Jump to content

League Express
Rugby League World


Member Since 17 Apr 2013
Offline Last Active Jul 26 2015 08:03 PM

#3164123 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by gogledd on 24 July 2015 - 10:41 PM

North Wales Crusaders remaining games:

Oldham [H] (26/07)

University of Gloucestershire All Golds [H] (02/08)

Rochdale Hornets [A] (09/08)

Swinton Lions [H] (16/08)

London Skolars [A] (28/08)

York City Knights [H] (06/09)

Newcastle Thunder [A] (13/09)


plus an away fixture at York to fit in. 


8 games left - 4 home, 4 away. 6 games against 'top 8 opposition - 3 at home, 3 away. A tough run in but I'm sure there will be others who think their end of season is just as tough. We're on a good run of form but so are others. All appear to be must-win games!


As someone else said - one game at a time!

#3163048 Croeso i Gogledd Cymru

Posted by gogledd on 23 July 2015 - 02:31 PM

Welcome to North Wales, welcome to Wrexham, welcome to the Racecourse Stadium on Sunday. Come one and all - you'll all be made to feel welcome. A couple of your duel-reg fans (how many games have they been to see us play??) know the ropes so follow them along to the Turf for a pint before and after the game.


Any early arrivals - North Wales Crusaders are having a Curry Club before the game - you'll need to book. Details are here:



I'm sure you'll bring a good load of fans who'll make lots of noise and hopefully go home disappointed!


Its First v Third. Its a 4-pointer. Its going to be a cracker.




#3162057 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by gogledd on 21 July 2015 - 05:46 PM

MASSIVE game at the Racecourse on 26th July - North Wales Crusaders v Oldham. Truly a 4-pointer!!

#3161490 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by gogledd on 20 July 2015 - 04:56 PM

Well - the first step of the 4 above was positive. An away win at Barrow was a great win for Crusaders - only 2 teams have managed a win at Craven Park.  And a good win for Swinton too - so everything once more up in the air!!

#3161486 Another Good Win - Barrow Away

Posted by gogledd on 20 July 2015 - 04:52 PM

Awsome defence everyone tackled as if their life depended on it. Reports say Johnny Walker ended up in hospital (again!) after a high tackle.
Learning points: keep discipline, keep the penalty count down and keep 13 players on the pitch!

#3159533 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by gogledd on 17 July 2015 - 11:18 AM

We have 'top 8' opposition in 3 out of our next 4 games. Barrow (away), Oldham (home), UGAG (home) and Rochdale (away) - all crunch matches and hopefully we can upset your assessment! Its going to be exciting.

#3153841 5 Jul: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 06 July 2015 - 06:46 PM

Diolch yn fawr iawn to our hosts at Coventry Bears. A fabulous warm welcome, great fans and staff, super half-time entertainment and a lovely stadium. There was a real family-friendly atmosphere at the game -  lots to be positive about at Bears.

#3151336 Harris on his way out?

Posted by gogledd on 02 July 2015 - 06:31 PM

He was out of his depth at Crusaders RL - edging Nobby out of his coaching role. Nobby took a team of no-hopers to the top 8 of Super League - within a season virtually the same team were bottom of the league.  Lots of pundits said the Crusaders job was too early for Harris.


He allegedly spent a fortune when Wales RL coach, players put on weight and didn't play to their potential in the World Cup, losing all their games and not progressing past the pool stage.


He again replaced Nobby at Salford and took time to establish himself. Perhaps he's never really had the team he build himself but former players were vocal about his lack of management skills... so no real surprise that he may be on his way out.


As others have said - a good second-in-command.

#3150649 27-28 Jun: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 01 July 2015 - 06:06 PM

Where they appearing at the international eisteddfod! Hows Benjamin Jullien shaping up?

Nothing to do with the International Eisteddfod -  they were the Lutnia Choir who were visiting Wrexham Community Choir on a return visit after WCC going across to Poland last year. The two choirs sang together at the Racecourse as part of the cultural exchange. WCC sang one Polish song which the Welsh choir had learned and one Welsh song which the Polish choir had learned. I had a hand in setting it up as I'm a member of Wrexham Community Choir and it was a great moment to perform in from of an appreciative crowd.


Benjamin Jullien was a handful for Keighley all game, he tackled like  a Trojan and set up 3 tries - and got a well deserved MotM vote from the Crusaders fans.

#3150391 New England RL kit launch

Posted by gogledd on 30 June 2015 - 11:07 PM

Agreed it was low key, but good to see that they have included all teams in the launch - including the Wheelchair team - I hope other nations will take note.

#3149686 Vote for North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team - National Lottery Awards

Posted by gogledd on 29 June 2015 - 05:00 PM

Near the bottom of page 1 after a week so I'm unashamedly bumping this back up to try and attract more votes.

#3148482 Tony Suffolk

Posted by gogledd on 27 June 2015 - 04:16 PM

Your mum is a very wise woman.


Both our chairmen have asked players, staff and fans of both clubs to draw a line under this issue after investigations from the RFL.


I will therefore make this my last post on the matter.


Lets hope that Hornets fans can find it in their hearts to vote for our wheelchair rugby league team who are finalists in the National Lottery Awards 2015. We are in the final 7 of the sports section and its now down to the public vote


You can vote for North Wales Crusaders wheelchair rugby league team by phoning 0844 836 9697 or by visiting www.lotterygoodcauses.org/awards


Many, many thanks if you vote - it can make a huge difference to our very small charity if we do win.

#3148019 Tony Suffolk

Posted by gogledd on 26 June 2015 - 09:44 PM

Then perhaps Gogledd, it's time you took the blinkers off. You have done more stirring than the three Witches in Macbeth. You have gone from a season out, to two weeks out, You've done everything except call for Suffolk's head on a pole and paraded around Wrexham. I think your own respect for fellow Rugby League fans went out the window in a blind but calculated fury.


Maybe the RFL Disciplinary should have a look at Thomson's Twitter A/c.


No one has said the tackle was not a bad one, no one has said that Suffolk didn't deserve a ban, but your single minded witch hunt has gone beyond reasonable mate.


Needless to say, I am very happy the lad has not suffered a season ending injury, and look forward to him returning to the field.


Tat Ta for now,


Kind Regards


The Baron

Hmm. I feel my posts have been more than reasonable. I've stated that I think Suffolk deserved a long ban for a dangerous tackle. That view was supported by the RFL giving him 10 weeks. I've stated that Alex COULD have suffered an more severe injury and thankfully he has not.


  I have been very particular in my choice of phrase and language and have never posted in anger.


I have been particularly frustrated that some people have accused Alex of falsehood and that Crusaders would resort to underhand tactics to get a player a longer ban than he deserved.


I'm hoping that a period of reflection and re-reading my posts will demonstrate that I'm not stirring at all - and that has never been my intention.


Suffolks tackle has been judge by the RFL as 'no place for this type of tackle on a rugby field' - enough said.


#3147801 Tony Suffolk

Posted by gogledd on 26 June 2015 - 02:43 PM

Can't work? Have a look at the guys twitter! Back on his feet and grafting away that leg must be in bits. Is RL turning into football ffs


One of things Rugby League has got going for it is it's honesty. If we start going down the football route of play acting to get opponents disciplined Rugby League will have one less fan !

Alex was lucky he didn't have a more sever injury - no denying that the tackle by Suffolk was a dangerous contact and COULD have seen him out for the season. There was no play acting on his part and I'm saddened that you can't see that Suffolks tackle was dangerous and reckless and deserved punishment whatever the resulting injury occurred to Alex Thompson.


One think rugby league has is respect for each other - and acknowledging when one of our own has stepped over the mark and injured another player and restricted his income for two weeks due to injury. If we can't take off the blinkers and see that our own players are in the wrong from time to time then its a sad time for rugby league.

#3146743 Tony Suffolk

Posted by gogledd on 24 June 2015 - 09:07 PM

Wow, when I broke my leg I was in plaster for 12 weeks ! It took me 3 more months to start proper training. I wish I'd have had that miracle working physio. This whole incident has left a nasty taste in the mouth right from the beginning. Looks like we've been shafted again if that report is true.

So what's your point?


Alex Thomson not badly injured enough for you? Suffolk's tackle was deemed Grade F and the RFL took the view it was severe enough for a 10 game ban. How exactly have you been shafted?