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    help needed parking ticker

    had an email from NCP today advising they have found evidence of payment at the time with an incomplete reg number They have agreed to waive the penalty charge The power of the forum to my rescue
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    E-Programmes

    I think non issuers are Hull KR, Bradford where the prog is an insert in the local newspaper, Rochdale who do a monthly magazine, Newcastle and I would guess West Wales as nothing last year Toulouse do little more than a sheet and I have seen Toronto progs on ebay so they must issue The NCL has been pretty much 100% and I have only failed at Crosfields who when I asked apologised and found me an old one and Ovenden who gave a different excuse to everyone and I think only produced occasionally I doubt more than about five or six clubs produce at a lower level, with Cumbria the most likely. Welsh clubs were always frequent issuers but there was nothing at Bridgend when I visited last year. Nottingham always do a decent issue
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    E-Programmes

    I think this is quite hard to understand for an RL supporter who follows one team, the programme is a miniscule part of the day out However as my moniker indicates I am trying to visit as many grounds as possible, before the amateur ones vanish, as they almost have in Hull. I also do this in football and the hobby is much more common in that sport The day out is about the sport of course, but also viewing the town and in some case the local pubs, sights etc. the programme is part of the day for many enthusiasts. There is a debate on the football site between people who wont go without a programme and those who ridicule the idea The hobby is expensive and there are multiple options of where to watch rugby. The original poster chooses to go to a match with a programme and if KR don't do one, he will spend his cash on a match where they meet his requirements. He is not walking away from the sport because of no programme just choosing where he will enjoy I must admit to being in the middle, I was delighted to get 2 progs at challenge cup ties over the weekend, especially at grounds where there was none when I visited before but at the level I watch, 98% of clubs don't issue so it will never be important PS Apologies to the original poster for speaking for him if I am incorrect
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    E-Programmes

    I was at both Bentley and North Herts Crusaders Both produced what I believe was their first ever prog
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    help needed parking ticker

    Thanks for the replies However my main problem is that an initial letter was either not sent, not received or just possibly filed under junk Either way I appear to be out of time for an appeal although I will try If they say no then I am back to accepting this or ending up with considerable costs. That is my present conundrum
  6. I am looking for opinions advise from those who have better knowledge than me iI have driven over 30 years without one until now and am not sure if to fight it as costs will build I parked in an NCP car park for between two and three hours with work The machine required the car reg and I typed this in and realised I was wrong after just the first but having typed AV16 not AU16. I went to delete and the ticker printed with just the four digits. Having paid with the only cash I had and this was £3, I returned to the car and wrote the full correct reg on the ticket Three weeks later a parking ticker went to the lease company and they forwarded this, advising they had provided my details and to take no action until I heard from NCP. The incident was late November and the ticket was issued on Nov 3. this was supported by photos of the registration taken when the car entered and left so no one would have seen the ticker Hearing nothing I did not chase and received the ticket yesterday advising that I had not paid the discount for early payment was passed and I should either pay or hear from a debt collection agency. There is of course no address, phone or email I can either pay £100 as I did make a small initial error or find an address for NCP and write and explain, advising I had not received any opportunity to comment and that I would like to appeal do noting tell them to take me to court but not use a debt collection agency as they should not add costs to a ,matter being taken by them to court I don't feel happy with the first option, not just because of the cost. the second is unlikely to lead anywhere the third is probably stupid let them take me to the small claims court I favour four but if a debt collection agency and even the small claims court is involved, I could hot heavy costs that I would struggle with Any advice. I accept there is no actual correct answer
  7. I think we need to forget the idea that the league is designed as a pathway to the championship What it is designed to be is an opportunity to keep the game alive in the south and slowly grow. There is little if any central funding available and if these means finding local players then it is better for the game than bringing in heartlands players to win trophys A much better question is how many will be able to support some form of youth development and how many players can move on elsewhere If RFL finance is available then bringing back developments officers has to be the ideal
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    Challenge Cup 1st Round Draw

    In recent years London Chargers have used Skolars ground for Challenge Cup ties
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    Rant thread

    I thought sport ended when they banned cigarette advertising is it still going?
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    Bradford Bash?

    7 hours standing. possibly in rain in Bradford with limited facilities nearby and shall we say traditional toilet facilities it's an opportunity for RL fans to show how tough they are Alternatively they might just give this wonderful opportunity a miss
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    Hemel pull out of League 1

    I don’t think the fact that 300 to 500 people watch a team winning every match in Hunslet and where the admission cost is an optional £2 programme and who have no ground costs means that 1000 will turn up paying £15 Having said that £75000 per year would be great at every NCL club, as most would be invested in facilities and development officers and nowhere in SL or championship with a couple of exceptions use their money for anything but wages
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    New NCL Teams

    Don’t forget Nottingham moved 12 months ago so may not be on the ground you have been to just need Hensingham myself and possibly Gloucester who move frequently
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    Anfield parking

    The bus service from the city centre was a bit hit and miss for the 4 nations. It ran from across the road from the station, opposite the entrance to the bus station On the way out one of the stewards expressed surprise at the numbers as it was way above those for an LFC home game. This should not be a surprise as the majority of the crowd for the 4n was from outside the city Afterwards there were about ten or twelve double deckers waiting and we got on the last but one but even at say 10 x 80 that was nowhere enough and anyone behind us would have had to wait for the buses to get to the city and back It is still probably the best way unless you are either very early or willing to walk 25 mins or so
  14. Just noticed the game is off on Yorkshire Men’s website 11 games off already No longer interested in summer v winter debate and not got any answers to the problem, just not going to make any effort to find another game. Totally disillusioned and we can refer to other sports but nothing compares with this situation. off to football, possibly for ever as I think the sport as gone past the critical point and will not recover. Eventually the lack of juniors will start to effect the semi pro game will just restrict myself to Coventry games for now
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    Those nice tories

    Story from yesterday Was driving from home to Bradford to watch West Bowling and pulled into I think Woodall services and on leaving saw one of that near extinct breed a hitch hiker He actually wanted Bradford and soon we started talking His background was just hard luck but the response showed how we are now in the UK He had had a stroke and his wife then found someone else, someone he knew, so he had hit the other person and this had resulted in a restraining order, so he could not go to his own house. He had lost his job as this involved driving and the stroke precluded HGV work As he was homeless, when he went to the benefit office, they 'could' not help him as he had no address so he had been initially hot bedding and then homeless. He had however got a job interview for Monday in Bradford and had hitched from the south and spent overnight in a services. He had no plans for yesterday until Monday or none afterwards He had tried the salvation army but they now charge and want the money in advance. The price may be modest but was not in his range. He had not even eaten properly for a few days. He was planning on sleeping rough until then, watching the football in Town park in the afternoon There was no short, medium or long term plan just the hope he would get the job. The interviewer knew his situation and still wanted to see him. I really wish him luck However the real telling point about today might be this. I was scammed by a hitch hiker for I think £10 thirty years ago and because of this I offered a burger and some water in Bradford rather than maybe finding the £60 to get him into the Salvation Army hostel I would consider £60 is a lot to me right now but the petrol to Bradford and back just to follow my hobby would be about half that so maybe not I can blame the tories who are responsible for the benefit system where homeless people and especially those to quote Tebbit get on their bikes cannot get help. I can say that things are worse in our attitudes now than they weren under Maggie but I think twenty years ago when I was really struggling, I would have helped more