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Gerri Monside

Member Since 26 May 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 04 2016 11:04 PM

#3264922 Erasure star Andy Bell to attend Hull KR's opener v Castleford.

Posted by Gerri Monside on 31 January 2016 - 10:31 AM

Was that the game Tim Wilby got concussion early on and couldn't remember the rest of the match?

Might well have been.  What also sticks in my memory is the confusion over who actually kicked the drop goal.  Some had it down as Clive Pickerill, others Charlie Birdsall or Sammy Lloyd.  Understandable as they all look so similar.....

#3228228 Burgess leaves Bath

Posted by Gerri Monside on 05 November 2015 - 04:23 PM

Fantastic news. He's been blamed, scapegoated and pilloried by so many in the RU camp for England's exit.  All completerly unfairly, most utterly inaccurate in their "factual" analysis. All he did was try his best. As always.



So welcome back son. Welcome home. You're back where you belong.

#3228031 7 Nov: Second Test - England v New Zealand (Olympic Stadium) - Match Thread

Posted by Gerri Monside on 05 November 2015 - 12:36 PM

Got to say I'm incredibly excited about this game now.  Had the privilege of watching some of the paralympics in 2012 at OP & thought it had something magical about it even then. That first win at the KC was so important & I really hope we win this one - ideally at a canter & then complete a whitewash at the DW.  Four of us going down. Two complete newbies & one who became hooked after going to see some of the 2013 World Cup Games.  If you see 4 sligtly inebriated 50+ blokes dressed as knights of St George - that'll be us!

Come on Eeeengggglaaaannddd!

#3212169 I Love Rugby League

Posted by Gerri Monside on 10 October 2015 - 10:52 PM

Actually, I don't understand how you could not love Rugby League.  Particularly after the fantastic games we've seen over the last 7 days.  It has everything you could ever want from a sport. Speed, skill, grace, passion, guts, honesty & genuine camaraderie. 

#3212153 10 Oct: SLGF - Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors (merged threads)

Posted by Gerri Monside on 10 October 2015 - 10:18 PM

Just back home. Great game. Full of tension right up to the end. Some great tries. Some brutal defence. Fantastic atmosphere. No trouble. Great venue. Good company. Another opportunity to introduce a newbie to the game - which they thoroughly enjoyed. Relatively easy to get home. What more can you ask?

#3210891 SL Grand Final must sell out

Posted by Gerri Monside on 09 October 2015 - 10:15 AM

The atmosphere at this game is so natural. The people aren't afraid to let-rip. Unlike Union games that I've attended, where they all appear repressed, and frown upon any outbursts of raw emotion.

Amen to that.  I was invited to a Bath-Gloucester game some years ago.  Dull as ditchwater the whole way through.  After 60-odd minutes someone broke through and scored a try.  I stood up & cheered (as you do) - only to be told off by the crusty old major behind me. "I think you'll find if we all stay seated, everyone can see all of the action" were his words.

#3184719 Issues to address at Wembley for the RFL ?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 31 August 2015 - 11:55 AM

To me it hasn't lost its appeal and it never will.  I was just trying to explore the reasons why, apparently, it has lost its appeal with some supporters.  The focus has been mainly on the final, because that is the area which appears to concern most people.

The BBC coverage has been excellent this year.  

#3184683 Issues to address at Wembley for the RFL ?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 31 August 2015 - 10:55 AM

I must confess I don't really understand why the cup appears to have lost its appeal to many fans.  I'll admit I'm a romantic about it, but it's the highlight of the year for me and always will be. From the first time I went on a school trip in 78 to this year, it is never short of excitement, enjoyment and drama. Obviously, being a Hull supporter its also come with more than its fir share of heartache, tears and crushing disappointment.And, in recent years its been great meeting up with some of the same people at our usual muster point of the Allsop Arms.  It's also good to meet up with new friends.  Had a great chat with a young ref just starting out & passed on the "benefit" of some of my experience.

I also think the cup still has plenty of magic for the players.  Playing at Wembley seems to be one of the main ambitions for most of the overseas signings. So why is it not so for a lot of other supporters?  I don't really buy the bank holiday effect. There were plenty of finals in the 90s that fell on bank holiday weekends. For our happy band, it was always good when it fell on bank holiday as it gave us all an extra day to recover!

Is it the bitterness since the SuperLeague split? Possibly.  Particularly in the last few years, there's fewer and fewer lower league shirts in evidence.  Which is a shame.  It really is.  So we need to find a way to re-engage these supporters.  But I would recommend that we go any further with discount deals.  Most of the tickets represent excellent value. My non-RL mates marvel at the price of tickets to our major events & I'm steadily getting more of them into it.

Is it that the chance of an upset is now extremely rare? Again possibly, but I think we may be in danger of being too rose-tinted about upsets in the past.  There were a few, but perhaps not as many as people like to think there were. The move to Super League and full time professionalism has made the chance of a minnow beating one of the big fish much, much rarer but that's problem for the game in general.  We need much more competitiveness across the board, coupled with a raising in standards in the lower leagues. This will take time to redress & it will be interesting to see whether the so-called "new era" will help.  Only time will tell in that regard.  Hopefully it will.

Is it the venue? Not for me. Wembley (old or new) is still the place with the magic and (importantly) the transport network. Cardiff is great, with so much around the stadium and it will always be special for me after Hull's win in 2005.  I also had the joy of being able to share in saint's win in 2004. Which again is what the cup final is all about: winning with your own team and sharing in the success of your fellow supporters teams. However, Cardiff is bad enough to get to from my side of the country and an absolute nightmare for anyone in Yorkshire. Edinburgh is completely soul-less, with nothing around the stadium & a pain to get to.

Is it too expensive inside Wembley.  Well yes. It is. £5 for a pint of yellow fizzy water masquerading as lager is a bit steep. But my lot charge £4.20 for it. £11 for a meal deal (I'm guessing here, but that's what I paid in 2013). Again it's steep, but in line with major events. And lets face it, you don't actually have to eat & drink in there.  An 80 minute alcohol-free break might actually be beneficial for some of us. I  certainly could have done with one, thats for sure!

So for me, there isn't a great deal wrong with the cup or Wembley. We need to re-engage the "lost" supporters and sell it as a festival. We certainly shouldn't move it or discount it any more. I'll be back again next year, for what I believe is final number 31 for me.  Who's going to join me?

#3183583 29/8/2015 RL Challenge Cup Final Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos, Wembley...

Posted by Gerri Monside on 28 August 2015 - 12:23 PM



So brave.  I already got a lump in my throat & tear in my eye listening to the interview.  I don't stand a chance of getting through abide with me on Saturday.

#3182341 29/8/2015 RL Challenge Cup Final Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos, Wembley...

Posted by Gerri Monside on 25 August 2015 - 12:14 PM

I can't get the memories of the 83 & 98 finals out of my head, which makes me feel an upset is on the cards. Rervers can certainly score points when they want to and I have a gut feeling that Leeds might just underestimate them...rather like they did us in 2005 with the infamous "here come the losers" jibe in the tunnel. 

Just hoping for an enjoyable day in a (reasonably) full stadium with a good atmosphere.  Can't really bring myself to back either of the finalists so I'm tempted to pull my old NWC ref shirt on & shout for the officials!

#3177148 First Professional RL Player Comes Out

Posted by Gerri Monside on 16 August 2015 - 12:22 PM

Why would he need help?

Not meant to be taken literally.  Just meant support if he happens to come a cross any bigoted, small minded idiots out there. Sadly, there are still a few around.

#3176082 Abide with me

Posted by Gerri Monside on 14 August 2015 - 11:36 AM



Approximately 30s in.  This is why we have "Abide with Me." Because it allows us all to remember those we've been to games with or those we've lost who are no longer with us. 


It has to stay on that basis alone.


As I said earlier, its going to be incredibly emotional this year.   Lizzie is very, very brave to be doing this so I hope that everyone in the stadium sings their heart out and supports her. And I'm pretty sure we will.  The rugby league family knows how to look after its own,

#3175788 Abide with me

Posted by Gerri Monside on 13 August 2015 - 09:13 PM



A very brave thing to do.  I always find "Abide with me" difficult to get through,having had so many friends & family use it as their "exit music". This year will be more difficult than ever given the tragic loss of Danny & the fact that Lizzie is going to sing it. Wembley is going to be a very emotional place to be on cup final day this year.

#3130701 Update on Magic?

Posted by Gerri Monside on 28 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

Finally got round to booking my ticket yesterday via the RFL hotline & was told that the only tickets now available are in the Milburn stand Level 7.  Which is handy as that's where I wanted to be.  It does point to it being a very good attendance though.  And once again, Hull FC will have the greatest number of supporters there.  All jolly good really!

#3127932 23 May: iPro Sport Cup Final - North Wales Crusaders v Swinton Lions KO 12 noon

Posted by Gerri Monside on 23 May 2015 - 06:19 PM

Very pleased for the Cru.  They've got a great bunch of supporters & deserve a bit of success. Well done! And thanks to AMH for the commentary!!