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Gerri Monside

Member Since 26 May 2011
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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. 

In Topic: Challenge Cup Final preview on YouTube

20 August 2014 - 10:33 PM

Subject matter is ok, with two clearly very knowledgeable people talking about the game. And I suppose any publicity is good. However, if were going to do stuff like this, a bit more thought on production values would help. A few clips of the earlier rounds showing the finalists in action, would have made it much better. As would a somewhat more atmospheric setting - anything would have been better than just sitting in an office.

In Topic: 17/08/14 - Bradford Bulls v Hull FC KO 3pm

17 August 2014 - 09:24 PM

Its difficult to know where to start. Non-existent right hand side defence, woefully ambitious offloads under no pressure, lamentable kicking game & a coach so clearly lacking ideas and ability its an embarrassment. And while we're at it, who from the management at Hull FC thought it would be a great idea to give our loanees (Pitts, Arundel) the freedom to play against us?

Fair play to Bradford, they wanted it more, played the conditions well & once in front had excellent game management.

An awful season from us. Mediocrity punctuated with moments of pure garbage. Didn't agree with Radford as coach, but was prepared to back him but he's served up tripe week in, week out. I don't buy the "transition season" & "clearing out the dead wood" either. This is the man who (allegedly) led the mutiny against Gentle with the claim that he could do much better. Well Lee, we have our answer now, don't we?