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  1. 2 hours ago, Dave T said:


    If we strip things right back, Wigan v Saints in a Challenge Cup Semi Final is an attractive fixture.


    I think people are just bored by the repetition now.

    There are all the loop fixtures, magic weekend fixtures and the challenge cup is basically a Super League knock-out cup due to the strength of SL teams and the rest barring the occasional upset which is now really just an occasional close run thing 

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  2. 15 hours ago, Jill Halfpenny fan said:

    Not official but seen 3,442 mentioned as the Widnes v Barrow game.




    Good effort. The next home game is v. Leigh on Good Friday so hopefully will be pushing towards 6,000.

    Looking at the Widnes website seems like hospitality packages in the South Stand are selling well too for this game. Not sure who gets the benefit of this though - the club or the council. Anyway, onwards & upwards...

  3. 8 minutes ago, JohnM said:

    Does it not take less time to fly from say Manchester to Perpignan than it does to take the train from say Newcastle to Leigh? 

    Not sure if there is an airport in Leigh, but I know from reading this forum that there isn't a railway station

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  4. 1 hour ago, Chrispmartha said:

    Regarding the Leeds attendance, I was disappointed with it (although the atmosphere was very good).

    We do have to accept the downside of terrestrial tv coverage could mean a small drop in the usual attendance for that game.

    I can well imagine a fair few people deciding not to bother going because of the time, weather and the fact its live on channel 4.

    It does feel and look like Leeds are trying more this season to get crowds back, we’ve had the perfect storm of, stadium rebuild, ###### performances and covid over the last 5 years!

    Someone should have told Sid

  5. On 21/12/2021 at 22:42, Hopping Mad said:

    In the Liverpool area, there's only Waterloo of any stature. And, of course, they don't play in Liverpool. The handful of Wirral clubs, none of them in the upper levels, aren't Liverpool either. Liverpool Collegiate (Aigburth) and West Derby-based Sefton (where Liverpool Buccaneers ARLFC used to play) are tiny operations.

    Caldy RUFC (Level 3 - National League 1 currently in 4th place) and Wirral RUFC (Level 5 - North Premier) are both semi-professional and operate at a higher level than Waterloo who are currently Level 6 - North 1 West, so they tend to pick up the best local RU talent from either side of the Mersey at the moment.  The demand seems to be well served with the clubs in existence at the moment and I think it would be tough for Rugby League to try and grow in this small market.


    Back on topic, it's good to see RL clubs developing facilities as this is one area that the Union clubs have an advantage.

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  6. 1 hour ago, shaun mc said:

    Sometimes you get the same people collecting stuff. Wonder if they are then having a car boot somewhere?!

    Probably, and if they can make a few quid then good luck to them.

    In the last few weeks I have decluttered a double mattress, 3 chairs, 2 old radios and a trench guard (all collected by different people). Contemplating putting some of my RL programmes on as I can't get rid of them on here 😂

  7. Hi,

    Just found these at the back of a cupboard, both in excellent condition. If you want either or both PM me and I will post them to you FOC:

    Warrington v Leigh Miners Welfare, RL Challenge Cup 1st Round, Wilderspool, Sunday 15th February 1976

    Ace Amateurs v Widnes, RL Challenge Cup 1st Round, Craven Park, Sunday 10th February 1980

  8. 44 minutes ago, DI Keith Fowler said:

    I'm not, currently the RFL, FA and RFU only recognise 3G as a technology. What is being called 4G, 5G etc. is marketing for products which while may be better than predecessors are fundamentally the same 3G technology otherwise they wouldn't be allowed. 

    I think from when you said hockey you're thinking of 2G astroturf i.e. sand without rubber infill. 

    I have also seen reference to Synthetic and Hybrid pitches - where do these fit into the picture?

    We probably need a separate 'plastic pitch' thread to discuss 😂

  9. 16 minutes ago, DG70 said:

    Rowley is an upgrade on Marshall and they do have a fair bit of quality on paper, but as Brian Clough once said, " We have a good team on paper, unfortunately its played on grass"...

    To update Cloughie, We have a good team on paper, unfortunately the game is played on plastic 🙂

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  10. One reason I stopped watching Widnes, aswell as them serving up garbage, was that the garbage was delivered on a plastic pitch. I know it offers other benefits to whoever owns the stadium but I like my rugby played on real mud. I am just old school I am afraid. Now my rugby fix is at grass roots level, union and league. I am non-discriminatory in my loathing of the round ball game 🙂

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