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  1. Apart from 2016 when we beat them in the final!
  2. In reality Mr Rush should have done the decent thing and fallen on his sword. His tenure as chair has been a disaster, splitting the club off the field, and on the playing side he’s already on his third coach in little over a year and the team performance the worst since the dark days of 2007 & 2008. We need to re-capture what the club showed it was capable of during the previous 10 years. Strong, open leadership, a culture of building a winning team and people feeling included. As a gesture the new board should co-opt the three members who missed out when the goalposts were moved at the AGM. These actions will go some way to repairing the damage the AGM did to the club.
  3. Having slept on it I feel even more angry about what happened yesterday, especially having just got off the phone and being told a lot of the volunteers who support the club have had enough and are walking away. Shame on those who have caused this
  4. Tales of hand delivered multiple memberships handed in by one individual in the same handwriting and these turning into votes/proxy’s Changes on rules on the day against the rules of the constitution Allowing people to make speeches attacking hard working members of the club, again against the constitution
  5. You obviously weren’t at the meeting Changing the rules by using ‘proxy’ votes on the day! railroading through changes on the number of those elected but saying that 3 more would be elected in September, presumably once the numbers can ‘manipulated’ again. Allowing Mr ‘Pratt’ (oh the irony ) to attack individuals pretty much this and a lot more
  6. I have to say I have never witnessed anything like the AGM. No doubt those who have got in will feel happy, but all they have done is shown they are desperately trying to cling onto/regain power.
  7. With Widnes appearing to be in meltdown, we must be confident of Matt breaking his duck this Sunday.
  8. It is interesting how the share issue has been twisted over time. The ‘new’ Hornets never had any shares in any stadium, the vote taken by Members was to agree with or try and block the sale by the RFL who had come into the shares because the ‘old’ Hornets had gone bump and had used the shares as collateral. I wouldn’t like to think people are being deliberately disingenuous when posting that the new Hornets had shares, this is simply not true. With regards to Batley and Hornets following that model, when we lost the Athletics Grounds that opportunity sailed and any chance of even a glimpse of that model went when the Old incarnation went to the wall, owing the RFL and by definition clubs like Batley and Swinton £100k+ and losing the shares. Although we have moved away and don’t get to games the same we still follow the club. The last 9 or 10 years as a supporter club have been some of the best that we can remember. Not just the winning cups and stuff but the stability the club has enjoyed. From almost weekly bad news, unpaid rent, winding up orders etc and it was interesting reading an online piece by Ian Watson about Salford, Hornets fans of a certain age will remember what he put in the paper about his time with Hornets. The club is a million times better than what it was. All that said watching from afar the club seems to have lost direction in the last 12 months. But thinking of going back to a model that failed is time and again isn’t the answer in my humble opinion.
  9. For me it has to be an ambitious programme tempered with realism. One with a large a geographical spread without being "pin in a map' planning. Also we have to look at the bigger picture. It has been flagged up that this test series against the Kiwi's was the first time we had played at home since the world cup. With the mid-season Anzac text looking like being missing from the calendar the Kiwi's won't have had a home test for a few years ahead of the world cup in 2017. This coupled with the fact the NZRL are looking for some cash for me it is an obvious choice to include a round 1 fixture in New Zealand (as has been done previously). With this fixture being played at a more TV friendly time down under it should also increase the appetite for TV companies down under to prioritise the tournament. With a limited marketing budget this also reduces the dilution of resource when promoting individual games in the UK. It also has the added benefit of reducing the time down under players spend away from their families. I think I am also correct in saying that when England face Scotland it will be the first time these two nations have faced each other at a full Rugby League International. Interestingly though the first ever "Rugby" international was between Scotland V England in 1871 when Richard Osbourne played who would become Rochdale Hornets first ever captain a couple of months later. Also soccer's first ever was between Scotland and England in 1872. So I think we should mark the historical nature of this game by playing it at the Birthplace of the game in Huddersfield. Round 2 As has been said during this series, the National team should play in the Nation's capital. We have had a lot of success with double headers in recent competitions (World Cup & 4 Nations) and the Olympic Park seems to have had a big thumbs up by fans, so a targeted attendance of 54,000 has to be achievable for a game in the Nation's capital. Round 3 Hull has always supported International Rugby League and as such deserves a fixture as a reward for that ongoing support. England V New Zealand would seem the best fit. Scotland are slightly more problematic, but we have some great learning from the 2013 World Cup. The games at Workington proved to be a massive success, well supported with enthusiastic crowds. Cumbria deserves a fixtures as a hotbed of the game and our nearest hub to Scotland. Final I believe the final should be played at a prestigious venue, given the fact the regular fixtures I have covered West Yorkshire, London, East Riding and Cumbria the one area of the game which is a hotbed is Greater Manchester/Lancashire. The Etihad is a modern accessible stadium, which is regarded as a premier venue nationally and has the kudos of Internationally known. Again the learning from the 2013 World Cup is sell out the final and the group games take care of themselves (with a little help!). These fixtures take the game on the widest practical geographical spread, taking the games to where the fans are. It still is a major task with near to 200,000 tickets to sell, or put another just 60k less than the ill fated 2000 world cup which had 31 games! So my fixture format would be. Round 1 New Zealand V Australia-Auckland England V Scotland-John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield Round 2 England v Australia-Olympic Park, London Scotland v New Zealand-Olympic Park, London Round 3 England V New Zealand- KC Stadium, Hull Scotland V Australia- Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington Final 1 v 2-Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  10. "Swinton are doing it the proper way." Your words not mine.
  11. Without this descending into a slanging match what you are saying is a team who don't play in their named town, don't train in their named town who as far as I can tell don't have any players from their named town are somehow deemed to be "doing it right"? Hornets will only training in part at Warrington with training also in Rochdale, they will be playing in Rochdale and have increased the number of local players offered contracts. They have taken on a new facility in the town and are working hard to get it up to scratch but as it has no floodlights it is of no use as a training venue during the winter months. They have launched a charitable foundation whose motto is "to get More People Playing More Rugby League More Often".
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