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In Topic: When Dewsbury visited Wales

28 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

Today at the Dewsbury home game a week after some of our supporters visited your lovely club. I have heard nothing but kindness about how your north Wales supporters treated our travellers. Each and everybody I spoke to said how much you all made the Ram’s supporters welcome with some classic north Wales hospitality. Good stuff crusaders I now wish I could have made it over myself in person but even more I wish you the best of luck with the following years crusades so that if you are relegated at the end of the season you make it back up extra quick so I can experience the awesome North Wales Crusaders away day experience myself.   


Roger The Ram Dewsbury’s official club mascot.  

Much appreciated Roger. Its nice to hear that that the Rams fans had a good experience when visiting. 5 games to go and we need to win all of them if we are to stay up! Mission impossible? Probably.

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.