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Steve Slater

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#3047248 Super eight or relegate?

Posted by Steve Slater on 19 December 2014 - 09:28 PM

for Godsake.
It's not the fans of the game holding the game back, it's the lack of them. Can't you see that? The fans we have spend what they have. What we need are new ones.
If your depressed about it, go see someone. It will only get worse convincing the happy ones among us that the end is nigh.

But you won't get any new fans unless London, or any future expansion clubs, can be successful. The only way that could happen would be if they got twice the Sky money and twice the salary cap of Leeds, Wigan, Saints, Wire etc. Would these giants of the game be willing to take a cut in order to let these new clubs have more and take away their continual success?

#3045814 RL Hard Men

Posted by Steve Slater on 16 December 2014 - 09:18 AM

Woods wasn't hard, he was a psycho. He was sorted out by a gentle giant who was only hard when he needed to be ... Ian van Bellen.

There lies the difference.......Many of the above were not hard men, but extremely tough guys who played the sport fairly and wouldn't deliberately injure an opponent unless provoked, and could take everything thrown at them including the kitchen sink. Hard men were those that had a bit of malice in them and could strike fear into an opponent, such as Tony Fisher, who tamed the Aussies when brought back by Peter Fox in the late 70's. 

#3044635 RL Hard Men

Posted by Steve Slater on 13 December 2014 - 05:56 PM

Tony Fisher

Chris Burton

#3042673 Licencing

Posted by Steve Slater on 08 December 2014 - 10:14 PM

1995 still rankles with me and I don't think that I will ever get over it. The game died for me then and it took me a long time to get over that point in time, and if I'm brutally honest even though I've come back to Rovers and even watch SL rugby now on Sky, something died forever in me them. I will be accused of being parochial and yes, I probably am but I have to be honest. We had a team then, that given time to gel would have been premiership class. I'm swearing here but I think Castleford did also, they'd humiliated Wigan the season before in a final. Great Britain took Australia all the way. Wigan were all conquering Challenge Cup winners for the 8th year, I hate to see this type of domination but I think theirs was almost over. We went to summer rugby and in doing so played directly into Rugby Union's hands. I'll get pelters here but RU has gone from strength to strength since Sky but I don't know if us league boys hane.

Don't get me wrong some good things have come out of the last 19 years. Players are fitter than ever now, and the kids up North love the game, RL is played more than ever now in Northern Schools both boys and girls. My final line though is that in most ways we haven't really progressed in 19 years in terms of the professional and International game.

I personally think that it's an insult to all who suffered in the cause of expansionism that Paris, Crusaders, and now London all failed.  

#3037881 Championship: Featherstone land young Leeds quartet

Posted by Steve Slater on 26 November 2014 - 08:52 PM

It's sensible business for Fev, a much better option than spending another half million to go full-time. Assuming they are not likely to get promoted as most say on here they will be half a mill better off for 2016, and better equipped to challenge the clubs that go the whole hog and fail. If they did defy the odds and won promotion, that extra half mill would more than compensate for losing any of these lads that excelled and got recalled by the Rhinos.


I'm surprised that no-one's mentioned the warehousing, which promises to bring in massive extra income in future years that would go a long way in making up the shortfall through lower attendances!!!!!

#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.