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walter sobchak

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#3266226 2016 four nations venues

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 February 2016 - 01:04 PM

I'm a Manc, But I'd go to Anfield for a Rugby League International. Liverpool is a great day out. And if we're serious about expansion Liverpool like Manchester are two cities that have everything in place for proper RL expansion.
 
I would consider Liverpool as a candidate for 'Magic Weekend'


Totally agree with you about expansion into Liverpool and I'd love to see maybe saints or Warrington use anfield for the WCC like Wigan did against Penrith in the early 90's. I'd also love it if one day the challenge cup semi's become more popular that the RFL have to use either anfield or the etihad for the ties.


#3266214 2016 four nations venues

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 February 2016 - 12:51 PM

Right, instead it is better to give football clubs money? Not sure why people fail to realise that football is RLs main competitor, not RU.
Any game in Coventry should have no bearing it on it being owned by a RU club. It should be a question of what city works best. I'd have 15 cities ahead of Coventry.


If only football was RL's main competitor our game would be in a far better place. Plus football doesn't poach our best talent and coaches.


#3266196 Steve Mc Gets His Coat

Posted by walter sobchak on 02 February 2016 - 12:42 PM

Would never have picked McNamara to coach England and guess he did a ok job but ok isn't good enough especially with the players at England's disposal and although I'm glad the RFL didn't renew his contract and I wish him no ill and hope he gets another job(but not at saints ;-)


#3265884 Away fans deal for an overnight in Whitehaven..just seen this on twitter

Posted by walter sobchak on 01 February 2016 - 08:08 PM

So far 'everyone' is just err.......you


Tongue in cheek doesn't come across well on threads on forums.


#3265865 Away fans deal for an overnight in Whitehaven..just seen this on twitter

Posted by walter sobchak on 01 February 2016 - 07:48 PM

Its a myth..and as a born and bred Whitehaven lad you would have heard that story if it were true.In fact it would have been taught in all the schools.
Maybe you can remember the Jam factory that used to sit on the top of Lowca (see picture) they used the code word "Micklam" so us Highsiders would'nt know the real product that it was churning out.
Now thats the truth :tongue: ;)
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I'm far too young to remember the micklam factory but I wouldn't want to put what they were churning out in my sandwich and eat it ;-)

As a kid growing up I always thought that wukington lot where known as jam eaters because of jam factories in flimby and maryport.


#3265617 Away fans deal for an overnight in Whitehaven..just seen this on twitter

Posted by walter sobchak on 01 February 2016 - 12:30 PM

And that's what Yanto said in post #2.


If I'm reading it right yanto refers to the "jambos" as being from Whitehaven in post #2 when he days it will be a better deal for travelling fans from the south when the "jambos"(Whitehaven) get relegated.


#3264111 Ricoh Arena Could Get RL Role

Posted by walter sobchak on 29 January 2016 - 05:28 PM

Regardless of stadium size, you'd get more fans turn upto a game in Newcastle than you would in Coventry without a doubt


Couldn't agree more. Let's build on the success of Newcastle hosting top class RL events.


#3264107 Ricoh Arena Could Get RL Role

Posted by walter sobchak on 29 January 2016 - 05:26 PM

Assuming this is in addition to London, it would be better for the game to get half as many in Newcastle as there is genuine prospect of growth in that area.
Give them no money, ever.


100% agree. I just get the feeling that something good is brewing in the north east for rugby league both domestic and internationally.


#3263845 The RFL announce a 3 year deal with........

Posted by walter sobchak on 29 January 2016 - 10:25 AM

My niece has a Dacia
It was cheap
Cost effective
And so far reliable


At first I thought this was a limerick ;-)


#3259767 Magic Weekend wins major North East award

Posted by walter sobchak on 19 January 2016 - 06:11 PM

I agree with Walter, the England team is undervalued as a spreader of the gospel. It should always be London, heartlands and one other - the England brand breaks through more than any other. Kids in Bristol or brum or Newcastle don't care about the things we worry about, they just excited by events. Not going back to Bristol for the kiwi tour was a strategic mistake, I hope they are braver with the four nations


Until elland rd is upgraded I think newcastle should get a test against the kiwis or Aussies along with a London venue and the etihad in Manchester. No stadium with a capacity under 30000 should host a test against these 2 nations.


#3259728 Magic Weekend wins major North East award

Posted by walter sobchak on 19 January 2016 - 04:13 PM

I reckon that would be worth investigating for in a few years time, maybe after a few more magic weekends and if thunder can continue to grow.


Maybe we should look at it the other way round in that the more top class rugby league both domestic and international taken to Newcastle this will help the thunder and RL to grow in the north east. I think that 30000 for England against the Aussies or kiwis at St James park is a realistic target.


#3258897 Magic Weekend wins major North East award

Posted by walter sobchak on 17 January 2016 - 12:15 PM

My Sunday Sun column on the growing rugby league support in the North East http://www.chronicle...h-east-10740875


Great article. Do you think that playing a England game against the Aussies or kiwis at St.james park in this years 4nations could be successful.


#3258527 Cas Stadium update

Posted by walter sobchak on 16 January 2016 - 11:52 AM

It looks very good yes
My only concern is that the way things are progressing at Cas the capacity will be too small
Needs 12500 at least


The small capacity stumped me as well. Maybe they can fill in the corners at a later date like the halliwell Jones stadium and add another 2000-3000 seats?


#3258035 The middle east...

Posted by walter sobchak on 14 January 2016 - 08:50 PM

To have American naval personnel kneeling at gunpoint and apologising profusely to the Iranians is a tremendous PR coup for that country that will bolster its anti-USA credentials.
 
It seems that the Americans are now, to use Mao Tse Tung's words, a paper tiger. They don't frighten anyone.


What a sad way to view a country that people must be fearful of the USA rather than admire and be inspired by the US.


#3258032 The middle east...

Posted by walter sobchak on 14 January 2016 - 08:45 PM

You and Bedford Roughyed are missing the point, which is that when forces of the world's supposed superpower are humiliated at gunpoint by a country it has recently supposedly done a deal with, then the superpower isn't a superpower any more. And to put the photos and video out as the Iranians did was to cock a snook at the Geneva Convention, apart from anything else.
 
If you set yourself the task of being the world's policeman, as the Americans have by and large since the SWW, you can only do that if other nations respect you, which is another way of saying they fear you.
 
When they are not frightened to kick sand in your face, your power has gone.
 
That's all well and good, but if the Americans are giving up that role, other nations will take their place. And, whoever they are, their values may not be compatible with ours.
 
An awful lot of other countries with despotic regimes, as well as terrorist groups, will have been watching this and drawing their own conclusions.


Don't know about you but imperialism and bullying aren't values that are compatible with me and
If other nations are stupid enough to take on the mantle of becoming the self proclaimed "worlds policeman" then they too like the US will become the most hated countries on the planet and create enemies for themselves which will eventually bankrupt them like the US and UK before them.