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  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. 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...
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Nothing in London I’m afraid.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. It is indeed. From the ‘merger’ of Oxford and All Golds. Season after next in L1.
  11. 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!
  12. There is Bristol Sonics, Swindon, Devon Sharks and Cornwall...but I would be surprised if any drew more than friends and families.
  13. Not sure where they will be - Sonics seem to play a long way out from the centre.
  14. I was in Bristol this weekend. Lovely city. Many things struck me about it - local people have a strong sense of identity with the city, it was a big counter culture/radical edge, locals are passionate about the two football clubs, there are strong local communities, they have a basketball team and RU team too, lots of hipster types for want of a better word and big student population. I will be very happy watching London Skolars play the new Bristol team (although continue to regret the demise of Oxford and All Golds) but my question is- What needs to be done to make this a success? How do we avoid another Oxford or All Golds)? Positive responses only please! A couple of ideas: - build engagement with local community groups - have some 'exhibition' games in the city - link with local breweries (great beer in Bristol!), partly to engage with the hipsters who I think are a distinct market - offer cheap tickets to students - find volunteers to promote the game (leaflets in local coffee shops, pubs etc,)
  15. I don't really see how RL is going to grow in London unless the sport's ruling body start investing in promoting it. LB and LS owners are left not just funding the two teams but also promoting and marketing. I know about Skolars' and I know they do a great job with local schools and Barnet and Southgate College, as well as the game in the city in January but this only takes you so far. A proper targeted marketing campaign takes time, skill and proper funding. There is a market(s) for the sport but it has to be identified and targeted, otherwise despite all the good work done, crowds will remain at the 250-300 mark all die hards like me. I was in Bristol over the weekend. Its a radical, lefty town, loads of independent shops, a punk scene (gigs included UK Subs, Menace, Revillos and Cockney Rejects - it was like stepping back into 1978!) It has two passionately supported football teams and a basket ball team (plus a RU team). So, who is the market for RL? Like, in London, where there is no history to fall back on you have to let people know about the sport. (Appreciate this is OTT of LB's new coach).