up with the rent. I have a place that I rent out,I don`t know the bloke who`s in there,but he pays the rent on time and looks after the place,so why would I want to kick him out? I`ve said it here before and I`ll say it again,for two clubs just about on the bones of their backsides and getting almost non survivable support,I would`ve thought mutual tolerance would be paramount,but for some,that`s obviously not the case. Hornets did this,Dale did that,it`s pathetic. Live and let live,you know,it`s the only way.

#2939052 All things NZ Warriors

Posted by DiddyDave on 04 June 2014 - 03:01 AM

Don`t get too excited with the Warriors` resurgence,impressive though it might be at the moment. As soon as you think they`ve turned the corner,they come up with abject performances a la Penrith. The really worrying thing is that none of them seem to be able to "put their finger" on what goes so pitifully wrong. I`m with you,Mt.Smart,I`d love the Warriors to do well and win the comp,but somehow I think a few swallows do not make a summer.

#2913234 Hornets Shares Held By The RFL

Posted by DiddyDave on 08 April 2014 - 04:12 AM

I agree with Col,why would anybody in their right mind kick out people who help to keep the company afloat? It`s not like renting a house is it? Hornets,or some other football team of any code,can only be the ones to come in as a tenant. Ground sharing is the only sensible way to go these days.

How the Stadium company is 670,000 pounds in debt is anybody`s guess,but it must be being managed by somebody and it`s not as if the business is haemorrhaging a million a month like Leeds United are reportedly doing.

Chris Dunphy has worked miracles for Dale on a breadline income,they`re on the cusp of a second promotion in five years,so I can`t see why he`d put more pressure on Dale`s finances by booting Hornets out.

#2912517 Matt Elliott Sacked by NZ Warriors

Posted by DiddyDave on 07 April 2014 - 03:42 AM

No matter who they get,they`ll never find out what`s in the top four inches of those blokes from South Auckand and that`s always been the case with NZ League. Elliott was the best of a bad bunch of applicants because nobody in their right mind would want to coach that lot and now we`ve seen why. The players should be bloody well ashamed of themselves,Manu especially,no wonder Stapleton bagged four tries,so could I when my opposite number continually goes walk about for 80 minutes. No criticism of Simon Mannering but he`s no skipper,they need a tough Aussie a la Kevin Campion to kick those Polynesian backsides like he did when they got to the grand final in 2002. I can`t see there being a queue of applicants in the coming days either,my god,talk about the impossible mission!!

#2905940 Warriors v Tigers at the Caketin

Posted by DiddyDave on 26 March 2014 - 12:43 AM

Yes,it`s had me baffled as to what the Warriors would`ve done had Friend got injured in any of the first three games with no apparent back up hooker,but now that Leuluai is back,the poor bloke can look forward to a break without the team losing their momentum. Not too sure about Lousi at lock,no doubt Elliott`s plan is for as many big blokes on the park as possible?

#2897704 Dale Promotion

Posted by DiddyDave on 12 March 2014 - 09:23 AM

Bloody hell Cameron,that`s what some of the Dale fans say about the "egg chasers",and why they won`t be seen dead at a Hornets` game. I know where you`re coming from,but if everybody forgot about all their "They did this and they did that",a lot more local people would follow both codes. I know I would,finances permitting,were I still living in Rochdale because none of us want to see the demise of either code and it will happen if things keep going as they are,maybe not now,but eventually. I think it`s pathetic,but that`s people for you,no wonder there`s still wars!!

#2886272 Sydney Roosters v Wigan Warriors WCC this weekend

Posted by DiddyDave on 22 February 2014 - 07:54 PM

It was a good game,Wigan took too long to get into the match,but were not helped by being continually penalised in the first half though the Aussie refs tried to even things up in the second. The game was all but gone by that time and Wigan`s fight back was nulled by conceding two soft late tries. Still,it was a good work out for both clubs and a good way for us to see the new season in.

#2843680 England v N.Z.

Posted by DiddyDave on 28 November 2013 - 04:43 AM

Think that`s a bit harsh Anita,though you`re right;it was always going to be Australia v NZ or England. I thought Scotland,USA and the Pacific Island teams all played very well and there`ll be several players from those sides who will be playing for Aussie or the Kiwis next World Cup. Those so called minor countries are really what it`s all about;their flair,dances and songs were a delight to see and it`s things like this that appeal far more in getting people interested in the game than having the game played in places like Hemel Hempstead,Gateshead or Neath where nobody`s interested apart from some bloke who has too much money in his pocket. Ok,we all knew Australia were going to win it,but I remember saying that five years ago at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane when several of us wore our blue Hornets jerseys and witnessed the Aussies get their backsides well and truly kicked!

#2820497 Biggest Gate At Spotland ?

Posted by DiddyDave on 29 October 2013 - 02:13 AM

Yes,a massive well done to all concerned at Hornets and Dale for putting on such a memorable occasion. The pitch looked fantastic,everybody seemed to enjoy the game,but the most important thing to me was the fact that so many people put aside their own agendas and went along to witness an historical night for the whole town. Let`s hope both Hornets and Dale can kick on from this and get those old (and new) fans back to support both codes and help our much aligned town to bounce back from all the negatives it has received in the recent past.