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Keith T

Member Since 06 Apr 2003
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Doncaster away

12 May 2015 - 04:03 PM

Well if all the other games were big games this is now massive for Town and a win is essential if we are to survive in this league this season.    Doncaster are saying exactly the same things about this match so it is going to be hard fought and we have Gareth Hewer in charge.   To date our away form has been non-existent and if ever there was a time to start putting things right this is it.   No if's, no but's, no excuses, no stupid indiscipline, and 110% effort from every player will be required if we are to come away with a win.    Can we do it?     Yes.     Will we do it?   That's for the players to decide.

European Champions 1950 - 1951?

05 May 2015 - 04:49 PM

In March 1950, Town were invited by the RFL to visit France to promote the newly formed French Rugby League and they played 2 games.   The first one was against Lyons-Villeurbanne which Town won 26 - 10.   The second 2 days later was against Cavaillon X111 and again Town won 24 - 3.


The following season Town went on to win the RL Championship title and Lyon-Villeurbanne won the French Championship Final, so does that mean we were European Champions???   ;)  ;)  ;)


Both of the French clubs are like us in the second tier of their leagues nowadays but maybe it would be worthwhile renewing the association with these clubs, especially Lyons-Villeurbanne.

The Man in the Mirror

05 May 2015 - 01:47 PM

I was sorting through my library of rugby league books and came across the book by the great Wayne Bennett that he calls "The Man in the Mirror" after a poem he read years ago and one that he tries to get across to his players.  It was originally an American poem called " The Guy in the Glass" but the message is still the same and one that every player should read.


When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you King for a day

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say


For it isn't your father, your mother or wife

Whose judgement of you  -  you must pass

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass


He's the man you must please, never mind all the rest,

For he's with you clear right up to the end

And you've passed your most difficult and dangerous test

When the man in the glass is your friend


You may be like another and chisel a plum

And think you're a wonderful guy

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum

If you can't look him straight in the eye.


You can fool the whole world, down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass

But the final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you've cheated the man in the glass.


Says it all really.

Danny Jones - Keighley

03 May 2015 - 04:46 PM

I posted a message under the Fev match thread but it seemed to get swamped by other posts.   Danny Jones received a serious head injury today playing for Keighley against London Skolars and the match was abandoned.   The latest news was that Danny was receiving CPR at White Hart Lane.    


Let's just all take a minute to wish Danny a speedy recovery.



Super 8's

19 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

We are almost halfway through our fixtures to decide the 3 groups of 8 teams in the Super 8's.     In our case I think it's safe to say that we wont be bothering the top 4 places in our league by the time we get to the end of the 23 matches.    So what we are looking at is finishing anywhere from 5th to 12th in our league.   


In the Super 8 for 5th to 12th teams the top 4 placed teams (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th) all get 4 home games and 3 away games.   The lower 4 teams get 3 home games and 4 away games, so it there is an advantage to be in the one of the 5th to 8th positions.


At present we are 10th and if the league finished as it currently stands we would be looking at home games versus Haven, Doncaster and Featherstone with away games at Dewsbury, London, Batley and Hunslet.   Our neighbours in 11th would face Doncaster, Dewsbury and Batley at home plus London, Featherstone, Hunslet and Town away.


Batley (6points) currently hold the 8th place, on points difference from Hunslet, and both are 4 points adrift of four teams on 10 points.


Our aim has to be that 8th place by the end of the 23 matches and it is not going to be easy.