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In Topic: Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Today, 12:01 PM

They were lot more progressive and daring in the Victorian era than the stick in the mud do nothings who are inhabiting this thread.

They weren't deranged extremists who kill off expansion clubs by forcing them into unsuitable leagues either

In Topic: Mansfield Marksman

Today, 09:35 AM

The foundation of Mansfield Marksmen coincided with the pit strike. At that time the "police" had a huge stretch of the A1M near Blythe roundabout coned off, and were restricting traffic between Yorkshire and Notts. Mansfield was a particularly sensitive area. I'm not saying this was what killed the venture, but it can't have helped establish the new club when many of the potential away fans came from the very areas the police were targeting.

There was an outbreak of soccer clubs hosting RL clubs at the time, after Fulham. Cardiff Blue Dragons, Carlisle, Kent Invicta, and Mansfield are the ones I remember.. I must admit at the time I was all for it. but I was proved sadly wrong. The soccer clubs weren't really interested in RL they just saw it as a potential cash cow. Was it in 1984 that the Cardiff venture collapsed? I seem to remember being on holiday, in Folkestone, talking to a gloating Wales RU fan, who delighted in telling me the news.

Cardiff relocated to Bridgend for the 1984-85 season but got struck off the following season's fixtures due to lack of a ground, the same time that Southend got booted out apparently due to lack of enough players.

As for Nottingham well they and Blackpool got relegated from NCL premier their first season there. Nottingham could no longer afford Yorkshire players so imported local Nottingham Crusaders players who weren't NCL standard and after another season gave up and Nottingham Crusaders decided to take those players to join Yorkshire League division 6. Blackpool decided then was time to join the pro reserve league, a decision Hemel took a season later. Chorley of course got reelected to the league after their 2nd season

In Topic: Mansfield Marksman

Yesterday, 08:25 PM

The year after they joined a local league was founded that was to last 14 seasons without which we may not have clubs in Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Leicester

In Topic: Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Yesterday, 08:32 AM

and it's taken until 2014 for that to happen despite the grunts of 'therduntwannernaw' from the 'heartlands'.
It's bit of an indictment that having teams from these parts of the country playing in the lowest pro competition is something to boast about.

Totally pathetic. Why should the people working hard to expand the game be ashamed just because they didn't do it sooner? It seems you don't value sustainable expansion just nonsensical overambitious ideas doomed to failure

In Topic: Canadian team apply to join Championship 1 (merged threads)

Yesterday, 08:24 AM

Crusaders was never going to work because Leighton Samuels had already killed off 3 pro sports clubs