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.
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.
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.
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.
Was 1400+ good for a crowd at Galashiels. Seems more than would normally watch the local Gala rugby union side these days?
I'd say it was good - as Wales attracted less than that at the 'home' of Wales RL in Wrexham. Shocked - no appalled at the lack of support for our home game. I'd agree that Wales should play more games around the principality but our marketing needs strengthening to attract supporters.
Back from Albi; a few Euros lighter than when I set off on Friday.
Fantastic reception from the people and RL fans of the area. One of my favourite memories was meeting the Catalan fans in their North Wales Crusaders shirts. We made lots of new friends in the city of Albi.
A massive thanks to all the Wales RL players, coaches and management who came to meet the fans and speak to us after the game at the ground and later at O'Sullivans Irish bar. It was great to see John Kear and Richard Agar enjoying the social side of the game afterwards too.
We may have lost the game but we enjoyed the trip immensely.
I'm going to put a shout in for North Wales Crusaders. The club didn't exist 3 years ago; it was formed by fans hoping to rescue rugby league in North Wales following the franchise fiasco of Crusaders RL.
The North Wales Club have a 'not for profit' motive - all money made from the business is ploughed back into the business. Our Board of Directors is made us of local businessmen who were first and foremost RLfans who didn't want RL to end in North Wales.
We played our first season in 2012. In 2013 we won the Championship 1 league and got promoted, we had the highest attendances in that league and had built on the solid foundations of 2012. 2014 hasn't been a great playing season and we would have to own up to poor signings, ground redevelopment which effected our attendance numbers and a mid-season change of manager.
However we do have a developing Wheelchair RL team with a senior team playing in the league this season and a junior team in development.
Our u15s first season has been a marked success. They entered the North West Counties league and went on to win that league - these are lads with no tradition of RL to draw on, many of them trying it out after playing RU and seeing our senior RL team performing well in 2013.
Unfortunately this year finishing in 11th place in the Championship means that restructure of the leagues has hampered our progress.
There is much to improve but we have got great foundations. Hopefully 2015 will prove to be as successful as 2013 and we can improve aspects of our fledgling club even more.
What a game - and despite some added support from NW Crusaders - Oldham Roughyeds just beaten by a golden point drop goal; a cruel way to finish a fabulous game. The players, fans, coaching staff, everyone involved couldn't have given more. You did your club, your town and rugby league proud.
Kly have made a claim that a Cru player shouldnt have been playing.
Can you defently say they are wrong.
I can say whatever I want.. and so can you .. doesn't make either of us right, or help your cause with being dealt a sh*tty hand regarding relegation.
crusaders got better attendances in champ1 than tje champ, the fixtures against hemel and oxford must have been more appealing than leigh and fax and fev.....
Travel costs is nonsense its not like theres any overnighters.....if all the far out clubs got promoted would tgis be unfair on clubs in the champ?!?!?
Keighley could set up pre-seaaon friendlies or games on CC weekends against Bradford or any other money spinner...
But because its new thinking they wont!
Its the lack of new thinking and pineing over winter rugby thats got them relegated!
NW Crusaders average attendances are down for a couple of reasons. Last season we won all our league games bar 2 - the supporters turn out to see a winning team. This season the Racecourse was under redevelopment and 4 of our home games were played at a different stadium, we started losing and the crowds dwindled away. Our core support of around 800 remains strong. NWC have to attract more people to RL form across North Wales - and have appointed a new member of the Board to try to address this issue.
NWC supporters have enjoyed Leigh Fax and Fev as much as Hemel and Oxford in he past and are looking forward to Coventry Bears as a new fixture in 2015. Thanks to all Championship clubs who turned out in force to the Racecourse stadium, Leigh and Featherstone brought particularly strong support; hopefully all clubs received a warm Welsh welcome however many of their fans came.
the rest, or the ones it kept showing on sky and referring to "the frenchmen" were a bunch of beered up young lads from bradford,who i believe were friends and family of Elliot whitehead who were a bit embarrassing, 2 of them were thrown out for trying to get on the field , they were then aggressive and obnoxious after the game and at one point were battling stewards who were trying to prevent them invading the players lounge
Do our contingent of North Wales Dracs count as genuine catalan fans? I've been to watch them at Warrington, Widnes, Wigan, St.Helens and. Leeds this season and at least 7 times last season including one game in Perpignan. Just because we're not French doesn't diminish our support.... and we've been on Sky numerous times but only Brian Carney has spotted that we have Gwaed Ac Aur (Sang Et Or in Welsh) on our (Glyndwr) flag!