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Agree with Kev, there are these family clubs who put in so much effort off their own bats, with their own money, instead of other clubs crawling to local councils to build them new grounds. The Mount looks a picture from any level, it's clean and tidy, has a great pitch, good facilities and with the new tannoy etc for the coming season will be a very welcoming place, more so.
It will interesting to see who gets the number 1 shirt. Whilst certain quarters are assuming that Scott might get that spot, I would remind everyone that as yet we only have 1 other winger, so would expect him to play there unless the 'bad penny' turns up again (only a joke lads, honest!!). Considering Cowling, McComb, Squires and Ugulia are signed as centres, probably Ainscough might get it, unless JK thinks that Craven is going to be a more consistent performer this time. The pre-season get together and announcement is usually on the 2nd Friday of December isn't it? New shirts please!!
Can't argue if a bloke wants a crack at full-time with all its' benefits. We seem to be good at doing this for players even to our own detriment, but I'm sure all those who have moved on from here recognise what Batley has done for them and leave with the greatest of memories. Onwards and upwards, for both club and player.
Really!! Doesn't matter about being a ref or not, what stupid comments. He was just like any other bloke, had family and a child to bring up and people who will miss him tremendously. The comment appears to suggest that because he was a referee it doesn't matter. I hope that, as we criticise from the sidelines next season, we might just remember who is beneath the shirt, and that some of the outrageous and disgraceful comments hurled at these guys is bordering on verbal assault is bound to affect their state of mind. I for one would like to see officials welcomed onto the field as there is no game without them. I hope the whole of RL rallies round again and does his family proud. RIP Chris.
Talking of Campbells: nice to see new faces but we're living on rumour and innuendo as to our current Campbell, no mention of him having moved on, nor official notification that Bretherton has retired. Has Cosgrove moved on, Thackeray and Hey? Would be nice to have some OFFICIAL info on these things.
You're not wrong BSJ but he just might have got theidea that wherever he's gone from here he's never stayed long enough to collect much and this is where he plays his best rugby!! Walton and Brown would be ideal. !!
Right I've gone through all 26 pages trying to find your 'announcement' of signings and leavings which was going to be out Wednesday at 5p.m. .....still looking/waiting!!Same for us, JK tells us he's excited about the players we've signed and we'll get to know who they are when the other clubs' seasons are over. So far we've got an uninspiring signing from a relegated team. Must mean then that we're signing half of fev/Broncos/Rhinos/Giants/Wigan and Saints!!
I re-state that I have no personal axe to grind with Kevin Nicholas, I re-state that I have been for him as mush as agin him when he has come in for some ear bashing from other fans. I have agreed with him to draw a line under the matter on a different trend, and would suggest that any criticisms always be made in a proper, unabusive manner. We all, including Kevin, post our feelings and they are just that, not threats of assassination!!
I believe myself to be one of those 'undesireable supporters' to whom KN refers. Sorry, due to different working patterns I can't get to games as much as I would like, especially away games, but as Distant comments, that doesn't detract from the fact that we all want success for our team. I have followed Batley since 1960, so am not a recent comer or fly by night and have done my time travelling up and down the country in that time, and can probably say that I've seen Batley play on every ground they have except Southend. I have supported KN on numerous occasions (even if referring to him as our Ken Bates didn't actually do him any favours!) and continue to do so, but I do hope he takes on board some of the more positive comments that supporters make. Not many complain just for the sake of an argument, not to wear him out, but because they care. I believe that Batley has a very knowledgeable fan base and there are many salient points raised on this forum (even by Dewsbury fans, thanks lads!!). Many of those points may refer to one particular subject, and I have been very vociferous on the point, but KN's the man in charge, he will end up doing what he thinks is right whether we agree or not, we will have to rally to the mast and hope.
14-30. Decent back line up Craven Rettie Ainscough Squires Brown Southernwood Leetherbarrow, proper half backs must play tomorrow. Knowing the tinkerman he'll play Ainscough at fb and Cosgrove at centre, or even a 2nd rower. If we win we look safe and can start to plan better for next season, starting with a coach.
Listen, most of us are just about man enough to sit in the stand in a body warmer, 2 coats, hat and gloves and shoutw and complain all afternoon. Takes more of a man to be out on the field getting knocked about, bruised, with chance of getting a serious injury and ending up in a hospital bed by 5 o'clock. If Keegan ever though that fans would
think any less of him I hope he's realised that they
don't.He's still a 6'4 prop forward, that hasn't changed and as far as Dogs fans are concerned that's what matters.
Listen, who really cares? He's Keegan Hirst, prop forward for Batley Bulldogs, it hasn't altered who he is to his mates, or what he does. He'll just get on with it and keep doing what he does, good enough for me.