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buford t justice

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#2966094 Deadline tomorrow

Posted by buford t justice on 26 July 2014 - 10:16 PM

Only played around 5 games so we never got to see any. Let's see what happens when he plays for Batley against us next month!


Will any of you be there to watch? Or will the majority of your huge fan base stay away as usual?


#2966008 keep the fans in the dark

Posted by buford t justice on 26 July 2014 - 05:16 PM

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.


#2962821 The Run in

Posted by buford t justice on 21 July 2014 - 11:30 AM

27th Jul Sheffield Eagles (A)

3rd Aug Leigh Centurions (H)

10th Aug Whitehaven (A)

17th Aug Dewsbury Rams (H)     

31st Aug Swinton Lions (H)

7th Sep Doncaster (A) 

 

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.




#2960132 John kear

Posted by buford t justice on 16 July 2014 - 07:21 PM

Fred,

http://www.walesrugb...ppointed-as-new

South Wales fan myself, and whilst I'm more than familiar with Johns work what can we expect of him in taking charge of the national side?


He'll certainly get you organised, has had a couple of wobbles here at Batley but is currently working a minor miracle with a threadbare squad down to the bare bones.

Good appointment for Wales IMO, should get you competitive and hopefully get some solid foundations in place to build on going forward.


#2952385 Away support

Posted by buford t justice on 30 June 2014 - 01:44 PM

First of all - credit to the fans who made the trip to Leigh yesterday.

But where was everyone else?

We have a core fan base of around 600 yet there can't have been more than 40 of us cheering our boys on yesterday.

There was at least three times that when we played Swinton at the very same ground on a Sunday afternoon earlier this season.

We headed into this game 5th in the table on the back of a great win over an in-form Doncaster side.

But do a lot of fans only travel to away matches if they think we'll win?

The lads deserve more support on the road.


Dewsbury have never had much of an away following, you dont even bother coming to the Mount in any great numbers and its only up the road.

Not much of a 'barmy army' really, more a barmy home guard.


#2951423 Fev in possible crisis

Posted by buford t justice on 29 June 2014 - 09:19 AM

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.


#2950584 Leigh 30 Dewsbury 22 - discussion, video highlights

Posted by buford t justice on 27 June 2014 - 11:25 AM

They seem vulnerable away with a few scrapes, but at home seem very strong - if you can keep them under 40 it will be a good result, anything better than that will be a tremendous result.




#2948521 Gary Sykes

Posted by buford t justice on 23 June 2014 - 12:29 PM

With Gary Sykes and Dewsbury Rams, Batley have naff all to brag about, yeah that's right Batley you have nothing to brag about now!

If you speak to Gary he'll tell you he used to watch Batley as a kid, so i wouldnt hold your breath for him doing much with your lot im afraid.

As for bragging right, theres a long way to go yet my exuberant little friend.


#2948477 Your fans

Posted by buford t justice on 23 June 2014 - 11:22 AM

Hello 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!




#2946784 Sunday at Batley.

Posted by buford t justice on 19 June 2014 - 11:38 AM

Met some cracking Crusaders fans when we visited Wrexham from Batley earlier this year, looking forward to some more fun banter from one of the best sets of fans ive come across this Sunday.




#2944626 Keegan Hirst

Posted by buford t justice on 14 June 2014 - 07:07 PM

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.

Whatever his motives, it all seems very fishy.


#2943965 Keegan Hirst

Posted by buford t justice on 13 June 2014 - 11:21 AM

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.




#2943386 Keegan Hirst

Posted by buford t justice on 12 June 2014 - 11:30 AM

I thought he was at Batley on loan anyway - very odd that Featherstone announce that hes coming to us on loan when he was already here on loan.

 

They do love a good announcement for the sake of announcing something at Fatherstone these days.

 

I'm looking forward to the announcements about how much money they need to stay afloat in the coming years.

 

Welcome back Keegan, even though you were already here.




#2940206 Ben Blackmore

Posted by buford t justice on 06 June 2014 - 11:57 AM

Becareful what you wish for..because without Fev to bolster championship attendances up the division would look very bleak indeed; That's not arrogance its a fact;


No its definitely arrogance Phillip.


#2939545 Quick question.

Posted by buford t justice on 05 June 2014 - 05:18 AM

Who is the other?

Black to Featherstone for Hirst plus cash i think, or Griffin to Salford, or davies to Featherstone.

Uncomfortable rumours flying round at present. Back to being worried for our survival again.