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  1. We need to max publicity for the Toronto game. Can Canadian Embassy help? BBC London. London Live. Standard. ?
  2. Hope we can attract some more locals. Need to get some advertising up around the Ladder.
  3. Really looking forward to it. Optimistic too. RL in London feels like it's in a better place than its been for some time.
  4. Rangers' approach does seem the right way to build a new league club - have the ambition to grow but lay down roots first and build foundations (having a fixed base is essential - nothing kills a club more than constant moving around). I really want to see RL grow in the south but it seems to be revolution (let's create a club here) rather than evolution - revolutions almost always fail. Coventry is a good example of evolution (and my team Skolars). Key then though is to success on the field. Spending most of your semi pro life in the bottom half of League 1 isn't great for building a fan base particularly if that means some regular heavy defeats.
  5. Spot on - progress takes time and effort. The CC is a credit to Skolars and Wigan, who I gather have been really supportive.
  6. This is a bit disappointing after Toulouse and Toronto was hoping for a more exotic expansion location like New York or south America .... seriously though be good to get Rangers in the league and hopefully continue to grow them.
  7. Curse you for doing this on a day I work (clearly not a problem for the city boys and girls!) Seriously great effort by the club. Looking forward to getting back to New River for the game against Broncos at the end of the month.
  8. Well we didn't do badly last year
  9. Agree Toronto and Barrow at the top. Certainly see Skolars challenging for top 8 place. I don't think Oxford will bottom. Goodness knows about Hemel.
  10. Born and bought up in Newbury, Berkshire in 60s and 70s. Zero local interest in rugby league. My introduction to RL was via Grandstand on BBC Saturday afternoon. In 1981 I went to university in Bradford - so went from somewhere where RL was invisible to where it was the main sport in town (Bradford City FC were really poor in those days but had the fantastic Cess Pod playing for them). Living there I watched the game and luckily when I moved back south London had been created and have carried on watching/supporting the game ever since. Am very lucky that I have a team 20mins down the road from me in east London. Not sure in the 70s I would have ever imagined living in the south, being a ST holder of a RL team whose first game of the season will be against Toronto! But hey....
  11. As a Reading FC supporter and remembering the dark days before JM came along, he would be great for Bradford
  12. I am bias but what a great kit!
  13. We need to keep things as they are for a while and recognise that clubs like Toronto and Toulouse won't be hanging around L1 for long but are fun to have there when they are! Over the last 4 years, with a slight blip due to the temporary move, I have seen Skolars grow as a team to the point we were in the top 8. We need to play the bigger clubs to achieve that. Stability will also help the others grow. A bigger league also means list weekends when clubs do not have games.