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  1. Chris_T

    Test Match Party

    Well done to the club it was a good afternoon, and well done to my little mate lily for getting us all £1 drinks for the second half, people have had turnstiles named after them at the mount for less, Batley legend!!!
  2. Chris_T

    New Structure

    keV N suggested at his pre-match speech last week that the West Yorkshire clubs (us, Rams, Bradford, York,fev,Halifax,Keighley n hunslet )are intending to form an alliance with regards marketing, he said all the chairmen get along pretty well and they are hoping to work together to promote the championship for the West Yorkshire clubs.
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    I guess that's how MD has wanted them to play all year, for one reason or another it hasn't happened. If we played like that week in week out then it would be a joy to watch the dogs. Fingers crossed it continues in the next two games then we can feel some positivity going into the off season. The players who stood out for me today are the ones contracted for next season which bodes well.
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    Yaha turns his back on RL The pioneers of Rugby league expansion the Heavy Woollen Donkeys managed it😁 We were a group of blue sky thinkers though, just get Mr Rimmer to give us a call for more marketing ideas. Note the quality of our press releases.
  5. Chris_T

    New league structure revealed

    You clearly have tunnel vision in relation to this thread as I have given my opinion as to what value I feel Championship teams bring to the game and you have ignored it and gone back to teams going bust etc. I truly hope that SL moves so far away from Batleys level that we couldn't get to them via Jodrell Bank, but it wont happen with a few quid extra if you don't address the bigger picture, and It is not the Champs holding you back, its the clubs already in Superleage. The powers that be need to show some guts and force Toronto, Toulouse, London, Newcaste and Coventry into superleage and get rid of the bottom 5 asap, give these new clubs double the funding of the rest of SL for 10years minimum (taking it from the top 5 who clearly shouldn't need it as they are head n shoulders above the rest) . That's what SL needs, taking money from the Champs will change nothing longterm if we don't change the teams playing in SL, all that will happen is the cash will go into the same pockets, the quality of entertainment will not increase, and at best Smedleys may come in and battle it out with Batchelors to be the official mushy pea of SL. Without radical changes we will go round in circles yet again. Blaming the Championships for the lack of progress in the game is like the Chairman of Kodak blaming the cleaners for the company taking its eye off the ball as to where the industry was going (the cleaner did deserve to be paid by the way, even though he didn't make the cameras, that in turn brought in the cash)
  6. Chris_T

    New league structure revealed

    The Superleagues proposal is that the lower leagues and the RFL get 1m per year less in funding after 2021 if the Sky Deal stays the same or increases, if the sky deal is less, then the championship takes the hit for the whole amount and SL keep the same (what's yours is mine what's mines my own springs to mind). I don't think anyone in the Championships, fans or Officials can argue with SL getting the lions share, but lets be honest, there are only 5 clubs in SL (Wigan, St Helens, Leeds, Warrington and Hull) whom can be classed as truly super league clubs based on income and infrastructure , regardless of a decent season here or there for the rest, Skys subscribers and advertisers are not in it for a Wakey V Salford televised Thursday night match. Batley will finish 7th this year, and will get between 150 and 200k? im guessing at that as I don't know the exact figure. If SL is in a position where it has to claw back such a figure then SL has VERY BIG PROBLEMS. You repeatedly talk of Shut or bust teams in the Champs but fail to mention those whom are run far better than a number of SL clubs on a shoestring, you also state that these clubs do not contribute to the income of the game. In the Time that Wakey and Cas have been in SL (I'm not having a dig at theses clubs in particular) Batley have built 2 new stands and terraced the remainder of the ground, built 3 bars, directors boxes and gyms and a wrestle room, we became the first club to have classroom facilities at the ground to cater for kids whom struggled in a conventional school setting, our community team engage with 1000's of school children every year, provide cheap childcare at their school holiday camps, We found and developed Alex Walmsley, Supported Keegan Hirst when he was the first RL player to come out. Gave second chances to Josh Griffin and Greg Johnson when they had been discarded by the game. We have SL teams borrowing the training facilities of Fev and Dewsbury as they have not invested in their own. This doesn't directly bring money to the Sky bid but does add value to RL as a whole, however there are 1000's of Championship fans whom subscribe to Sky, who go to the challenge cup final, and the SL Grand final, whom attend Internationals, this does add to the Sky bid. We all know that there are a number of SL teams whom if they get another 200k a season it will go straight into the back pocket of a Tod Carney, Luke Walsh or a Willie Mason, and will not help the UK game grow. Again I'll say, if SL are so desperate for an extra 12.5% of not a lot, then they should sort their own house out and stop blaming Championship clubs for holding them back, Our Chairman has suggested a compromise maybe SL could counter that with their own compromise and we could meet in the middle because alienating albeit a few 1000 championship fans whom support the game from grassroots up to international could have a bigger impact on SL than the SL clubs realise.
  7. Chris_T

    Wembley Crowd

    Not sure on the route This year, last year's was almost a 10k run as we were delayed on the M1, but had to be at Wembley in time for a lap of honour as it was the 120year anniversary of our inaugural win. Hopefully this year's will include a couple more refreshment breaks!! We will be noticeable by our pink t-shirts.
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    Wembley Crowd

    There's at least 50 of us on a trip from Mount Pleasant as part of our annual pink weekend. We will be walking 10k from the trailfinders stadium to Wembley and the kids will be jingling their buckets in every beer garden on route so bring your change!!!. The bulldogs have raised a staggering £14000 for cancer charities this weekend with the Wembley walk sponsorship still to come, a fine effort for a club with a hardcore fanbase of 600ish with £65000 raised over the last 5 yesrs.
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    Dewsbury sunday

    Phildog, you have an uncanny ability to see the negative in everything, you conveniently ignore the fact that players can't sign anywhere untill September and choose to believe rumours from rams fans. We have had three outstanding seasons in the last 8 and we will have more to come regardless of who leaves this season, why not enjoy the amazing day the club have planned for today, which other club would put on a weekend like this and give such a large amount to charity? Wait for official announcements regarding transfers and enjoy the fact that you support such a great club because you can be assured that deep down every rams fan there today, regardless of the result will be a little jealous of the events we make of our summer games, and our recent history, there is no matchday experience that comes close to a summer's day at the mount and were lucky enough to have some success thrown in there to boot.
  10. Chris_T

    Injuries and replacements.

    Is Tomlinson the son of Max Tomlinson the winger we had around 97. Thought I saw them talking after the game.
  11. What are the Championship clubs taking from the sky money? does anyone know? I know the top 4 do pretty well but what do the rest get? £200,000ish? if so how is that extra cash staying in superleague going to Radicalise things. The headlines are saying 'radical changes to RL', but all I see is a few tinpot northern towns telling a few others that what they do is no longer of benefit to the game as a whole and that they don't add value. Since our increased income from our 2016 inclusion in the Super 8's Batley have built a new gym, a new wrestle room, a whole new bank of sponsors boxes which are fully occupied for 2018, a new digital score board, new seats in the stands, refurbishments of all the toilet facilities around the ground, new PA system, revamped the main sponsors lounge/bar, got another 2 lads into the community team, engaging with thousands of local school kids and saved the rest for a rainy day. What would the so called elite do with this extra few quid a season? my guess is blow it on an over the hill Aussie. I don't feel that SL or the RFL owe Batley anything, but I do know what we do get is of benefit to the game as a whole, Batley Boys ARLFC are based out of Mount Pleasant with Hundreds of Kids from Tots to open age all using the Clubs facilities on a weekly basis. Whats the risk if SL clubs take the decision to alienate the 6-700 hardcore Batley fans by cutting our funding all together? Many fans that currently subscribe to Sky Sports, that organise coach trips to Wembley, to Old Trafford, to Internationals, Fans that get up at 5am to run Carboot stalls to raise funds to send their kids to the Rhinos Butlins camp, fans who referee local and national matches? Championship fans are not just fans of their respective clubs, they are the lifeblood of the whole game and its a game that cannot afford to loose 1 single supporter. I'm 100% pro expansion and if we are talking about being radical then lets do it properly, 10 team superleage with marketable city teams, Leeds, Manchester, London, Torronto, Toulouse, York, New York etc. give them all the cash from Sky. Wigan Saints Wire etc form a feeder league for the top sides and Batley Dews etc a feeder league for them, that's radical. Taking the scraps from struggling Northern towns and giving it to slightly bigger struggling Northern towns aint radical and aint gonna change a thing. By the way Batley are holding their second community great get together in memory of our MP Jo Cox on Sunday. a chance for the whole community to come together at the Mount. The British Asian Rl will play a curtain raiser along with a women's RL Match, Live music, dancing, rides and activities for the kids, followed by our league game with Sheffield, best of all its completely free for everyone, a great fathers day out for any RL fan, come along and see why we are relevant to the modern game...
  12. Chris_T

    Team for Saturday

    I'm only 37 but for the first 32 years of supporting Batley I turned up at the mount, and only knew who was playing when I saw them warming up. I always enjoyed supporting my hometown team just as much before the recent listing of the 19 man squad. Cant understand the anger fans have for such minor things, squad listings, music on videos, vital squad membes being kept match fit at another club , blah blah blah. Life is too short for pessimism, just go to the game and enjoy watching whoever pulls on the shirt and be thankfull you weren't born a mile to the East or you'd be a Ram.
  13. Chris_T

    Problems out wide

    Put Ward on the wing then enjoy watching the Toulouse wingers expression when Patch kicks to the corner.
  14. Chris_T

    Batley cap

    Id chip in for that Piggy, Needs to be at the club Ill PM
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    Batley cap

    Id chip in for that Piggy, Needs to be at the club I'll PM you.