Admittedly a different league, but we have dual reg in the southern conference and I'm not a fan. My team Nottingham don't use it but others have/do.
Bristol had it and they were good with the dual reg players, average without them and then when they stopped having dual reg the original team seemed to fall apart. Valley Cougars use it more successfully but you can see the lads who we play week in week out in the year get dropped for the big games. Oxford Cavaliers basically became a feeder team for pro outfit and got bled dry and folded mid season.
You could argue Sheffield used it better but that was maybe a slightly different situation.
One improvement this year was a minimum game requirement for a player to be eligible for play offs which was a step forward.
If I was an NCL club I'd vote against it every time.
I think the difficulty is the lack of clubs down south. In an ideal world there'd be a league for the reserve teams of Coventry, All Golds and Oxford and then a separate league for the likes of Leicester and Nottingham. But unfortunately there isn't the strength in depth and the standards are roughly the same. The Bristol point is very valid though about how it may not be in the interest of the club receiving dual registered players
Ok but those crowds wouldn't necessarily turn out for a semi-pro league match where the local side are playing against teams the supporters have never even heard of. Many League fans from across Scotland may have also travelled from around the country for an international while that is less likely for a club team that are playing week in week out in Galashiels.
The town only has a population of ~14,000 with only the South Wales Scorpions in League 1 being based in a smaller town. However Gala is very remote with Edinburgh being over an hour away by car and the next largest town in Borders, Hawick, being almost an hour away as well, so few people are likely to commit to regularly travelling to games. There is also less of a tradition of league in Scotland than even South Wales.
The sensible thing atleast would a be to get an amateur club up and running first as currently the nearest League team are the Eagles in Edinburgh. A team in Galashiels would then though not have that much potential to grow into semi-pro team with competition from the existing Union and Football teams in such a small market.
If you have to insist on a semi-pro team in Scotland, Aberdeen Warriors and Edinburgh Eagles are the obvious choices to invest in. Aberdeen has the advantage of having many Northerners in the oil industry and less competition from football and rugby union for support while Edinburgh has the advantage of being based in a large wealthy city in the central belt and can probably draw on players from many of the surrounding union clubs.
The only advantage to league as a whole I can see of having a team in Galashiels is the increased opportunity to draw away talent from Borders rugby teams but I can't see anything more than an amateur set up there.
Edinburgh Eagles are just a team whereas Aberdeen Warriors are a club with reserves and juniors, plus an amateur club in the city, so the future lies there really
I actually don't blame the Tories though, they've enough of a track record that only someone who is terminally stupid while earning below average wage would ever think they're going to be better off under them.
You're wrong on this one. I earn less than £8 per hour but have never been eligible for a penny of tax credits in my life. £9 an hour minimum wage will make a real difference to me. Under Labour I was at one point earning £13,000 and then having to pay £2,000 out in taxes barely leaving me enough money to live off whilst people earning £50,000 with children were getting tax credits.
I do feel sorry for single parents and those with moderate disabilities who will be the biggest losers under the new system, but other working class people will benefit a lot
It depends how you do things. If you recruit some good young players who look like they could make the step up to League 1 then it would be worth using the NCL as a stepping stone. If the plan is to raid Folly Lane to get a new team for the NCL and then ditch the players for Salford ex-academy players when you step up then I think you'd be better off waiting til you're ready to go straight into League 1
Are many MPs like that? I look at this forum and people from either side of the political spectrum seem to be very inflexible in their views. In my limited experience, UK Politics is very similar. I think ckn mentioned last year that political parties in Scotland whilst having different viewpoints actually work together to move forward and do what is best for everyone, not just a few on either side of the political spectrum.
I can't see Jeremy Corbyn working with the Conservatives on anything ever
Great news for both the Scorpions and the WRL. As already mentioned hopefully the new owner can take the club to a larger population center.
As for the four owners who miss out, I hope that the WRL and RFL can find a way to get them involved in investing in RL in some other way within the region... ideally another South Wales based C1 club would be nice, but most importantly we shouldn't let this potential investment walk away if possible.
There is talk of the Raiders (based in LLanelli) stepping up for 2017
You, and many, many others in the Labour party ranks, forget what Blair achieved. He achieved a massive electoral victory in 1997, repeated it in 2001 and to a slightly lesser extent in 2005. In the years of 1997-2003, the Blair led government brought in many achievements including:
- the minimum wage
- 82,000 more nurses and 32,000 more doctors
- cut NHS waiting lists by 90% and reduced average waiting times by over 80%. In 1997, the guaranteed maximum wait was 18 months, by 2001 this was 18 weeks.
- banned fox hunting, fur farming and cosmetic testing on animals
- crime fell by 32% using international standard measures of counting, including hiring over 10,000 extra police officers.
- in 1997, 23.9% of children were in class sizes over 30, by 2003, that was down to 0.2%
I could go on for a very long time.
After 2003, Blair turned rogue but he still delivered, it was only 2005 onwards that he really was weird. A Tory though? Never.
It's a very big habit of many in the Labour party that they look back and rubbish their own achievements.
People seem to forget that before Blair there was no minimum wage and no tax credits at all, and the Conservatives were opposed to both, but now the Conservatives have pledged to significantly raise the former and keep 2/3 of the latter (to try to win over working class voters). Thus Blair has made landmark changes to the political scene (I remember for some of the time growing up we had neither a television nor telephone, things now thought of as essentials and I'm only 29)
I think the Harry Jepson Trophy is an anachronism anyway, it's increasingly just an invitation tournament. If they want to keep it they should have it as a southern cup for anyone to enter with rounds throughout the season
"German style corporatism" is a credible description of Nazism. Are you a fan?
Less than you are I'd suspect.
On the other hand in Germany they have a very balanced economic system whereby workers get some representation on management board, just enough that they get fairer wages, but not total control so that there are still people with the relevant skills and experience to professionally manage. The economy is shared amongst the country with industry as the priority over finance. People who lose their job receive generous benefits on a time limited basis, but for the long term unemployed or those who haven't worked before there are government employment agencies to give you a job, eliminating welfare dependence. It works very well
I think that's a fair assessment of both Burnham and Cooper. And I do still wonder if Liz Kendall is in the Labour party because she is the ultimate shy Tory.
I just met her today and she caught me of guard with how pleasant and ordinary she comes across. I'm still edging towards Burnham or Cooper, but to me Kendall comes across more Lib Dem than Tory with focus on things like education in poorer areas.