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David Shepherd

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  1. Hats off to whoever organised the shirts being ready on Sunday. Bet they sold a fair few. I know I woke up on Monday with a raging hangover and about two hundred quid worth of Fev gear lying around the house. The hinges on my wallet are always loosened by Strongbow.
  2. I like the way London have gone about their business since they were relegated. It's hugely encouraging to see so many locals in the team. Hope they continue along this path and don't go for the Aussie journeymen again.
  3. Don't know why people are so hung up on London's ground. It's a wonderful place to spend the afternoon watching rugby league, especially in the sunshine. With the proposed addition of another stand it will be more than adequate for next season. Even the beer prices are decent.
  4. Really pleased for London. Bet Parky's keyboard looks like a plasterer's radio.
  5. getting rid of the million pound game? OK, it was never a classic, but for drama and thrilling entertainment that was superb. Rugby League will be poorer for not having it next year.
  6. Total clusterf#@k. That fat oaf at Leigh has pretty much destroyed the club, with his ego, stupid decisions and general douchebaggery. A good number of his disciples thoroughly deserve the situation they find themselves in. As a group they took their lead from the sun deck king when it came to social niceties and looking down on "those less fortunate". I have zero sympathy for them. There were however, always a minority who found the Degsy era an embarrassment, they have my deepest sympathy. Fev are not much better either. Our reliance on Leeds and failure to run a reserve has lead to us fielding less than a full team in at least the last 8 games. I'm thoroughly embarrassed and think both clubs should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. The end of this season can't come quickly enough.
  7. No matter how many players both teams manage to muster, I hope it's a decent, hard fought game. Wouldn't blame any fan of either team for not bothering.
  8. Fine with me. The more the merrier. Somewhere I've never been. Hope we draw them away.
  9. Surely watching egg dribble down the ambulance chaser's cheeks is worth £250,000?
  10. It's awful how your county has been butchered and turned into Greater Manchester and Merseyside etc. There's less for us fortunate enough to be born on the sunny side of the hill to take the mickey bliss out of. My late father was a proud Boltonian and Lancastrian, he never recognised the new "counties", although he was smart enough to move to Yorkshire and become an adopted Fev lad.
  11. Nice bit of naked flatcapperism there Parky. Gave me a giggle reading, so thanks for that. iirc Pro Rugby died in Lancashire years ago, with the demise of Blackpool.
  12. Good news that they're keeping the core of the squad. They've been less than ordinary all year and shouldn't give the top 6 champ sides much bother.
  13. Makes perfect sense to equalise the funding. Championship clubs only need to beat other championship clubs to get promoted, so no need for the skewed funding. It's absolutely right that this process starts immediately, but it does need to be tapered a bit this year. No doubt Halifax, Toulouse and London will have already made some signings on the strength of that funding. Not too worried about parachute payments. Didn't do Leigh much good and if Widnes try to keep the core of their squad then happy days, they have been abysmal.
  14. The video is pretty unambiguous. Tomorrow night he'll be receiving one almighty ban and rightly so. Was always a penalty machine at Fev and has got steadily more of a liability as he's got older. The kid has plenty of natural talent, but as is often the case, he's also saddled with a massive idiot streak.
  15. Maybe the championship needs a separate legal body to represent it's interests and drive it's commercial growth going forward. There was just such a company registered by the Batley chairman recently.
  16. It'll happen organically over the next 20 years (If we last that long). As an example from my own part of the world, folk who 25 years ago would only ever have supported Fev are now wearing bright ginger or Rhino flavoured shirts. Clubs like Fev will naturally fade away and the next generations will be travelling to Headingley or C*s. This will only accelerate when we have proper cities like Newcastle, York, Coventry etc playing at the top level. I'll still be watching Fev though, while ever there's a route to the top. (You never know when a capper will win the euro millions). If York get there, they'll probably become my SL team.
  17. Why would we limit non EU talent? We won't be in the bloody thing about 6 weeks into next season. Now if we're talking non UK talent, then I agree. Maybe 1 or 2 per team max and let the championship become more of a breeding ground for talent.
  18. Let's hope that happens sooner rather than later. The one issue that GH has been 100% wrong about
  19. I've no real issue with the structure. But the funding formula is a big concern. It's up to the mighty twelve to now prove that they were right and take the sport forward. At what level should we judge their success? If they don't double revenues within 10 years, will it have been worth causing such a rift in the game? Am I hopeful for the future? No, I'm not sure the 12 between them could get tipsy on a trip to Taddy. We shall see.
  20. Here's the funding formula SLE propose going forward. No wonder the champ clubs don't want it. Zero incentive to negotiate a better deal. Seems that SLE have zero ambition and have already concluded that their deal will be less.
  21. In some ways, I hope that SLE get their way, not because I think it'll be good for the sport but because it will give them ample opportunity to demonstrate how wrong they were. I'm in now doubt that if they get their way and take over the game they will make a collective mess of running the elite level of the sport and we'll still be moaning about declining crowds and falling TV numbers in 10 years time.
  22. Is it correct that Widnes are being threatened with the removal of their parachute payment if they vote against SLE?
  23. To be fair KMan, Toronto and Toulouse aren't RFL members, they are invitees in the competition. So legally speaking, it's right they don't have a vote. However, given the importance of what is being decided, they should both be in the room and involved in discussions.
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