steve wild

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  1. There was a slightly late payment of PAYE/NIC which automatically triggered a winding up petition. The issue has now been resolved in full. There is no conspiracy story lurking around the corner. Steve Wild, Director, Swinton Lions RLFC
  2. I have every sympathy for the man in the middle, and usually I find it's amazing how much the officiating improves when I watch a game as a neutral. There's less excuse however for the video ref, and the business of awarding a try (or not) on the field before a referral, hasn't worked in the way it was intended. When video ref Mr Bentham awarded the Sheffield try early in the second half last week against Swinton when the ball had plainly been dropped, I almost walked out of the ground there and then. The whole exercise thereafter seemed pointless.
  3. Bottom 2 teams get relegated AFTER the conclusion of the bottom 8s series (i.e. after 30 league fixtures - not the regular 23).
  4. That's fair comment , and many thanks for the last sentence! Appreciated.
  5. 250,000 people living in Salford might look factual on Wikipedia but on the ground locally it's not as simple as that. The "City of Salford", although ancient in origin, traditionally comprised of the area closest to Manchester City centre, plus Broughton, Pendleton, Ordsall, Weaste, Irlams o'th' Height & Kersal. Even these areas are quite distinctive separate communities and it's difficult to pin down where the Reds drew their traditional support from. In 1974 the "City" was artificially expanded under local government reorganisation which also saw the creation of Greater Manchester with 9 satellite metropolitan councils. The "New Salford" controversially swallowed up Swinton, Pendlebury, Eccles, Worsley, Walkden, Little Hulton, Irlam & Cadishead. In those areas there are obviously numbers of people whose origins are Salford proper, and are happy to be termed Salfordians, but there are also vast numbers of people who object strongly to "Salfordisation" and would never ever consider themselves as from Salford. Especially as you might imagine in Swinton. Indeed I'm from Swinton, and I don't know anyone who doesn't regard themselves as Swinton first, and Manchester and Lancashire second - but never Salford. Many Salford people quite rightly like to point out that they are "Salford" and not "Manchester", but in the same breath would deny the people of Swinton their own heritage. The problem as I see it from the Reds' perspective is one of an identifiable community "on the ground". The new stadium is in a very awkward place geographically and the club has found it difficult to appeal to any given area. It's a question of identity, and like I say the club has struggled in this respect particularly since moving from The Willows. That said I have lots of mates who are genuine Salford fans, and I wish them all the best in preserving the heritage of their club. We all deserve that.
  6. I'm a director at Swinton Lions, and obviously my club has had an eventful Challenge Cup campaign this year. But I've read this thread with great interest - lots of food for thought.
  7. In the period 1926 to 1935, Swinton won 4 championships, 2 Challenge Cups, 2 Lancashire Cups and 4 Lancashire Leagues. Including "All 5 Cups" in 1927/28 - an achievement unequalled in the history of the game. We also won back to back titles in 1963 and 1964. On a personal note I enjoyed watching the mid-1980s side with Danny Wilson and Les Holliday and others, which had a fair bit of success - albeit at tier 2 level.
  8. Tony was a top bloke, and always 100% committed on the pitch. Played 9 years at Swinton between 1992 and 2001. Made 243 appearances , the most by any Swinton player in last 40 years. At the time he retired in 2001 he was the last playing link with our Station Road days. Very moving minute's silence at yesterday's Lions v Skolars match.
  9. I've lost count of all the grounds I've been on - and that's just watching Swinton's home matches! 😉
  10. An invitation to all Wigan supporters! Don't forget to support your team in this Thursday's pre-season match against Swinton Lions at Heywood Road, Sale. Swinton v Wigan kicks-off at 7.45pm. If you're driving, there is ample free parking in the streets surrounding the ground. Post code is M33 3WB. Or if you prefer the tram, the ground is just 5 minutes walk from Brooklands Metro Station. Heywood Road is a cracking authentic rugby ground with a large licensed bar and we're sure that you'll enjoy your visit! The Lions are very much a club on the up and we regard this as a great opportunity to test ourselves against the Super League champions! So don't forget to come down and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Heywood Road! Adults £12, Over 65s £10; Kids under 16 FREE. Best wishes Steve , Swinton Lions
  11. Hi everyone Just a quick message to highlight the fact that there's a match on this coming Sunday! All Oldham fans will be very welcome to Heywood Road, Sale, on Sunday (post code M33 3WB), where's there's plenty of free parking in the streets immediately adjacent to the ground. We've been great rivals for the past couple of years (2 all last year!) and no doubt there will be more than a hint of competitiveness about Sunday's game! Adults are £12, Concessions (65 plus) are £10, and kids of school age are FREE. It's a shared gate so please come along and help your own club. Being just 5 minutes walk from Brooklands metro station, our ground is dead easy to get to from Oldham on the tram if you'd prefer to leave the car at home. Please share this message with your family and mates. Cheers , Steve (Swinton Lions)
  12. Definitely officially 22 as at today's date
  13. Don't know where to start with my team, Swinton! But a few off the top of my head (away matches): Fulham/London @Wealdstone FC; Crystal Palace Athletics; Chiswick Poly; Barnet Copthall; Wellington College, Crawthorne; Sheffield @ Millmoor, Rotherham; Mansfield Marksman @ Sutton Town FC, Kirby-in-Ashfield; Carlisle @ Gilford Park; Roots Hall, Southend; Neath RUFC; Coychurch Park, Bridgend; Brewery Field, Bridgend; some dog track near Doncaster (name escapes me); Rochdale RUFC; Headingley RUFC, Kirkstall; Hurst Cross, Ashton; Moss Lane, Altrincham; Fylde RUFC. And home games at Station Road; Gigg Lane, Bury; Moor Lane, Salford City FC; Orrell RUFC; Victory Park, Chorley; Hilton Park, Leigh; Leigh SV; Heywood Road, Sale; The Willows; Sedgley Park RUFC; Select Security Stadium; AJ Bell Stadium; JJB, Wigan; Maine Road; Burnden Park; Wheaters Field, Broughton; and depending on how far you're going back, our historic grounds at Burying Lane; Stoneacre; & Chorley Road.
  14. Really? The Swinton website carries an article "squeaky bum time" which spells out exactly the various scenarios. No complacency whatsoever.
  15. A football club may ply its trade under the rules of the Rugby Football League, The Football Association or indeed the Rugby Football Union. All are "football clubs", but not necessarily soccer clubs. Hull FC are simply sticking to their historical origins, and so they should.