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  1. If London could have a packed house with 3000/4000, the atmosphere would be terrific. Have London ever played in front of a full stadium?
  2. Cannot believe all excuses for not watching. The BBC offered a paltry sum, the RFL thought it was worth more (with which i agree) and tried an alternative method. If every fan had gotten behind the idea and the RFL delivered on money and decent viewing figures it may have made the BBC and Sky stop treating RL with disdain. Instead we had every excuse under the sun from people why they wouldn't watch it. Just don't moan the next time the BBC treat us like something they have stood in . I watched the cream of English talent play on the other side of the world, live, for the price of a pint and it really wasn't that difficult. Sometimes I despair!
  3. 6 mins to go, still waiting!
  4. 5 of Barrows 8 home games are Hemel, S. Wales, GAG, Oxford and N.Wales. They may be exotic but not competitive. Meaning no disrespect to the above teams. We play all the top teams away thanks to the skewed fixture list.(RFL)
  5. It is a combination but mainly that they are not as competative. If an expansion team were top of the league the game would be easier to market. 50/60 point walkovers are not good for either party.
  6. Barrow do not play Toronto at home, i am sure we would have had a bumper crowd. (Thanks RFL).
  7. People on here may scoff, but people consider £15/16 entrance fee to watch Hemel, Oxford, GoG etc too much when they can £2/3 to watch decent amateur games. My team Barrow have assembled a good team this year but because of the fixture list we only play 2 or 3 top teams at home.The rest of our home games are "expansion" teams. No matter how much the club advertises or how much publicity we recieve through the local press ( which is excellent) you cannot excite the public about Barrow V Hemel, etc. Consequently every year the crowds are starting to drift away. This may come over as a very Luddite, i am very pro expansion but am pointing out the reality.
  8. There is only one place in Cumbria for a SL team, Barrow! LOL
  9. It seems whenever Rep games are considered for Cumbria it seems to be exclusively Workington and Derwent Park that is considered. Whilst it is a pleasant little town of 25000 people there is a far larger town in the south of the county. Barrow is a RL town pulling in larger crowds than Workington or Whitehaven whilst being in a lower league. It is a well run club with excellent coaches, a good board and now runs an academy team. The coach has recruited the best locals and added Workingtons best player mid season. With a 30 billion investment comeing into the town over the next 20 years its about time we had a little recognition off the RFL with some Rep games.
  10. Reflecting on this years 4 nations and my overall opinion was apathy. We are supposed to be in the entertainment industry. The only thrilling game was hidden away on Premier Sports. Rugby league is my game but all the excitement has strangled with petty rules and persistant whistle blowing. The game should be about quick play the balls ( nobody pays good money to watch 3 man tackles and holding down), the ball being kept alive and running rugby. Perhaps it was because 1 team was far superior. I cannot remember either this series or the NZ series previous where there was any so called Biff. A bit of fisticuffs, nobody gets seriously injured but the crowd loves it and passions are raised. It seems the team are too scared to give a penalty away or perhaps the players are too pally. I would 1; reduce the number of subs to 4. 2; Sort the play the balls out, max 2 per tackle? time limit? 3; Kickin over the dead ball line. Play restarted from where it was kicked. eg; a kick from 40mts rolls dead restart on 40mt. Rewards accurate kickers. 4; tap restarts from anywhere on the 25mts whether the defence is ready or not. Why should the defence be allowed to regroup? I could go on. We would be kidding ourselves if we thought we convert millions with that durge. It confirmed the opinions of the unionistas that our game is 6 tackles and kick, certainly England. Never thought i would see the day when England RU out entertain England RL. Our game has the potential to be the biggest rugby code but the running game must be encouraged. Lets take our game into a made for entertainment 21st century.
  11. With Bradford being expelled from the RFL and possible relegation are we prepared for promotion?
  12. For me, Widdop was the biggest disappointment. 1; Interception pass. 2; Kicking out on the full. 3; The terrible 5th tackle pass to Burgess when Gale was lined up for the drop goal. 4; The missed drop goal. People say in these games it is making the right decisions whilst under pressure, he failed. It is being said Gale had a poor game but for me he wasn`t given enough responsibility and Widdop executed most 5th tackle plays. Sam Burgess afterwards that kicking out on the full just shouldn`t happen at this level and how it affects the team morale. Perhaps it was just an off day for Widdop, lets hope so.
  13. His name may not be widely known to people who only follow superleague but "The Bull" pulls on his shirt for the final time tonight against Scotland. For 10 years he`s given 100% for Barrow, he had the chance to play at a higher level but stuck by his home club. he was certainly good enough as many an opponent will tell you. Just a proper professional who deserves the testimonial send off against a international team. Well Done Liam and healthy retirement.
  14. He is certainy unpopular at Barrow. He has given some the most one sided refereeing performances ever seen at Craven Park (against Barrow). Indeed the fellow had to be escorted from the field last year! Perhaps because he lives 40 miles up the coast in Marraland but he certainly don`t like the south of the county! ps.He was excellent Saturday.