koli

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  1. watching on TV it seemed very clear to me that Gidley grounded short and then as his momentum carried him over Lomax prevented the ball touching the ground in goal. I was amazed that there was no comment from the commentary team.
  2. The tension between more games for total gross revenue and fewer higher quality games with higher averages has been going on since the early 60s since when we have had - a brief conference approach in 61/62,moving to a top 16 play off in 64/65 , to divisions with P&R in 73/74 and then from 1996 onwards SL with its various permutations of play offs. League programmes were never smaller than 30 games until the late 80s and in the 50s n early 60s were 38 or 36. Since the early 90s we've lost the County Cup and JP/Regal Trophy and FL Trophy(1980). So historically a club might have 20 to 24 home games.Since SL its been more like 16 to 18 and the extra cup/playoff games have much smaller relative crowds than pre SL. The winter season ran 8.5 months (Sept to Mid May) the current season runs 8.25 months (Feb to early October). So the season seems long only relative to very recent history. The various changes in the 60s and 70s (including the dramatic switch to limited tackle) failed to arrest falling attendances which carried on falling until the 1980s .At Saints for instance total attendances peaked at 434,000 in 52/53 over 24 matches (19 league) and by 1986 were 130,373 in 22 (15 league) where they more or less remained until SL and success re enthused spectators .2015 saw a total of 207,853 in 18 games (15 league and help for a WCC gate) the highest total since 1966. We're a bit snookered. By concentrating money into SL we've seriously undermined the attractiveness of knock out competitions or a conference type approach and therefore face the lack of variety and by not growing viewing figures because there wasn't enough money or players to create sucessful clubs outside our "heartland" we run the feeder league danger..A smaller league programme can't deliver a big enough rise in average attendance to offset the loss of games and with the gap between SL and the rest alternative cups can't offer interesting enough variety.
  3. The culture ,attitudes and psychology of the RL fan base would make a magnificent thesis for a social historian. The frequency with which you hear "thats it,I'm done with the game" over almost any issue under the sun dwarfs that of any other sport I'm aware of.I occassionally hear it from soccer but never from RU or cricket fans. I used to marvel at the tenacity of the Man City ,Sunderland and Newcastle fans to keep showing up despite relegation and lack of trophies .Maybe a 10 or 20% drop not the 75%+ that fallen RL clubs suffer. You'd think the ratio of die hards to casuals would be broadly similar .For whatever reason we seem to have a much higher percentage who demand success and top quality continually.The attitude seems much more consumerist in the sense that I've paid my money and so demand only the best-great rugby and lots of trophies rather than the sense of being there for the event itself and sense of comnmunity
  4. You can see it on delayed telecast in Singapore .Setanta at 0525am on Sunday morning.
  5. Looking back I miss the variety of the "old" season. County Cup in the early autumn as the league was just getting underway. and a chance since we moved to divisions to play the lower league clubs. Aus visiting every few years in the late Autumn Floodlight Trophy brightening up mid weeks as the winter drew in.. Christmas/New Year Derbys Gloom of February lifted by the early rounds of the cup May climax of CC,and Championship (League and Premiership once we went to divisions).
  6. I think a lot has to do with kids no longer playing ad hoc games in the streets/parks/playgrounds and the growing dominance of soccer over the last 40 years. As a kid in the 60s we played touch all the time-maybe 50:50 with kicking a football around .A generation earlier it was 80:20 .Organized teams didn't start till U11 and it was all school teams until 16 or 18. Natural ball players would already be pretty well developed skill wise before formal coaching got hold of them.Today a much larger percentage of the natural half backs get creamed of to soccer in their early teens and with the decline in unstructured play generally maybe the intuitive feel doesn't get developed in the same way.
  7. They were one of the best supported sides in the post war period through to the early 60s.during the 70s n 80s the theory was always that they were a sleeping giant attendance wise.just too long out of the top flight seems to have put paid to that.
  8. The "hey day" was 1946 to around 1960.I think the record year was 1947 or 8 with an all game average of over 12,000 and 6million in total through the turnstiles. Top clubs in SL back to levels of the early 60s.The big changes of the SL era have been the big drop off in lower level gates and the collapse in Cup gates (which were usually bigger than regular league gates)
  9. Assuming some lifting of the salary cap at Champ1 level the proposed system allows an ambitious club with a supportive board/investors to have a defined pathway to getting into the top division.it is in effect "put your money up first" licensing which is surely better than the current system.
  10. The Vine Tavern were a famous club in the postwar period.The area Thatto Heath and Portico a real hot bed of the game and so different teams form/reform down the years.in recent years Thatto Heath Crusaders have become the major side in the area with a very impressive club house etc. Took us long enough to copy the RU model of club house n social side to build more "permenant" amateur clubs.
  11. In retrospect I think the main problem was simply attitude.The players were always looking for ways to cheat-twisting,lying across the tunnel,feeding etc and the crowds basically accepted that that was to be expected from professional players and wouldn't allow the ref to effectively police the rules.While an RL scrum is inherently less stable than an RU scrum a much better attempt could have been made to enforce proper body position n feed.
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    Viking Warrior n Lowfield have it spot on.Only outside of Merseyside would anyone consider a Sintillener a Scouser and to a Scouser wer're forever as wooly backed as anyone from deepest Yorkshire and no surer wind up than to call us Scousers. Given the outward spread of council housing since at least the 1930s it is pedantic not to consider the inhabitants of West Derby,Kirby,Huyton ,Halewood etc as anything other than Scousers. When I was going to school in West Derby in the 1970s you'd occassionaly met a true "native" in their 70s or 80s who had a SW Lancashire accent but it was rare enough to be thought exceptional.
  13. I'd be very interested to hear what from the newspapers themselves about how they decide the allocation of coverage between RU n RL. As businesses you would imagine they have some financial basis for deciding how much coverage to give each sport and some relationship between what their readers want n what they get in terms of coverage. The implication from their actyions is that over the last 30 years or so ,although RL attendances have gone up ,the interest in RL from their readership,at least relative to soccer,Cricket n RU has gone down. Something David Sadler could organise?A forum with sports editors of the major papers and a fact based discussion on how they decide their coverage?
  14. It was two Wigan directors talking on the show so probably not Kel. They also had Cliff Morgan on that show who talked about how he turned down several offers.In the 1960s 5 grand would have bought you a big detached house in the best parts of any northern town. with soccer still having a maximum wage cap until the early 60s ,RL players were actually pretty well paid (when they won) compared to other sports and the average wage at the time.