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Magic XIII

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  1. We werent at the races, we've saved our two worst performances of the season for Featherstone ! You thoroughly deserved the win, I just hope for our sake it was down to the the week off and temporary lack of focus. Regardless, miserable journey back last night. Not sure it counts but: 1. Davies 2. Ellis 3. Thackray
  2. No sour grapes from me lad. Workington dont even register a murmur on the richter scale of rugby league any more, like the Broncos. For clarity, 'stand on our own two feet' = not supported by RFL, like you (and many of you northern supporters supporting failing clubs) like to suggest. David Hughes' support is invaluable no doubt about it and unless the club can develop their revenue streams and sponsorship, and alternative backers, we always will be vulnerable. That said, DH is a wealthy man so hopefully he has got a few years support left in him. As for Town, formed in 1945 and since won 4 titles and nothing since 1992/93. Broncos formed 1980 and won nowt.
  3. So that the massive potential of Workington could be realised, making Super League truly Super.
  4. Not forgot about anything. The parachute payment was agreed by all parties in the league and applied to Broncos and Bulls. The fact that last season we could not manage our way out of a paper bag speaks for itself. We stand on our own two feet just like you so the notion the RFL throw money at us or we are a White Elephant could equally apply to yourselves.
  5. Not in their current form, nowhere near the standard required on or specifically off the field
  6. He has and does and when he doesn't we are in poop
  7. Odd suggestion about Red Hall throwing money at the Broncos. Was it not the case that we finished one place higher than Town in the league 2015, and a such received £50k (?) more prize money/funding than them, significantly less than the prize monies paid to Leigh, Bradford, etc
  8. The corner flag is no longer regarded as 'in play'
  9. You forgot to mention that 3 out of 4 games in February are away, including Leigh next week.
  10. 1 Fijian and 4 Aussies, all within the rules I believe and to complete the 19, 5 cockneys, 1 Frenchman, 8 northerners (of who 4 have been down here for 2+ years), no dual reg or loan players. Now that correction is out of the way. Well done yesterday. I was one of the hardly 40 Broncos fans there and I applaud Oldham both on and off the field. New league, new venue, glad it was us visiting so teething troubles could be ironed out. No doubt plenty of effort on the field but lacking a little cutting edge, but lots of positive signs. Good luck for the rest of the season - oh, and you are missing a trick by not opening the ground and bar until 2pm !
  11. I think you are being a little disingenuous here. I was also there and did not come away thinking League had been outdone in the slightest. There were 3 of 4 guests with Union backgrounds (and Kev currently) and so you would expect 75% of the conversation to be about the union. I think League got far more than 25% and with respect to the other guests they were referencing League throughout and LD relating stories of his possible code switch, etc. Clare Balding is a huge fan of League and of Kev and she wasn’t backward in stating that. Maggie Alphonsi was a really good advert for women’s union and came across exceptionally well, Shane Williams pretty funny and humble too, Lawrence confident with tales to tell – Kev, classy, anecdotes, decent contributions, all round represented himself and League superbly – especially the joke about being used to playing at Headingley in front of 17/1800 rather than just 17 or 18 ! You can see for yourself on Thursday.
  12. London is Wes Naiqama and vice captain Daniel Harrison. Really enjoyable fans Open Day yesterday, with a good vibe. Only two players not there one sorting visa out in PNG, the other up t'north ...........
  13. So, if DH had dropped you a line and admitted he could have done things better and apologised for his errors, would Mrs Spicer been inclined to come back ?
  14. Let's be honest the day would never suit everyone. Its fallen well for me and another 3 St Albans based adults plus our offspring for Monday - we decided to take an afternoons leave - but a Sunday would have been impossible for all with day long kids sport. We are not talking a small town here where fans can pop along to an event, we are talking a fan base spread far and wide. Nothing Broncos related will ever be ideal for everyone, its a sad fact of life.
  15. Why does this concern you ? If David Hughes feels he can foot the bills this year, then so what ? But I do agree on Towergate and why they walked away, very odd.
  16. London's to be announced on Monday at Fans Day, along with squad numbers, etc. Should be a fun afternoon.
  17. Sorry, but I dont agree. You could pick a very strong 17 - Kear, Williams, Naiqama, Stapleton, Macani, Eliab, Barthau, Slyney, Cunningham, Offerdahl, Harrison, Garside, Lovegrove - Ackers, Thackeray, Ioane, Battye ...... and still have in reserve young guys who competed well last year Wallace, Everett, Hellewell, works in progress Keyes, Davis, Walker and guys used to this level Leatherbarrow and Bussey
  18. Agree with all the above but would add, his kicking game is/was awful and this needs huge improvement. I have no idea of the merits of Scott Leatherbarrow but I hope he is to standard and offers Barthau challenge. Similarly, Eliab and Keyes vying for stand off spot. As far as I am aware the squad is now finalised, all players in pre season, with Ioane expected this week, and Eliab, subject to visa, plus Offerdahl will be playing for the US in the next few weeks. This is a good position. The real dross from last year has gone and with any luck the current mob will settle unlike Luke Adamson and not want to go back to mummy, and we wont have idiots like Foran and the prop who legged it early in the season.
  19. Beaumont and Wood probably contrived this non sense over a pie and pint, yesterday
  20. I think we are slipping under the radar. After the abysmal effort of last season when a FT squad failed to compete in a really tough Championship, we are now a year wiser and a squad that seems to be more adept to compete. We have moved on some of the wasters and I think we are one good half back and possibly a centre short of a very good squad.
  21. I completely agree with Daddy Merged. There are vast swathes of this country completely untouched by rugby league, and those that are which sit outside the heartlands are left to fend for themselves. The complete mismanagement and neglect of the Sport England Funding of Development Officers was a sad reflection on the governing bodies 'tick box exercise'. A handful of years on, the work of those DO, aka LEGACY - are nowhere to be seen, certainly in these parts. The RFL think there are magic beans that will suddenly grow into supporters, players, volunteers. I despair of the lack of resource offered to London and South. A huge area and - I stand to be corrected - no RFL body on the ground. I have been involved in the game down here for many years and current frustration does not sum it up. The complete lack of joined up thinking is amateurish - Community Clubs, Minis and Juniors, Champions Schools, Embed the Pathway, Skolars, Hemel, Broncos and the RFL, not one seem to be taking control and giving direction, so much so I believe the game in these parts is going backwards. The picture elsewhere might be more positive, but I suspect not.
  22. Trouble is the general mastermind of unease on RLFans is also on here, he's like a bad smell. That said he has actually started commenting on rugby matters and not just financials and his dislike of David Hughes, so perhaps the worm has turned.
  23. If we top 150 I'd be amazed - well as amazed as I am when long standing supporters cant be bothered ! Its a final after all,
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