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  1. Discipline has been our (Wigan's) problem for a while now and it's up to the coaching staff to read the riot act to the players.   

    Overall, the match showed that Burgess's decision to gamble on sacrificing the game through playing his weakened team paid off. Yes, two valuable league points gone, but our two points were won at a cost of injuries ( however minor) to Marshall and co. 

    Time was, in soccer at least,  if not in rugby league, that clubs were required to put out their strongest team for every fixture or explain why not. These days, doctors notes are not as easy to come by.

  2. 3 hours ago, Griff said:

    The petition can be stopped from turning into an order by paying the bill.

    Which is the object of the petition in the first place.  The creditor doesn't particularly want to stop Fev trading.  He just wants his money.

    That's what I meant to say. 35 years ago I spent 6 miserable months working for a company where the modus operandi seemed to be to not to pay it's bills until the winding- up petition was  threatened.

  3. 14 minutes ago, Vyvyan said:

    It's a winding up petition not a winding up order.   They're very different.  The latter is more serious.

    Quite so. It's normally what companies do to get action when another is repeatedly late paying it's bills. Loan repayment or contracted player pension payments?

  4. What Rob (and his family) had to go  through is unimaginable for I guess almost all of us. Really makes one wonder how they, and other sufferers, have coped. I'm sure I'd fall apart under such stress, especially with the knowledge of the eventual outcome.

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  5. 14 hours ago, Dunbar said:

    Did you look at the city analysis of searches for NRL vs. Australian National Rugby Team (the level deeper)?  

    All the searches for NRL are focused across the M62 corridor, there is nothing in London. 

    There is no evidence of NRL being a search term from London, there is no data even when you click 'include low search volume regions'.

    There's the opportunity, perhaps. Given the absence of media coverage of RL and the fact that only dedicated RL fans are aware of NRL, the result is not surprising. It could be argued that similarly, that is why Christian religions send missionaries to non-Christian areas. 

    Much harder work, of course.

  6. 22 hours ago, Anita Bath said:

    Swinton is no more in Manchester than that lot that won the FACup yesterday.

    Although I was born in Manchester, I lived in Swinton from day 1 until I was 20. I went to secondary school and then college on Salford until I was 18. I was a regular fan at Station Rd.   But still, I identified, and still do, with Manchester, as I think, would younger people who grew up in  the Manchester area.

    To have a SuperLeague or NRL club there requires in my view a number of things, including but not limited to:

    1. An owner, directors or CEO with a passion for the sport.

    2. An owner -and directors - with a commitment to finance in the long term to build something of value.

    4. An owner and directors with personal power, public profile, business skills, drive, dedication etc to make it happen.

    Just having Sky, NRL, etc. buy a club would not be enough. Look at London in the Branson days. The club looked as though it was going to finally come good...but imagine where it would be had Branson actually led from the front.


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