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I thought our first home game was Workington :S

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Before I look like an idiot, I posted before SpanishKnight edited, he had us at home to Dewsbury first ;)

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Before I look like an idiot, I posted before SpanishKnight edited, he had us at home to Dewsbury first ;)

Sorry. :rolleyes:

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Us at town started our season down there couple of years back and had a couple of cracking games that season . Good club Swinton , nice to start life back in the big time with you ! All the best to both of us this year !

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The best thing about this fixture list is that the last 4 games have a winnable look to them.

Sunday August 11th - York (home)

Sunday August 18th - Doncaster (away)

Thursday August 22nd - Barrow (home)

Sunday September 1st - Whitehaven (away)

Could be useful if the league placings are tight at that stage.

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I'd argue with that phil, id say to play them all at once must mean we are playing the best teams together, everyone still plays the same teams we just play them potential 'must win games' back to back etc probably would be better for the team if they were tough game-easier game- tough game etc

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"Round 1", "Round 2", "Round 3", "Round 4", blah, blah, blah. Since when has a rugby league fixture list been like a boxing match?

No doubt just another daft slant on things which originates from Australia. I've never heard such codswallop in RL for quite some time.

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Which fool thought that a good friday game against Leigh was a good idea. i love a good away trip. would have been best to play York or a cumbrian side away.

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The Easter period is traditionally for derby games as it is in theory at least a time to be spent with ones family.Think we played Leigh last season on Good Friday.

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Wasn't boxing day the traditional day for derby matches?

And Easter (in the days when everything was a simple "home and away" basis).

Such as Swinton 18 - 6 Salford on Boxing Day, followed by Salford 5 - 9 Swinton on Good Friday, in the Second Division Championship winning season of 1985!

Neither ground still standing. I suddenly feel old!

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My greatest Easter memory was again 1963, when in 8 days we played 4 games:

Monday 8 April Warrington at home won 13 - 5

Good Friday 12 April Oldham at home won 7 - 3

Saturday 13 April St Helens at home won 9 - 8

Easter Monday 15 April St Helens away won 24 - 9...we were on our way to winning the championship, cannot believe it is 50 years coming up - hope the new shirt inspires the lads

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Just finished adding the 26 rounds (sorry Blue Monkey) not to mention the Northern Rail plus Challenge Cup into my diary for my regular visits to Cornwall to keep to a minimum missing games - with possibly 30 games or so not as easy as previous seasons, but quietly working on it - really looking forward to the season, more continuity and hopefully competitive.....anyone want to buy a static home in Cornwall

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In my youth our "traditional derby" games at holiday times of the season were...

Swinton v Oldham - Christmas Day (later Boxing Day) and Good Friday

Swinton v Salford - New Year's Day and Easter Saturday

Swinton v St Helens - Easter Monday

The Easter weekend had THREE games in 4 days. Imagine today's prima donnas having that on their plates eh?

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In my youth our "traditional derby" games at holiday times of the season were...

Swinton v Oldham - Christmas Day (later Boxing Day) and Good Friday

Swinton v Salford - New Year's Day and Easter Saturday

Swinton v St Helens - Easter Monday

The Easter weekend had THREE games in 4 days. Imagine today's prima donnas having that on their plates eh?

As usual you are spot on there Blue Monkey - the reason we did not play Salford in the 1963 Easter fixture was simply they were in the 2nd Division.

I remember visits to the old Watersheddings on snowy Christmas Days - I think the last one was 1959 before it was changed to Boxing Day - never seemed to cause any family issues (sport on Christmas Day) but then I was just a teenager living with Mum and Dad.

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Incredible. Is there anything Rugby League fans won't moan about?

Fans (I'm one of them) will have a 'moan' when there's something to moan about as in any aspect of modern life.

You strike me as a bit of a lad, under 25? A lad who has not had the wonderful privilege of witnessing rugby league at it very best, i.e. before it was hijacked by the "let's-do-everything-the-Aussies-do" crowd who are largely to blame for the 'robotic' style of play we have today. I'm now going to quit 'moaning' before I really let rip.

The "powers-that-be" have sold us all down the river in their sickening pursuit of boring the lot of us just to satisfy their own pathetic egos.

Nuffsed.

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Fans (I'm one of them) will have a 'moan' when there's something to moan about as in any aspect of modern life.

You strike me as a bit of a lad, under 25? A lad who has not had the wonderful privilege of witnessing rugby league at it very best, i.e. before it was hijacked by the "let's-do-everything-the-Aussies-do" crowd who are largely to blame for the 'robotic' style of play we have today. I'm now going to quit 'moaning' before I really let rip.

The "powers-that-be" have sold us all down the river in their sickening pursuit of boring the lot of us just to satisfy their own pathetic egos.

Nuffsed.

all these stupid 'rugby league is a family sport' announcements and the millions of power crazed little Hitlers dressed in high vis jackets have also ruined the sport.

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Fans (I'm one of them) will have a 'moan' when there's something to moan about as in any aspect of modern life.

You strike me as a bit of a lad, under 25? A lad who has not had the wonderful privilege of witnessing rugby league at it very best, i.e. before it was hijacked by the "let's-do-everything-the-Aussies-do" crowd who are largely to blame for the 'robotic' style of play we have today. I'm now going to quit 'moaning' before I really let rip.

The "powers-that-be" have sold us all down the river in their sickening pursuit of boring the lot of us just to satisfy their own pathetic egos.

Nuffsed.

Keith,

When we were a top team in the 60s, do you reckon the old guard of fan was saying "This team isn't as good as the one that won the five cups in 1928!" And maybe the wrinklies in 1928 were lamenting "This is **** compared to when we broke away in 1895!"

Time marches on, and like it or not, so does the Greatest Game on the Planet. The pace of today's game is way beyond that of our glory days, and (although it'll never be proved one way or another) I reckon a top side of today would totally destroy one of yesteryear.

Let's look at other sports, and how they've improved. Athetics - Usain Bolt is over half a second faster over 100 metres than when Linford Christie took the gold medal at that event. A mile now can be done in a time where Roger Bannister wasn't even round the last bend.

In the water, Mark Spitz won seven gold medals in Munich, and all were world records, yet he could only of dreamt of the times that are done on a regular basis today.

Snooker - Joe Davis dominated the game for yonks, yet only ever managed one maximum break in competition play. Ronnie O'Sullivan has done eleven.

Darts - Phil Taylor and his entourage have put summat like 15 points on the average for three arrows since the Crafty Cockney and the like were top chuckers.

Rugby League today is far more entertaining than it used to be. Do you really want to return to unlimited tackles? Do you really want contested scrums brought back, when the likes of Lindop and Clay weren't happy till there'd been half a dozen attempt to get the ball in and out?

So if other sports have improved, why should ours (in your opinion) not have?

The players of today have supreme fitness levels, and are highly tuned athletes.

Rugby League of today? It's the tops, and I'm proud to be its biggest fan!

See you at the shirt launch mate!

Spelly

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Have to agree Spelly, in fairness to Keith we can have all that but without the Australianisms which he refers to, like rounds.

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