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Steve Slater

Member Since 22 Apr 2005
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#2980474 What can we do to increase attendances?

Posted by Steve Slater on 20 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

Maybe work on getting away fans to the games.
Typically, away support is around the 1000 mark, so I'm told.
Obviously, there'll be exceptions - if anyone's thinking of pointing them out.  But the point I'm making is - what do clubs do to pro-actively sell tickets to away supporters ?

Some clubs in The Championship started putting their prices up when Fev came to town, so many of the regular travelling away fans stayed away in protest.
If pre-paid tickets sold by the away club were reduced to away season ticket holders it would increase season ticket sales at many clubs, and if we then got more fans to travel maybe the clubs could go to the bus companies and get reduced travel costs, creating a spiral effect.

#2972210 Goal Kicking

Posted by Steve Slater on 06 August 2014 - 08:32 AM

There was no better goalkicker than Rooneyin his prime, we'll have to wait and see whether he's still as good. Moore killed us last season with a phenomenal goalkicking display for Batley in the play-off', but is his leg still troubling him? They were both off form on Sunday, albeit from wide out, and that seems to be a problem too, we seem to score more in the corner than other sides. One game that struck me was the Challenge Cup at Leigh in which we lost by 10 points. All 4 unconverted tries were scored wide out and Moore also missed a penalty attempt, same with the defeat at Doncaster, in which they kicked 5 goals to our 2, yet we equalled them for tries.

I bet Rooney's out on the field right now practicing his place kicking?

#2967753 Next Season

Posted by Steve Slater on 29 July 2014 - 08:36 PM

The thing is there is now a pathway to get in every year if your good enough We no longer have the £( unless someone knows different ) to get there so I'm not too worried The thing about this is that Featherstone Rovers will get more money like other championship clubs will so this can only be a good thing and every game counts in the leagues Until we have the money to go full time don't worry about it Bradford and Leigh will be full time next year and will clearly be in position 1 and 2 IMO we need to aim for 3rd or 4th to get into the middle 8 ( didn't think I would be saying that after the last 4 years ) Lets hope things settle down Andy Hay can keep the players he wants let the ones go that don't want to be here anymore and add the ones that he thinks will improve the team

It's been a bad year at the club but lets hope too much damage hasn't been done and everyone pulls together we are still second at the moment and a tough few weeks coming up will make or break a good season next year What ever happens we need to support the club because without the help of the supporter backing this great club we will never get into S/L

Lets all back the club for the rest of this season see where we end up and give the play offs a good go then next season lets get back to having a settled team with players who want to play for Fev and you never know where we might finish in the league

Together any things possible

If we have a season as good as we had in 2009 I will be satisfied because I enjoyed it immensely, just being pipped in the NRC semi's up at Barrow by the eventual Champions, then being a hairs breadth away from a GF place in the semi at The Shay, after play-off away wins at Sheffield & Widnes. It was definitely a season to kick on from and just as enjoyable as 2010 through to 2013.

#2965266 RL Express Cream of the Championship Crop

Posted by Steve Slater on 25 July 2014 - 02:33 PM

Ellis and Sharp are realistically the only Fev players who could be considered, Mendeika has been class but which is his best position? Worthington has been absent through injury quite a bit, and so have all our star forwards of last year,apart from Lockwood who hasn't hit lat seaon's heights so far. On current form I would put Andy Kain in contention, but he started the season struggling with injury, and is now in transition between traditional stand off and playmaker with his kicking game coming on leaps and bounds. I've a feeling he will be up there by the end of the season, dodgy groin permitting, and there could be one or two more. But could you pick anyone else but Brierley and Cooke in the halves, no matter how well Murrell has been playing? 

#2963793 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by Steve Slater on 22 July 2014 - 09:07 PM

I think 'being as good as the clubs outside the top six' is in itself wishful thinking, and- please don't take this the wrong way completely unacceptable as an ambition .
The competition needs to grow and become stronger, not have more foot soldiers . Look at it another way. Two clubs with huge potential one way or another have been ejected . Is there a club outside SL with more potential than either if them. Look at the clubs outside the top six. I would suggest they all have huge potential for growth. Is there a club or clubs outside SL with more than for instance Salford?

I get your point Chris, but I believe that until the competition does grow and become stronger we need to hold what we have. Bradford will be back, and the experience of the Championship will do them good, and London will be back if people want it, but the Championship needs to be stronger, with a higher profile and TV exposure to ensure that kids keep playing the game in these areas. The game outside Super League will keep on going backwards without hope of promotion. With regards to Salford, it remains to be seen whether success on the field, which Dr.Koukash promises, results in big gates, or whether he would have got more through the turnstiles at Halifax?

#2962897 Jamie Rooney retires

Posted by Steve Slater on 21 July 2014 - 01:06 PM

Regarding Rooney: The back end of our season is very much dependant on whether Andy Kain's groin and Gareth Moore's leg hold up. We need a contingency and Harry Secombe doesn't seem to be the answer. If he's on a pay per play deal it would be nothing lost, and if he could put the time saved in travelling onto the training pitch, added to local pride where he won't want to under perform in front of friends and family, we might get something extra on top of his considerable kicking skills. 

#2961473 Will the Broncos be swallowed up by the Championship?

Posted by Steve Slater on 18 July 2014 - 10:11 PM

The expansion clubs in Championship 1 are run and supported by some great people, but the possibility of them attaining elite level is many years down the line.

Maybe that's how it should be Chris, but it's clearly not because at least a third of Super League clubs are not super at all. The demise of London is an insult to clubs like Featherstone and Keighley who had to fall on their sword to allow them in in the first place. They were the sacrificial lambs because bigger was better and the bigger the city the more successful the club would be, and Broncos were to be the flagship of the new competition. Their failure wasn't the fault of current or previous owners, but rather the fault of other Super League clubs who were not willing to fall on their own swords for the good of the game. They all wanted London to succeed, but not at their own expense. If they could give expansion clubs exemption from relegation they could have gone one or two steps further and given them a far greater slice of the Sky money, and a much bigger salary cap than anyone else to ensure they got all the top players, especially the star imports. The failure of London has set the game's expansion back years and it will be a long time before new big city clubs will attract viable crowds.

#2957277 The Future

Posted by Steve Slater on 10 July 2014 - 07:47 PM

I think Trout has done well so far and would have gone well with, say Finn as a organiser.

One factor to consider regarding the wage bill is Matt Nicholson;he was looking good before his injury. The question is will he be back for the start of next season, or doesn't AH want him anyway. If he gets released that would pay Trout's wages, although I personally would prefer a fit Nicholson.

#2956464 The Future

Posted by Steve Slater on 08 July 2014 - 05:41 PM

Halifax have been struggling financially and their gates have dropped since they didn't get a franchise, but they haven't done too badly, neither have Batley on a much lower playing budget than ours. I think we've all been spoilt, didn't we enjoy the exploits and near misses of 2009? Remember that Sheffield won the GF from 6th place (I think) it 2012 and Batley went very close last year. They also won the NRC. Maybe we can win something as underdogs?

#2956187 Major new investors

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 July 2014 - 10:26 PM

I was fully behind Feisal before he departed. But he's gone, so has Powell, so has Finn. I see no benefit in knocking the people that got us into such a strong position in the first place, even if they have made mistakes. What's more important is that the club gets to keep its soul. FN talked about getting Rovers into the top 4 in Super League as if we had never been a successful club before. We would have had to be a big spending club to achieve that, which is what we have never been until recently. If we ever get there it will be as giant killers, which is what the clubs history is all about. Feisal might have had good intentions, but he didn't understand the club, its fans, and its proud traditions, so he meddled where it wasn't needed. We never wanted to be called Calder and we certainly don't want to be called Feisalstone!

#2956093 Major new investors

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 July 2014 - 06:56 PM

finishing where fev did for years is failure in your eyes??? you need help!!!

It was only failure if you had the best squad of players, which I firmly believe DP had. If the League Title winners had also been given the title of Champions and the major cash prize, which the feat truly deserved, then it would have been a resounding success. But the League Title wasn't given as much prestige as the Grand Final, or even the NR Cup, so yes, it was a failure in terms of achieving targets.

#2956081 Major new investors

Posted by Steve Slater on 07 July 2014 - 06:23 PM

i think most are missing the point that the biggest mistake was creating a situation that led to dp leaving!!! and that is squarely at the door of MC.outside fev they are calling rovers the madhouse and who can blame them??

I understood he told MC he was leaving at the end of the season and they had a falling out, and relations became strained. (If I'm wrong please correct me).
I think Powell would have left anyway when Cas came for him. But if I was a company director ploughing loads of money into the firm, and my operations manager failed to meet his targets despite having a larger operating budget than the opposition, I think I would have sacked him anyway. Granted, Powell did have some bad luck in Grand Finals and NR Cup games.
The biggest mistake was allowing John Bastian to unsettle Liam Finn, and allowing him to leave.

#2953626 Shares available

Posted by Steve Slater on 02 July 2014 - 08:40 PM

Will the A + B shares be placed on the rovers shop site for purchase to make it easier for those fans who cannot get to the ground? they would make great gifts for family members

Suggested selling the B shares in presentation packs for Christmas to Phil Stone, and he likes the idea. If taken on board it would be a logical step to design presentation packs for birthdays and special occasions.

#2952747 Signing

Posted by Steve Slater on 01 July 2014 - 07:23 AM

What good's a bunch of star players if they don't play as a team? IMO we've had the best set of players for the last 4 years, but how many finals have we won? Let's get behind the squad and players we get left with and support the coaching teamin their efforts to build them into a strong unit. It's not just the Loan & D/R players to blame, but rather the injuries to our long standing players which made them necessary. With the injury list we've had this year we're due a bit of luck, and I'd like to see how some of the other top clubs would go on if they had the same problems.
Next year the middle group of 8 will be decided by the best teams on the day(s), and you only need one or two shock wins to go up. If that doesn't happen I won't be too upset, but as long as we give our best I will enjoy the competition.

#2951987 Major new investors

Posted by Steve Slater on 29 June 2014 - 08:13 PM

What worried me more than anything was today's attendance, well below 2,000 for the first time this season. If people were staying away because of FN they have no excuse now, but the club needs them and every other supporter more than ever before at this transitional time.

We might find Super League a lot harder to achieve now, but at least the club gets to keep its soul!