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  1. Jerry, Ukuma and Gaskell back for us, Wire will still have too much for us though, I'll be happy if we make a game of it though.
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    Irish Rugby League

    No, too palatial for us plebs, legends bar and cherry tree about as far as we dared to take him 😃
  3. meast

    Irish Rugby League

    He's worked extremely hard to get where he is, he has a good support network back home with friend and family, some of whom came over to watch a few of the academy games. If he doesn't make it, it's certainly not through the lack of trying on his part My mates took him in, offered their spare room and have him a free reign to come and go as he pleased etc
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    Irish Rugby League

    He's funny as well, when he first came over, he was taken under our wing and taken to away games and joined in all the songs etc. Great lad
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    Irish Rugby League

    Giants have signed a lad from Longhorns for their Academy for this year, he came over for a trial, paid all the fares etc himself and was taken in by members of the HGSA, did enough to earn himself a contract for this year, played in a semi final, represented Ireland in the U19's tournament in Serbia and also earned a call up to the Full international side, playing in the European championship and WC qualifying games. His Story is a good one, he only started playing RL 2 years ago, there is a lot of untapped talent over there, it just needs clubs to take a chance on them. And he's a cracking young lad! Good interview with him here
  6. Bradford v Widnes,  regal trophy 1992 programme
  7. Barrow v Huddersfield Programme 1985
  8. Is a 230 page comprehensive history of RL in Huddersfield and charts the rises and falls of the town's professional club, from it's early days as an athletics club to the glory days at Fartown and the decline and rise again of the Giants. It also charts the various amateur, church and works teams in the area. Not many copies were made and so the book is quite rare now. I am looking for £25 or along those lines, happy to drop off if it's local or i can mail it for a small fee. Thanks Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: A History of Rugby Lea... by Taylor, Howard
  9. This is the kind of thing all clubs and the governing bodies should be looking to do, some event around the actual game. I know a lot clubs' budgets might not stretch far and it might no always be feasible, but something to make the day feel like an event rather than a chore, i know a lot of people ridiculed Keighley and then Bradford, but it was something that worked, Batley do something similar, with local farm shops barbecues and local breweries providing a variety of beers and sometimes a band on, and a bouncy castle for the kids etc. The game has gone a bit stale, on and off the pitch for many, what with the 2 hour games and the fan unfriendly structures lately, we should be looking at ways to get people back, as well as attract new fans, offering cheap tickets to sit in a squashed seat at Anfield isn't the answer either.
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    R2 Attendances

    Good shout about the demographics, at Huddersfield, our core fanbase is apparently aged between 46-65and we also have a lot of young families with children, who obviously don't travel well on Thursday or Friday nights, we seem to lack a good number of, say 16-30 year olds who would be the ones to travel regularly, as seen with some clubs.
  11. Apologies if it's been posted already, I've not seen anything, but there's a petition to save the George Hotel and bring it up to standard as it's now an empty ruin and an eyesore in what is the most prominent place in the town of the games birthplace in St George's square, the more signatures, the more pressure on Kirklees council to do something about it. As RL fans, I'm sure we all want to see it restored to it's former glory and a shrine to the game? https://www.change.org/p/save-the-george-hotel-in-huddersfield?recruiter=537577805&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_message.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial.pacific_post_sap_share_gmail_abi.gmail_abi&utm_content=okt_psf_tw_clinks%3Aclink&fbclid=IwAR2M8RNnvzxO4YT98-64RyC-nTzuspJOF4QfYdGBcQwBUJQ1CFmsZtpZVzM
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    R2 Attendances

    I appreciate where you're coming from and do agree with most of it, we should be looking to get more people through the gates at every club, i was merely pointing out that Leeds' travelling support is nowhere near as big as it should be, relatively speaking, even our away numbers are poor, as a percentage to our home gates, compared to say, Salford, Wakefield, Castleford etc.
  13. I imagine, hope, we'll be alright when we get anything near a full strength squad together, no disrespect to the ones who have come in and done a decent job, but Farrell and Walne were expecting to be going out on loan to the Championship, Grix, wasn't even registered as a player until 2 days before the first game, having taken up a role as u19's coach. We've run with McIntosh as full back, Gaskell as Stand off all pre season, Farrell was probably 4th or even 5th choice half back behind Frawley, Gaskell, Russell and Holmes, added to that, we've had to make positional changes throughout both games so far due to injuries etc. McGillvary, Cudjoe, Ta'ai, Clough, Jake Wardle, Russell, Holmes, Ferguson, the Senior twins and Roche have been nowhere near the squad this year, and we should be fine once we get some more experience back in.
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    R2 Attendances

    We took the flag to the game and presented it around the pitch and it now resides in Bar and Britz on Place Republique, Barend was a gentle giant who always looked after us in Perpignan, we needed to do a tribute to the big man! The locals were very friendly and welcoming as always and we had a great weekend in Perpignan again, as you say, not many of us as the Lloret holiday makers stayed at home, but it's quality not quantity with us.
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    R2 Attendances

    At Huddersfield, they usually have the biggest support, but not by a lot, considering the distance, the success they've had, the size of their club, their travelling support is pretty poor relatively speaking, quite a few times over the last few years they've struggled to muster 2,000 supporters at Huddersfield, still good numbers compared to most, but in terms of percentage of their home support, pretty poor.