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#3079760 28 Feb-1 Mar: League 1 Cup - Round 1 Match Thread

Posted by gogledd on 27 February 2015 - 03:26 PM

I have a feeling that Coventry and Newcastle Thunder will surprise quite a few of us this season.

#3068373 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by gogledd on 07 February 2015 - 11:29 PM

When Crusaders came North we had supporters who travelled week after week to support their team - prior to N Wales Cru and S Wales Scorpions... and one heartlands fan who would travel to South Wales to watch Celtic Crusaders wherever they played. My hat is always doffed to true die-hards wherever they come from...  likewise to the fans in London who have stuck with their team through thick and thin.

#3066432 Batley Beaten By Crusaders

Posted by gogledd on 04 February 2015 - 09:25 PM

Thanks to R&GA for posting the report. Crusaders had a good day at the office and all our lads looked up for the game. Its great to see a team performance again after some disjointed efforts last season. Lets hope that the way Cru played at Batley is a glimpse of what we will se during 2015. Symud Ymlaen.

#3065232 Pre-season friendlies

Posted by gogledd on 02 February 2015 - 04:42 PM

Outstanding effort from all players yesterday at Batley. It sees a shame that we appear to have a lull in friendlies now before the League 1 Cup. I had heard there was a friendly pencilled in against South Wales Scorpions - anyone else know about a potential friendly? I doubt it will be played at the Racecourse - perhaps another chance to take RL on the road in Wales?

#3065029 Diolch Yn Fawr Iawn

Posted by gogledd on 02 February 2015 - 11:40 AM

Diolch y fawr iawn - Thank you vey much - for the warm welcome the North Wales Crusaders fans received in Batley yesterday. It was a real pleasure to travel to Mount Pleasant and when you receive such a friendly welcome it always makes the day far more enjoyable.


Best wishes to Batley RLFC in the 2015 Championship.. a tough year ahead but I am sure John Kear and the team will do you proud.





#3065008 Today's Friendlies - Results

Posted by gogledd on 02 February 2015 - 10:53 AM

Looks like a good result for the Crusaders - anyone know how strong a team Batley put out?

It was a tidy team Chron... and the scoreline flattered Batley. Crusaders were firing on all cylinders yesterday and could have posted more points. It was difficult to pick a Man of the Match as everyone looked like they were playing for their shirt. It seems like the spirit of 2013 is back. OK we lost to a very good Leigh side last weekend but look what they did to Keighley Cougars! I'm very optimistic for 2015 after seeing the game on Sunday.

#3059634 Catalans re-new TV contract with Bein Sport

Posted by gogledd on 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.

#3059072 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by gogledd on 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.

#3049999 I love Sir Bradley W

Posted by gogledd on 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.

#3045179 Rugby League virtually ignored at SPOTY - moans here please

Posted by gogledd on 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.

#3036374 2015 squad

Posted by gogledd on 23 November 2014 - 02:25 PM

I think we have to aim for a top 4 slot and I'd say we have a decent enough squad to do it. Now the coach has to mould them to play "smart rugby" as he is so fond of saying.


League 1 cup final and a place in the Grand final should be our ambitions for 2015.

#3028168 Where should the Home Nations play their Home Games?

Posted by gogledd on 06 November 2014 - 07:08 PM

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.

#3021995 25/10/14 - France v Wales (Albi - KO 3pm)

Posted by gogledd on 28 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

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.

#3014395 Championship Fixtures Out On Sunday?

Posted by gogledd on 15 October 2014 - 01:03 PM

What an odd time!


Wish list:  

London Skolars v North Wales Crusaders at the Friday Night Lights, the evening before the Challenge Cup

South Wales Scorpions v North Wales Crusaders at Cardiff Arms Park in May (TBC)

Gateshead Thunder v North Wales Crusaders on the Friday evening  of Millennium Magic weekend in Newcastle (you know it makes sense!)

#3009458 Scorpions move again

Posted by gogledd on 07 October 2014 - 09:52 PM

I like South Wales Scorpions .. and of course SWS is Welsh for Kiss!  Two poodle-rock bands for the price of one!