Colin James

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  1. What if England win the World Cup

    It's a safe bet to say the RFL hasn't made any contingency plans to capitalise on such an outcome.
  2. He says they won't have to go there again this season but looking at the table, it's still possible for Rochdale to finish 4th which would mean going to France for the semi-final wouldn't it? Best not tell him that Toronto and Catalans could mean three trips abroad next year...
  3. Bradford relegated

    Genuine question, if the RFL had kept out of things, would Bradford still be at Odsal or would they have been forced (or chosen) to move out?
  4. Bradford bulls

    Sending off played a big factor obviously but that was the ref's decision, nothing to do with Swinton. We've been on the other end of a lot of calls this season, including in the reverse fixture, so it's high time we got a break. After the red card, as is often the case, the ref spent the rest of the game trying to even it up including pulling our winger back to give us a penalty for offside against Bradford when he was clean through having caught a high kick unchallenged and steadfastly refusing to get another card out despite some of the worst dissent I'd seen this season from Hallas and one or two other incidents. We played the conditions and didn't get drawn into anything that would see us getting a man sent off. Yes we were gifted an opportunity by the harsh red card but we played the game well and in fairness were leading and on top prior to the decision.
  5. Your club's greatest 1-17? Name them here

    We could go back to the 1920s when Swinton won "all four cups" in the 1927-28 season but I doubt anyone in here is old enough to remember that team. In the 1960s the club won back-to-back championships so as you say, that team would dominate an all-time 13 but I will stick to players I saw play.
  6. Your club's greatest 1-17? Name them here

    Swinton 1994-present (none of these players make an all-time team) FB: Ritchie Hawkyard W: Simon Ashcroft C: Mick Nanyn C: Gavin Price-Jones W: Marlon Billy SH: Ian Watson SO: Chris Atkin P: Mike Morrison H: Andy Ackers P: Lee Hansen SR: Paul Smith SR: Andy Coley LF: Lee Marsh Decent team that and I think it could compete at the top end of the Championship. Plenty of power and some speed in the backs.
  7. Championship clubs fear Superleague changes

    The clubs have too much power. They will all vote for what is in their own short-term interest. Problem is, I don't see anyone who people would trust to take charge of the situation and make decisions in the wider interests of the sport. Whatever decisions are made, some clubs will suffer. And whoever is making the decisions will get abuse and insults from fans and journalists. There's very little thought given to the bigger picture and the result is short term fixes with no consistency of structure. The game is at a crossroads but I don't expect us to go decisively in one direction or another. We'll be back here again in a few years time.
  8. Championship clubs fear Superleague changes

    That's not even close to being true. Manchester Rangers record attendance is stated as 358 on their official website. Swinton's average attendance this season is double that.
  9. New structure with 13/14 teams

    Given the constant moaning from SL coaches about fatigue and injuries, a week off can be seen as a positive.
  10. Super League is the problem not England. They could have had the training camp and midseason international without changing the SL season fixtures. You have players away on international duty? Tough. You should be proud and honoured they have been selected. I agree the season is too long as a general point though.
  11. Swinton

    From a Swinton point of view, Oldham have always been tough opponents the last few years because they have run hard and play an aggressive game. That aggression wasn't there today for some reason. To be fair, your forwards did lay a decent platform. You had a lot of good position yet somehow never threatened to score. It was like you had forwards who could make metres up the middle but when they got you there nobody had a clue what to do next. Who is to blame for that? Coach? Half backs not good enough or just on an off day? The thing with that style of one man rugby is, it's fine when you are winning but people won't put up with it for long when things turn sour.
  12. Summer Bash venue

    It's something the players enjoy and it can be exciting for supporters if the matches are right. As an extra fixture it raises questions of fairness. Situated where it is in the season it is always in danger of being full of pretty meaningless games. The obvious solution is in the much criticised 8s. Teams have seven fixtures at the end of the season. Why not have three at home, three away and one round (penultimate one?) as the Summer Bash? This way you are sure the teams will be reasonably well matched having finished in a similar league position. The games are more likely to have some significance attached with relegation or progression to the Shield at stake. Would be two games a day which isn't too much for people to sit through and at the back end of the season results in other games could be decisive for your own prospects of survival.
  13. Summer Bash venue

    The season is too long and this contributes to supporter apathy. I'd scrap it. League One cup can take place at Magic, that will be great for them. I like the idea of taking a round of fixtures to one venue but in its current guise it just doesn't work. That's not the fault of the venue.
  14. TV details for Samoa v England

    It's like they want to keep the game and the fact we have an England team a secret. The 2013 World Cup opportunity has been totally squandered. How many televised games will England have played between that World Cup and this year's?
  15. How? Super League has had four winners in 20-odd years. One of those clubs has gone bust several times. It failed to even get a sponsor a couple of years back. Another year it's 'sponsor' didn't pay a penny but put pictures on some lorries. It's not producing players who can win internationally. Still there are clubs with crumbling stadiums. The game remains firmly stuck along the M62 with minimal interest or media coverage outside that corridor. Participation isn't growing. We've lost Sport England funding. The only household name in the sport plays in Australia and is famous for his stint in the other code. Our best players go to the NRL/RU. What is there to ruin? See it's easy to be negative