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#3204958 3 Oct: Million Pound Game - Wakefield Trinity Wildcats v Bradford Bulls KO 2....

Posted by flyingking on 01 October 2015 - 08:36 PM

Bradford to win and then find out that the RFL have changed the reward to the Half Million Pound Game.

#3187740 I quite like that Stuart Maconie chap

Posted by flyingking on 05 September 2015 - 05:25 AM

Also, whilst I love history, tales of broken time payments and the George Hotel and unfounded prejudice have the same relevance to me as the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. I do not base my allegiance to the game because of identifying with a historical injustice, but because I enjoy watching a fast physical sport.

It is fantastic to be involved with a game that takes great pride in its history and heritage. I appreciated watching the unveiling of the Wembley statue. I am also happy to be a fan of a sport that is not afraid to innovate in order to make the game more attractive to the spectators.

I attend games because I love the skills, the thrills, the speed, the atmosphere. If Maconie had focused on those things, then the article may have had some relevance to Telegraph readers.

Those are the reasons why I am prepared to travel the length of the country to watch a game. This year, I have been to Hull V Leeds and Catalans V Salford, none of whom are the team I support. Each game cost 100 pounds to attend, in terms of rail fare, hotel and match ticket. Yet I was happy to pay that to watch the sport I enjoy.

#3187736 I quite like that Stuart Maconie chap

Posted by flyingking on 05 September 2015 - 04:16 AM

You say that lots of highly respected sportsmen including many in rugby union appreciate Rugby League, and then say that Maconie is right. A contradiction, surely? How can he be right? He states only working class northerners appreciate Rugby League. That's his whole angle. And he's wrong.


Lots of people from many different backgrounds enjoy and appreciate Rugby League. That's why it's counter-productive when writers like Maconie fall back on trotting out the old chippy northerner angle and tar everyone with the same brush, whether he's stereotyping Rugby League itself or people from different backgrounds who have yet to be won over by it.


Maybe if Maconie took a look at the League 1 table every now and then and noticed there are clubs in places like Gloucester, Oxford, Coventry, Hemel and London in there, along with two Welsh clubs, the penny might drop that Rugby League isn't just a game for working class northerners anymore.


Well said, I am exactly the type of person that Maconie would not believe that I existed. Though born in South Cheshire, I was only there for a few years before my family moved down to Kent. The only sport that I played or followed during my school days was soccer. After university I became an engineer and am now a civil servant. I have never been anywhere near a colliery nor a mill and have never voted for the Labour party.


The only reason I got into rugby league was I wanted to experience an event at the new Wembley Stadium, so when I saw an offer for cheap Challenge Cup Final tickets I jumped at the opportunity. I was fully expecting that would be the only game of rugby league I would attend in my life, however the combination of speed, skill, physicality, and atmosphere blew me away. I have a pan-European not parochial outlook, the only chippy I know is a purveyor of fried potatoes and I have no time for tribalism. According to Maconie I should have no interest in the sport,

#3184145 29/8/2015 RL Challenge Cup Final Hull Kingston Rovers v Leeds Rhinos, Wembley...

Posted by flyingking on 29 August 2015 - 09:50 PM

HKR deserved their day out at Wembley but were unrecognisable from the side that beat Warrington in the semi final. It would have been a tough task for Rovers at their best to beat a superb Leeds side. Leeds played very well and punished the errors that HKR made. Albert Kelly misses a tackle on Ryan Hall's kick off return on the left side and Briscoe scores on the right. A kick on the last is a couple of metres short of its target and Briscoe goes the length of the field. Kallum Watkins was superb selecting the right pass every time. By contrast Dixon has a four v one overlap and fails to get the pass away. All credit to Leeds for a brilliant team performance.

#3179947 20 Aug: Super 8s - St Helens v Huddersfield Giants KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by flyingking on 21 August 2015 - 04:33 AM

For St Helens, the marketing slogan for the Super 8s should be "Every minute is dark matter"

They encounter a mysterious force which causes them to lose all energy and momentum. :ph34r:

#3179264 Steve Ganson climbing Kilimanjaro for Steve Prescott Foundation

Posted by flyingking on 19 August 2015 - 09:13 PM

Just as well they are not playing the 15 man version of rugby, would not want to be the person who has to retrieve the match ball when it is kicked out on the full.

#3174251 Super 8s - a joke

Posted by flyingking on 11 August 2015 - 08:23 AM

Let's penalise the more successful side by removing a player from the field for each league position they are ahead of their opponents. So Leeds will just have six players for their game against Hull.

Even more radically, let's just enjoy the games.

#3169783 1 Aug: CCSF2 - Hull Kingston Rovers v Warrington Wolves KO 12.45pm

Posted by flyingking on 02 August 2015 - 03:35 PM

IMO Albert Kelly is a miracle on two legs. He is all over the field and makes a major contribution in defence. He is my Man of Steel.

I hope that Albert, players and supporters of HKR enjoy their day at Wembley Sing well.

Think he has a big chance of being named the Lance Todd Trophy winner.

#3159276 16 Jul: Warrington Wolves v St Helens KO 8pm (TV)

Posted by flyingking on 16 July 2015 - 08:53 PM

Well done Saints, showed a lot of character; they made mistakes but then immediately bounced back.

#3158962 Ireland vs Belgium - 12 July 2015

Posted by flyingking on 16 July 2015 - 12:03 PM

Video of game here


#3154838 McDermott appointed new USA coach

Posted by flyingking on 08 July 2015 - 02:28 PM

He has already unearthed some players for the side; It is obvious that Zak Hardaker and Brad Singleton had American mothers just by their first names. It is a little known fact that Ryan is the cousin of Rich Hall. The two Hispanic veterans Jaime Peacock and Jaime Jones-Buchanan will add experience to the side. Michael Jordan Lilley's ball handling skills are just amazing. The Yanks will easily relate to Kevin Infield and Joeleen, Joeleen, Joeleen Moon. With a little addition, what could be more American sounding than The L.I.am Sutcliffe and Frankly my dear I don't give Adam Cuthbertson?

#3154824 English born-Irish-Welsh-Scottish qualified

Posted by flyingking on 08 July 2015 - 01:59 PM

Only just discovered this but here is Sean O'Loughlin talking about how proud he is to be English.


#3152427 5 Jul: Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons KO 3pm

Posted by flyingking on 04 July 2015 - 11:12 AM

The Doctor says Harris' sickness is related to having a bad side.

#3151559 Harris on his way out?

Posted by flyingking on 02 July 2015 - 09:36 PM

Thank you for flying Marwan Hot Air. Please fasten your seatbelts as we are expecting plenty of turbulence during the trip.
Sould we encounter any problems in this one prop aircraft (it was a two prop version but one has dropped out/got damaged or is no longer working) there are plenty of emergency exits. In fact, the chief engineer will personaLly guide you to the exit.
We would like to stress that the assistant pilot is doing a fine job in the circumstances of having only just qualified to take the controls. His three crashes in Wales were not really his fault.

In the event of a sudden loss of pressure, oxygen masks will drop down unless your surname is Chase or Hock, we are sure that oxygen deprivation to the brain will not affect them in any way.

#3151370 Wigan Warriors to play home games in London (merged)

Posted by flyingking on 02 July 2015 - 07:11 PM

Some people seem to have missed what Wigan are up to here, this isn't about trying to get Londoners to take a two hour train journey to Wigan after they have been amazed at watching a Rugby League game live.


This is about sponsorship. The big sponsors are London based, getting these guys to come north to experience rugby league live and show them what we have to offer is a tough task. So Lenighan has decide to do it the other way around, we take the game to them. Why do you think this is being kicked off where it is.


This is a business move not a sporting move.


Why have Wigan been the opponent for the last two years in London Skolars Capital Challenge pre-season game? Because it is held within walking distance of the financial institutions based in the City of London and the pre-match lunch presents plenty of networking opportunities. Clearly, Wigan see potential in this approach and are prepared to invest the revenue they would lose from not hosting a game at the DW, in anticipation of gaining a greater long-term return in terms of exposure and sponsorship.