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#2986666 North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair RL team - Junior section

Posted by gogledd on 01 September 2014 - 04:22 PM

NWC are to launch their first junior session of wheelchair RL as more juniors are showing an interest.  Junior sessions are open to 7 to 11 year olds


Junior sessions are to be held on Fridays 4:30 to 5:30pm (before the senior session) at Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, Flintshire.


Please come along and have some fun.

#2986480 Easy win

Posted by gogledd on 01 September 2014 - 11:05 AM

Well played Barrow; a thoroughly deserved victory over a side who beat Keighley the week before. To say I was disappointed would be the understatement of the season!  A huge thank you from Keith and myself for the hospitality and friendship show to the both of us on our arrival on our bikes. Even if Cru didn't win the true friendship of rugby league was evident in spades. Diolch un fawr iawn.

#2980256 Anthony Murray

Posted by gogledd on 19 August 2014 - 11:07 PM

Is this a dig at Barrow? Or Crusaders? Or Anthony Murray? Or a combinations of all 3? And why post it twice - once in the Barrow forum?


Was Murray in charge when Barrow were 'officially' relegated or was that Bobby Goulding?


As previously posted (so now I am repeating myself!) - North Wales Crusaders performance has improved with Murray at the helm gaining 6 bonus points under his guidance and a win last Sunday. The team has lacked the killer instinct and guile to close games out - if we had maybe we would have kept our Championship hopes alive. As it is were in the unfortunate position of being relegated thanks to the restructure - in any other season we would have stayed up.

#2979574 17/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 18 August 2014 - 03:08 PM

Any idea what was going through his head when he went for a drop after the final hooter sounded and all he had to do was take the tackle and it was over? A Keighley supporter and I were scratching our heads about it as we left the ground,

Very nice to get a win. What a bizarre end to a game, gifting a bonus point to Keighley, who in fairness got stuck in for the second period and put us under a lot of pressure and probably deserved something for their efforts. I'm pleased for Anthony Murray who gets his first win as head coach - he's had too many near misses lately.

#2978205 Rams to move forward without dual registration

Posted by gogledd on 16 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Congratulations Rams - lets hope your the leaders in what proves to be the death of DR. It skews the competition in the second and third tier and I hope North Wales Crusaders go back to how we were before Championship rugby - proud to be Crusaders alone. Our DR players from Widnes added nothing to the team but disruption.

#2975574 08-10/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 11 August 2014 - 08:00 PM

Off the field the club seems to be well run and any of the people apparently being sounded out for next season's coaching vacancy would do a good job - I look upon this season just as a bit of a glitch, something to be learned from rather than worried about. As far as I know they're still training down Widnes way (Gogledd might be able to help here) and the club's involved in developing the junior game with players attending the council's Summer Park sessions and Play Day. Not sure about local involvement as I'm in Oswestry rather than Wrexham. 

This season we'll get relegated due to the restructure rather than being in the bottom 2. We've had problems with injuries, a few players leaving mid season, a change of management, and a stadium and pitch refurbishment meaning we had to move grounds too. However the CEO and board of directors are optimistic about our next season in the KP League 1. 


As far as I know the squad are still training at the Lions Den in Widnes. The Chronicler is correct in pointing out our developing youth side - our U 15s have had a great first season beating a number of teams in the north west counties league. We are hopeful to add to this one junior team by adding another age level next season. We have also got a Wheelchair RL team up and running and have good financial support established for this team. There are now 5 amateur clubs established in north Wales running open age and junior teams.. The club had forged good links with the local authorities in Wrexham and Flintshire and RL is being taken into schools by our youth development coach. On the whole not bad for a club in its relative infancy.

#2969871 European Championship Fixtures Released

Posted by gogledd on 02 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

I have already booked flights, hotel and train travel for our game in Albi.  Nice to see the Racecourse gets another game after good support during the World Cup. Lets hope John Kears Wales put on a better display for the home fans and that they'll come out in force to support the national team in their one home fixture.


I was hoping the Scotland v Wales game would actually be in Scotland - nothing wrong with Derwent Park, except its not in Scotland. If the Wales home fixture had been arranged for St. Helens, Widnes or Warrington (or anywhere in England)  I'd have been incandescent. Scotland need to get the game established within its own borders - despite the reasons Otto gives.

#2962519 North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by gogledd on 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.

#2962029 North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by gogledd on 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!

#2960454 North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by gogledd on 17 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

Thanks. It doesn't rain in Wales does it?

Only on days with a Y in them....

#2959993 North Wales 18 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by gogledd on 16 July 2014 - 02:33 PM

Did I leave my smiley off? I can't think how that happened.






The package looks attractive. What is the regular entrance charge for concessions (aka old gimmers)?

Standing tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. There's a £4 upgrade available if you want to sit in the stand. NW Crusaders season tickets have seating in the stand which holds approx. 500. When we go back to the Racecoure regular tickets for the Mold Road stand are £14 for adult and £9 for concessions.


I hope that's helpful


PS don't forget your passports - Wales Border Control are really vigilant at the crossing from England on the A483.

#2958905 Feedback from North Wales Crusaders visit to Sheffield Eagles

Posted by gogledd on 14 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

This post is definitely not aimed at Sheffield Eagles supporters but I would appreciate it if any supporters can pass on my comments to those who organise the stadium and the pre-match hospitality.


1. When we arrived we were told that tickets were £16 - but if we had ordered on-line on the previous Monday we could have had tickets for £12. A heads up e-mail/ facebook message/ forum message would have been appreciated by our supporters, and I am sure that other travelling supporters would appreciate any early notification of ticket deals.  £14 pound gets you a decent seat with a fabulous view in the Glyndwr Racecourse - £16 is asking a lot for terraced standing.


2. We arrived about an hour before the game, expecting to be able to have a pint and sit in a bar in the stadium - but the big glass=fronted bar was only for those with hospitality tickets and the Hare and Hounds bar was restricted to Season Ticket Holders only. We asked and were refused service in both bars. The only bar available to us was the small bar in the ground. Some of our supporters and elderly and would have appreciated a seat and their drinks in comfort. We felt totally unwelcomed and as a consequence left immediately following the game and took our custom to the nearest pub.


3. The matchday prices are rather pricy. Our nearest pub - The Turf, reduces it best selling bitter and lager to £2 on matchdays and his normal prices are £2.70 per pint. Cefn Druids have kept their matchday prices to under £3 for a pint.


4. The stewarding was rather aggressive. One supporter who was in the ground at 13:00 with only a handful of people in the stadium was asked to move from a yellow hatched area as he was 'a fire hazard'


Crusaders fans can put up with poor facilities if they feel welcomed into the stadium and are treated like valued customers. Unfortunately this wasn't the case at Owlerton.


I would like to add a massive thank you to the Eagles Supporters who did offer a warm welcome and provided some great banter - some even offered their season tickets for us to get a pint in the Hare and Hounds. Its always nice to hear the home supporters getting behind their team - and that has been lacking in several stadiums we have visited.


Best of luck for the remainder of the season,

#2952506 Match report Rovers vs Crusaders League

Posted by gogledd on 30 June 2014 - 05:40 PM

Hi Fev fans,


A huge THANK YOU for the hospitality on Sunday and for once I won a raffle - I thought I'd won the Featherstone Ladies team but it turned out to be a bottle of Black Grouse. Very nice thank you and much appreciated on the way home!


Thanks for your friendship and camaraderie through the day and although we had to suffer bling linesmen who can see a forward pass from 4 yards away and Jarod Sammuts perfect kicking display we had a good day out despite the result.


Good luck for the remainder of the season and I hope you get things sorted off the field.

#2949212 Wales RL News

Posted by gogledd on 24 June 2014 - 04:43 PM

North Wales Crusaders U15s third win on the trot - beating the top of the table side.



#2949211 The Cru

Posted by gogledd on 24 June 2014 - 04:40 PM

As a committee member of our Supporters Club it is always heartening to read positive comments from fans of other clubs.  Although a lot of our fans are form the old Crusaders RL we have a significant number of fans new to RL who have joined us since the formation of North Wales Crusaders - and they have stayed with us because we are determined to enjoy ourselves whatever the result.. The Supporters Club have always tried to ensure we can support our team yet maintain a fun, family atmosphere. We are proud of our reputation as fans who approach the game with a smile on our faces and a song on our lips. Our fans always make an effort to meet and chat to opposition fans when we travel and to ensure we welcome travelling fans to our home games.


Once again thanks for posting.