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In Topic: Catalans re-new TV contract with Bein Sport

23 January 2015 - 01:19 PM

Good to hear that We'll be able to watch Catalans home games once again. The Catalans Supporters (North Wales Branch) will be travelling to as many UK games as we can to cheer on the team. GWAED AC AUR.

In Topic: Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

22 January 2015 - 12:27 PM

i have been a widnes fan all of my life but i admit that i go to watch crusaders when widnes aren't playing as i have adopted them as my second team, their fans are among the most passionate i have ever met in 50 years of watching the game and around 200 turned up at a pre season friendly away at thatto heath and sang all the way through the game in what was virtually a field in sthelens..........

Nice post VW.  Crusaders fans have made a point of enjoying the day out; we'll get behind our team, there will be some friendly rivalry, but at the end we love to meet up with the other fans after the game. We have an unwritten code to welcome away supporters to the Racecourse and the Turf and to promote a family friendly atmosphere so all fans can enjoy their day.


A bus load of us went to support Eccles RLFC, as their chairman has travelled miles to watch and support Crusaders and it was a chance for our fans to support an amateur side.


There are about a dozen of us who support Catalans Dragons when they play in the UK; that started when Crusaders RL folded and we weren't sure we would have an RL team in North Wales. Now we have lots of French friends and get warmly welcomed at SL grounds because we make the effort to support Catalan.


We also travel to Challenge cup, Magic Weekend and the Grand Finals (SL and Championships) and will be going to the Big Bash this year.. hopefully Crusaders will make the League One cup to add to the day.


I'd agree that there is a broad range of fans.. those who HATE their opposition and those who will go to any game to support RL. I've only experienced it turning nasty of a handful of occasions and personally I don't particularly want to repeat those experiences; but certainly the enjoyable experiences far outway the negative.

In Topic: I love Sir Bradley W

29 December 2014 - 02:45 PM

I manage to combine watching RL and cycling... by cycling to Crusaders (and some Catalan) away games! Now I'm never going to challenge any of the top pros for a place in a Grand Tour.. or even any of the semi-pros for that matter.. I'm no racer but I do enjoy getting out on my bike and have made trips to Widnes, Warrington (Wilderspool and the Haliwell Jones) Rochdale (twice), Leigh Sports Village (for Leigh and Swinton), The Gnoll, Neath (South Wales Scorpions) and Barrow... al done at a leisurely pace, sometimes with overnight stops and usually with a lift back on the Supporters Club coach!


This year I'm already planning routes to Cardiff (Arms Park), Rochdale (again), Swinton (Sedgely Park) and others during the League season and I'm hoping we get to Blackpool for the League 1 cup final.


Sir Bradley has been a huge influence on many people getting out on a bike... lets hope he influences some of them to take a peak at rugby league too.


I'd like to add my gratitude to clubs and supporters who have helped out providing changing facilities, food, showers, directions etc all to make the journey that bit more enjoyable. The beauty of cycling to RL games is there always seems to be someone who is prepared to help out a fellow supporter arriving on a bike.

In Topic: Rugby League virtually ignored at SPOTY - moans here please

14 December 2014 - 09:16 PM

Taking nothing away from the Invicus athletes, who I have the greatest of respect for - but n the same weekend as the Invictus Games the Wheelchair RL 4 Nations took part in Medway Sports Centre, Gillingham - I doubt very much it will get a mention.

In Topic: Supporters Club Xmas Party - 12/12/14

06 December 2014 - 07:44 PM