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jamescolin

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There has been quite a few comments about the crowd at the Final. In order to improve the numbers why don't we have a separate  RL Cup Final between the winners of a competition that is for the Championship and League One?  It could be played as a curtain raiser and have a new trophy for them to win. We could call it the CALOT 'Championship and League One Trophy'. It would certainly improve the gate numbers and give us something to play for.  At the moment we, the non SL members, have no chance, but with a competition like this it would be a great innovation.  

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A few years back there was a plate competition, Hull K.R. played Hunslet at Wembley as a curtain raiser, something along the same lines would be good.

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A cup competition running parallel to the Challenge Cup - a little like the FA Trophy or FA Vase in football - for teams outside of the SL would be an interesting prospect. 

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AS long as the schools final is not pushed out.

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A competiton for the lower two divisions could be good. I wonder if Northern Rail would consider sponsoring it? 

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Struggling with the logistics of this...either you have to exclude Championshiop/League One teams (and thus presumably amateur clubs too) from the Challenge Cup and run it as a 12-team competition, which surely sucks the life out of it...or you somehow have to find at least four extra weekends to play this new competition in what is already a crowded schedule.

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 The semis of the competition also could be curtain raIsers.  Good money for the non SL clubs. Increased crowds all way round 

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A lot will be instead of existing games if the current position is changed. The new competition would play each other as they do now and not join in with the SL clubs when they start. You could  have a more exciting SL with big clubs facing each other earlier than now. All subject to variation but better than the present system of lower Wembley gates and a no hoper for smaller clubs.

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2 minutes ago, jamescolin said:

A lot will be instead of existing games if the current position is changed. The new competition would play each other as they do now and not join in with the SL clubs when they start. You could  have a more exciting SL with big clubs facing each other earlier than now.

So you're reducing the Challenge Cup to a 12-team competition, and removing the possibility of games like Fev v Cas from 2012, which was arguably our biggest moment in the last 20 years?

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1 hour ago, spanishknight said:

A few years back there was a plate competition, Hull K.R. played Hunslet at Wembley as a curtain raiser, something along the same lines would be good.

1997. HKR beat Hunslet in the final 60odd 14 or so. Think it was contested by the lower league teams knocked out in the round the SL teams came in to the CC? Only ran one year.

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39 minutes ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

So you're reducing the Challenge Cup to a 12-team competition, and removing the possibility of games like Fev v Cas from 2012, which was arguably our biggest moment in the last 20 years?

Plenty of variations on the theme. You could introduce the top 4 clubs in the Championship at that time into the SL competition or you could exclude the top four SL club from their first round, That would mean there are 8 clubs in the second round. As for playing Cas what are the chances of drawing them? On this scheme you could progress and play at Wembley. Probably better odds than drawing Cas and losing anyway.  

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Why all this fuss and bewilderment?. The round ball followers have far more many clubs to handle than us and everything appears to be organised and in place for their competitions.

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