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  1. owls

    How do we build support?

    it is still a sport that had no history and now established in cities like Sheffield, Nottingham, Coventry and Belfast with crowds a lot of league teams would love to have and very much a family sport, lets hope Newcastle and Coventry can keep up the spectator growth,
  2. owls

    How do we build support?

    Ice Hockey has established itself in places where there was no history before, maybe we need to take a look and see what they did,
  3. owls

    Oldham and Rochdale to merge?

    I for one hope this is not true, mergers very rarely work, the only 2 that I can think of are Headingley and Roundhay in Union and the 2 Inverness football clubs, you need a neutral stadium, and a name that links to both towns and that's just the start, we don't want to lose any more Lancashire clubs, we need 2 or 3 more including Manchester, regarding Gateshead, I am certain they had a few 6,000 crowds,
  4. Never did like the name Super League, RUGBY 13 ELITE LEAGUE,
  5. owls


    Which non league/conference team has the best stadium ?. are there any pics available,
  6. I for one would love to see a top class team in Coventry/West Midlands, being one of my target areas in the UK, however I am not sure the Wasps connection is the way to go, my main concern is that they would be used as a summer stadium filler, hopefully my concern is unfounded and it would be a genuine go at firmly establishing Coventry as a league big boy, hopefully the Bears would be involved ,
  7. I will be amazed if any tv company has much interest in a SL2, the 10 big boys in SL will demand and probably get even more out of the money pot,
  8. 10 team leagues and a rebranded championship , no, no and no again, how can retreating to an even smaller league be good for the game,
  9. A lot of what you say makes sense , my conference idea was a few years down the line if and when the player pool had grown and clubs firmly established, in union the pro 14 have accepted two Springbok teams, and from what I have read there are plans for a Canadian, US , German and Spanish team to enter in future, the southern hemisphere league accepted an Argentinian and Japanese team into their league with a Pacific team on the agenda also, I look on with envy, may be just may be we can learn something from them,
  10. What was super league set up to be, not a rebadged division 1 with the same teams, yes expansion has struggled but we should never give up on it, ice hockey and basketball have achieved it, no reason we cant, we will never get the attention the game deserves if we stay in the so called heartlands, not money not tv exposure or written print, we cant compare with football but we can certainly challenge other sports, Toulouse should have been at the top table some time ago but all we seem to do is put obstacles in their way, if North America is a success and only time will tell then conferences have to be the way to go, UK conference east, UK conference west, French/euro conference, and possible southern England, North American conference, for now the French elite league should be absorbed into the pyramid, UK Cities to be targeted, Newcastle, Coventry ,London, Bristol and Manchester, retreating to the m62 corridor is not the answer, that is just stagnation,
  11. owls

    Headingley redevelopment

    Landsdowne road in Dublin had a similar situation to Headingley regarding one side, they found a way round the problem,
  12. and too far away for away fans to travel,
  13. owls


    Another major problem with mergers is where do you have the stadium, the stadium itself has to be in a neutral place halfway between the 2 towns,
  14. Some really good positive news coming out of Avignon/France, somehow the French Elite league needs to be part of the pyramid system, on a par with league 1 and open to any ambitious non French European teams,
  15. owls

    Coventry Bears 20th Season

    Lets hope they get large numbers through the turnstiles, we really need Coventry and Hemel to succeed,