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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!)