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  1. 17 minutes ago, Robthegasman said:

    Again how come others that are bigger such as Wimbledon,UEFA with the Euros and Olympic Games committee have had the balls and guts to make a call and decide to postpone?

    Because the other events you identify are global events with mass international travel, huge TV deals, logistics, etc .... we are talking about a sport played in a small part of Northern England with no TV deal and a small walk up audience. I guess one of the benefits of being a minority sport is you can sit on these decisions a lot longer.

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  2. 23 hours ago, sweaty craiq said:

    I totally agree

    David Hughes has pumped more money into LB than both Derek and the bloke at Fev combined. He knows there is no chance of a return on his investment, yet he continues and doesn't shout from the rooftops. A true gentlemen.

    It could be argued that if we had had a Derek or Marwan as owner fighting our corner, we would be in a much more viable position than we currently are. Still, we gave SL  a good shake last year.

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  3. On 03/06/2020 at 15:09, Celtic Roosters said:

    2003 - Underbank 42 St. Albans 22, St. Albans 56 Hemel 18, Teeside away void,  2004 - Carlisle home void, Hemel 40 St. Albans 22, Coventry 32 St. Albans 20, Bramley 24 St. Albans 16. 2005 - Dudley Hill home void,  Coventry 26 St. Albans 38, Bramley 34 St. Albans 16 (I went to this game), St. Albans 40 Hemel 6, St. Albans 46 Warrington 24, Dudley Hill 63 St. Albans 10. 2006 - St. Albans 28 Gateshead 14, St. Albans 6 Bramley 10, Dufdley Hill away - St. Albans failed the fixture, Warrington 30 St. Albans 12. Challenge cup - Birkenshaw 22 St. Albans 10. I can't find Northern Rail results at the moment.

    Thanks for the response, it was very useful.

    Don't want to push my luck but for the following, do you have teams and scorers for St Albans (and dates for 2006)?

    2004

    Birmingham Bulldogs 16-52 St A

    2005

    St A 16 – 20 Bradford Dudley Hill (I think you said this was voided but I have a score ??)

    Bradford Dudley Hill 63-10 St A

    2006

    St A 6-10 Bramley

    Warrington 30-12 St A


  4. On 21/05/2020 at 19:54, Celtic Roosters said:

    Only just seen this. I don't go on the forum as much any more. I have both programmes .v. Celtic Crusaders and I will have all of the results you are looking for but I am going through a tough time at the moment and am finding it difficult to motivate myself to do anything. I will be going to work soon so not going to look tonight. Let me know if you still need this info and I will have a look over the weekend.

    Still very keen to get all the info requested. Ironically, I bought Gillette Yearbook and got Celtic C info, nil to St Albans in both games !!!!  If and when you feel up to it, have a rummage for me please.


  5. Whilst at Durham Uni, initiated a link up with the Durham City side to moderate degree of success, which Town v Gown got in the way of. Great to see RL in the Uni and City now.

    Always was a rugby league evangelist, and still am today, cant recall how many I've introduced along the way.

    Moved south, set up a club in '95 and it's still going today. Like Bearman had every role in the club, reaching breaking point many times. We had many good battles with Coventry in NL3 and RLCP. 

    This summer would be my last in junior RL coaching which I have done for 7 years, as my lad has reached 16 and only Open Age option.

    Far too many good people met along the way - Bearman, IM2 included - and a few bad eggs.

    Some of the former players have set up a Virtual Bar on Facebook, where we pop in from time to time for a reminisce - its priceless memories.

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  6. On 16/05/2020 at 20:07, Robthegasman said:

    My prediction is that we will end up seeing a two division set up,Super League and a new look Championship with I think either 10 or 12 clubs in each division.And the current clubs that don’t make the final cut will either become a community type club or amateur club or they will fade and die.

     

    Absolutely

    I am convinced that rather than have some convoluted, unweighted end of season free for all clubs outside SL this season; next year should be set at 2 leagues regardless. Existing SL plus SL wannabees / the rest. The days of minimum standards for SL appear to have gone out of the window, so anything goes. SL wannabees need to commit to being full time, not dual reg with anyone in the same league, and similar reasonable expectations of teams in the top tier. I would cap the top league at 18. Ok, means a lot of fixtures, but its an interim year for the game.

    At the end of next season, with this format, upto 5 relegated (no exemption) and one promoted (leaving 14 teams) and then franchise kicks back in.

     


  7. 20 hours ago, Bearman said:

     

    I have found two programmes from St Abans

    S. ALBANS V Coventry 10 Sept 2005

    And ditto for 21 June  2003.

    I may have some match reports. 2004 and 2005. I will have a look tomorrow but they might only have the score and Coventry players stats.

    One of our supporters has a copy of every programme that Coventry has played and it may be that a match report/ score from a later date in the season may have more details.

    Will let you know.

    Brilliant stuff and thanks. Anything you can get Bearman. Have to say I am loving the reminisce - we had some decent games. Good times !


  8. Help required.

    I am using the downtime to pull together some info on St Albans Centurions, but inevitably there are gaps.

    Can anyone provide me with any info on the following  - score, teams, scorers and key points (thanks in advance) :

    National League 3

    02 August 2003

     

    Huddersfield Underbank Rangers

    St Albans Centurions

    09 August 2003

     

    St Albans Centurions

    Hemel Stags

    Did St Albans play Teesside away in 2003 ?

    09 May 2004

     

    St Albans Centurions

    Carlisle Centurions

    31 May 2004

     

    Hemel Stags

    St Albans Centurions

    21 August 2004

     

    Coventry Bears

    St Albans Centurions

    Did St Albans play Bramley away in 2004 ?

    02 April 2005

     

    St Albans Centurions

    Bradford Dudley Hill

    11 June 2005

     

    Coventry Bears

    St Albans Centurions

    16 July 2005

     

    Bramley Buffaloes

    St Albans Centurions

    PLAY OFF

     

    St Albans Centurions

    Hemel Stags

    PLAY OFF

     

    St Albans Centurions

    Warrington Wizards

    PLAY OFF

     

    Bradford Dudley Hill

    St Albans Centurions

    2006

    St Albans Centurions

    Gateshead Storm

    2006

    St Albans Centurions

    Bramley Buffaloes

    2006

    Bradford Dudley Hill

    St Albans Centurions

    PLAY OFF

    Warrington Wizards 

    St Albans Centurions

    Challenge Cup

    29 Nov 2003

     

    Birkenshaw

    St Albans Centurions

    Northern Rail Cup

    12 February 2006

    St Albans Centurions

    London Skolars

    19 February 2006

    Hemel Stags

    St Albans Centurions

    26 February 2006

    St Albans Centurions

    Celtic Crusaders

    05 March 2006

    St Albans Centurions

    Hemel Stags

    19 March 2006

    London Skolars

    St Albans Centurions

    26 March 2006

    Celtic Crusaders

    St Albans Centurions

     


  9. On 02/04/2020 at 21:56, Ivarr the Boneless said:

    Yes at youth level. When Andy moved south, Owen initially carried on playing RL up north. He later started playing down south, both codes. Think he was with the Broncos academy for a while however he chose the union route.

    He, along with Joe Ford played a few games for St Albans Centurions u14s when he first moved down to Harpenden. I am pretty sure he had no link with Broncos.

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  10. Why cram ? Take a sensible approach to ensure an equitable and meaningful League campaign for all 3 divisions

    Ensure player, official, spectator safety, first and foremost

    Keep the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final dates as scheduled, and subsequent Kangaroo Tour

    7 / 14 / 21 June next rounds of the C Cup and Final 18 July (large assumption here !!!)

    All league fixtures start 28 June.

    Top two leagues either 

    6 homes games and 6 away, the first round counting as the final full round of fixtures pre lockdown (play one team twice)

    Or 5 /6 home away games, so play everyone once (but mis match in home / away)

    Last round of fixtures 13 September. Top 5 play off in SL and no relegation, Grand Final as planned

    Top 3 auto promotion from Championship plus additional one from  4 v 5 for fourth spot.

    League One full home and away programme with no promotion but heavier emphasis on prize money.

    2021 realignment year, only two divisions (16 team SL and amalgamated second division)

    End 2021 3 teams relegated from SL and one promoted from Championship. Championship / League One splits to similar set up to now with Ottawa and NY possibly.

    Strange times demand adaptability and reason, and most of all, simplification.


  11. On ‎24‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 09:27, Toby Chopra said:

    For the wider game, the most valuable thing Skolars provides is not its performance as a semi-pro team scrabbling around the lower half of L1, it's the community work it does providing an entry point into the sport for hundreds of young people in North London (a huge untapped demographic), and a pathway beyond into the higher professional clubs. 

    I hope that whatever the Skolars' future is on the field, this vital pathway work continues. Covid fallout and the future TV deal will have a big impact on that, and who knows whether the current semi-pro L1 team is the best way to carry that out. 

    How do you think that has been going of late ?


  12. On ‎20‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 08:29, Bedfordshire Bronco said:

    Apart from. Million pound game I've never seen us 'win' sonething

    Having spoken to a lot of other Broncos supporters we'd love some silverware and something to cheer

    I stayed on at Wembley after the CC and Sheffield fans will remember there day there forever 

    I for one don't give a toss about the AB Sundeck sponsored hub cap trophy.

    The only trophy I want to see in 2020 is the one given to the team promoted to SL


  13. It isn't really a one size fits all thing, as some clubs don't pay out the salary cap ….. for Toronto, an increased salary cap and ability to recruit the best players is a driver, whereas for a London, I would argue their priority would be 'hands off' rules for their academy products and ability to pay them outside the cap and some recognition of London weighting.

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  14. 2 hours ago, The Future is League said:

    ….. as they can't attract quality players from up here and they don't appear to be able to attract many overseas players?

     

     

    I think this is a gross assumption on your behalf. It is conceivable that Wardy has taken the position of standing by the players who won the MPG and more importantly having faith in their ability to compete.

     

    Bear in mind (and I stand to be corrected) we only recruited Abdull, Yates, Fozzard, Smith, Mason and Richards (and more latterly Krasniqi and Lamb) …… all of them northern and one Aussie. We offloaded Spencer and Evans and few fringe players and then Sammut darted.

     

    I think we've done rather well all things considered. I think these wholesale changes were inevitable and I wouldn't be surprised if a few others haven't been offered a contract for next year or at best a reserve grade contract.

     

    #COYB

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  15. 11 hours ago, Oliver Clothesoff said:

    Probably best for London to go down and regroup again, now. I say that having read that Williams and Kear are off to Salford and with them two key players going along with Abdull and Walker (and I’m sure someone else) and with Battye having his suitors, how are any club supposed to recover from losing 4-5 key players like that so late in a year and expected to compete the following year? 

    I suppose it’s one of the big reasons why I don’t like P&R really. 

    I think this is one of the problems with the current system. It leave clubs like us vulnerable at point in the year.

    That said I want us to stay up, regardless.

    If rumours are true Yates and Williams off to Salford along with Kear. Given their depth in backs, I am puzzled what Williams and Kear will add.

    Walker and possibly Pitts to Wakefield and Abdull to KR. Then again, if either of these clubs are relegated, I assume all bets are off ?

    Williams, Kear, Pitts and Walker have given the Broncos OUTSTANDING service over the last few years. Abdull and Yates have been sensational this year. I am certain they will give their all to keep us in the SL.

    Our recruitment has started. Several players committing for 2 more years and add to that Aston and Egodu so I am sure Wardy has all paths covered.

    Hopefully a good game on Sunday.

     

     

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