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Everything posted by PaulF

  1. Is this why Manchester Rangers were denied entry to the league and who it was that objected?
  2. We're open to starting in League One, or the alternative maybe is we are told by the Rugby Football League that it might be easier to buy an existing club and re-brand it." He doesn't actually say they would like to take over an existing club but if the RFL suggested that was the way to go then they could try that route.
  3. West Bank 16 v 12 Doncaster Toll Bar
  4. I was visiting relatives the day of the Castleford cup game. As good as the game was it was the Steak sandwich that made the experience ?. If my memory is correct Geoff Toovey was in the club after the game.
  5. NCL clubs probably are financially better off than League 1 but they're not paying players so the point is mute
  6. I'm sure the people at the top monitor this forum so why don't they rebutt this nonsense if only to put people's minds at rest. For an absolute fact there are more 6 to 12 years olds playing now than there have ever been. Isn't that right Taxiegg?
  7. Neither figure seems remotely realistic
  8. The Tigers were the original junior club with teams at every age group followed by St. Marie's. It's a crying shame that some terrible decisions and sheer bad luck lead to their virtual demise. West Bank are very strong at junior level and the committee are working hard to rectify and overcome the recent problems. Moorfield are expanding again after several years where it looked they were doomed. Simmies are confident they will be back next season. At it's peak there were 5 full junior clubs in the town and occasionally a small Runcorn club. Since those days junior soccer participation has ballooned so it's unlikely the town will ever have the numbers playing it once had.
  9. Halton Simms Cross have suspended their fixtures for the rest of the season. They hope to play in the NWML 9s in August. That leaves three open age sides left in Widnes. A fourth club, Widnes Moorfield, run junior teams only. It's Simmies 50th anniversary next season so I'm sure they will be doing their level best to make a come back.
  10. The area of land that was the clubhouse and car park is now a housing development and the pitch is now owned by the adjacent Union club. Very sad to see.
  11. The Maries open age folded before the start of last season but I think there is one junior team still going. Stalwart Ronnie Wharton is attempting to restart the open age but most of the last group of active adult players are playing at Halton Farnworth and West Bank.
  12. Other than Spinner's recent comments, news from the US has for the most part dried up. When the AMNRL was still in existence both organisations seemed to be trying to outdo each other in their plans for expansion. Did the USARL need a mortal enemy to drive them on, to prove they were right to break away, and now that they have won the need to drive themselves on has diminished. I wouldn't blame them if that really is the case, the job they've given themselves is immense.
  13. His psychological approach to the game has to be in question saying they were going for the treble and then saying the cup was the easiest of the three to win. Where does that leave him now?
  14. I was in London a couple of weeks ago and was pleasently pleased to see an electronic advert for the game on Greys Inn Road close to Kings Cross station. I doubt it was the only one.
  15. For a little while back read 1993ish
  16. I don't think this has been mentioned on this thread so far but there was a fully fledged schools rugby league in Canada who toured this country I think in the early 60s. There was an article in open rugby/rugby league world sometime ago.
  17. Thatto 40 v 14 West Bank. We were missing a good few and we're hoping Thatto won't be quite as strong when their NCL team are playing on the same day.....but that remains to be seen
  18. Warrington: Crosfields, Latchford, Woolston, Rylands, Burtonwood, Culcheth & Golborne. Widnes: Halton Farnworth, West Bank, Moorfield and St.Maries. Maries only have one or two age groups and Moorfield have only a few but seem to be regrouping.
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