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#3206471 England v New Zealand - West Ham fans

Posted by EssexRL on Yesterday, 03:48 PM

I live in east London and was talking to one of my neighbours who is a West Ham season ticket holder. While expressing surpise that I liked rugby league because I am not a northerner he also said he knew quite a few WHU fans who were coming to the Eng v NZ game next month to see what the stadium will be like when they play there. He commented on how reasonable the ticket prices were particualrly compared to the RU. I realise this is based solely on a conversation with one bloke in my road but made me think there might be an opportunity to let them know that rugby league is played only a bus ride from Stratford

#3199538 Is Toulouse in the 2016 League One ?

Posted by EssexRL on 24 September 2015 - 04:17 PM


London.......i have no idea,   but the name is important to the area it is from for example,

London Harringey Hawks

London Brentford Bees

London Enfield Eagles 


etc etc


There is a bit of a discussion about 'London Skolars' name - "Skolars" is dire, unless you know the club's history it means nothing (and it should be spelt correctly - "scholars" ;) ) There is a view, I share, that we should have a name that can be associated with the part of London we are based in.

#3193255 Newcastle Thunder & Sheffield Eagles on the rise

Posted by EssexRL on 14 September 2015 - 11:46 AM

The owner of Newcastle must have been very disappointed with 8th.Going to be even more difficult this year.Donny and probably Hunslet coming down.

And if Leigh cant get into Super League with the set-up at LSV no-one can.Its all set up to keep the

status quo.

It is disappointing for RL as well as a successful club would have built the sport in the NE. I think we need a strong team there.


As for the second point - you may be right in which case fans will be voting with their feet as they won't see the point of watching games. On the other hand it might just take time and clubs like Leigh may benefit from regular exposure to SL teams through the 8s.

#3191080 Blake Solly on Radio 4 this morning

Posted by EssexRL on 11 September 2015 - 06:38 AM

Well I nearly spat my Dorset Museli over my latte - 7.25am on Radio 4's Today programmw and the sports section was an interview with BS - covered Super 8s, CC and London (reported 25,000 tickets sold for Eng vNZ so far).


Good interview by the BBC and thought responses were good too although the commitment to London to SL was emphasised but didn't get any feel of a strategy.

#3184313 5 potential owners show interest in South Wales Scorpions

Posted by EssexRL on 30 August 2015 - 11:58 AM

Good news. We need a presence in south Wales and the Scorps deserve a committed owner who wants to build RL.

#3183762 Start your Challenge Cup Weekend at London Skolars

Posted by EssexRL on 28 August 2015 - 10:17 PM

Tough close game. Great atmosphere. Best party in rugby league!

#3178915 Start your Challenge Cup Weekend at London Skolars

Posted by EssexRL on 19 August 2015 - 08:22 AM

Its a pain but Skolars are making arrangements including free bus travel from the nearest train station. Details here: http://www.skolarsrl...-travel-advice/

#3178455 Toulouse Olympique Return Confirmed

Posted by EssexRL on 18 August 2015 - 08:06 AM

At current flight prices it will cost me considerably less to watch Skolars in Toulouse than watching them in Wrexham or Rochdale! Got a feeling that the French side might slice through L1 like a hot knife in butter though, but hey will enjoy it while they are there.


Oddly enough on Sunday at New River I sat in front of and talked to a couple of Canadians who were in London on holiday and were fans of RL (luckily we managed to put on a decent performance for them!) They thought there was a lot of potential for the sport in their home country.

#3171419 Anyone want to buy a club?

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 02:07 PM

Fingers crossed. Have a lot time for South Wales.

#3171397 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 01:36 PM

I really don't buy the idea that being clobbered regularly by northern teams is somehow good for the south (ask SW Scorpians) particularly as this is often a result of greater access to players and facilities for clubs in Yorkshire and Lancs. The away support isn't that great on the whole either. A L1 cup, the challenge cup and playoffs would allow access to the wider RL community on a regular basis (you could also have a north v south game featuring the top players).


We have to face the fact that RL is unique in that it is so heavily concentrated in one part of the UK but is so popular in that area that it counts as one of the top five sports in this county. It has no natural roots outside (although they are beginning to grow through the amateur and junior games).


I would see a L1 South as an incubator to allow the sport here to grow and expand. As far as Toulouse are concerned if rumors are correct they will very rapidly be passing through L1. As for Tronoto, if that happens, god knows....! A


I do not though think that the south should be cut off from the north, that's where the cup et al come in.

#3171367 North South Divide. It's time for RFL North, RFL South.

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 12:33 PM

I actually support this idea for L1 with the caveat that at the L1 cup continues with all teams and at the end of the season the top South and North teams play each other for promotion (plus the CC of course). The reasons for this (from a southerners perspective) are:

1) the concentration of the sport in the heartlands means it is impossible for southern teams to access the facilities, players etc that those teams can
2) teams are part time and travel costs expensive
3) we have two leagues already - the southern teams are in the bottom half and the heartland in the top
4) there is no evidence playing heartland clubs are aboost to sponsorship. Skolars owner says we make the most money from the Capital Clash match against Wigan, the Broncos friendly and Friday Night Lights. Maybe it would be possible to get a southern league sponsor.
5) the current system leads to uneven and uncompetitive games. Big scores against non heartland clubs is hardly good news for fans and makes it hard to attract newbies
6) splitting would allow the south to expand bringing in clubs like Chargers, Medway, Invicta and Southampton when they are ready
7) a southern league might generate some short term publicity with local media
8) there is a job to be done raising gates amongst heartland clubs which a northern league might help

As for NWC geographically they are heartland

#3171302 Friday Night Lights Skolars v North Wales - Pre CC Final

Posted by EssexRL on 05 August 2015 - 10:55 AM

As people are discussing the CCF can I do a small plug and remind anyone down in London the Friday night that the traditional Friday Night Lights League 1 game between London Skolars and North Wales Crusaders kicks off at New River at 7:30 on the 28th? There are two matches before the main one and a beer festival.


For clubs like mine struggling on low gates, this match makes a lot of difference to funds so any support would be very welcome. (Get there early though as both Skolars and Cru fans like their beer!)



#3165840 Rumourville: London Broncos to move again

Posted by EssexRL on 27 July 2015 - 09:16 AM

The Hive is an ars@e to get too in if you do not live locally, TBH. It takes me - a train, walk, overground and tube combo from east London. As Skolars were not playing yesterday I would have gone along if the trip was easier. (Trailblazers would be train, tube, tube, train - the plus side is it is a qucik walk from the station).


The problems quite simply are - last year's dreadful season put a fair few people off and the constant ground switches....no club can survive that.



I agree with the above though that as fans we have a role in growing the game. I do wonder sometimes whether we non heartland RL fans like being Outsiders (bit like non league footie fans in London - I was struck when we decamped to Enfield how similar the footie club's fans are) but that would be a whole new thread...

#3157158 11-12 Jul: The Kingstone Press League 1 Match Thread

Posted by EssexRL on 12 July 2015 - 07:28 PM

Mistakes from thunder could of cost us though we got the win we needed,hemel looked very good and caused us problems, crowd was 1027, very happy with that, bring on York next weekend! Onwards and upwards! Boom boom thunder army!

great crowd that

#3154290 Vote for North Wales Crusaders Wheelchair Team - National Lottery Awards

Posted by EssexRL on 07 July 2015 - 04:07 PM

Done, fingers crossed!