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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We were really struggling with knocks and injuries even before the game kicked off. True we didnt help ourselves at times but Leigh are a quality side. In fact Leigh are the only team to beat us comprehensively this season so let's not be too downhearted. We are planning for next season and that's when the current set up will be rightly judged. Keep the faith.
I'm absolutely certain John doesn't need me to defend him and he might not thank me for writing this, but once you start digging into old club politics you will always uncover opinion, gossip and agendas, and it can be difficult to know for certain what to believe. Or perhaps there is simply no "story" to uncover in the first place!
In my view the situation is simple. John comes to Swinton as a successful businessman very experienced in Rugby League, and we should just judge him on his record with the Lions (as also applies to the rest of us). John's experience should be invaluable in helping to structure us going forward (following an incredibly difficult 6 months for which the players and coaches deserve a huge amount of respect & praise). Let's look to the future as ONE TEAM, and extend a big Swinton welcome to both John Roddy & John Duffy. If there must be a judge let it be history.
On the contrary, we have met the Koukash camp on several occasions, the latest very recently, and have maintained friendly & frank dialogue. But, at risk of repeating myself, there is no new stadium yet, & there has been no indication of any forthcoming take-over yet (let alone what form it might take should it ever happen). As and when the present Board has to make a decision it will be done in the best interests of the club & its fans. As far as we're concerned all options are possible. But let's say for argument's sake MK stages a total buy-out, I still think a strong Supporters Trust would be important as a method of bringing a strong and cohesive fans' message to the owner. MK has already proven at Salford that he is very willing to engage with supporters' groups.
John joining us is a totally separate matter from Dr Koukash's reported plans for Swinton town centre. As we've tried to emphasise on a number of occasions, we can't just sit on our backsides gambling the club's existence on a situation beyond our control. Quite the opposite in fact, and we must try and build the club regardless of the Koukash plan (hence the great news of John joining us). Meanwhile although we've had friendly ongoing dialogue with the Koukash camp, the fact remains that the club has never directly received any intimation of a take-over or investment (either with or without a new ground). Naturally we desperately hope Dr Koukash achieves his town centre ambitions & that, if successful, they include a stadium for the Lions. At that point no doubt we will enter negotiations with Dr Koukash and do whatever is in the best long term interests of the club. But if Koukash's plans do not materialise then naturally we keep the club going & try to grow the business, until such a time that a new stadium is (hopefully) possible. There is no secret plan or smokescreen here, all the facts (at least as far as Swinton Lions are concerned) are already in the public domain, and as at today's date we remain open-minded with regard to the proposed Koukash stadium.
As far as the Lions are concerned we know what we need to do to improve crowds. A mixture of (1) local ground (2) winning matches (3) investment of resources in terms of promoting the club amongst businesses and public. One of these items is outside the club's power, one costs money (at least in terms of squad investment), & one costs time and money. But from where we started the season we HAVE made progress (and I don't mean down the league table). Of course the big disappointment is that we've not won more games, but we're not a million miles off. Please keep the faith, we've had some very interesting meetings recently and things might be looking up. Regardless of what division we're in next season this club is far from finished.