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Steve Slater

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#3033402 Fev winding up petition?

Posted by Steve Slater on 15 November 2014 - 08:36 PM

Superb topic.....It's reminded me that I have to renew my car insurance before Tuesday.

As far as the items discussed go, isn't that what many of us do: wait until the final demand before paying a bill? I'm sure there's been more pressing things for the new CEO to get his teeth into?




#3017688 OT HIV sufferers

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 October 2014 - 06:18 PM

Steve Crossley pulled out of the away game up at Workington because he had been sick on the team bus. Should the game have been called off in case he infected his team mates, who might have passed the bug/virus/unknown disease on to the opposition players? On that premise the RFL would be obliged to call off every game when a virus has been running through the club. 




#3011449 Next season then.

Posted by Steve Slater on 11 October 2014 - 09:32 AM

Will be interesting who wins the league out of London and Bradford because both their teams on paper appear stronger than the ones they fielded this season. Leigh should finish 3rd but they have essentially just made part time players full time and im sceptical as to whether they can challenge the top 2. like Robin says there is one spot up for grabs with Fev, Donny, Dewsbury, Sheffield and Fax all going for it so should be a good year.

How many games did Fev and Fax lose against sides that looked much weaker on paper, and had only spent half of what they did on players? If things are not right at a club, either in the back room or with the coaching staff, they will lose games against sides that you would think had no right (on paper) to be on the same pitch as them. If money is everything, Fev should finish 4th, but nothing is certain in sport and they could finish higher or lower.




#3011349 Next season then.

Posted by Steve Slater on 10 October 2014 - 09:43 PM

You've also got to consider the positive fact that Fev effectively have 2 new first team squad members for virtually nothing, thanks to the injury crisis. It is highly unlikely that Pick and Teasdale would have featured late on in the season without the injuries to Flanagan, Cording, Spears, Kent, Dale, Bostock etc., and with so many coming back from injury and new players coming in at the start of next season they would have been way down the pecking order, and might have had to either go out on loan or move on for first team opportunities. Now they have both forced their way into contention and won't get overlooked.




#3010579 Leigh Centurions sign Greg Worthington

Posted by Steve Slater on 09 October 2014 - 02:59 PM

I think you've hit the nail on the head their robin. Their half backs and pace have been their class attributes this season. I thought our pack matched their pack for the full 80 on Sunday it was their backs that did the damage, something we've been missing for years is pace in our team hopefully we will have plenty next season.

It was mainly the backing up TG. Whenever they made a break there were 3 or 4 men up in support. I've not seen support play like that in the Championship for many a year.


#3010100 Clear out for next season

Posted by Steve Slater on 08 October 2014 - 08:41 PM

For me to compete the team needs more than freshening up. Its ok people saying its a season of consolidation, but isn't it the case that the prize money, like this year, drops significantly if we fail to make the top 4?. I can see it being a question of Campbell looking to move on some of our high contract earners, many of whom haven't been great this season.

Maybe some haven't been great all season, but there has been significant improvement toward the end, barring a defeat to a much improved Sheffield in the league, albeit with a decimated squad. There is much improvement to come in many players, and the opportunity for others to regain their form now the lads are playing more like a team. The current squad and the new signings look good enough to compete for the top 4 providing we don't have the same bad luck with injuries. If we go injury free, some will have to move out anyway in order to get a game.Trying to match Leigh's spending will only lead to more debt, as it will the Leythers if they don't achieve Super league.


#3009563 Online Fans' Man of the Season 2014

Posted by Steve Slater on 08 October 2014 - 07:56 AM

I'll pledge a tenner if Will Sharp(e) wins and John Bastian is never mentioned again on this forum.

The players that perform well at the back of the season stick out in everyone's memory, but especially this season, where the emphasis was on the top two, early season games were just as important. Andy Ellis carried us through some tough times when half the team was under-performing.


#3009322 Players going (Worthington)

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 October 2014 - 06:46 PM

Shame we seem to be losing two centres, mainly because Mendeika might have to play there; I would have preferred to see him at full-back or stand off, but wherever he plays he'll be a real star.
But its not about the stars, but rather the team spirit that was shown against Sheffield and the middle part of the GF. That vital ingredient has been missed just as much as the injured players, so if Gregg wanted to move on it would have been detrimental to stand in his way.


#3008195 Not to be.

Posted by Steve Slater on 06 October 2014 - 07:03 AM

It was an enjoyable middle period for Fev fans, but when Leigh cut loose there was a definite gulf in class. The first try was typical of the opener both times we played them at LSV in that when they made the break the support was there in a good position, the Fev defenders tracking back couldn't keep up with them. It continued throughout the game, and whenever Fev made a break or half-break the support either wasn't there or was easily overhauled. Apart from that they were two well matched sides.


#3003322 Fev Prop Steve Crossley: What RL is really all about.

Posted by Steve Slater on 26 September 2014 - 08:24 PM

He was joint Man of the Match in the last round, wouldn't it be fitting if he won it outright on Sunday? His large donation is nothing compared to the contribution he has made to the club. After a quiet first half of the season his form at the back end of the campaign has been a major factor in Fev winning the big money prize.

Thank's for your time at Fev Steve, you've been a real Superstar.




#3002892 rovers v sheffield

Posted by Steve Slater on 26 September 2014 - 09:37 AM

18th  man will swing it for Rovers.

26  24 to Fev

first scorer Hardman

MOM Sharp

By the 18th man do you mean the crowd or the referee? I hope there are no controversial decisions, because if Sheffield lose out this way the conspiracy theory will start up, claiming that the RFL want a Fev-Leigh final so that the crowd will be bigger. 




#3000673 Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship (merged threads)

Posted by Steve Slater on 22 September 2014 - 06:47 PM

Hold your hand up, admit your mistake, put measures in place to stop it happening again, with penalties written in stone should further breaches occur. Cough up some real financial compensation for the injured party, enough so they drop the case and concentrating on building a squad with the extra money to make them outright favourites for promotion next year.




#2998947 Opinion: Super League attendance drop should cause concern

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 September 2014 - 03:32 PM

What is more important to the game is profit. Whatever the attendance levels are it's about making money.

 

We know via Bradford and Wakey and Fartown we can get attendances up by the thousands by giving tickets away. Even where we charge full price if only 5,000 come and pay it the club may be a loss making entity as Fartown, Widnes, Hull.K.R. and Castleford are.

 

I'm sure if Sheffield and Doncaster got in Superleague their attendances would shoot from 800 to 2,800.

 

I am sure they would then be as useless on the pitch as the Broncos were this year causing thousands of SL fans at their opponents to stay home.

 

Look at it in the round Steve, This is what merger is about 2,000 Fev fans 8,000 Cas and 8,000 wakey fans aggregate = 18,000 fans. These clubs all leak losses big style. One club with an average attendance of 12,000 would mean a lower aggregate.But it would mean a damn good chance success and possibly a growth in crowds.

 

Forget mergers, it's just an illustration of the simple equation that you can have 7,500 fans as HKR have but if they pay £500,000 short of what the club needs to operate - as they do, then it's no good. Profit is the thing averages and aggregates may or may not achieve profit or loss - both are only one side of the "coin"

If what you say is true Parky, how come Sheffield, on gates of 800, have been able to compete over the last 3-4 years with Fev who were getting gates of 2,400+ and no rent to pay, plus income streams from owning their own stadium?

If some clubs need gates of 10K to be successful, then a club like Fev would be able to compete and make a profit on 6K. Reason:- income streams on match days and functions in clubhouse, no rent, rental income from industrial units they plan to build on their land, car park income, loads of willing volunteers who are doing jobs that people are employed to do at some clubs. I simply can't understand how clubs can lose money when the Sky money covers the salary cap. Must be gross mis-management?




#2998470 Opinion: Super League attendance drop should cause concern

Posted by Steve Slater on 18 September 2014 - 10:09 PM

Parksider you've done some good research there.  However, the drop in average attendances that happened when Superleague increased from 12 to 14 clubs was always going to happen, that's the way statistics work.  The average was only likely to increase if the 2 new clubs had higher attendances than the Superleague average.

 

The increase to 14 clubs did actually increase aggregate attendances which is again what you would expect.

 

I personally thought the 14 club superleague did work because it reduced the repetitive element of the additional fixtures we needed for a 12 club superleague.

 

I don't know if the new Super 12 is going to work.  The re-introduction of promotion/relegation should help stop fixtures from getting too repetative.  However, the new system really needs the championship clubs to get a bigger share of the pie.

What's more important: Average attendances or aggregate attendances? If the two extra clubs in Super League got higher crowds than they would in The Championship, then that means more folk are watching Rugby League. Surely that's what the aim is?




#2998341 Koukash: Bulls would still be in Super League if my wife owned them

Posted by Steve Slater on 18 September 2014 - 08:10 PM

Why would they still be in Super League? They would still have had to win enough matches to avoid the drop, and as shown at Salford splashing the cash doesn't bring instant success, it takes a while for new guys to settle in. Was the squad they had before the departure of certain players good enough to finish above Wakefield?