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I would love to see a semi pro league start up in winter running from sept to april . Take the game back to its roots of winter . An 8 team city league . The 8 cities of bradford , hull, leeds, liverpool, manchester, salford, sheffield and wakefield. Each team plays each other three times in the league for 21 games top four play off 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd. Have one double header weekend so each team plays ten home games. Then have a cup comp with two pools of 4 playing teams in there pool home and away for 6 games top two in each pool making the semis. Also drop all these nicknames lets just called teams by there city.Just wondering if im alone in the craving for winter league.

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 No, you are not alone...well, not completely....just almost.  

 

see the AOB thread  "Should we send children up chimneys"

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No no no no no non nooooo no nooooooo nnnnnn oooooo. No

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I miss it but I can't see it ever returning. The cup final belongs at the end of the season for sure. I will always pine for the fixtures over the seasonal period. Great times.

The summer era is definitely better for spectators especially children and the rugby is better on quality surfaces but post office road on Boxing Day morning had a strange magic about it......

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I would love to see a semi pro league start up in winter running from sept to april . Take the game back to its roots of winter . An 8 team city league . The 8 cities of bradford , hull, leeds, liverpool, manchester, salford, sheffield and wakefield. Each team plays each other three times in the league for 21 games top four play off 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd. Have one double header weekend so each team plays ten home games. Then have a cup comp with two pools of 4 playing teams in there pool home and away for 6 games top two in each pool making the semis. Also drop all these nicknames lets just called teams by there city.Just wondering if im alone in the craving for winter league.

 

No thanks, I'm quite comfortable with Summer Rugby.  It's also far too chuffing cold for my old bones, I get frostbite and hypothermia at the pre-season friendlies.  In fact I'm going to go and sit with the prawn sandwich lot in the hospitality suite until April next year.

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I think it's a great idea, but you'd be better choosing cities that aren't already playing in the summer league.

Unless, you mean instead of summer rugby? No, surely not. That would just be mental.

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 post office road on Boxing Day morning had a strange magic about it......

 

Did it?  My hands and feet didn't fully thaw out until New Year's eve most years.   Although Steve Evans throwing up under the sticks was a pretty amusing memory, but that could have been at Belle Vue.

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Did it? My hands and feet didn't fully thaw out until New Year's eve most years. Although Steve Evans throwing up under the sticks was a pretty amusing memory, but that could have been at Belle Vue.

It did for me! Really fond childhood memories of mid/late 70's.

People wearing new hats, gloves & coats they had received the day before. The whiff of smoke from a distant cigar. Brave man talk of going to the boozer straight after despite being threatened with divorce if it happened. A desperate desire not to go back home after the game as the outlaws would be there - beautiful!!

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It did for me! Really fond childhood memories of mid/late 70's.

People wearing new hats, gloves & coats they had received the day before. The whiff of smoke from a distant cigar. Brave man talk of going to the boozer straight after despite being threatened with divorce if it happened. A desperate desire not to go back home after the game as the outlaws would be there - beautiful!!

 

Maybe it was the totally embarrassing purple Farah kecks me dad used to wear (his Featherstone trousers) that scarred my memory.

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Maybe it was the totally embarrassing purple Farah kecks me dad used to wear (his Featherstone trousers) that scarred my memory.

Understandable. They don't make em like that any more......

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I think it's a great idea, but you'd be better choosing cities that aren't already playing in the summer league.

Unless, you mean instead of summer rugby? No, surely not. That would just be mental.

no keep summer rugby but run this as a totally seperate competition

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As a slight aside, I'm surprised these Boxing Day and New Year games have lasted so long. Nothing at stake except maybe some tinpot local trophy, 13 a side with 200 substitutes, coaches keeping their best players for later - we're real muggins, us supporters, aren't we ?

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No,....you are exactly that. Real supporters.

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I would love to see a semi pro league start up in winter running from sept to april . Take the game back to its roots of winter . An 8 team city league . The 8 cities of bradford , hull, leeds, liverpool, manchester, salford, sheffield and wakefield. Each team plays each other three times in the league for 21 games top four play off 1st v 4th and 2nd v 3rd. Have one double header weekend so each team plays ten home games. Then have a cup comp with two pools of 4 playing teams in there pool home and away for 6 games top two in each pool making the semis. Also drop all these nicknames lets just called teams by there city.Just wondering if im alone in the craving for winter league.

 

A closed-shop franchised league, eh?

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No,....you are exactly that. Real supporters.

Unfortunately, your real club is treating you as a piggy bank.

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Apparently we play in a summer league, which we play in the 2 worse months of playing - in January & February. Then the season finishes in September just when the best 2 rugby playing months are.

Winter sundays there is not much to do & rugby was great to get out & watch. While summer Sunday's there is many more things to do.

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Great days,proper loved them.Hows it going in the amateurs with most changing to summer rugby because my local amateur club as had 3 games cancelled already because thier opponents havn't been able to raise a side?

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As a slight aside, I'm surprised these Boxing Day and New Year games have lasted so long. Nothing at stake except maybe some tinpot local trophy, 13 a side with 200 substitutes, coaches keeping their best players for later - we're real muggins, us supporters, aren't we ?

Given the popularity of the festive period I would consider kicking the season off on Boxing Day.

 

And no, its not a hankering to go back to Winter Rugby, but the season would then include every bank holiday in the calender and we'd get to pull the Grand Final forward into September and hopefully increase the odds of our showcase, end of season climax being played in better weather, weather more associated with the Summer tag at least!

 

But I fully accept in the grand scheme of things its hardly a pressing concern or something constantly asked for by the fans as the solution to our issues, so I'm probably in a minority of one who'd even give the idea the time of day!

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Great days,proper loved them.Hows it going in the amateurs with most changing to summer rugby because my local amateur club as had 3 games cancelled already because thier opponents havn't been able to raise a side?

Amateur teams are really struggling. In winter leagues, players played every week, now with summer, players are going off on holiday, going on stag do's or getting married, taking Half the team away one week. Not only is this affecting the club it is giving an unbalanced league table.

This is also not bringing pitches into account. Unlike professional clubs, some/ majority amateur pitches are not watered. We have games called off for rock solid frozen pitches for players safety, but it's ok for teams to play on bone dry pitches.

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Doubled our playing numbers with move to summer. Been brilliant.

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I loved winter rugby when I didn't know any better

Now I can look back and realised it was bloody dire.

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A real mixed bag of opinions, eh ?

My thoughts are - if you were starting a brand new sport with no traditions or past history to influence you, would you immediately think of playing in winter ?

Errrrrr ..... no. Not for a minute.

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Amateur teams are really struggling. In winter leagues, players played every week, now with summer, players are going off on holiday, going on stag do's or getting married, taking Half the team away one week. Not only is this affecting the club it is giving an unbalanced league table.

Complete and utter lie!

A game would get called off most weeks between December and February for atrocious weather! Imagine how many games would have been called at the beginning of the year. 3 months of snow!

This is also not bringing pitches into account. Unlike professional clubs, some/ majority amateur pitches are not watered. We have games called off for rock solid frozen pitches for players safety, but it's ok for teams to play on bone dry pitches.

Wear shorter studs and tape up your elbows and knees. Easy. You can't do that on a frozen pitch as no stud will take to it. It's slippy and dangerous.

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