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  1. I think it's better for Magic to be in a city where it makes a real impact locally, and London is just too big for that. We have the Grand Final for the heartlands, Challenge Cup Final for the capital, Magic Weekend should be somewhere else
  2. No worries Oxford... Next year maybe! Managed to see the last few mins if the first half. Tremendous atmosphere and a BIG crowd
  3. The sun is out, the Quayside is buzzing and Salford v Widnes is slightly losing its appeal... We will get there for the 2nd half I'm sure
  4. Will probably start the day in the Free Trade Inn out by Ouseburn then work our way back into the city in time for kick off. Happy days!
  5. Good turn out at Kingston Park but not a great game so far. 16-4 to York at half time.
  6. At our hotel in Osborne Road. Seen a few Hull FC shirts
  7. Gotta love Beamish. Currently having a pint or three in the Station Housein Durham before heading up for the Thunder game
  8. Update on the Durham pub situation: there's a new one opened just a minute or so's walk from the railway station. It's called the Station House and is at the bottom of the road leading up to the station, so very handy for the train. Four real ales and four ciders/perries, all served straight from the cask. Also a few wines and spirits if that's your thing. Warned the owners to expect a busy weekend and they're well up for it.
  9. Get your skates on re accommodation, if my other half is right rooms are already selling like hot cakes. If you can't find anywhere in Newcastle, don't forget the very nice city of Durham, it's on the East Coast line and full of good pubs. A Thunder curtain-raiser on Friday night, as per this year, would be a great idea. Thunder offered a really good deal on a combined ticket deal for their game and the whole weekend, I'm hoping that is repeated in 2016.
  10. Special congrats to Boston's Head Coach, former Thunder winger Robin Peers. Just goes to show you that RL can really take you places!
  11. No, because we keep working on getting the message across - hence the reason that two or three consecutive years would be a good idea. Plus a (hopefully) viable pro team in the area doing their bit all year round.
  12. No negatives for me - so what if Union has some big games in the same city in the future? It happens. A lot of North Easterners only have a vague idea of the differences between RL and RU and aren't at all interested in their rivalry. Let's have some confidence in the product - on and off the field, Magic Weekend was an enormous win for RL. I strongly suspect that anyone who goes to one of the RU fixtures expecting more of the same will be somewhat disappointed. On the subject of one code taking advantage of the other, I have to say that Newcastle Thunder's marketing (and delivery) of their Magic Friday event was extremely effective, and just could not have happened with the old set-up of a few part-time staff and volunteers doing what they could on a shoestring. Having access to the the marketing and event organisation teams that the Falcons have built up benefitted the Thunder enormously. The article only looks at the impact in Newcastle, by the way. I expected Toon to be buzzing with RL fans - I was more surprised to see the same was true in Durham on Saturday morning, and I'm sure that was replicated in other towns in the North East. I agree that a return in 2016 is a must and should be announced ASAP. It's good to keep the event moving around to keep it fresh and target different markets of potential new fans, but I think two or three years at a time at a given venue is a good idea and lets you build on the first year's impact.
  13. For what it's worth, I don't think the Falcons actually own the Thunder. Semore Kurdi owns the Thunder, just like he owns the Falcons. As he hails from Jordan I doubt that Union/League tribalism means much to him. I think we should take the Newcastle Thunder regime at face value and trust them to deliver a better future for the club, unless we have evidence otherwise.
  14. Yes, Newcastle RLFC, 1936-38 - though in the second season they played south of the river I think. A Thunder fan wrote a really good book about their history, details at