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#3090974 Leigh Miners CC fund raising

Posted by EssexRL on 18 March 2015 - 07:18 PM

Looking at the response that Leigh Miners have had and the publicty may be a case of 'every clowd...' While giving them £25 I shall be rooting for Oxford RL on the day!

#3087710 Newcastle Thunder season ticket sales

Posted by EssexRL on 12 March 2015 - 06:26 PM

Well done. Thats more than the average last season isnt it? It will be 201 when you play Skolars!

#3086776 Let's go back to the old challenge cup format

Posted by EssexRL on 10 March 2015 - 10:11 PM

Exactly. And how many people would want to go and watch said mismatch? While we are at it, we could have the challenge cup in the middle of winter.

Indeed and actually a SL club would hardly put a top team out for a game against an amateur or L1 club.

#3084293 Varsity Match

Posted by EssexRL on 06 March 2015 - 10:33 PM

Almost 800 watched the match.

#3081480 28 Feb-1 Mar: League 1 Cup - Round 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 02 March 2015 - 11:01 AM

Yes, one of the slightly frustrating things about the way the season is organised is that if you lose your L1 Cup game and then lose your Challenge Cup game (as seems probable for Skolars, Oxford, South Wales & Coventry?) then your next game is not until Good Friday - 3 weeks off.  Mind you, Coventry probably won't have had any home games until the league kicks off in April.


I reckoned about 120 at Skolars, although I see the official crowd is given as 156.


Depending on what happens in the CC this weekend perhaps some local friendlies could be organised - keeping match fit is going to be key this season.


I got bored watching the endless parade of York tries in the second half yesterday (four in one ten min spell) and counted the crowd. Reckon 150 is right with around 20 from York. Some regulars were in Leigh and look at gates more generally I don't think the L1 Cup is a going to be a big crowd puller.

#3063051 5 Positives from your club

Posted by EssexRL on 29 January 2015 - 08:07 PM

That's a very funny post but come on 1.The club still exists.

                                                            2. The nomadic trek looking for a ground has ended. be it ever so humble etc etc.

                                                            3. Pushed Leeds A team to the limit having reached the grand final from a low playoff spot.

                                                            4. Hope springs eternal. One day you WILL win promotion.

                                                            5. Maybe it will be this coming season, going up along with Keighley.


You have a cracking bunch of fans - at least on the basis of the ones that travels.

#3061958 5 Positives from your club

Posted by EssexRL on 27 January 2015 - 07:42 PM

1/ good signings and returning experienced players
2/ £4 million revamp of New River
3/ 800 at Capital Challenge and 700 at friendly against Broncod
4/ 400 people playing in all the various teams (it self a sign of community outreach)
5/ 20th year of competitive RL

#3059199 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by EssexRL on 22 January 2015 - 05:01 PM

This has sort of morphed into a discussion about watching teams other than the ones you support, which is cool.


I suspect that there isn't actually much difference between fans in the heartland areas and those who aren't. While I do not have to explain what RL is down here on the whole, I suspect I have to explain how the leagues work more than areas where it gets more coverage. My (Kent born) son is a RL fan as is his partner who comes from north Yorks and whose family are life long Leeds fans.


I wonder whether there is a bit more of a frontier mentality down here amongst fans.


I certainly think RL fans are very friendly and welcoming. Skolars Friday Night Lights shows that. Cru fans are great and am looking forward to their return to New River...

#3059193 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by EssexRL on 22 January 2015 - 04:55 PM

On Saturday in Perpignan there where four or five Broncos fans stod on the rail infront of the main stand. One guy with a ringing voice shouted repeatedly, 'Loondon, Looondon!' So impressively the local crowd behind him stood up and

applauded !

He is pretty well known by all London RL fans - actually you can pretty much hear him where ever you live in London.

#3058755 Difference between heartland and non heartland fans?

Posted by EssexRL on 21 January 2015 - 08:35 PM

An idle thought this ..... but I was wondering - as a Berkshire born and London living RL fan - whether there is a difference between heartland and non heartland fans? So, for example although I am a Skolars fan and season ticket holder I think I associate as much with RL as a whole  as any one team... meaning that I am happy to watch other teams including 'rivals' like Hemal and London Broncos. This is not the case with football. I care about Reading FC and am frankly happy if local rivals like Swindon do badly.


Does RL look/feel different in the heartlands? If I was born and lived in Bradford would my interest be focused primarily on the Bulls? Would the idea of watching Keighley or Leeds be beyond the pale?


As I say just an idle thought but I do wonder sometimes what it must feel like to live in a part of the country where RL is on par with other sports....

#3058478 Some positive RL news from the south

Posted by EssexRL on 21 January 2015 - 12:45 PM

According to an interview with London Skolars CEO by @LondonFaithfull Skolars have 400 people playing in their various teams - http://londonfaithfulblog.weebly.com

Fantastic community engagement and growth.

#3055283 Smarter Scheduling Would Increase Crowds In Superleague...?

Posted by EssexRL on 13 January 2015 - 04:22 PM

Bit parochial this but I do think it is mad that in London we have Broncos and Skolars playing at the same time.

#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.