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David Shepherd

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  1. I think a lot of people are still suffering from the delusion that there's still a massive gap between SL and The Championship.

    There really isn't.  The championship has grown in quality in recent years.  The gap between the bottom of SL and the top of The championship is quite manageable these days.

    11 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    London’s team is very similar to the team they had in the Championship, I think I read 10 of the players that beat Saints were in the Championship last year.

    While London may well run at a loss this year, covered by David Hughes. I expect their losses to be greater in the Championship than in Super League, I just can’t see where they have spent an extra £2 million.

     


  2. 1 minute ago, hrtbps said:

    The era in which we dominated the Championship (league leaders from 2010-2013) only one of those years saw promotion/relegation and it was Widnes who went up.

    While some other clubs lied, cheated and bashed out the occasional artist's impression of an impressive stadium to maintain their place in the top division.

    But there's no point dwelling on the injustices of the past.  We need to keep doing what we're doing, gradually improving, while trying to eliminate cock-ups like last season.

    The land could be the game changer for us. If that comes off, we've got a big chunk of outside income to look forward to.

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  3. 1 minute ago, paulwalker71 said:

    You do realise that it costs a LOT more than £1.8 million to run a SL club don't you?

    I believe that the turnover at Saints and Warrington is in the region of £7million, and more than that at Leeds.

    Where would Featherstone (or Bradford for that matter) get the difference? We know where Toronto will get the difference, but I don't see people lining up to throw in money at the likes of Fev and Bradford.

    That's one reason why I actually don't want us to get promoted at the moment. That might sound strange to you aspirational Featherstone supporters. But I'd rather be a strong, healthy sustainable Championship club, until and unless we ever get a money man, than get promoted and then go bust (again) trying to stay there.

    Or were you looking to go up, spend no more than about £2m, lose every game and come straight back down again. And then have players on daft contracts that you can't afford (see Leigh for example). What would even be the point of that?

    TL:DR You're better off NOT getting promoted unless you've got a moneybags

    Pretty much agree with that.  

    I would guess that if and when the plans for the land come off, then the situation will be very different.  But we're about 3 years minimum from that happening.

    That said, if we did find ourselves in the unlikely position of being grand final winners, the emotional part of me we soon override any sensible thought.😄

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  4. 20 minutes ago, Sir Kevin Sinfield said:

    Featherstone are Rhinos B team. When reserves come in next year they will struggle.

    If you look at our squad, you'll see that we're only using Leeds to occasionally cover full back, usually one of the wingers and usually one of the centres.

    I'm sure we'll be fine without help from Leeds.  Indeed we've performed just as well without the temporary cover as we have when we've had it this season.


  5. 5 hours ago, Wolford6 said:

    Toulouse are wobbling and catchable so the RFL's nightmare scenario of an all-foreign final might be avoided. Assuming that Toronto will get there, they won't fetch many fans to an away game.

    I can't see how a game on a pitch marked out for multisports in Toronto would give the RFL any kudos or much money.

    Seriously, Odsal would be a good choice for the final. RFL-owned; central location; decent corporate hospitality; 5000 seats; good playing surface, big carpark and right next to the motorway turnoff.

    I think Headingley would be the ideal location, followed by Doncaster, Leigh, Warrington.

    With respect, Odsal is an awful choice.  It's falling to bits, looks terrible on TV and is not a pleasant place for the fans.

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  6. Super League shouldn't be helping any club.

    It's a club's responsibility to use it's available funding to put a team out, build a fan base and provide adequate facilities.

    RL is arguably in the strongest position it's been in for years.  Thanks to having a strong 2nd division, there are plenty of teams knocking on the door ready to take the weaker club's places and move the game forward.

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  7. On 24/05/2019 at 22:57, The British Lion said:

    Apologies if this has already been covered. I couldn't see that it has.

    If Leeds continue in what looks to be a huge struggle for them, and they finish bottom - do you think the SL and The RFL will stop this happening?

    London, also, having only just made it back to SL, and people believing we need a successful London team in the comp (I am one of those btw)

     

    With Toronto and Toulouse sitting 1st and 2nd, could the authorities be justified in promoting both these teams to make the numbers up to 14, ditch the stupid loop fixtures, and provide expansion, and security for 2 big name teams?

    How would you fans feel about this?

    Im not overly keen on overriding the promotion and relegation set up. However, personally I believe it would be smart to protect Leeds and London, and promote 2 expansion teams, in Toulouse and Toronto.

    Thoughts?

     

    You just can't change the rules mid season.

    If Leeds go down, then they're to blame.  They'll have a year of getting back some humility and visit a few places they've not been to for a while.  It'll do them the world of good and will no doubt be a one season blip.

     


  8. On 26/05/2019 at 20:42, Konkrete said:

    Yes. Second half. Fev fans chanting and pointing at the Bulls fans on the open terrace...

    Your father is a P**i

    Your mother is a slag

    on more than one occasion. 

    Pretty embarrassing wasn't it? I was sat a few rows in front of them cringing.

    Rest assured it was a small minority.  Disappointed the stewards did nothing.

    I've made my feelings known to the club.  It's totally unacceptable. It won't be the 20 or so morons paying the fine when The RFL are forced to act.

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  9. 9 minutes ago, Adelaide Tiger said:

    Ayup Dave, hope you are having a cracking day back in Blighty.

    I agree that there are fine chippies in Fev and that the Cas ground is an atmospheric dump.

    BTW Andy Shep posted on Facebook a couple of days ago that Council workmen had closed off part of Pontefract Road in Fev and the traffic lights weren’t working.  I don’t know what surprised more; that Fev had traffic lights or that Fev had electricity.  Wonders never cease. 

    Look forward to your response but it is nearly bed time for me.

    Luckily, I'm sunning myself in Ibiza at the moment, but I understand that Ponte is looking delightful in the sunshine today😄

    Amazed you know what traffic lights are.  Isn't it still 1876 in Cas and everyone's running around on horses and carts?

    Edit:  Remembered that you've been transported to the penal colonies.


  10. 12 hours ago, welshmagpie said:

    First time visit on Sunday for Fev vs. Bulls.

    Now I know enough about Featherstone as a town, but what about the ground - where’s best to spectate from? Anywhere decent in the ground for a beer? 

     

    Thanks all

    If you like standing, then it's just the Post Office Road end, everywhere else is seating.  I prefer sitting on the far side. For a big game like this, the away fans usually congregate at the railway end.

    As others have said, plenty of drink outlets.  Blue Lagoon under the far side stand is good and has a great collection of memorabilia. There's a bar behind the main stand, at the POR end and there's the fan zone near the main stand, which iirc has the widest selection of beer/lager/cider other than the clubhouse.

    There's food behind the main stand and at the POR end.

    Sometimes when the larger teams visit they put a  pop up bar on at the railway end.  Not sure if this will be in play on Sunday or not.

    You can park in the club car park for £5, or if you're tight like me, there's loads of side streets off Station Lane that can be used.

    Have a great day.


  11. 10 hours ago, Adelaide Tiger said:

    When you get there you will see two queues ... a long one and a short one.

    Stand in the shorter queue as the long one is for the chippy!

    Sorry, as a Cas fan I couldn’t resist the dig at our local rivals 🙂

    Some fine chippies in Fev Ian.  Small wonder the queue is huge.

    You poor Cas lot can only gaze in wonder at what a decent stadium looks like, refurbished without the benefit of circa £2M a year in Sky money😝

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  12. 11 hours ago, Kayakman said:

    I know its crazy..,.THING HAS TURNED INTO AN ALL DAY/NIGHT EVENT WHAT WITH THE:

    1)pregame meal and drinks,

    2) visiting the clothing store,

    3) getting lost in the beer garden,

    4) watching the game and halftime show,

    5) POST GAME ACTIVITIES AND THE BEER GARDEN ONCE AGAIN

    6)POST GAME MEAL AT THE 3 BREWERS WHILST THE NIGHT ACTIVITIES WITH EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE BEGINS

    7) 2am cab ride to hotel!

    Don't fret, we are learning more at every home match.

    I get the feeling I'm going to thoroughly enjoy Toronto on July 13th 😎

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  13. Talking to MC the other night in Ponte, to all intents and purposes he's our player to do with what we will.  The only reason it's a loan is because of Visa issues if we signed him properly.

    MC reckoned there was no chance of a recall, so I'd guess we're free to play him too.


  14. 17 minutes ago, SSoutherner said:

    And to repeat my question - I can see what is in it for them BUT....what huge untapped export market is there for the UK in those 3 countries and how will UK agriculture be protected from the increased competition ?

     

    Do you know that physical goods represent a tiny fraction of our exports? (One of the reasons why the CU argument is a bit of a red herring).

    Services are what we are good at.

    How is UK agriculture protected now?  The CAP does not work for them, it exists to keep French farmers happy.


  15. 1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

     

    They speak French in Quebec. The dirty beggars. - They speak Welsh in Wales, which is just as relevant

    Same laws? Some laws the same? - The same BASIS of Law i.e. Common Law

    Australia has some federal state system. Canada has territories. New Zealand has no upper house. - Scotland, Wales and NI have devolved Government.  However, all are modelled on the Westminster system.

    Aye. Although not everyone in the dominions seems happy with that. - Yet none of them have yet ditched Lizzie

    Closer than any other selected group of countries in the world? - With the exception of The USA, yes.

    Always? I mean, I have no idea. Do these canucks not have minds of their own? - A bit of research into goings on at The UN would help you here

    Not really. Canada is big and icy, Australia remote and hot. New Zealand is miles away and Maori. - How does this prevent our interests being closely aligned?

    I'm not basing international diplomacy on the fact that we can beat Canada at cricket. - That is not guaranteed.😀

    I'd suggest family ties are significantly looser now than at any point in modern history. What with Australia ending the White Australia Policy, Canada being open to people from around the world, and New Zealand not being Little Britain. -     And yet the top three overseas destinations for Brits sending Christmas Presents are Canada, Australia and NZ.  This indicates there may well be significant family ties.

    Does identical GDP smooth the wheels or is it a pointless addition to the list? - It means than none of the 4 countries are likely to be swamped with migrants from the other 3.  The reason free movement hasn't worked in The EU is that the economies of the outer countries are at nowhere near the level of the inner core. This has led to brain drains in countries such as Poland, Hungary, Lithuania etc.


  16. 1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

    There's a certain sameyness of opinion that most of the CANZUK crowd have. And apologies if this doesn't apply to you.

    But it can be summed up that they agree with this sentence: On balance, the British Empire was not that bad.

    Which, for most of the people in the world, is a shocking, ghastly, horrible, ill-advised position. That they all seem to share.

    Can you point me to the relevant article that suggests that this is British Empire 2.0

    It's 2019, not 1919.  The British Empire is ancient history and utterly irrelevant to this idea.  It's like some of the more looney Brexiteers claiming that The EU is essentially The Fourth Reich.


  17. 5 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

    That's your prerogative.

    I don't see anything in it that makes any sense.

    I mean, on that page you have a History undergrad arguing that the four countries should work closely in defence - tighter than any EU army proposal, incidentally - and the lead-in frames it that a good starting point is that our flags are similar.

    Same Language?

    Same basis of Law?

    Same Political Systems?

    Same Head of State?

    Already tight and close defence co-operation.

    A record of always voting together at the UN

    Interests already closely aligned?

    Sporting Ties?

    Family Ties?

    Almost Identical GDP per Capita?

     

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