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#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.

#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.

#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.