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  1. I shall be at New River watching the all London game and then the Capital Clash afterwards. Great start to the 2018 season and at least there will be one London club in the next round!
  2. challenge cup

    Worth remembering that the awful travel problems in the NW reduced Wigan fans attending. I think actually the CC is on the up. The BBC screening every round has created loads of interest. For the first time this Saturday I’m off to a round one match. In football the FA Cup dipped in popularity a few years ago. Of course it’s almost certain a SL team will win (upsets are possible earlier on) but it remains a great day out and last year at the final I sat next to Skolars, Broncos, Leeds, Castleford and Halifax fans as well as Hull. The cost of getting and staying in London is an issue but, no, no, no! Keep it going!
  3. Help Reading Raiders RL

    Oops thanks - changed.
  4. The only RL team in Berkshire, Reading Raiders, have just lost their main sponsor and are trying to raise enough funds to keep going. If you can donate anything, please do - https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-reading-raiders-rlfc
  5. New York, Boston and Hamilton in 2019

    That's the key - having enough time and resources to promote the game and club with the locals like Toronto did.
  6. The Revolutionary Code

    I don't think there is any thing intrinsically left wing about RL or for that matter many of the things the sport has done which are highlighted in the article. Next Friday Skolars' play in the heart of the city in a match sponsored by the Irish Stock Exchange amongst others, so clearly the game can sit happily in the beating heart of capitalism. I have to say one of the reasons I like RL at the level I watch it, is that there is a community feel to it and it feels more connected to the fans than even lower tier football (that and the beer).
  7. Its changed loads for me. In the 1970s, as a southerner, I could only watch RL on Grandstand, now I can jump on the bus and 30 mins later watch London Skolars (or jump on a train, tube, train and bus and see Broncos two hours later).
  8. The Revolutionary Code

    Interesting appeal to lefties to follow RL because its progressive. I have actually previously argued that in London this should be a marketing/selling point for the game to people who watch the likes of Wimbledon, Clapham FC or Dulwich. Clapham FC is down the road from Skolars and despite being in the Essex league (I think) were getting much bigger crowds than us with zero away fans. Mind you given our owner is a city financier probably an antifa link may not be something he's keen on...
  9. Ignoring the poll and associated issues I would say that at its best RL is the most exciting sport. At its worse (eg uneven games or, as can bedevil L1 games, when refs constantly stop play due to penalties) its a bit pants.
  10. Challenge Cup First Round tie live on BBC

    Firstly, it’s great the BBC is doing this. Great also that it must be in response to the positive impact of last years screenings which I really enjoyed. Secondly, I agree with A.C. above about following a side from the go. Where to start? Only one place. New River. Given the London Clash afterwards it should be a good attendance and would give the game a boost in London (surely BBC London would cover it in their news).
  11. Nothing in London I’m afraid.
  12. BBC Promoting RLWC final (not)

    One thing to add though ... RL fans on Twitter (and there are plenty) are pretty poor at retweeting when media outlets like the Mirror, Guardian or BBC tweet about WC. I could say the same about comments on the website stories too. If the BBC or whoever puts something out and we don’t react it reinforces the view that no one is interested.
  13. BBC Promoting RLWC final (not)

    I have to say BBC Sport are putting a lot of Tweets out on Twitter. The little clip on the BBC web sports page (on front page too) is good but not sure to what extent it’s being promoted beyond that.
  14. It is indeed. From the ‘merger’ of Oxford and All Golds. Season after next in L1.
  15. To return to the original question - yes! The one-sided games have not been great but I have really enjoyed watching PNG, Ireland, Tonga and Soma this weekend. I'm looking forward to next weekend. I like RL and I like the WC, warts and all!