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steve wild

Member Since 07 Jun 2003
Offline Last Active Jan 28 2016 11:05 PM

#3256510 2016 SQUAD

Posted by steve wild on 10 January 2016 - 06:03 PM

The 2016 squad with playing numbers will be announced on the official website tonight (Sunday) from 7.30pm. Go to TEAM > 2016 SQUAD. The players will be updated one at a time.

#3246539 Optimistic for 2,000 Lions fans

Posted by steve wild on 13 December 2015 - 07:24 PM

2,000 fans is not a "forecast", let alone an "over optimistic forecast". It is ambition. We tried to outline on Thursday how we intend to build on our crowds, but the chairman stated clearly that it can't be done without our existing fans' help. Actually our crowds are already going in the right direction, particularly in terms of PAYING spectators which have nearly DOUBLED since our last season at Leigh SV. Our crowds won't go from 500 to 2,000 overnight, that's obvious, but off the back of better marketing, better communications, increased community work, success on the pitch, serious new stadium aspirations, & YOUR help, then perhaps we will see them rise to 700, then 800, then 1,000, then 1,200 etc. If we do go into a new stadium in 3 years time & we've failed to gradually build on our core support in the meantime it would be extremely disappointing.

#3230961 Lions we are proud of

Posted by steve wild on 09 November 2015 - 04:22 PM



#3222316 Curiosity killed the cat!

Posted by steve wild on 28 October 2015 - 12:49 PM

There's been a number of meetings with the council (the last of which was just a few days ago) & there are 2 possible sites as well as a lease on one of those locations under discussion. We can't just pick a site, obviously we have to work with what is feasible. The mechanism through which we hope the funding will be achieved is also advancing. I think what has to be understood is that as a new club we've had to start again from scratch on this, and whilst everyone has shown remarkable patience for 23 years unfortunately it's going to take a little longer yet. We need to get our ducks in order but I think we're doing that.

#3215539 Summer Bash

Posted by steve wild on 16 October 2015 - 06:55 PM

That's what we're thinking lol!

But seriously it should be a great game & fantastic occasion.

#3215025 Jack Stearman

Posted by steve wild on 15 October 2015 - 09:13 PM

Really helpful in his dealings with Swinton - all the best for the future Jack.

#3194889 Widnes pitch?

Posted by steve wild on 17 September 2015 - 05:21 PM

We played well on the plastic at Newcastle too.

#3179237 Final Three League Games

Posted by steve wild on 19 August 2015 - 08:18 PM

Haha, didnt say we was unbeatable, just that we're playing well. As are Oldham of course!

#3163837 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by steve wild on 24 July 2015 - 04:38 PM

Using this model, if we were to win all of our remaining games we'd finish 1st.

#3163293 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by steve wild on 23 July 2015 - 09:30 PM

If Toulouse join they'd become a de-facto northern club, giving the northern sides 22 matches (16 games against each other, & 6 v the southern teams).

The southern clubs would play all but one of each other 3 times, plus all the northern clubs once (also 22 matches).

So still full home & away fixtures for the "northern" 9 clubs, & every team still plays each other. Plus southern teams would have 13 fixtures against each other rather than the 10 at present.

Well that's the theory ! Lol

#3163136 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by steve wild on 23 July 2015 - 05:03 PM

There was a meeting of League 1 clubs recently at which the fixture format was discussed.

1- Swinton made the point that all the northern clubs should be playing each other home & away. (Highlighting the York situation especially).
2- The southern clubs said the current format was not helpful to their development (heavy losses, small squads, leading to yet smaller crowds, injuries, lack of growth).

3- The RFL agreed with both perspectives, but also felt there had to be "cross-fertilisation" as the development clubs need a benchmark to aspire to, & a 4th division is not an option.

We have therefore submitted an idea which I believe covers all bases (bearing in mind 22 games is considered the maximum, for good reasons I might explain on another post!).

1- All 8 northern clubs play each other home & away, plus 3 of the southern teams at home & the other 3 away (20 games in total).

2- The 6 southern teams play each other home & away, plus 4 of the northern clubs at home & the other 4 away. They also play an additional 2 fixtures against each other based on a southern ranking system.

Result :-

1- Legitimate league table at top end, enabling champions to be promoted (with 2nd to 5th play-offs).
2- Every team in league still plays each other.
3- Southern clubs have more games against each other & are not over exposed to the northern clubs. They could even have their own trophy based on final ranking positions (a 1st v 2nd final for example).

Not saying it's perfect, but most areas of concern are covered under that system. There is positive discrimination towards the southern clubs under this system, but that's probably what is needed.

An alternative idea of splitting the league in half after a full round of 13 fixtures is also being floated, but I believe that creates a number of anomalies.

The clubs meet again in early August.

#3162114 Mid Season Assessment

Posted by steve wild on 21 July 2015 - 07:48 PM

York are guaranteed a top 5 place, because they have 6 or 8 points start on all of their main rivals. The team that comes 6th will feel a little aggrieved.

#3124405 Cougars Game

Posted by steve wild on 17 May 2015 - 10:16 PM

When we play like that few teams in this league will stop us. The forwards were superb & we played some exciting expansive rugby with ball in hand.

But can i also mention Keighley chairman Gary's summary of what happened 2 weeks ago in his wonderful speech after the game. Rugby league is a great family & we should all be very proud if it.


Posted by steve wild on 27 March 2015 - 12:51 PM

We've negotiated a deal with Sedgley whereby Card carrying Season Ticket holders will get 40p off draught bitter, lager or Guinness (and 30p off Smooth).

So by my reckoning if you drink enough you'll end up with a free pint!

Another good reason to add your support on Sunday. Spread the word. Cheers!!

#3091679 Final curtain

Posted by steve wild on 19 March 2015 - 09:00 PM

Pretty much everything regarding our recent history is already in the public arena. If you go through the news items on our website you'll find a full résumé on a public meeting which took place in early December. A good summary there which should answer your questions. But of course our situation not necessarily the same as yours. Kind regards.