Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

577 Excellent

About Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

  • Birthday 07/12/1950

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    near Salisbury
  • Interests
    sport (RL [obviously!], table tennis [as a player], ice hockey, GAA, shinty), choral music (especially the Anglican tradition), family history (in Shetland), bird-watching

Recent Profile Visitors

3,608 profile views
  1. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Have you ever won anything big?

    Just send two back; then you'll have a hattrick! I'll just get my coat and three hats...
  2. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Food and drink thread

    True, but what a way to go...!
  3. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Drinkwater leaves Catalans

    I am not disputing your account, hvy wg, but find it bizarre that an agent doesn't follow his client's wishes. in the circumstances, why doesn't Drinkwater do the negotiations with les Dracs himself and save himself the agent's no doubt fat fee?
  4. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Food and drink thread

    Thanks for the reminder, ckn - two of my favourites. Have you ever tried Aberdeen butteries (aka rowies)? A wonderful breakfast, comfort food (if not the healthiest ever created!)
  5. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Food and drink thread

    plenty of them ripening nicely in the New Forest, just now, MS.
  6. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Dear Diary

    Oh yes. I was picking some only yesterday - delicious in a pie with apples!
  7. OK, thanks; look forward to that!
  8. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    The Battle at the Bottom of the Championship

    Thanks, GR.
  9. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    The Battle at the Bottom of the Championship

    I understand that the new structure includes a 14-team championship. What I seem to have missed is what that means for teams in this season's Championship and League 1. Will there be any relegation from the former to the latter? How will the 'extra' Championship sides be selected?
  10. I have always understood that there were a few other factors at play, not necessarily mentioned explicitly on here so far. First, was the view that it was noble to take part in recreational activity without pay, the 'Corinthian' spirit; well, yes, if you can afford to...! This wasn't peculiar to rugby union. You see the same attitude in, for instance, athletics, while soccer managed to have two approaches side by side - amateur and professional. The former gave us sides like the Corinthian Casuals, but over the decades arguably became compromised (like, some would say, Welsh rugby union), so that in the closing years of the old FA Amateur Cup, for instance, the dominance of north-eastern teams from the Northern League (itself, I believe, the world's second oldest soccer league) was somewhat farcical as they were, de facto, semi-professional. Second, although players in the NU may have felt they deserved to be paid, a more immediate consideration was probably that club directors often knew that their best players would be forced to make themselves unavailable if there were no broken time payments; such working class players simply could not afford not to work a full working week (as it then was). Third was the issue of competition. The RFU seems to have disliked this and watched with either alarm, contempt or both, as the association code embraced it fully. In the north, the Yorkshire RFU had established the Yorkshire Cup as early as 1878, as a knock-out competition, but the RFU never liked it, I understand. However, NU clubs (and their owners, in particular) could see from soccer's burgeoning success that competitions, including week-in-week-out leagues, were popular with the paying public. Fourth, there quickly became a different emphasis, which would soon affect the playing rules. It is easy to forget that the emphasis in union was on playing, not watching (and maybe, to an extent, it still is). the concept of professional sides striving to increase spectator numbers is a phenomenon that is barely twenty years old in the 15-man code. Spectating at union was largely centred on internationals and the county championship, the latter of which would have had a profile within the sport that it has now lost. The notion of watching club matches was rudimentary, and of course all such games were played just for the fun of the immediate encounter; no league structure, so no points won or lost. If a match could not be played on the scheduled date it was - to be linguistically precise - cancelled, not postponed. Fifth, there may well have been unease in the south about the apparent technical superiority of northern clubs' play. This most obviously manifested itself in the county championship which was inaugurated in 1889 and was won by Yorkshire in seven of its first eight seasons; Lancashire won the other! No doubt that would have encouraged a view in London and the home counties that the loss of the mercenary element from parts of the north was not a great cause for concern! All the above makes me understand, with the benefit of hindsight, that the great split of 1895 was frankly inevitable.
  11. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Haribo to invest in Super League?

    So that will be an immediate improvement...!
  12. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Haribo to invest in Super League?

    Or forced rhubarb...!
  13. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    Carcassonne plan for SL

    For their sake, I hope not!
  14. Wiltshire Warrior Dragon

    French Scene

    Any recent news on where Lezignan will play following their stadium fire?
  15. I can understand the ref missing it. That's why you have goal judges. So how come the goal judge didn't see it!