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.
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.
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.
Posted by steve wild
on 17 February 2015 - 11:13 PM
We'd be grateful for your support throughout the season in the newly themed 'Lions Suite'. Enhance your match day experience, bring your friends and family, and help the club at the same time by attending our pre-match functions. You will be very welcome! Discounts negotiable for full tables of 10.
HEMEL STAGS, 1st MARCH, 3pm - LEAGUE ONE CUP, ROUND 1
SPECIAL GUESTS IN LIONS SUITE :-
ALAN ROBINSON (former Academy coach)
JOIN US IN THE LIONS SUITE
Pre-match lunch (from 1.15pm) in the Lions' Suite (pie, chips, peas, gravy).
Pre-match interviews with current squad players.
Meet the past players (see above).
Entertainmemt / raffles / competitions etc. with Spelly.
Post-match interview with John Duffy
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Entrance to the Lions Suite is £12.50.
LIONS SUITE EXECUTIVE MEMBERSHIP
We are also offering Lions' Suite Executive Membership for the whole of the 2015 League season (11 matches).
The cost of membership is £120 for single membership, or £220 for a couple.
For our regulars this represents excellent value. In addition, members will receive a complimentary match programme (representing a further saving of £27.50 over the full season).
Also, don't worry if you think you might miss a game or two, as membership is transferrable to friends and family.
Posted by steve wild
on 17 December 2014 - 06:35 PM
We can now accept orders for replica tops. But to ensure delivery for the start of our competitive season (1st March), we MUST have your order by 30 December AT THE LATEST.
Information we require :-
1) Your name.
2) Your address (or email address, or both).
3) Whether a Home or Away replica wanted (or numbers of each).
4) The Size(s) (see chart below).
5) If a name or number is required on the reverse (for this service there's an additional charge of £7 which covers both).
Whilst we are happy to receive cash or a cheque via our office at 105/107 Chorley Road, Swinton M27 4AA, note you DON'T have to pay immediately. (Due to time constraints and the time of year we can make payment arrangements after 1 January).
How to order :-
(a ) Send an Email with the above details to email@example.com
Or (b ) text me on 07932 500731 with full details.
Or (c ) Call at the Chorley Road office with full details (but please pay in full if you choose this option).
Posted by steve wild
on 04 December 2014 - 09:48 AM
Anybody got any opinions on who our main rivals will be next season? Which teams will be challenging at the top? Who might struggle? Any nuggets of information?
Rochdale seem pretty confident; If their forum is anything to go by Oldham seem embroiled in politics; I've heard conflicting things about North Wales; I'd expect Keighley to be strong; Gateshead seem to have money and are recruiting well; not sure about York & Barrow; the southern teams will possibly struggle with squad depth.