On another thread it has been suggested that the failure to disclose any details of possible signings is in order to keep Sheffield in the dark about our possible tactics. Sorry but this is surely bunkum. If Heaton has been signed then, allegedly, he is able to fill the full back, centre or second row position. So how will Mark Aston know where he will play or who he will replace?
By not revealing any details regarding possible recruitment it is a slap in the face of the supporters of the club. They are expected to turn up and pay their money but are not given anything to whet their appetite. No wonder attendances are falling when there is nothing for the fans to discuss, nothing to gain their interest. New faces, with a picture of them holding the shirt and saying how pleased they are to have signed for such an inspirational coach, such a loyal set of supporters etc. etc., is what grips the attention of fans and sustains their interest during the testing times such as those being experienced now.
Still all this will be irrelevant next season if, and it is a definite maybe if, the team is in SL2 (or whatever it is named) as presumably the 19 man squad will have to be announced to the media AND FANS two days before the match as per SL rules.
Advertising and communication with the fans is the achillies heel of the club and has been for years.
Said it before and will keep saying it - we need a qualified marketing manager at the club, who knows how to promote the club and keep the fans informed and in the loop.
It has to be said as fans i cant be the only one who feels we are taken for granted at times.
If god forbid we do go down, we will need someone to push the club, as games against Oxford and Gloucester dont exactly get the juices flowing.
I just hope our 'surprises' on Sunday dont turn out to be a huge let down.
With the squad as it is, if no reinforcements are brought in - what does anyone realistically think we can get from the last 6 games?
We have a chance of beating Dewsbury as its a derby, and Swinton, and maybe a point at Whitehaven (that one is a massive 6 pointer) but will that be enough? I believe Keighley still have Swinton, Barrow and North Wales to play, so they are capable of at least 9 points in the run in.
From what ive seen it'll be between us, Keighley and Whitehaven, not sure of the other fixtures but we must have one of the tougher run ins.
Predicted it when he came in, and now the bubble is about to burst.
Gone from one of the best run part time clubs doing it right to a greedy money can by us success attitude, and in the space of 10 months are now on the verge of being the championship equivalent of Bradford - even some of their once down to earth fans have developed an arrogance that has made them despised around the league.
All the big money contracts for next year need to be honoured, and will the guy get his money back by flogging the stadium as he is the majority shareholder.
And thats not to mention the current salary cap issues they have. Cant pay players contracts up now.
Dark days ahead for them if he's gone and i have absolutely no sympathy at all.
Just a quick note to thank all the travelling Crusaders fans yesterday, we had a good laugh and a sing song with some of you after the game and have to say you lot are a credit to your club and the game, certainly up there amongst some of the best fans in the game that we have encountered over the years at Batley.
Shame about the result, but i hope you can turn it round and keep up so we can have more of the same next season - our group have definitely got an overnighter in Wrexham planned if you do.
Not many sets of fans get sung out of the mount with a chorus of CRU CRU CRUSADERS followed by Deliliah!
All the best for the rest of the season - up the CRU!
However, A question for you "what do you think FN expects to get out of his interest in Fev"?
As hes a businessman id assume hes after a profit.
As theres not much profit to be made in our game, even if you win everything every season, and as someone with no history with the club or the village, will he really have Rovers best interests at heart in order to make his money?
Maybe hes got wind theres a coal revival on the horizon and has earmarked POR for a new colliery.
It seems as though your green with envy countenance is hard to get rid of.
You can't hide it can you as your inane comments prove.
No envy here at all, I just know whats coming your way in the future and the blinkered arrogance of some of your fans is utterly bewildering - the money man has a history of being shown the door by clubs once they have looked into his dealings and background, yet Featherstone have given him carte blanche to throw money about like confetti.
So far from being "inane" just concerned people like yourself are quite happy for your club to throw caution to the wind, knowing full well there could be massive repercussions down the line.
This is rugby league, not football, we arent big enough as a sport for money men to carry on like that.