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#3016787 2015 'New Era' Season Fixtures in Monday's League Express

Posted by EssexRL on 20 October 2014 - 10:22 AM

I see that the Crusaders are the Skolars' opponents for the Cup Final Eve Friday Night Lights game.

If its anything like when we met two years ago, it will be great...plus it is going to be back at Enfield

#2995048 RL in London - the BBC's view

Posted by EssexRL on 14 September 2014 - 11:09 AM

I agree about the above about RFL. One thing we really need in London is to join things up more. Both Broncos and Skolars have supporters groups and Hemel are owed by the fans - we need to come together as London RL Fans and see what we can do. Skolars do great community work. Broncos will hopefully build what they are beginning (hard if you keep moving though). Perhaps more cooperation. More links with the amateur clubs too.

#2992487 12-14/09/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Play-Offs Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 10 September 2014 - 05:12 PM

Two home wins.

#2986049 31/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 31 August 2014 - 04:53 PM

Got it wrong but well done Gateshead! Great win.

#2982284 22/08/14 | London Skolars v Hunslet Hawks | 7.30pm | Friday Night Lights

Posted by EssexRL on 24 August 2014 - 06:56 PM

Just home from a weekend down in London and nursing a very sore head. Friday Night Lights was fantastic fun and its great to meet the various clubs that turn up and old friends from London. Thanks to everyone who looked after us, put on the games, cooked and served beer to the North Wales Crusaders formation drinking team. We had a blast. Oh! and the Challenge cup wasn't bad either!

I am still nursing my head from your shirts! :-)

Loved the singing in the bar at the end.

#2977638 17/08/14 - The Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 15 August 2014 - 12:18 PM

Actually given DRs I think York will lose.

#2965528 Arms Park set for a Super Sunday of Rugby League

Posted by EssexRL on 25 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

Well there will be at least one Skolars fan (me) and at least one Cardiff newbie (my friend Pete)!

#2957832 Coventry Bears to Kingstone Press Championship 1 in 2015

Posted by EssexRL on 11 July 2014 - 09:15 PM

So you give the impression that everyone is loaded and can travel to ALL the RL games at such distance. A 4000 capacity stadium oooh, that's going to do wonders too. I am all for expansion but not to start and string the teams all over the place, many fans will be forced to pick and choose what thye can afford to travel to and I suspect it may be the same for the Coventry fans.

Can't say local derbies in C1 have seen bumper crowds.

#2945654 After the London Broncos?

Posted by EssexRL on 16 June 2014 - 06:49 PM

Its a given London will be relegated now. Is there anyway a Fev or any other Yorkshire ferret baiting cap pigeon keeping Yorkshire [or even Lancs] funny accented northerner can let us watch a team in London?

There are lots of opportunities to watch RL in London next season from the Challenge Cup final to Broncos in the championship, Skolars in C1 or a raft of amateur clubs across the capital. No RL is not as big as it is in Leeds or Hull or parts of the NW but fans, players, owners are just as committed and the game is just as exciting.

Please, please, please don't just assess RL in London on the basis of whether it has a SL team and how well it is doing: RL is much more than that down here. Also, RL down south is more than London- Southend, Southampton, Guildford, Medway Dragons, Bristol, Cornish Rebels and many more are all laying foundations for RLs future south of Sheffield.

#2945555 15/06/14 - Kingstone Press Championship 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 16 June 2014 - 03:28 PM

I guess that's why we are bottom jonnyg28, plus the ever growing number of walking wounded, Scott was in hospital up there yesterday but think was released later in the evening.

Perhaps this should be a new thread. I am impressed with S Wales commitment to home grown talent and they comprehensively beat us at Donkey Lane, despite a couple of SL players in skolars team. It is though unfair if the outcome of the league depends on who gets the most duel regers the most often and is it really any good for the long term development of C1 clubs?

#2939973 Rugby league in London, what next?

Posted by EssexRL on 05 June 2014 - 08:08 PM

Whats next for RL in London for me? Skolars v South Wales at Enfield FC on Saturday. Hoping to see a few more newbies there.

#2938287 London Skolars Supporters Group

Posted by EssexRL on 02 June 2014 - 04:25 PM

No jokes about phone boxes please but the second meeting of the Skolars supporters group is this Weds at the Wesley hotel, euston at 7.30pm.

#2935362 Rugby league in London, what next?

Posted by EssexRL on 26 May 2014 - 07:00 PM

I think we also need to think about RL in the wider context of sport in England. Much has changed in last few decades. Speedway is a good example. I used to watch Reading Racers, they no longer exist. Crowds at speedway are low. Ditto cricket. Attendances at county games are well down from 70s, although back then footie was in decline. Football is now crowding out a lot of other sports. There will be cycles in interest in sport. The most important thing is to preserve RL as well as possible outside heartlands, while being realistic about prospects. I would love to see 1000+ at Skolars but realistic target is to try to grow current 400-500 to 600. Little steps...
There is no one size fits all. Growing Skolars in north east London will require different strategies than getting people back watching to watch, say, York.

#2934071 Gateshead Thunder taken over by Newcastle RU

Posted by EssexRL on 23 May 2014 - 07:15 PM

Very happy about this in my opinion having followed the club since our very first season weve had ups and downs though love the thunder and now this takeover will help us alot it will benifit both clubs, funds to be made available aim is promotion finally after tough few years the good times could be coming back onwards and upwards excited thunder fan.

I think outside heartlands, links with RU makes sense as Cornwall are showing, along with Guildford, Southend and Skolars in their move to Enfield, amongst others. RL extends the season for RU fans and players who in my experience enjoy our game once they see it (can't say the same for watching RU though, dire sport!)

#2933977 2014 Local Elections

Posted by EssexRL on 23 May 2014 - 02:54 PM

For once on this board, happy to be from London as far as the election results are concerned