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  1. To coincide with celebrations for the centenary of our proud club as a senior league side, the Featherstone Rovers archive site is now live and online. Plotting the history of the club from 1921 to 2021, there is a lot to see. The site contains a record of every game played by Rovers since August 1921 (more than 3,600), biographies of every player who has ever played for the Rovers first team (more than 1,100), as well as an extensive programme collection and photograph library, along with a wealth of other material. The aim is for this site to be one of the most comprehensive of its t
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  2. My biggest regret is not being exposed to the game until I was in my 20's. If I had played ''little league'' I would have had at least 10 years more fun out of the game (and been a much better player/coach). I feel so sorry for the RaRa kids, forced to butt heads like cattle (in the front row, without ever handling the ball). The poor lanky lads, taping blocks to their thighs because god didn't make them quite tall enough, taping their ears up to prevent cauliflowers due to hours spent in scrums (and without ever handling the ball). The poor half-backs who are only ever cal
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  3. Not sure if this belongs in the politics sub forum but has anyone else seen/been involved with what has been going on with the Gamestop stock on the NYSE recently? Last summer their stock was around $4. Hedge funds shorted on it expecting it to decline and for them to make a tidy profit by buying back that stock at a lower value. Instead, due to a group of committed redditors, myself included, the price has peaked at $380 today and is set to continue rising. Its part of an anti-Wall Street movement of small time investors attempting to screw hedge funds and professional traders.
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  4. I thought you might be interested in the following update on the Bears website https://www.coventrybears.com/satellite-clubs Maybe have a little think the next time before you make accusations of wrongdoing
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  5. The cat was always out of the bag. They organised on an open public forum and just hit hard over a 2-day binge. That doubled the price and then the short sellers had to start buying to cover their positions. Some Redditors kept buying and the momentum just had its own life. One lesson here comes from Warren Buffet. Despite years as a 1%er, Buffet has always insisted on living in and keeping his funds' offices in Nebraska because he doesn't want his analysts living in the Wall St bubble. Buffet's other piece of simple wisdom is to only buy stock he's prepared to sit on for a few years. Bas
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  6. Agree it is addictive. Such an amazing resource. Basically a window into my childhood.
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  7. Shorting isn't "investing" - it's not what shares are supposed to be about.
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  8. The big advantage of being on Main Event is that you end up being shown in pubs, where screens are usually just tuned to 'Main Event' and then left for the rest of the day.
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  9. Excellent, thanks for that. On the same lines, I was on the ciach going to Blackpool for the Summer Bash and across the aisle was the great John Woods, sat behind me were two girls John asked one of them where did they come from and she replied Westhoughton to which John replied Ah, Westhoughton that's famous for two things good Rugby players and beautiful women.................."what position do you play" ouch!
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  10. I'm actually finding this hilarious, just because it shows the efficient market hypothesis for what it has always been - fantasy. @Farmduck as far as I know it wasn't just Melvin Capital that was short-selling it, lots of other hedge funds were, and that's why Gamestop in particular was ripe for this to happen. Ultimately what hurts regular people is more likely to be the activities of the hedge funds and the full-time speculators than a bunch of Redditors.
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  11. Well done to all concerned, it will certainly settle some arguments over a pint or two (when we can finally have one)
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  12. If a club can't honestly answer the question, "Do you have a ground to play at this season?" then, even if it's the club I support, the RFL really shouldn't be allowing them to participate.
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  13. I had a look at a Rugby Union forum yesterday to see whether they have anything like this site, had to say it was very quiet compared, however one thing that did stand out was they did talk about League a fair bit, especially how their game is morphing into League and even how this may be inevitable. Very Interesting. Have to say though I did get the impression that they are in no way as hostile to League as a spectacle as we are to union. Couple of posters actually praised NRL as a spectacle compared to English premiership rugby. I know it is a very small sample but I tend to agree
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  15. The latest from AFC Wimbledon is the Broncos are still committed to the groundshare. Next stage is the application to Merton Council to amend planning consent to allow rugby to be played there. Hasn't gone in yet. I suggest keeping an eye on the Merton Council website for the application: https://planning.merton.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/Generic/StdResults.aspx?PT=Planning Applications On-Line&SC=Street is Plough Lane, Tooting&FT=Planning Application Search Results&XMLSIDE=/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/SiteFiles/Skins/Merton/Menus/PL.xml&XSLTemplate=/Northgate/Pl
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  16. A great accomplishment and a great jersey to commemorate the occasion. https://www.rlkcrvenazvezda.com/производ/sublimated-elite-jersey-10-year-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR2GPFqtQxW2vh_UR-EHYmJ_7A3EVyGtagIe1sEfuYu19nH0dZdPiAM8PdY
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  17. Rugby League Heroes: Neil Holding Neil Holding played 343 times for St Helens between 1977 and 1989, scoring 145 tries. He was the first-choice scrum... View the full article
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  18. Just watching the 2007 Magic Bradford vs. Leeds game on Sky. So much to enjoy about the game but it did make me smile when Eddie and Steve were talking about the young kids on show (Ryan Hall, Sam Burgess, Lee Smith etc) and then the ball went to Gareth Ellis and Eddie says "plenty of experience there". Then 13 years later the guy was still playing at the top level. Incredible.
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  19. It'll be a junior club operating via the Bears. The hope will be that they develop into fully fledged clubs with open age teams eventually
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  20. Not learning from Old Trafford in 1990 that, ultimately, Great Britain/England vs Australia will end up disappointing me. Special mention to the 2004 Tri Nations final, which led to a massive row with my ex for going to the pub to watch it whilst her family were there, stomping off out of the house in righteous indignation, and then slinking back in about an hour later.
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  21. There are loads of channels, people browsing don't check every channel, I don't think it's purely about being stuck in ways. There is also the fact that the BBC will put its most popular shows on One rather than 2, ITV will put them on 1 rather than 2 to 4 - so if you're gonna have a quick skim through it'll be the main channels. Obviously the lower number channels have their niches so it's not a quality thing, but a perception. What Sky have done with their sports channels is the clearest example of how important channel is.
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  22. Fantastic! Trouble is I can't leave it alone. It doesn't half bring back memories.
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  23. The Broncos haven't threatened a 5k crowd in perhaps a decade. In the Championship, they've maxed at around 1.5k for the biggest fixtures. TFSG could easily be configured to provide 3.5k seats and 1.5k standing and the capacity wouldn't be tested, even in Super League. You could easily add a perimeter, give it an enclosed feel, and make it prettier for TV. But it sounds like we've fallen out with the landlord. The "not fit for Super League" reasoning doesn't quite ring true to me. The ground is especially ideal for turning Championship fixtures into festival days involving the academy and
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  24. Not sure if you've played the game or at what level if you have, but someone could get seriously hurt if you pitched a super league team against some of the teams given passage into the first round by the RFL.
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  25. You never stop banging this drum, do you?
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  26. Interesting signing for the Rabbitohs. They already have a mercurial 6 in Cody Walker who, at his best, almost unstoppable. I suppose Marshall provides some back up. What the Rabbitohs really need though is a world class 7. Adam Reynolds flatters to decieve, he hardly ever takes the line on and lives off his kicking game... all the best 7's have far more to their game than Reynolds.
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  27. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/got-a-job-for-me-phone-call-that-reunited-benji-and-bennett-at-souths-20210127-p56x8z.html
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  28. The vast majority of people who watch and play British RL are already exposed to NRL, it won't make any difference to them. Improved NRL exposure in the UK will probably benefit the British game as more people / investors will see what British RL could be like and it will also inspire non-RL kids who see it to want to go and play in the NRL, via British RL. International broadcasting of Premier League soccer inspires people in countries to take up or support those games and benefits their domestic competitions. You don't get the Australian soccer A-League shouting we don't want this
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  29. Sky ultimately just wants content that is profitable, and the business case for content that they have to pay very little for is potentially a lot stronger than content that they have to pay a lot for. You don't even have to look at this in the context of a "rugby channel" but just in terms of how much rugby league wants to either earn more airtime, or drive up the value of its rights. One way to do either or both of those things is to produce content that Sky wants to air. The one thing that rugby league in this country under-utilises more than anything else is its content. The sp
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  30. Gamestop: 'Failing' firm soars in value as amateurs buy stock - BBC News Here's a BBC article on it - answers some of your questions, but not all
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  31. I'd suggest that a "rugby channel" only works if "rugby" provides the content. Sky certainly isn't going to go out of it's way and start paying to send camera crews to Championship grounds just to fill some dead air. The Premier League channel works because the Premier League actually provides a lot of the content for it (and the fact that there is the much higher demand to justify Sky investing in the production that it does). Equally, Sky Sports Golf, F1 and NFL is pumped full of content that is produced by the PGA / European Tour, F1 and NFL. If rugby league wants more exposure
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  32. Caution is advised on this. English RU fans and journalists have been lamenting Union`s mutation into League for over 30 years. It`s often a "disparage one, get one free" hit on League and SH Union. One phrase from the early 90s has stuck in my mind, where one writer depicted NZRU as "imitating what they most fear." This accusation is a particular comfort for England RU in the aftermath of a hammering by the All Blacks. The content is remarkably similar to the reflections GB RL fans used to indulge in following a capitulation to the Kangaroos. BTW, via a tortuous, lazily clicking on
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  33. Wigan leaving Central Park.
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  34. It seems that Covid will spare our blushes. I would love to see what our Super League application promised in terms of a home ground.
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  35. Had a good shufty last night. It hasn't half challenged my.memory....
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  36. Its on my must visit list as soon as this sheeite is gaffered enough so that we can travel
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  37. Had a quick look and have to say its pretty much got everything you'd want. Great job. Especially adding photos and pen pictures for every player - that's a lot of work on top of the matches and player records which is itself a huge job.
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  38. It's a credit to you, and great for the Club and Supporters.
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  39. I’d love to see it happen (well the RL element of it anyway), but without exclusive rights to the six nations I can’t see it being worth their while (even though I’d rather watch West Wales v London Skolars).
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  40. Yeah definitely agree on that, 24 is unwieldy in terms of some 3rd placed teams getting through, but was about the right number of teams for a quality World Cup (format aside). 16 is great for RL, and there’s 8 what you might consider first class teams (in cricket terms) so it works nicely. I really am so excited about this year’s WC, if it happens
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  41. Great work. Every club should have one.
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  42. 31/01/2021 CARCASSONNE XIII 15:00 TOULOUSE XIII BRONCOS STADE ALBERT DOMEC 31/01/2021 RACING CLUB ST GAUDENS XIII 15:00 XIII LIMOUXIN STADE DU SAUDET 31/01/2021 PALAU XIII BRONCOS 15:00 SPORTING OLYMPIQUE AVIGNONNAIS XIII STADE GEORGES VAILLS
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  43. 71.4kg today, that's quite a drop and I'll probably get a bounce upwards tomorrow. I've not been below 70kg since the 1980s.
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  44. Right I've set up the 2021 NRL Supercoach League ! Everyone is welcome whether you've played here before or are new. You can find this league here: https://supercoach.foxsports.com.au/nrl Follow the instructions there to join, pick a team name, a squad and join our league by clicking the green link and enter the code 936744 N.B. You can change any squad you pick any number of times before Round 1 starts. Basic facts: There only 20 places available in this league. They are available on a first come first served basis. Get in early to ensure a place.
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  45. Who were the third party? Leeds owned the entire site until they sold the cricket ground to Yorkshire about 18 years ago. There are complications for sure in the revenue and site sharing between the two clubs but I'm not aware Yorkshire have sold any of theirs on to a third party - although nothing would surprise me given the state of their finances.
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  46. This is an absolutely fantastic project. Well done Mark, Steve and all involved. Well worth a look for anyone with an interest in the club's history.
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  47. In terms of what’s in the best interests of rugby league in the northern hemisphere, the only desirable result is for Toulouse to be promoted to Super League, because of the boost it would give to rugby league’s popularity in France. Featherstone’s promotion would do nothing for the growth of rugby league in Britain. London’s promotion, though desirable, would do much less for the game in England, than Toulouse would do for the game in France, because of London’s poor financial strength and relatively poor ground situation. So clearly Toulouse is the much preferred outcome. It would be qu
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