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About Leyther_Matt

  • Birthday 11/14/1986

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  1. Whenever I think of scrum caps, I always think of Johnny Lawless at Halifax. His career would probably serve as a decent timeline in the evolution of scrum caps as well, I'd have thought.
  2. 4G pitches already in use in the Super League and RU Premiership so no issues on that side. They're allowed in football as far up the pyramid as Conference National (Maidstone have one if memory serves me right) so it rules out Coventry City but won't be a problem for Coventry United, assuming they actually start next season as I believe they aren't the first 'protest club' that have been set up by CCFC fans?
  3. Gigg Lane is slightly different in that regard as it was Swinton's home ground at the time of the NFP final, and in fact it's probably their longest consecutive tenure since leaving Station Road?
  4. I've seen games at 10 of the 12 current Super League teams (only Saints and Catalans to go, both of which will be done with Leigh this season) Only current Championship ground I haven't been to is London Broncos at Ealing. Have seen Toulouse at both Stade Blagnac and Stade des Minimes. In League One, I've been to Barrow, Coventry (in their NL3 days), Doncaster, Hunslet, Keighley, London Skolars, Whitehaven and Workington. Getting to quite a lengthy list of defunct clubs and old/moved grounds. Blackpool (x2 - Bloomfield Road & Memorial Ground) Celtic Crusaders (Brewery Field) Chorley Lynx (Victory Park) Doncaster (Belle Vue) Gateshead Thunder (International Stadium) Leigh (Hilton Park) London Broncos (Griffin Park) North Wales Crusaders (x2 - Racecourse and The Rock) Oldham (x2 - Boundary Park and Whitebank plus seen a few of their groundshares) Salford (The Willows) Sheffield (x3 - Don Valley, Bramall Lane and Bawtry Road) St Helens (Knowsley Road) Swinton (x2 Gigg Lane, Park Lane plus the various groundshares) Warrington (Wilderspool) Wigan (Central Park) With internationals at the various football grounds etc, I've seen RL at 66 different grounds with 29 of them currently in use in the three professional divisions. Yes, I do keep a spreadsheet of this kind of thing.
  5. They entered for quite a few years. Leigh played Lokomotiv Moscow at Hilton Park in 2002, Strela Kazan at Hilton Park in 2008 and Lokomotiv Moscow again at LSV in 2009.
  6. After a couple of hours in the pub it might have taken a bit longer than half an hour
  7. Although if staying at the Ibis Central (or drinking in the Melting Pot) you're probably better getting a bus from the Jean D'Arc bus station next door that goes within 5 minutes of the stadium rather than hiking for the tram stop.
  8. Ibis Toulouse Centre is a good base, next door to the bus station where buses run virtually right to the stadium in Blagnac and all of 5 minutes stumbling from the Melting Pot. Stayed in 2009 and have tried a few others since (the Ibis opposite the station and the Novotel Caffarelli) but return to the Toulouse Centre for our Challenge Cup game there last year. Usually easy enough to get Ibis voucher codes online as well and cashback with Quidco etc.
  9. She also carried out the official opening of Leigh Sports Village.
  10. Nothing wrong with the rules for me, but both England and NZ would benefit from trying to 'out Aussie' the Aussies. For what it's worth, I thought the atmosphere at Coventry for the England-Scotland game was far superior to what would have been likely at a heartland ground where there would have been an expectation to sit and back and wait for England to rack up the points.
  11. Thumbs up for the Soccerbus from me as well. £5 return on the train from Newton-le-Willows to Lime Street, but for another 20p we were able to upgrade to a day pass that included the Central-Sandhills train plus the Soccerbus. Bargain.
  12. Loftus Road also hosted the Great Britain vs New Zealand game in the 2005 Tri-Nations.
  13. Thoroughly enjoyed it myself, despite the cold. Got parked up free of charge at the Longford Bridge pub 10 minutes walk down the canal with a chippy opposite that was handily still open after the second game. First time I've been to a game where there was a bigger queue for the men's toilets than the bar! Beer prices extortionate, but to be expected and kept on paying it anyway. Ground all very functional with helpful stewards and the like. Had some decent seats out wide behind the sticks, end of the row at the row in front of the vomitory so great for dashing to the bar and missing none of the game! Our group of 3 Leigh fans, a Wigan fan and a Saints fan had a great laugh with a group of Saints fans in front of us that included a Scot from Bellshill who was cheering for England; thanks for sharing your picnic! Pleasant surprise to see so many stay for the seco game although it did thin out a little as the weather got colder, though that gave the opportunity to chat with some Wasps fans nearby who were enjoying the whole thing. Enjoyable experience all round and I hope it's the springboard for the Bears to grow. Also good to get a parking spot in mind for when visiting the Ricoh in January when Bolton Wanderers play there!
  14. Bit trickier on that route for public transport on a weeknight but will be travelling NLW to Lime Street for the 4 Nations Final.
  15. Manchester Piccadilly to the LSV can be done in less than an hour now via the V1 bus service on the guided busway. Alternatively there are regular bus services from Wigan and Bolton, and local train services to Atherton and Daisy Hill which are both less than 3 miles away.