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Little Lion Man

The Rugby League Family - (quiet day on the boards)

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No chatter on the this or the featherstone forum about the game on Sunday. We are quiet they are more concerned with shareholdings, loans, finances, ground developments and new investment than a game of rugby league against Swinton.

Over the last two years I have struggled with the SPORT of rugby league. The game has always been built on a friendly and healthy rivalry (the rugby league family) or so I had believed. Recent events regarding DR, loan withdrawals, P&R, my grounds bigger than your ground, SL disputes. I am tired of it and it has affected my enjoyment of the game.

First off Rugby League is a 'Sport'. A great sport, a competitive sport, the best spectator sport but it is also a minority sport. What Rugby League cannot be, is run on the principals of business whereby the aim is to obtain a financial advantage to the detriment of competition. In business the aim is to remove the competition and obtain a dominant/controlling position in the market. Sport, by comparison, needs competition as it's life blood. It is the very nature of sport.

So whilst the self interest, scramble for financial reward, charge for Super League and 'bitter' rivalry continue in a minority sport, the game will suffer. And we will suffer with it. Crowds dwindle and not I believe due to supporters financial constraints.

Our own predicament is concerning but has been exasperated by business elements of the sport. Looking broader the fall in attendances around the leagues tell me something is wrong. The sport must remain financially secure but it must remain sport.

So I look forward to each game with optimism and a heavy heart.

All for one and one for all?

Fin, the end.

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Well put LLM.

There is a culture of "it's ok if it's my club" which I hate

There is a selfishness and bitterness and a conspiracy theory around the simplest of issues

The discussion of the game itself pales into insignificance in comparison to debates over who pays Kevin Pennys wages in 2014 compared to 2012 and 2013.

I think the eternal battle between the optimistic and pessimistic rages on

I for one look forward to every match but find my enjoyment dwindles as each stupid comment pecks away at my head!

Anyway! Roll on tomorrow. Let's hope we can turn it on

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Paul Rowley - “You could if you wanted to take it to the extreme, have a Super League coach who dislikes a Championship coach, manipulate their partner club on that week to achieve a result".

My faith in the game has fallen further after the above comment. Surely such petty personal tiffs would not affect the sport Mr Rowley?

Oh.....maybe they already have!

Pathetic.

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Nothing would surprise me anymore, it now seems to be the case of "I'm alright Jack" and stuff everyone else attitude from some clubs which is disgraceful and will ultimately drag these clubs down with the clubs that they are attempting to surpress.

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Paul Rowley - “You could if you wanted to take it to the extreme, have a Super League coach who dislikes a Championship coach, manipulate their partner club on that week to achieve a result".

My faith in the game has fallen further after the above comment. Surely such petty personal tiffs would not affect the sport Mr Rowley?

Oh.....maybe they already have!

Pathetic.

Same man who disagreed with D/R but loans were fine. Fill your boots with loans was his quote, then sees his ###### and calls his lads back!

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