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  1. 6 hours ago, Harry Stottle said:

    Neil Jukes is employed in part to assist in a coaching role, fact.

    But as a Leigh fan I am totally in agreement that there seems to be to much money being spent behind the scenes when it is new bodies on the field that should be the primary requirement. Since being promoted to SL we have signed Lewis Tierney and been linked with Ben Barba nothing else has come out of the club. 

    To say this fan who has purchased a season ticket and the club has stated all season ticket sales will be spent on players saleries is disgruntled with proceedings would be an understatement.

    Sounds like jobs for the boys, and as a Widnes fan with memories of the Rule Era, this strategy doesn't always work out and things could go pear shaped quickly down parsonage way

  2. 2 hours ago, ATLANTISMAN said:

    Thanks WLF for me nowadays its all about the match day crack and with the Broncos Ealing is perfect for crowds of 800/1000 (Rather like the days of friendly London RU clubs way back) I also like Richmond (Rugby is ######) but the club is really nice same goes for London Scottish.What I fear most is sitting in a soulless atmosphere surrounding by 8000 empty seats NO THANKS.



    and not a decent beer or ale in sight

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  3. As a Widnes fan I am coming round to the idea, indeed a strong hope of Leigh not finishing 12th next season, adding a bit of spice to the competition and shaking up some of the more complacent SL teams and their supporters who may feel a place at the top table and the Sky handout is theirs' by right

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  4. It's an interesting socio-economic question. I suppose professional rugby was different to social rugby, but I enjoyed reading an extract of the silver jubilee brochure, in the first lockdown period, of a now defunct Union club (Instonians) on the Wirral (they merged with someone else to become Prenton in the last few years), anyway it goes:

    The mid 1950's also saw the increasing influence of the motor car in rugby social life and fixture planning. In the early days of the club, most fixtures were confined to the Wirral but after the war the club began to broaden its horizons. Orrell, St. Helens, Rhyl and Bangor were added to the fixture list and the away trip to the University of the last named town proved to be a fitting climax to the season for many years. Before cars, away trips could be fraught with pitfalls. A visit to Old Widnesians (now Widnes) meant catching a steam train from Liverpool Central (High Level) to Farnworth Station. (extract from page 16)

    https://www.birkenheadinstitute.co.uk/BIOB Miscellaneous Photographs/Miscellaneous/RugbyGoldenJubilee.pdf

    From Farnworth Station the players would have faced a trek of about a mile or more across what was then school playing fields & farmers fields as the crow flies.

    I guess it was a muddy afternoon!

  5. 1 hour ago, Blind side johnny said:

    The Championship season is now scheduled to begin in the last week of February, behind closed doors in all cases. Initially this will be early rounds of the 1895 Cup with details of league fixtures yet to be decided.

    don't see the point of the 1895 cup. It's a loss leader as it is, nobody bothers with those games except a few die-hards here and there.

    Playing 1895 behind closed doors would just be like normal, might as well wait until 1st April and start the leagues then

  6. Sad day.

    This will result in the further contraction of the league game in Widnes. As the game contracts in the heartlands, Widnes have been squeezed out by richer & more successful neighbours, as well as disastrously poor management in the last decade. We messed up at the wrong time.

    Professional rugby league in Widnes is coming to an end. Anyone interested can go and play in St Helens, Warrington or Salford so its OK, apparently


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  7. 37 minutes ago, HarrogateKnights said:

    How many stadiums is now in 40 odd years it must be close on 7 or 8. They have played in pretty much every area from North (Barnet), East, South (Take your pick) West (Ealing) no wonder they struggle to obtain a growing fan base from Barnet to Wimbledon has got to be a 50 mile drive. If they do make the move this has to be the last for sustanbility. Although saying that Wimbledon dogs used to be a good night out with friendly locals so hopefully they get that market. 

    Broncos, the rugby league club for the whole of London

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