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Stan Doffarf

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About Stan Doffarf

  • Birthday 02/10/1949

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  1. That new fangled M62 has nothing to do with it as far as I'm concerned. When I wor a lad an away trip to Batley took two hours each way. I'm from West Bowling, like John Bateman and Elliot Whitehead. First time I went to Odsal my Dad was at pains to point out Trevor Foster, whom he worshipped. Even after the torment of the last few years, I still can't quite get the game out of my system.
  2. Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Grieg, Rossini etc. etc. I consider myself very fortunate to have been exposed to those masters at an early age. At the age of eight, Beethoven had two entries in my personal top five (the violin concerto and the fifth piano concerto). Towards the end of the 1950s my elder brother began to smuggle Lonnie Donegan and Cliff Richard into the house. This led inevitably to harder stuff, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, etc. I was a teenager in the sixties, with all that that implies. As I say, I've been very fortunate.
  3. Bairstow has over 4000 test runs with six centuries, Buttler has one. I think Bairstow's poor form this series is largely down to the World Cup (where he was asked to open, a role he is unsuited to IMO) and sheer overwork. Keeping wicket in Test cricket is bloody hard work, and I feel he could do with a break. I'm not a fan of batting your WK in the top six, for the above reason. England's big problem is their failure to find another partner for Burns, and a couple of reliable middle order batsmen. I find it odd that Ballance, Sibley and Northeast are continually overlooked, despite consistently piling up the runs in Division 1. Ballance in particular has a pretty handy Test record, including four centuries, but seems to have been totally discarded.
  4. You could check Bairstow's Test figures compared to Buttler's. Bairstow is significantly better.
  5. So should this be moved to the Brexit thread?
  6. How many times do you plan to repeat this rant? I'm sure people are getting bored with it.
  7. And there's a pretty good chance Bradford won't either. Lowe and Chalmers (no idea who this fellow Chambers is) were chosen by the RFL as owners in preference to people with actual money. Now Chalmers has made a decision they don't like and they're behaving like the amateurs they certainly are, spitting the dummy and making things as difficult as possible. No change there then. To be honest, if I were Chalmers I'd just walk away.
  8. There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about Bradford supposedly 'poaching' fans from other clubs. I doubt that ever happened, at least on any significant scale. Any business has a perfect right to promote its offer in any location. It's entirely possible that some fans of (for want of a better expression) lower ranked clubs would choose to watch elite level RL whilst also supporting their own club. I remember talking to a lovely couple from Batley who came to Odsal to watch Glen Tomlinson. Didn't stop them supporting Batley. If a sports club loses support in its own community, surely it should be doing its best to put that right, not complaining that another sports club is doing the job better than they are. If you're content with mediocrity, don't be too surprised if your supporters, or potential supporters, vote with their feet. Many lower league soccer clubs will know all about this, as the Premier League clubs draw their support from far and wide. It's a much smaller world than it used to be, and the days when sports watchers were restricted to their own community are long gone. It can be argued that this is a bad thing, but it's a fact nevertheless.
  9. This is just terrible, the worst possible news. Puts everything else into perspective. Condolences to his family and friends.
  10. This is a very poor pitch for a WC final. Speccies want to see the ball coming onto the bat so the batsmen can play their shots. This is excruciating to watch.
  11. Adam Hills is a huge League fan and plays disability RL for Warrington. He seldom misses an opportunity to mention the sport.
  12. Closey was a bit of a freak, almost totally ambidextrous. I once read that he got down to scratch at golf playing left handed, then did the same again right handed.
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