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Kevin Nicholas

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  1. I have never said there was no praise for the result ( how can anybody not praise the result) as i have only mentioned the coach. ” If i took time to read it”. Are you serious? I take plenty of time to read everything which friends tell me I shouldn’t. That doesn’t mean the BOD with me as Chairman sack the coach because a few on here say we should. Anyway let’s just see how we go. I personally am very positive about our players and coaching staff and only time will tell if i am misguided or not. See you at Doncaster for a great game hopefully.
  2. I did not mention praise or pats on back but just said that the coach should get a small amount of credit for a win when he has had blame for losses but... Players/Teams win games and Coaches lose games i should already know that’s how it is. No need to understate this win against a full time team though.Widnes are a young team generally due to bringing on young players and also their recent circumstances. That young team had beaten everybody but Toronto so they are decent full time players. Yes they did not have Gelling, Craven and Gilmore who are experienced but we did not have Galbraith, Brambani and Brown to name three experienced players. They had 2 young players making their debuts but others were all in 25 man squad apart from Speakman who is experienced and probably would have been in 25 had they not signed him late from Dewsbury. Most of the players that played against us will play against York this week. So we did not beat a weak team. Anyway that game has gone now, we move on to Doncaster. By the way the gates relatively have not actually gone down but have held their own so far compared with previous years. They still need to be higher to help us compete but i think that is obvious. I have made the credit point but wont be dull and make it again in future.
  3. Just looking for any posts on here saying well done to Matt our coach for getting our result against Widnes. Cant see any so well done Matt!! One swallow doesn’t make a summer so still need to get some results over next few weeks to turn the corner but will only get a true idea where we stand after Summer Bash when we will have played everybody once. Matt has got plenty of blame for our losses so surely he deserves a small amount of credit for a win to balance it up. Not a lot but just a small amount of credit would be nice to see but hey if people don’t like him regardless that explains things. Things may or may not change over Easter but everybody will try their best for the Club. Doncaster, Dewsbury and Swinton will also be trying their best and there lies the problem not the coach, players or even the board.
  4. Agree. Very dull. Wish i knew how Brexit was going to end though.
  5. I think nobody for one minute thinks I am saying bet on us getting relegated and anybody saying that knows the position but are just saying that as a way of trying to undermine what I have actually said. The simple fact is that the only thing they want to hear from me is that the BOD are sacking Matt. Anything else is not worth saying . So be it. i was asking for support for the War Chest as simple as that to help the club compete better financially . So far there has been one person joined from the Forum and for that I thank him. It was because I believe we will not be relegated that I gave the insurance policy that you could have your money back and doubled if we did but I think all people knew that. If you didn’t you know now. If you don’t want to join to help the Club then don’t. if people insist on being negative there is nothing I can do to stop them other than sack Matt. However as Chairman then rightly or wrongly I will remain positive as the supporters I speak to at the Club are disappointed and down but are still positive and supportive which is very helpful in the present situation. Everyone is trying hard to get us back on track.
  6. Congrats to both Steve and Clare who are both good rugby league people. Steve is now absolutely magnificent in the job he does for the Benevelent Fund. He did a great job in his tenure at Batley and after Peter Fox and of course Ron he is now the third person with Batley connections to get this honour. A proud Club.
  7. We always need more members in our War Chest so here is an offer which begins now and expires midnight on 30/3. If you agree to become a new member in our War Chest by paying £100 for season or £5 everytime we win a game then if we are relegated you get whatever money you have put in back and win the same again. So if you have put in £100 you get that back and another £100. If eg. you pay in £25 for 5 wins and we get relegated you get your £25 back and another £25. If we are not relegated then whatever you have put in helps the Club pay any winning pay and each win you have a chance yourself of winning £100 in our members free draw and get 50p a pint off in Rons lounge before each game whether or not we win. It is a win win situation surely? Please no sarcastic comments but either agree to join or don’t. No issue either way. There are no other conditions just a straight join or don’t. i will let you know if we manage to get any new members on Sunday. You don’t even need to be a Bulldogs supporter to join! Trying to turn a negative into a potential positive. If you wish to join then email me and i will confirm your membership number to go in the draw. Indicate whether you wish to pay £100 or £5 per win. My email is- kevin@batleybulldogs.co.uk
  8. Thats good Roger as i am happy to talk to you whether i agree with you or not as long as i have got time and on Saturday don’t think it will be that busy.. Same goes for anybody else. I have rarely agreed with a coaches choice of team 100% for example and i have often spoke to them and they can always explain their decisions and i still don’t always agree but as they say” it’s good to talk”. i dont offer to talk to be in some way confrontational and it is easier than typing on here.
  9. A totally unfair comment and attempt at a put down. We may not have the resources to ensure we publish our 19 man squad first but if you check it is out there on the Friday generally or early Saturday before game on Sunday and Rob kindly puts it on here. Also for home games we have our matchday magazine with that and more info in it if people sign up for it. This is the best we can do as simple as that and we will continue to try to do our best in all areas but sometimes it will not be good enough.
  10. There has been some shall we say harsh criticism of Matt Diskin by a few people on here. Obviously calling for him to be sacked. In the first half v Toronto the criticism continued and looking at the score whilst I don’t agree with the criticism I can understand how it came about. However after a halftime team talk from Matt we drew the second half against a very good full time team yet the same people then go silent and cannot give a little bit of credit or muster a glimmer of positivity going forward. I am not for one minute saying all our problems are suddenly solved but whilst I wouldn’t expect a sudden change of heart surely a supporter who wants the best for the Club could try to show a little bit of a balanced view and acknowledge that Matt has overseen at least a small improvement if nothing else. I appreciate they still believe we should sack him but a bit of fairness wouldn’t go amiss. It is all about looking at it with a bit of balance which the BOD try to do knowing that we can’t please everybody but trying to run the Club in a stable way . After all in the time we have run the Club this is not the first time there have been calls to sack a coach. There were calls to sack John Kear , we didn’t and he got us to a Grand Final in 2013 and Qualifiers In 2016 which shows that there are other ways to address problems other than sacking people. Sorry if that is cut and paste but you either have principles that you try to stick to or you don’t and much to the obvious annoyance of some we do. Lets just all try to get behind the team against Toulouse and you never know we might continue to improve a bit more. They are another good team with full time players and far more resources than us but we can give it a go! We are fully aware of their budget as we tried to sign Ford a few years ago and failed miserably as indeed did Featherstone but that doesn’t stop us trying and possibly our best performance of last season was our win at home to Toulouse so it could be a great contest. If people are not persuaded to come to the game so be it but we can only hope they will.
  11. I read your comments and insults. I have no bull to add and no cut and paste and no excuses. if you wish to discuss come and speak to me but if you dont want to then dont. Against advice from good people i will probably still read your comments but there is little point me posting any attempt at positivety as i appear to have no credibility certainly on here. The Board headed by myself will continue to do what we think is best for the Club which will not be good enough for posters on here. I wish that was not the case but it is .
  12. Lewis is likely play 20 mins in Hull reserves to improve his match fitness. It has been agreed between the coaches and at our suggestion. This is Hull helping us and the player and we are happy with this.
  13. Anybody who is saying that the Board are asking for big money for the privilege of playing at our ground needs a massive reality check. If anybody has connections with Huddersfield Giants or indeed Dewsbury perhaps they could enquire of chances of playing at their ground and if so the cost of doing so then perhaps the smell of coffee would drift under their noses. Please don’t pursue this and just enjoy Batley Boys starting a new era in NCL.
  14. Barrow Prize- £190 Winning ticket 8986 Unclaimed- check your tickets! It was announced, went on scoreboard and on board by players entrance but not on board behind GT Stand which will sort next time. Distracted by such a disappointing performance with so many errors. We cannot afford to lose at home so now need to get on track without further ado!!!
  15. We have agreed that Rams and SL season ticket holders on production of their ticket at the turnstiles can get in for £10 in 2019. we know it is an increase but it is value for money and relects the rising costs of running a Club
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