Keith Nutter

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    Raiders v Toulouse and FIFA World Cup

    The RFL need to step in and make a decision on this one and not sit on the fence and tell clubs "sort it out yourselves". This is a so-called professional sport not a local pub darts league. The loss of revenue for the Raiders will be massive if the kick off is 3pm and will wipe out everything from the Just Giving page plus a whole lot more instantly. All for the sake of a slightly earlier kick off. Or is that what the RFL would like to see happen?? For god's sake the decision is a no-brainer given the magnitude of our national soccer team appearing in a World Cup Final. On the plus side if we don't get any rain the pitch may well be unplayable as it is rock hard and clearly dangerous to players being tackled into it. Just a thought
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    Raiders v Toulouse and FIFA World Cup

    The kick off time only needs to back 1 hour to allow fans to watch both (if it happens of course). Toulouse's travel arrangements will not be that restrictive that this isn't doable. The RFL must surely step in and sort this one out because a number of matches are scheduled for 3pm next Sunday. If the RFL do not step in and do this then they clearly are not fit for purpose (but we kind of know that anyway). This is an exceptional situation but not too hard to overcome.. At a pinch even a 2.30pm kick off would do and the club could set up a big screen at the ground and we could all watch the final after the main event :
  3. Couldn't agree more Padge. I have been saying for some time now that players/coaches are abusing the system to get a free interchange after 20 mins or so. Another issue is players feigning injury when the opposition get a repeat set to buy their side some time to gather themselves prior to the next onslaught. ALL teams do this. Very few of these players need to leave the pitch after treatment. Not certain how we legislate against this because some (very few imo) will be genuinely hurt
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    Newcastle Thunder Academy Development Day - Cumbria

    From the Barrow Raiders perspective, we have run a Cat 3 U19s academy for the past two years and compete in the College League Premier Division. Our Cat 3 set up also includes a U16s side who play two matches a year against other Academies (eg Newcastle and Salford this year). We also run eight week development camps for U12s, U14s and U16s. This is all funded remote from the parent club so isn't a drain on their resources. All matches are played on Wednesdays. This season we finished joint second in the Colleges Premier division and played league Champions Wakefield in the KO Cup Final at Craven Park, The attendance was 521. We have 5 players in the North of England College team to play the South of England in a trial match to select the full England side. Any club could achieve this if they have the will and we at Barrow are more than happy to give advice on how we set it all up, It is worth pointing out that we have excellent relationships with the local community clubs and the vast majority of our players are playing first team for their clubs in the NCL and North West Couties leagues. Every one is a winner.
  5. Yesterday lunchtime I was getting some last minute party stuff in Morrisons at Barrow-in-Furness and spotted Daryl Powell in there. Presumably he had decided to spend new year in God's Country :). Anybody else see any "celebrities" in unexpected places?
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    Cumbria & Cumberland leagues

    B&D League results and fixtures along with up to date league tables are published every week in League Express and the local paper (now the Mail). Competitions available are: Obviously the league (won by Barrow Island A, runners up Askam A). The league winners are Champions. Harry Warman Cup (winners Barrow Island A, runners up Walney A). KO Cup (final Askam A v Hindpool A to be played 15th September). Top 4 Play offs (semis this week - Barrow Island A v Roose and Askam A v Walney A). Final 22nd September. Ivor Kelland Cup (final Barrow Island A v Askam A to be played 29th September). There is also the Cumbria Shield for sides in B&D League and Cumberland League (Winners Kells A runners up Walney A)
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    Away Day Blues

    We won at Warrington in our 1983 Lancashire Cup winning run Phil.
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    Away Day Blues

    That's an awfully difficult question Steve :). I reckon that there are only three people living who could answer that one. If anybody else gets the right teams against the right year I will be astounded.
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    Furness Raiders Under 19s Fixtures

    Tomorrow night (4th Jan) 6pm kick off at Craven Park v Bishop Burton College (Hull). Get down and support the lads who have so far lost only one match this season. See if we can top the 200 attendance mark for this one - please spread the word. Entry just £3 (£2 concessions). Next Wednesday sees the lads play Roose Pioneers Open Age at Craven Park with a 7pm kick off.
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    Leigh announce Academy and pathway plans

    The Barrow model was agreed with representatives from all the local Community Clubs and rather than harming the clubs it enhances them. The U19s range in age from 16 through to 19 and all will play open age (most in first teams) in the coming season. The boys have access to Barrow's physios when injured and meet weekly (as a group) for a session with the first team conditioner. It is made clear to them all when they join that it is an opportunity with no false promises. Only a handful will make League 1 but they will ALL become better players and individuals hopefully. Maybe one day one will emerge from the group to reach SL. The College League is a great concept which I firmly believe will be embraced by more and more clubs in the next few years.
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    Leigh announce Academy and pathway plans

    Leigh is developing a model very similar to those already established by a number of Championship and League 1 Clubs. Barrow has been running theirs for two years now and this season their U19s squad (25 or so players aged from 16 to 19) are competing in the College League Premier Division under the name Furness Raiders. Underpinning the U19s is an U16s squad of around 20 players, some of who will progress to the U19s next season. For sure there are lads in the U19s who have been at SL Academies in the past but have chosen this route for a number of reasons. Many in the squad have played at international and County level via BARLA teams. People shouldn’t think that SL clubs take all the best kids – they don’t because some choose a career to run alongside their Rugby League ambitions. Virtually all of the squad work in Engineering (mainly at BAE Systems) and even the younger boys aged 16 currently earn circa £10k a year. All have the potential to be earning £40k in their day jobs by their early twenties. Even if they don’t progress to the professional ranks they are not risking their future employment prospects. If they did progress to a SL club at aged 20 they would always have an apprenticeship in the Nuclear Industry to fall back on. If they don’t make the pro ranks then they have a good job to continue with. The other bonus of taking the College U19s route is that there is little impact on the Community game. All the Barrow U19s players train with their respective Community clubs and play Open Age at the weekends. To me this is a win-win because SL U19s primarily are not exposed to open aged opposition. Of course some lads do choose the SL Academy route and (so far as Barrow is concerned) they go with the area’s blessing. It is their choice but at least the College set up offers a good option for others. The concept has certainly taken off at Barrow and the team is a self-funded organisation linked to the parent club but financially independent. The community clubs have a say in how it is run and all our coaches are drawn from the local amateur ranks. Out of interest when we play at home (at Craven Park) with an evening kick off crowds are excellent with the best being around 350 paying spectators. Even an afternoon kick off will draw a three figure crowd. What’s not to like really and good luck to Leigh with their efforts. Follow the link below to watch our recent match against Halifax ERA (which Fax won 20-16).
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    Canada link with Penrith

    Already happened. Phil Jackson (Barrow, Lancashire, England, GB star of the 1950s) was born at Canada.
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    V Keighley 25/1/15

    July 2012 when we put 48 past Haven and then 42 past Oldham in consecutive matches.
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    Match ON

    Today's match at Keighley is definitely ON.
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    Steve McCormack steps down as Swinton head coach

    Steve Mc is one of the sport's good guys who was always very helpful to me when I was trying to promote the Development Fund. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and I will always remember that. I hope he enjoys his time with his family but it is a real shame to see him no longer active in pro RL.