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Chairman LMAO

Member Since 27 Jan 2006
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#3272586 Web site down?

Posted by Chairman LMAO on Yesterday, 11:09 PM

Enzio sounds like a few other identities that have come and gone ...

#3269953 Man of the match.

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 08 February 2016 - 10:29 AM

Brown for me.  Outstanding leadership when we really needed it.

#3269624 Superb Batley stun “unbeatable” Centurions

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 07 February 2016 - 07:51 PM

Ironically, after all the pre-match hype it was Rangi Chase who ended up costing Leigh the game.  Still can't fathom why he was at no.1 and not no.6.


Brilliant performance by Batley, but James Brown in particular.  That lad is carved out of granite ...

#3266741 Super League preview on BBC website

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 03 February 2016 - 12:16 PM

Jermaine McGillvary, Alex Walmsley and Josh Griffin all feature heavily!!


Blimey, if only them three were still here!! :D

#3252881 Same old Fev

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 31 December 2015 - 12:05 PM

Ok so thats how they are going to pay for Thacks!!  same story probably at Worky  with Sammut .... small squads .... topped up with  a bit of principle prostitution equals a marquee signing!!  ..... "precious will soon be mine!!"  all in pursuit of a top 4 position! .. on the quick!!  ..... castles build on sand! 


I can't help feeling it unlevels  the pitch a bit though!!   so my new years resolution is that the DR system is exposed for what it really is ....  


I stress these are only my opinions based on my observations ... and I welcome any comments that would dilute my complete contempt for this system


- its bad for team morale ( contracted players being displaced for DRs .. then recalled the following week... how would you feel if   it happened to you in your line of work)  ... Our game is a team game and a true team takes time and trust to build !!..

- its bad for a sustainable long term quality rugby league product... Oh but then again we all exist for the benefit of SL .. I forgot! 

- It might give the aspirational young SL players game time .. it does not teach them team ethics and the importance of watching your mates backs!

- IMO it actually pools and stifles growth of talent.


 I could go on .... but then I find myself thinking what if we were offered Ashton Golding, Ash Handley, Jordan Lilley and Josh Walters ......  now there is the dilemma!!   I hope my principle would hold firm ... but!!!!




The voice of reason.  Time for DR to be completely scrapped.

#3252523 Featherstone Rhinohawks

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 30 December 2015 - 02:09 PM

It's a load of carp - only a month ago the Club had no plans for DR and were going to give the youngsters a chance. There'll be bleating when we're let down by Leeds at some point during the season. There's also rumour on the Fev board that the Seagulls are going DR with Cas.......


It never really did us a lot of good (certainly on the pitch).  Think the loan system is a much better way to bring in additional bodies.  DR is too unpredictable - you never know when players are gonna be hauled back to the parent club and it MUST breed discontent amongst the permanent members of the squad.  Can see a whole world of pain opening up for Featherstone (and potentially Sheffield) off the back of this. 

#3251450 Dogs v rams.

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 26 December 2015 - 09:19 PM

only us making high tackle's?


To be honest, yes, pretty much. 


Thought the referee really failed to control the game today, especially around the play the ball.


We have been crying out for an organiser like Brambani for quite a while now.  Southernwood looked miles better alongside him today.  Also, special mention for Brev - did very well when he came on, as did Lillycrop.  Outstanding defensive work today.  If we can get it right near the opponents' line, it could be a very interesting year in 2016.

#3250885 Sammut

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 24 December 2015 - 01:09 PM

Brambani is an organiser and a good passer of the ball, but he isn't the quickest, and in this respect I think he's quite a similar player to Leatherbarrow.


Much as I respect your opinion Tom, Brambani and Leatherbarrow are very different in both ability and style!

#3250762 Sammut

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 24 December 2015 - 07:46 AM

Deluded or being very biased if you think brambani is anywhere near thacks


... and you're not, for thinking the opposite?!


Both good players, both very different.  Bottom line at Batley is that we've been crying out for a half-back like Brambani since Tiger left.  He will make a positive difference at the Mount, and we need a Brambani more than we need a Thackeray.

#3250303 Stadium Works

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 23 December 2015 - 08:05 AM

Nothing wrong with the content.  I suspect Fred was merely commenting on the use of an out-of-date photo!


Hardly "whinging" is it?

#3248205 Your league table for 2016 ...

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 17 December 2015 - 03:48 PM

Quite happy to start the ball rolling (pre-8s, obviously).


1. Leigh Centurions

2. Halifax

3. Bradford Bulls

4. Batley Bulldogs

5. Featherstone Rovers

6. Sheffield Eagles

7. London Broncos

8. Dewsbury Rams

9. Workington Town

10. Swinton Lions

11. Whitehaven

12. Oldham.


No two league tables the same, I suspect.

#3216644 The Passing of Kiwityke

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 18 October 2015 - 03:54 PM

This is really sad news. I was fortunate enough to be invited to be Richard's guest at a sponsored game v Featherstone a couple of years back as he had been so grateful for keeping him up to date with match reports and other stuff. A generous and kind guy with a real passion for Batley. He will be missed and I hope he will be honoured at a future game with a minute's silence. RIP Richard.

#3214842 Next Sesaons Shirts

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 15 October 2015 - 02:11 PM

Still reckon the most popular choice would be a decent update of the old Fox's Biscuits shirt of the 90s (complete with white shorts), possibly with a white reverse of that as the away kit.  That would be ace.

#3204638 New player interviews, press releases and possible solutions

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 01 October 2015 - 04:09 PM

Speaking from experience, doing interviews is not a particularly difficult job although writing it up (and not losing stuff in translation) is time - consuming. The players usually love being interviewed as well so this really isn't as onerous a task as it might first appear.

#3203023 Anthony Nicholson

Posted by Chairman LMAO on 29 September 2015 - 01:24 PM

Maybe then it's Davey/Leek for the hooking places. Would agree that Blake has had a decent 2nd half of the season but nothing spectacular and as I said earlier, if we were to keep a 3rd I would have preferred to keep Nicholson, but I don't suppose we can blame him for taking a gig on his doorstep.


Personally, I think Luke Blake has done a very decent job for us this season when asked to do so.  Also, always handy to have someone who can fill both the 9 and 13 jerseys for cover.