gandalf

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  1. gandalf

    Online shop

    It's nice we have an online shop on the Swinton website now but would be so much better if there was something it in to purchase... We really shoot ourselves in the foot ...
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    2019 squad.

    Brickhill signed for Swinton for money?? I don't think we've a pot to pee in here at the Lions. Must be the rarefied air in Sale he likes..
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    Hemel withdraw from League.

    I'm sure York will be fine. You've a decent fan base and your players will be fired up to show what they can do If you can get a few wins in early you can withstand the player attrition later on
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    Hemel withdraw from League.

    We will be fighting the drop to be honest. There are two leagues in the championship.. Us, Hornets, Barrow, Sheffield are the bottom feeders I was just glad to win the million pennies game to stay up
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    Hemel withdraw from League.

    I believe Swinton (my team) voted against the changes even though it increased the chances of our relegation. For that I'm proud as I believe we voted for the good of the game. Good posts on here by the way ...just having a nosey
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    Half time

    You'll be down next year...just a matter of time. Unfortunately I think it's game over for Swinton as a rugby club though
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    As relegation looms

    Gone ..
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    At the crossroads

    25 years and counting since we left Swinton and little sign of s return. Lots of talk from various regimes since but that's all it's ever been. Still more talk now.. My own personal opinion is we should accept we won't return and build the club in that knowledge. I am attached to Swinton RLFC and not necessarily the town. I would prefer them there of course but it's not a deal breaker. I was driving past the White Lion yesterday and reflecting on this. The pits have gone, little amateur rugby in the area, no town centre as such, no community spirit. WTF is there to come back to in reality? Are there really thousands of dormant Swinton fans desperate for our return ? I don't remember great crowds in the last days of Station Rd. The club is caught in a catch 22. Admit we won't return and lose the 'Swinton or nothing' supporters or continue the 'we will return ' mantra which will make it difficult to attract new fans. The free entry for the Toulouse game was a case in point. Good idea but who was it aimed at? Were we trying to attract new people from the Sale area. What for? To say 'welcome, come join us' but by the way our long term plan is to shaft you and move back to Swinton.. It makes little business sense. We do need our own ground or at least a stake in one somewhere. A ground allows us to generate money. Personally I like the Sale area and would stay put. The area already has a rugby background (albeit RU) but strangely people can and do watch both as I do. My point is we need a coherent strategy. Call a fans meeting even and let's all be honest and truthful (fans as well) as to where we are heading. This club can be successful and retain its history. But that doesn't mean living in the past or kidding ourselves about the future. Sorry to ramble on..
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    Oops - the history makers

    I notice the spin on our website. Another historic chapter in our glittering history. Ignoring the fact we shipped over 60 points again. Toronto are a super league team in everything but name so the result was expected. But please Swinton don't treat us as idiots. I'm sure the delusiionals on twitter will be out in force again though. I do think the club is run better than it has been for a long time but unfortunately we can't deliver a decent team at this level. Ok so we are relegated this season - I hope the club are planning how we survive next year. Chalk this season off and move on.
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    Toulouse game

    Shame we couldn't have put up a better fight. Maybe the free entry will have created a new generation of Toulouse fans or a smaller number of masochistic Lions fans. Lol. Seriously though it was a great idea.
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    no help from RFL

    They couldn't give a s**t. Probably celebrate the demise of clubs like ours.
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    Oops - the history makers

    Well disappointingly I may be right about not winning a game this season after the Sheffield result. It's so depressing. There is just nothing positive to say about the club at the moment..oh wait our shirts look good.
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    Featherstone rovers

    I wouldn't normally comment on other clubs sites but as a Swinton fan I feel your pain. We're both in the s**t both financially and on the playing front. Bloody grim is what it is. We've still got clubs to support so that's something. I'm just waiting for a rugby mad Arab sheikh to invest..
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    Littler out?

    Yes it was. Not many teams get anything up there so really positive result. If only we could have got one point more...I'm greedy. Hopefully things are on the up. ☺
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    Littler out?

    The I always thought Rugby League was a family and we looked out for each other. Not any more. I started to change my view when the RFL and everyone else stood by and watched Bramley disappear. Writing was on the wall for the rest of us...