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C H Calthrop

Member Since 27 Apr 2014
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#3038100 Yorkshireman to Perform in Bath?

Posted by C H Calthrop on Today, 01:42 PM

He'll have to take the coal out of it.  :jester:

#3037917 BBC again

Posted by C H Calthrop on Yesterday, 11:09 PM

It is not in their interest to have more people tune in to their programmes, really. Not the BBC's job to advertise their own productions. Utter nonsense.

#3037567 BBC again

Posted by C H Calthrop on Yesterday, 12:37 AM

How much press coverage did the netball final featuring nz and Aussie in a comp that had included England get?
Serious question.......netball is a big deal with young girls ( my wife is proud of the fact she represented Cornwall)....yet I see no mention of the final in the uk press. Netball is more prominent in uk schools than any other team sport apart from soccer.......why aren't there bra-burners at no 10 demanding BBC coverage?
As for the press! They print what their readers will pay to read.......80,000 RL fans who attend games at the weekend or 1,000,000+ on TV is all well and good, but compared to other sports it's tiny.........just because you can't accept this it is not proof of a conspiracy!
I hope my mentioning netball doesn't get this moved to the cross code forum!

How many hundreds of years has netball attracted paying crowds? 

Outside of children at school who is playing netball?

Is it a spectator sport?


You continue to produce a circular argument with no relevance to the facts. RL attendance and match viewers on tv easily match up to club RU, lower division Soccer, Cricket and frankly anything you care to mention. Just because you make spurious comparisons with Netball doesn't make the considerable ignorance of RL in the media now and in the past some sort of oversight. From NZ I doubt your appreciation of the British media is acute.

#3037172 5 Drives and a kick

Posted by C H Calthrop on 25 November 2014 - 09:16 AM

It is been mentioned that RU tends to have better facilities (i.e., clubhouses) than RL clubs. Why is this? Is it simply that having to make payments to players meant less to spend on facilities? Or that RL clubs tended to be located in poorer areas?

More down to having to pay taxes I should think.

#3035513 Latest Guinness Advert

Posted by C H Calthrop on 20 November 2014 - 04:46 PM

Surprised no one has commented on the latest Guinness advert, featuring  a man who inspired a whole town to become a better place.  A poet, an artist, the beating heart of the town, the perfect man ..... click below to begin the vomit fest 




(And yes, I'd kill to have a rugby league advert like this)

Cue footage of Andy Powell driving a golf cart the wrong way on a motorway while wearing a traffic cone on his head. followed by "Sponsored by Guinness".

#3034996 Another idea taken from Rugby League

Posted by C H Calthrop on 19 November 2014 - 01:17 PM

What a completely boring, nondescript........ mehhhhh! I can't even finish the sentence i'm so uninspired by it. it is absolutely perfect for what they are selling.  Well done lads. 

#3030851 More BBC confusion

Posted by C H Calthrop on 10 November 2014 - 07:26 PM

Most International Union fans didn't see the problem. 

#3030620 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by C H Calthrop on 10 November 2014 - 11:21 AM

The reason he picked tomkins was cause he's part of the wigan back 3 that play to the structure he wants england to play. No matter what people say, watching england was like watching wigan at times. The attacking and defensive plays was all wigan. His assistant is on the wigan staff as well as his conditioner. He's surrounded himself with wigan and the way they do things. Yes wigan didn't win anything last season, and england didn't win anything either. I'm not saying it's the right way for England to play, just stating that that's what they did.

Yes I think you are right. He is bringing the basics then getting the Wigan contingent to take up the challenge of cohesive play a certain amount of reflected ability.. There is no doubt it was better rugby than we have seen from England but his approach is at the risk of not including the best players. J Tomkins was sucking in air like a Harrier jump jet during that game. At the final ptb's he look out on his feet and barely capable of jogging. 

Problem being, is this all McN has. It may very well be. 

#3030593 England league star trashes Dunedin flat

Posted by C H Calthrop on 10 November 2014 - 09:59 AM

The BBC aren't the only media outlet to cover this "story"....and I doubt anyone has invented anything either.


It currently sits on the Sports landing page of Stuff.co.nz, the website of the #2 NZ National Paper as well as the NZ Herald sports landing page.....the #1 paper here in NZ. Across the ditch, the SMH website has the story confined to it's League page, as does Foxsports.com.au.


....a quick google of England star trashes door brings up countless other sites that have covered this..... 

Of course things have been invented. Relevance, seriousness all pure inventions. If  34 men playing RL for 80 minutes can be ignored as they habitually are and have been by elements of the BBCduring this competition then man dives through door at student party,  jovial atmosphere enhanced by act of easily repairable damage to low quality fixture should be considered irrelevant.. 

#3030354 England league star trashes Dunedin flat

Posted by C H Calthrop on 09 November 2014 - 07:25 PM

What's next, Eng RL player spills cup of tea, cafe staff offered counseling as RL player videoed not carrying cup and saucer in both hands. ####head with childish compulsion to put innocuous garbage on a global network still doesn't realise any old #### can be made into news which can reflect badly on them eventhough no real human being gives a ####.

#3030144 BBC

Posted by C H Calthrop on 09 November 2014 - 12:36 PM

Thing is there is always an element of the BBC keeping RL in its place. They have the SL  highlights but look at how little they make of them the SL show is unwatchable and 30 years out of date. They have no ambition for the code and their coverage. Ok they show the CC, have done for decades, I can still remember "live from the second half" within that commitment but internationals now seem to be constricted for evermore to England games. There is no move forward with the BBC. And as has been pointed out they show the actual games but the "news" doesn't reach the sports desks. What the right hand gives the left hand removes.

#3030130 Spot the difference...

Posted by C H Calthrop on 09 November 2014 - 12:26 PM

A winning Eng RL team matters to the code. A winning Eng RU doesn't, the money will just keep rolling in.

#3029726 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by C H Calthrop on 08 November 2014 - 06:34 PM

One issue I would like explaining by McN is J Tomkins. I may be a few out but 40 games for Saracens and 7 for Wigan between Nov 2011 and Oct 2014 and he is facing the Kangaroo's. What is he not seeing in the players with far more RL experience over the last 3 years. 

#3029515 08/11/14 - New Zealand v England KO 7am GMT (Dunedin)

Posted by C H Calthrop on 08 November 2014 - 01:28 PM

That's fair enough and I respect your opinion too. But who would you replace him with? I personally think he's the best man for the job just from how much we've come on since he took over.IMO he at least deserves to take us to the next WC.Put it this way I wish my club could afford him to be our coach id have him in a shot.

Well you could choose someone who is in total charge of a squad instead of an assistant. Someone who is proposing a style of play week in week out and proving it, polishing it on the field every week. Someone who is far more in touch with the competition the majority of the players are competing in. At this level small disadvantages matter. 

#3028009 MacNamara supping in the Last Chance Saloon

Posted by C H Calthrop on 06 November 2014 - 12:04 PM

I just think he lacks experience. I said that when he got the job and to a certain extent it stall applies now. Good coaches aren't born, they're made. Made by gaining experience level by level year after year until they're head coach week in week at at a SL or NRL level. He does seem to be improving as he gains that much needed experience. 

England should never be in a position where a coach is gaining experience. McN was a stop gap measure, something to mimic investment and planning namely appointing a full time coach. We don't have an inquisitive probing media who before or after games give him something to think about and so he goes on living up to his limitations.  He presided over the most important British RL challenge for 13 years and lost to Italy, NZ and OZ in that competition That was his last chance saloon for me.