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In Topic: North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

20 July 2014 - 09:38 PM

"Give it to number three! He's not interested!"

The lad who shouted that is eleven - he'll learn!! Thought your 15 had a good game too but 7 Thackery ripped us open once again.  Well played Rams

In Topic: 19-20/07/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

20 July 2014 - 09:10 PM

Bit of a let down for the Cru at The Rock - if they'd been a tad less rushed towards the end of the game with less dropped ball they'd have won. I'm not a great one for commenting on referees, but I don't think either set of supporters would be greatly upset if they never saw Gareth Hewer in a ref's jersey again! An interesting comment in the programme by CEO Jamie Thomas - 'We have now built up a good relationship with everyone at Cefn Druids and hopefully this will now continue in the future. I'm certain we'll be back at The Rock at some point in 2015 to play some games'. (my italics)

I wouldn't read too much into that statement. We have a healthy relationship with Glyndwr University and have put money into the redevelopment of the stadium. The Rock is a great ground but we have been fortunate with the weather. The staff and the support from all at Cefn Druids has bee superb. However, I'm not sure that our disabled supporters would swap a raised platform undercover at the racecourse for looking over the fence at the Rock.

In Topic: North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

20 July 2014 - 08:59 PM

Good to see the Rams fans at the Rock today. Obvoiusly I'm not so happy about the result but I thought you deserved the win as we gave away too many penalties and too many unforced errors. Unfortunately I could have cut and pasted that remark from the last 3 games. We just don't seem to be learning from our mistakes.


Ever the optimist I'm not conviced we are down yet and can still fight for 9th place - its a tough ask but not impossible.


Thanks to the Rams fans for travelling to see us today. We hope you enjoyed your visit and had a safe journey home.

In Topic: could fans run a club

20 July 2014 - 10:48 AM

North Wales Crusaders have a different model to HIST and Rochdale.


Our club was formed after the demise of the Super League club Crusaders RL withdrew their franchise bid and went bust.  The fans started the "Save the Cru" campaign which led to our club being formed. True we have a businessman as out CEO and a Board of Directors but the club is run on "not for profit" lines and any money generated is put back into the club.


We have approx. 600 season ticket holders. For the last 2 years those of us who can have been Bondholders - contributing an additional revenue stream to the club.  This season we have tried a different scheme called Squadbuider. Those who are members contribute an additional £5.99 a month during the playing season. For that we get access to a matchday bar, a video (with commentary) of each home game, we are due a jacket or hoodie, we have update meetings with the board , and a reduction on our ticket for the end of season dinner. 


Please note - this is not the NWC Supporters Club - that is a different body which has been set up to support the club from the terraces. Membership is £10 per season - benefits include a gift (a thermal mug this season), and £2 reduction per away game  travel on the Supporters Club coach. The Supporters Club has donated funds to players getting national honours and to various charities, including rugby league charities.


I hope this is helpful. Good luck with developing a team wherever you are setting up. I'm sure the RFL will be a good source of information - as is Supporters Direct - they were both really helpful when North Wales Crusaders were starting up.

In Topic: North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

20 July 2014 - 10:21 AM

This one we have to win. Don't know how many times I've written such, but we now must win all our games, whether it be for the highest play-off position available to us and the money for the club, or simply avoiding relegation!

South Wales Crusaders 18-28 Dewsbury.

FTS: Grady.

Att: 686.

Come on lads we need you to be switched for each game. Get that defence in order and remember, "Legs, Dews, Legs"!

Err... if you go to South Wales then your a long way out!