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Little Lion Man

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#3199768 sports direct.com arena

Posted by Little Lion Man on 24 September 2015 - 08:40 PM

I though CH had already confirmed the ground proposal for 2016 to the RFL and it had been agreed (according to your official website). I do not understand why you have not been told.

Although I am sure you are elated at promotion (after a great season) this lack of information does take the edge off if somewhat.

Hope you get the information soon.

PS - would be nice to see a few Oldham shirts at Sedgley Park on Sunday. Have a look round And don't eat all the pies

#3185072 Next up Swinton.Any thoughts, predictions or comments.

Posted by Little Lion Man on 31 August 2015 - 08:15 PM

I didn't mean it in a derogatory way spud.All I meant was that the league leaders shield doesn't get you promoted which is what we are ALL gagging for.The team finishing top of the division SHOULD go up automatically. It works like that in the majority of sports.But I agree it will be a boost in terms of confidence for the boys in the playoffs. But I still think coming top should be automatic promotion. (Just my opinion).

Finishing top and being promoted is only right if all teams have an even fixture list. As from the offset it was not even then they could not send the winners up. If Oldham beat Swinton next week then I will accept they were the best and deserving of promotion. Until then we still don't know who the best team is.

#3183141 RFL Proposals for New League 1 Structure for 2016

Posted by Little Lion Man on 27 August 2015 - 10:04 AM

It just looks even more complicat to me and still does not mean that a league winner will be promoted.

Initially you play all teams once only - therefore fixture lists will still favour some teams over others with more home games against top teams than for others

After the 8 split, I assume the points carry which carries forward the inequality and compounds it by offering further home advantages to some teams.

The advantages provided by home should not be underestimated. Old hams home record is one of the reasons they are top and Swinton have only lost one home game.

As league one has a number of teams who to me can all win on the day and there is very little between them then even small advantages can be telling.

Unless all teams are played home and away and the winner goes up, there will always be some skew of fairness however they try

Can't we just play 28 games? No ipro cup, all clubs home and away and then top two go up. Swinton this year. If they reach the playoff final will have played 28 games + two challenge cup games and four friendlies

#3182951 Eight into Five won't go

Posted by Little Lion Man on 26 August 2015 - 08:48 PM

Yes, so also interesting to compare points difference for only those games against the other 'contending teams' instead of allowing the unequal number of floggings of the southern teams to determine success.
RFL too busy taking orders from NRL on substitutions to care about fairness in the third tier.

Anita, have put a table based on your suggestion on a thread on the Swinton forum. There are 5 games to go but as it stands it is different than the league as your feared.

#3182111 Worst case scenario in next two games

Posted by Little Lion Man on 24 August 2015 - 10:50 PM

We are the best team in the League. Form says so. The table says so. Independent commentators say so.
And we've just got to win two home games against teams we've already beaten this season.

No point Swinton turning up then really.

#3182104 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by Little Lion Man on 24 August 2015 - 10:33 PM

On the Rochdale forum someone questioned how the league would be if only games against top 8 teams were included. As this would result in an uneven number of games the average points per game played has been assumed. The present table is:

Oldham - 1.500
Keighley - 1.385
Swinton - 1.308
Crusaders - 0.917
Rochdale - 0.833
York - 0.750
Newcastle - 0.615
Barrow - 0.546

There are however 5 games (between top 8 teams remaining..Keighley have finished at 1.385 and Swinton could only get to 1.357 with a win against Oldham leaving Oldham also on 1.385!

Also York play Cusaders and Barrow, Rochdale also play barrow and crusaders also play Newcastle.

However, still this table is skewed as Oldham and Keighley (coincidence?) have the easier fixtures here as they have 7 home games and 6 away whereas Rochdale and Barrow have 6 home and 7 away.

Certainly shows the skew towards York and one of Crusaders and Rochdale are paying the price as regards playoffs

And now my head hurts!

#3167016 We mean Business

Posted by Little Lion Man on 28 July 2015 - 08:19 PM

The problem is our record in play offs. With a win on Sunday we could genuinely aspire to finishing top of the league, but the RFL have once again moved the goalposts. Having won the league we would more than likely have to beat Keighley again to go up. Note, no automatic right for the most deserving team, ie. the team that finishes top and has therefore shown that they can be consistent, to go up. Failure to beat Keighley, or whoever finishes second, puts us back in the mix with probably York, North Wales and Swinton, or possibly Rochdale. With our abysmal record of failing at the last hurdle the prospect of yet again going through play offs really puts the wind up me. 
How the RFL can continually make these stupid decisions and make our sport into a Mickey Mouse set up I do not know. What, for Heavens sake, is wrong with the top team going up automatically and the next four clubs battling it out for the other spot? It does not surprise me at all that the sport is failing to inspire all but the diehards.

What is wrong with the top team going up automatically.......probably the fact that everyone does not play everyone home and away and that some teams therefore have an easier fixture list than others. In a normal league then you are right that the best team would finish top but as the RFL decided not to make the fixtures a level playing field then at least it realised it could not offer automatic promotion to anyone.

#3162189 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by Little Lion Man on 21 July 2015 - 09:48 PM

Too true :rtfm: so lets prove them wrong... you still have two games against York I believe so take back that advent age from them ....please. :help:

#3153940 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by Little Lion Man on 06 July 2015 - 09:52 PM

Oh and time to campaign for fairer fixtures before it becomes sour grapes ✊

York avoid playing Rochdale (A), Barrow (A) and Oldham (H). That's three of the four games we have lost....!

On paper,

Oldham and Keighley gave it next easiest avoiding playing York (A)

So Steve you are right, winning home games and away against the bottom 6 was never going to be enough for Swinton, North Wales and Newcastle
to get in the playoffs.......but it would have been for York, Oldham and Keighley !

#3145434 Man of the Match - Swinton v Oldham

Posted by Little Lion Man on 22 June 2015 - 06:12 PM

I believe Mick Govin.

#3134630 Your 17 for Sunday?

Posted by Little Lion Man on 03 June 2015 - 09:12 PM

Whatever team is selected, this is a big weekend looking at the fixtures. The top 8 are all playing each other and the results of all matches are in the balance. With home advantage against Newcastle we should have the edge but will need to be on our A game from the start and play two full halfs. Not a game for experimenting I would suggest. Could have a big impact on how the league table pans out this season, so definitely one to get down to Sedgley Park for. Can't wait..

Wins for Barrow, Crusaders, Swinton and York would leave top 5 on 12 points, 2 on 11 and 1 on 10 (and with a game in hand for Swinton)

#3127223 Barker strikes again, unbelievable!

Posted by Little Lion Man on 22 May 2015 - 06:46 PM

Come on BM, give the guy a break. A great piece on the lions in the MEN.

Maybe keeper is too modern for you. He is certainly not referring to football but is referring to Duffy in charge.

"keeper" ......


A guard or watcher;

Long term good prospect worth investing in;

And perhaps most appropriate "lion keeper".

Cut some slack. I appreciate he will never do/write anything good enough in your eyes but perhaps time to move on..?

#3090025 League One Cup Semi -Final Draw

Posted by Little Lion Man on 16 March 2015 - 07:48 PM

Sunday. 29th March 3pm

#3032258 Rams agree to release Gallagher from contract

Posted by Little Lion Man on 13 November 2014 - 10:50 PM

With Tommy going it leaves room with the salary cap,wonder if Glenn's looking to bring another player in??

"Are you lot ever happy?"......... (To quote you)

You already have Zach Johnson and Josh Barlow to cover for him.

#2960068 Todays Game

Posted by Little Lion Man on 16 July 2014 - 04:53 PM

Planning for next year eh? ;)


We,ve been to Oldham and we play in Leigh;

Now Gloucester, Oxford, Coventreeee

But the team we want to see is

Swinton RL..............FC


We're going to Gateshead and South Wales too

Were the boys in Royal(ish) Blue

Next time we come visit you;

We'll be top of division 2..