Ivarr the Boneless

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  1. To be fair to the RFL, the didn't get rid of Oxford. As an ex season ticket holder my understanding is the club owners pulled the plug. The failure to provide agreed Development Officers and the decision to change C1 from a development league to a semi pro league were the RFL's watch and probably had a large influence on the Oxford owners decision but ultimately I believe it was their decision. Having said that, turning C1 amateur would be a massively retrograde step for southern RL. If they do it the player pathway down south is likely to collapse. You either then massively fund Broncos and southern development to preserve the southern pathway or wave goodbye to it. Talk of a serious standard southern conference now is total pie in the sky. We don't have either the players or the clubs. Wipe out Skolars and Hemel, and if you take away the pro elements I bet a fair few volunteers will walk, and it's likely to be hopeless down here.
  2. I think it will be me done too. Not through choice but I can't see a southern player pathway surviving this. If that collapses then I can't see any serious level RL being played down south in a few years. Living in Aldershot the decision to stop watching RL may be being made for me.
  3. A C1 owner I was speaking to last season predicted that C1 would be cut adrift. Looks like he may have been on to something. I'd agree the amateur distinction is important. If this is genuine amateurism then Hemel, Skolars and West Wales, in particular, will be hugely impacted. If this is still semi pro why use the word amateur?
  4. London’s latest rising star

    Darrell started out at Cavs, he was sent down by his RU team to stay fit over the summer. I don't think the two younger lads played serious RL until they moved north. Mark 'Bulldog' Shaw could confirm if he passes through as he was a leading figure with Cavs then. To be honest I think it's a pretty impressive list irrespective of where the younger Griffin's first played RL. I don't think it's exhaustive either, Rob Worrincy and Will Sharp spring to mind.
  5. London’s latest rising star

    Whilst I'd agree with you on the younger Griffins being northern developed, Michael Changing is very much a southern RL product. Born in Surrey, started in RU and converted after being released by London Irish. He moved north for career reasons, Tony Rea told him he was going to be released so he went on loan to Cas, earning a contract. He went to Fevfrom there and then returned south. Which other ones do you consider to be dubious? I've seen nearly all the other names play for Broncos at academy level. There's one more I'm not sure about but that's still a pretty impressive list.
  6. The army have played every CC home game in Aldershot in my decade or so living here. Can't see this playing anywhere else. Easy enough to get to from London by public transport, the No. 1 bus between Farnborough and Aldershot stations goes past the stadium. You get quick trains to Farnborough, Aldershot line is slower. (Note it is the smaller of the two stadiums, the bigger one is athletics and football.) Just off the A331 for drivers, follow signs to North Camp. Limited parking at the ground but parking is easily available close by, either in the car park just past the stadium towards Shot or in a car park behind the stadium. Sadly I'm due to be in Hartlepool that weekend.
  7. Nigel Wood

    The government is currently hot on sports governance and taking this into consideration in terms of funding going forward. I know people in both ice hockey and volleyball and both governing bodies have had major governance overhauls recently. Both as a direct response to the government's direction of travel I'm told. I hope the RFL are squeaky clean on this and it doesn't raise any issues about governance. If so the long term ramifications could be serious for rugby league. What is currently being cited seems to raise some potential questions. Hopefully what has happened will be made clear and a full explanation provided. Failure to do so looks bad even if they are all squeaky clean and perception matters. Any potential sponsor will tell them that.
  8. Eddie Hearn ' Monitoring RL'

    Barry lost substantial sums on Leyton Orient. In return ownership of the ground was transferred from the club to a company owned by the Hearns, he also paid the club some cash. The club was intended to pay rent to him in the not too distant future but the mess at Leyton Orient since his departure may well have seen that change. When asked why Barry was quoted as saying " I don't write off money. Why should I? It's not a charity." Doesn't sound too likely that he'd buy into a London club given neither own their own ground or seem particularly likely to break even putting together a good Championship side, never mind a competitive Superleague team.
  9. Lewis is a real prospect however unless London progress he'll have to move on to fulfill that potential. Lewis and Tuoyo Egodo both stood out as having real raw potential when I saw them on dual reg in Championship One. Tuoyo may yet have something to say about being the best London developed RL player, though next season is massive for him if he is to do so.
  10. Toronto v Halifax venue

    The stadium is owned by the Council. They have a contract with a football team that gives them priority. Thetimings are out of their control. Both London and Oxford have had issues with pitch work, am well aware of that.
  11. Toronto v Halifax venue

    As a dual Oxford / London Broncos season ticket holder I expected to go there last season. Personal issues meant not. However I do have an email from a friend of a friend in my inbox offering to show me around Toronto if London play there this year. He may or may not be the only RL fan in Toronto. That game may or may not play in Toronto but let's give the folks in Toronto who have fallen in love with the sport some credit. I am an ex regular at Prescot Panthers and ex season ticket holder at Oxford. It falls to bits in this country too.
  12. London Broncos 2018

    It may just be he wants to return to live in London. Skolars have picked up a few players over the years who could probably play higher due to them wanting to return to London. With Oxford and Gloucestershire gone and Hemel based in Yorkshire he doesn't have much choice unless he wants to spend a lot of time traveling.
  13. London should try a groundshare with Wimbledon

    I believe that name is trademarked and Wimbledon have permission to use it. I suspect there may be issues with a nomadic rugby league team trying to use it.
  14. London should try a groundshare with Wimbledon

    As a long standing Dulwich Hamlet fan suffice to say that whilst the situation is very serious, it is far from game over. Much of the recent press coverage is derived off the back of one press release by one party in current events. It is just possible an element of spin was applied to their press release. Southwark Council have confirmed talks with the developer have restarted. There are numerous potential endings to this still. The club may go, don't stick your mortgage on it just yet though. It's currently still quite possible that it will survive. Broncos did view Champion Hill years ago with a view to moving in. I can't see it happening now. I can't see them buying into another stadium. David Hughes seems to be cutting back investment/hurling less money down the drain. Unlikely then he'll find a share in a stadium, even if he can find someone offering to sell a share.
  15. How do we make Bristol a success?

    Long since sold out. It is owned by Meadow Residential LLP from memory. One lesson Bristol can certainly learn from Dulwich is try to secure your own ground as soon as possible. Land in Bristol isn't particularly cheap so there's a risk of developers lurking there too.