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Gerri Monside

Member Since 26 May 2011
Offline Last Active Oct 17 2014 09:54 AM

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In Topic: James on Six Music

10 October 2014 - 12:33 PM

I don't tink Keavney's a fan tbh - despite being a Leyther. Seem to recall him being on fighting talk a while ago & talking about his first experience at Hilton Park. Something aloing the lines of "There was something about it. The smell of wintergreen mingling with the aroma of pies. The close proximity of the players. The brutality of it all...................that made me never, ever want to go again". Maybe for comic effect.
Anyway, getting any sort of plug on the UK's premier music station can't be bad.
Really looking forward to seeing James tomorrow.

In Topic: 02/10/14 - St Helens v Catalan Dragons KO 8pm (TV)

02 October 2014 - 08:50 PM

Well that was thoroughly disappointing on so many levels. Risible commentary from Sky. Scrappy game made worse by poor, inconsistent and at times baffling officiating. Wrong to leave Escare out there while he was so obviously out of it (shades of Gavin Miller in 1986). Almost disappointed that I managed to get back early from London to see it all. Hey ho, tomorrow can't be as bad can it?

In Topic: RIP Greg Mackey

24 September 2014 - 09:42 PM

Desperately sad news. In the space of a few weeks, I've lost two of my heroes. First Tony Dean, a minstrel of a player - the original cheeky halfback, always with a smile on his face & a always took a quick tap - even if it was given to the opposition. A gent & character off the field too. Had the pleasure of meeting him a few times in Hull hostelries after  games & he always had everyone in hysterics.

Then Today's news about Bluey. I guess we knew it was coming, but it doesn't soften the blow. He was a real hero to me in a pretty magical few years in the black & white. Hard as nails, with a great pair of hands, good kicking game & fantastic rugby brain. I'll never, ever forget his performance in the 91 premiership final, which brought me  to my knees in joy. Incidentally, I'm ever thankful for the Widnes fans I was stood with, for picking me back up again that day. I'm genuinely sad that he's gone. A great player,  held in very high regard by all who came across him. R.I.P.

In Topic: Empty Seats On The Telly.....

27 August 2014 - 12:51 PM

Would a "club membership" type offer work to make the costs more managable for those struggling. The club would arrange transport / tickets well in advance & you pay, say, £10 a month over a full calender year. That should enable you to get a reasonable ticket & a coach trip down for not too much pain. It could also build a greater sense of club ownership or belonging. As an added "incentive", you could get the clubs to take giant flags to display at a certain time in the build up, or get members of each club to parade their flag around the perimeter as part of the build up. And a parade of mascots....

Just ideas of course. I'd include clubs at all levels of the game in this.

In Topic: Empty Seats On The Telly.....

24 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

This year was the first time, as a neutral, I've left the ground with a very melancholy feeling about the final. I think melancholy  is the right word, not disappointment because the game itself wasn't bad & the spectacle is always great. Maybe worried might be a more fair reflection. The feeling actually started in our usual pre-match watering hole of the Allsop Arms which, though busy, was nowhere near as "rammed" as it has been in previous years. The same was true of the tube ride & to a certain extent the walk up Wembley way. There seemed far fewer food outlets etc. Then inside the stadium, there was the mass of empty seats and a more subdued atmosphere than usual. For me, despite the best efforts of Hull FC, the challenge cup final is THE event of the rugby league calendar and its such a shame to see it in the state it is now. Yesterday was perhaps the most dramatic illustration as many have stated on here: fewer neutrals, fewer "lower league" shirts, fewer amateur shirts & even fewer fancy dress.


I don't know what the answer is, but rescheduling would definitely help. A more practical gap between semis & final (4-5 weeks), more intensive promotion & less "bargain basement discounting" should also be considered.


Despite my melancholy/worries, I'll still be going again next year as it is, and always will be, the best date in the rugby league calendar.