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buford t justice

Member Since 21 Oct 2005
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#3000028 Halifax 0 Dewsbury 25 - discussion, report, highlights

Posted by buford t justice on Yesterday, 05:24 PM

Well done Dewsbury, terrific result today.

I am now in the odd position that i dislike you lot the least of the teams left, so wish you all the best in the semi final.

#2999430 Website: Mark Applegarth interview

Posted by buford t justice on 20 September 2014 - 03:59 PM

Heard hes holding out for more money and we are sticking to our guns with a take it or leave it stance.

Id like him to stay, but if he doesnt want to then so be it. I'd have taken losing him and keeping Sam Scott all day long.

#2997439 Moving forward.

Posted by buford t justice on 17 September 2014 - 05:12 PM

We should link with Batley boys and use their first team as the official reserve team. This would provide a clear pathway from under 8s all way to the first team, wouldnt cost much to do either.

Can only benefit both and the sport in the town.

#2991482 Cougars coming after Batley for compensation

Posted by buford t justice on 09 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

It must hurt knowing your wrong but not having the courage to admit it.

Even terminator agrees. Thats 2 to 1. Prove it or be quiet.

You cant prove it though because you are wrong.

#2982157 lessons learnt

Posted by buford t justice on 24 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

Do you know i read your first post and agreed entirely what you said
Then you had to spoil it with this response, when you say conference teams are you implying the playing standard of some of these non heartland clubs or the standard of the facilities ?

As for Barry Eaton i think you will find he signed a further 2 or 3 years contract with the Hawks early on in the season and as for who will be Batleys coach surely this is for discussion once there is a vacancy and wasn't aware that JK had been sacked or resigned as yet

To be fair RD, from speaking to Hunslet fans i know, the standard of some isno better than you see at yorkshire league level, and the facilities of most (Oldham included) make Owlerton look like wembley.

Life in League 1 will be a massive culture shock for us fans and players alike, and by no means will it be easy, we must get the recruitment spot on in order to bounce straight back.

Thats if we do go down of course......

#2982086 RFL Investigating DR breach at Whitehaven

Posted by buford t justice on 24 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

I feel quite sure all will be revealed shortly....people in glass houses and all that...maybe the player in question will be able to provide the supporting evidence that you require LeeF... ;)

So if what he says turns out to be true, will you be leading the apologies?

#2981120 RFL Investigating DR breach at Whitehaven

Posted by buford t justice on 21 August 2014 - 05:51 PM

he mentioned last season btj. sounds a load a cobblers but we aint in the mire 100% yet. seems rfl made a bigger co** up a things than we did. :rtfm:

If ever we need the RFL to make a madcap decision its now!

Heres hoping they are feeling particularly mad today.

#2979384 Chairman statement

Posted by buford t justice on 18 August 2014 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for your response Kevin. Surely, as a committed Chairman, you see the huge need for support on the Board, investment, etc? It is easy to comment on this forum, sometimes critically as a supporter, but the majority on here have the same passion for the club as the Durectors and their wives. The difference is, we do not own the Club.

Surely as owner of the Club, it is important for you to progress the Club, as you have, sometimes against all odds, for which the true supporters have given you the plaudits, and quite rightly so. Now that the demands of the game are changing rapidly, surely it is the responsibility of the chairman/owner of the Club to restructure the Club to cope with these demands and remain in a competitive arena to compete for the bigger spoils? It is hardly taking responsibility by throwing the duty of attracting new directors and stakeholders back to the supporters, who have voiced their concerns via this medium.

Agree completely.

We all care deeply about the club, and unfortunately at the minute emotions are running high with everyone connected with the club, so at the minute any talk of you leaving Kevin is a knee jerk reaction, as are the calls from some for change.

In sport its great when things are going well, everyone loves the pats on the back, but you have to be able to take the flack when things dont go so well.

Whilst relegation is financially disasterous for us, it could be a blessing in disguise, as we would only be in a relegation scrap again next year in a lop sided championship.

Its the perfect chance to regroup, take stock, make changes that can benefit us going forward and get a team on the field that can challenge for honours in the bottom tier next year.

The season though has been a disaster from week 1 and i personally blame our terrible recruitment for our demise, the points deduction just sped up the process. I pin most of the blame firmly at the door of John Kear for some terrible signings and some questionable tactics at times.

If it wasnt for you Kevin, we may not have had a club to support, and you certainly have my backing as chairman.

Lifes a learning curve and you learn from your mistakes, so by that logic we should become a much stronger club for this experience.

#2977710 3 point deduction.

Posted by buford t justice on 15 August 2014 - 01:47 PM

Has anyone on here stopped to think how the players must feel reading some of the comments of so called "fans".How is It supposed to make them feel, when the fans are slagging them off? Not wanting to perform ,that is for sure.
This season has been hard, a catalogue of errors starting with the betting scandal. The club has made mistakes with recruitment and some of the signings have been poor. The Dr system is a joke, the loan system is also laughable.
Surely now, with the points deduction,we must all stick together and try to get something from the season.On the points deduction why does the points have to come off this season? Weren't Bradford deducted points this season, on something that happened last season?
Stranger things have happened, and although it does look grim lets keep the faith!

The players will be hurting, until they jump ship for the biggest offer.

Not much loyalty in modern semi-pro RL im afraid.

#2977280 Todays RFL hearing

Posted by buford t justice on 14 August 2014 - 06:07 PM

Carl Hall just tweeted Doncaster will get decision in the morning and ours is after theirs. Looks like we are in for a sleepless night.

#2975814 Insipid and inept performance

Posted by buford t justice on 12 August 2014 - 12:12 PM

Disagree bulford martin is going to come good but like vinny hardly given a proper runout they are both in one week out the next . So how are they going to kick on when not playing .also charlie vets put in 2nd row when not big enough or on par with davis or scott . Didnt make the game but with no 6 why not try nicho surly better than a second rower playing there.

You must be watching a different player to the rest of us then.

Same for all the squad, if you arent good enough you wont get in, and hes been very poor whenever hes been in the side.

#2973297 Unity needed

Posted by buford t justice on 07 August 2014 - 09:47 PM

Chairmen and staff come and go, so do players but us fans are always there.

Im hacked off at the situation, and do i think we will stay up? At the moment no. But im damned if im not going to be there on Sunday getting behind the club i have loved for over a quarter of a century.

Whatever happens, we the fans will always be here, so whether you are positive, negative or indifferent to the current situation and our chances of staying up is irrelevant - if you love the club and can make it, get there on Sunday and cheer the lads on.

The inquest into what why and how will rumble on, but for 80 minutes on Sunday we are all united by a common bond, and thats our love of little old Batley RLFC.

Lets get there and make ourselves heard - whatever happens, to coin the old phrase - 'we are all Batley arent we?'

We can get back to the doom and gloom if we lose.

Come on the Gallant Youths!

#2972477 Oh dear

Posted by buford t justice on 06 August 2014 - 04:30 PM

From the RFL

Two clubs have been charged with breaching RFL Operational Rules relating to dual registration by fielding ineligible players in Kingstone Press Championship fixtures.

Batley Bulldogs and Doncaster have been charged with breaching Operational Rule D1.20 which states that dual registration players who have a salary cap value of £20,000 or more must have played in at least three league fixtures for the Championship club that season before the end-of-season registration deadline in order to play in games which fall after the deadline, whether they be regular season or play-off games.

The charges follow complaints that Jacob Fairbank, a dual registered player from Huddersfield Giants, played for Batley against Sheffield Eagles, and that Ben Crooks, a dual-registered player from Hull FC, played for Doncaster against Keighley Cougars. Both matches were played on Sunday July 27, two days after the registration deadline for the Kingstone Press Championship closed.

The charges will be heard by an independent Operational Rules Tribunal which has been scheduled for Thursday August 14.

If found guilty, Batley and Doncaster face a range of sanctions, including a fine and/or the deduction of competition points.

Dewsbury Rams have been cleared of an allegation that they fielded an ineligible player in a Championship fixture against Barrow Raiders on the same day.

So we are all but down if we lose Sunday IMO.

#2972326 Whitehaven on Sunday - the big relegation 6 pointer

Posted by buford t justice on 06 August 2014 - 11:50 AM

Shouldn't that be "taking advantage of this wonderful area by walking up a couple of glorious lakeland fells on the Saturday".


Most of our group couldnt walk down the fells never mind up them.

They are well adapted to going to the bar and back though.

Ill call it boosting the local economy.

#2972222 Whitehaven on Sunday - the big relegation 6 pointer

Posted by buford t justice on 06 August 2014 - 08:52 AM

There is a massive NCL local derby on Saturday Egremont V Wath Brow if your in the area.usually a 1000+ gate and a physical,close game

Sounds like it may be more enjoyable for us than Sundays game! Staying in Workington so hopefully going to find a pub to watch the cup semi final in the afternoon.