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  1. https://t.co/ofXWfCOI9k?amp=1 Board resignations linked with fallout from the Swinton/Manchester project. Good luck fans for the future and with whatever emerges next. “Having assessed all of the above, It is with regret that the Board of Directors of Swinton Lions RLFC Limited resign their position with immediate effect. This afternoon we will ask The Swinton Lions Supporter’s Trust to form a succession plan to take the club forward. As a collective we have agreed to help with succession planning and Stephen Wild has agreed to remain as sole Director on an interim basis until a new board is formed.”
  2. https://rugbyl.blogspot.com/2019/04/uk-championship-attendances-2019.html According to the above we have something to cheer this season - attendances up to 766 (but, with 2 extra games), compared with 2018 (549), but 878 in 2017. Figures exclude any play-off games. Still lowest in league though. Hopefully, we will have at least a regularly winning team next season to help compensate for expected much lower crowds in League1. See its stats in the link - under "popular posts". The total attendances, even allowing for fewer matches is somewhat worrying for the future.
  3. Someone else may be going up as we go down - it’s rumoured on Oldham’s forum that Alan Kilshaw is their new coach. Or, we will face his team if Oldham decide to keep us company!
  4. With the news that Ottawa is apparently confirmed for League 1 for 2021 and possibly joined by NewYork, there could be teams trying to buy promotion next season. Hopefully our limited finances can still produce a successful meld of youth and experience to secure a play-off spot.
  5. 82-0 - and a kick in the nuts for the faithful fans! And thankfully, the end of this dreadful season. One wonders how it may have turned out had we given the first coach at least a full season; it surely couldn't have been much worse! Still, that's it and we can only hope that the recruitment, rebuild, coaching and effort for next season provide the remaining faithful fans the reward they deserve.
  6. Half -time. Hornets 0-46 down. Sadly and embarrassingly, it's going to an only too familiar absolutely dreadful script - 8 tries, too many down the left flank, constant errors and of course no defence! Perhaps Bradford should declare and head over to Old Trafford and encourage England. Surely a better 2nd half -for Hornets? Well -it's 62 now after just 15mins
  7. A disappointing score, not helped by 3 sin-binnings of 2 Hornets players and our frustrating, continuous habits of shipping a trio (or more) of tries in rapid succession and unforced errors. Both defence and attack seem woeful, especially for this level. I believe Fax had 6 tries disallowed too? Thankfully, only one game to endure of this dreadful season and I hope the local faithful who do attend will be rewarded with a huge effort against Bradford - I believe they cannot make the play-offs. Then the clear out/restructuring of our team to meet the new challenge of League 1 - it will not be easy, but it should be more competitive than this season. A separate new topic for the cold months ahead?
  8. From LoveRugbyLeague in response to the Sun article: Swinton have released a statement in response to the article, it read: “It is important to stress that Swinton Lions RLFC Ltd will continue, and to that end we have fought off several attempts at a merger which would have signalled the end of the club as an historic entity. Swinton will remain prominently on the badge, and we will continue to play at Heywood Road. “However, we must also seek to exploit the advantages that a trading name, instantly recognisable across the world, will give us. “We see our history and heritage as non-negotiable, but we are at a crossroads in the sport and the club has to evolve to survive and thrive into the future.” I think diehard Swinton fans may need further explanation/clarification of some contradictory aspects in the above bold items. It seems to me that the rejection by the RFL of Manchester Rangers into League1, provided Mazey with the opportunity to pursue his project (vanity?). Only time will tell, but if it all goes pear-shaped....nowt left. Good luck Swinton fans..... but I just cannot envisage you shouting “come on Manchester Lions”!
  9. https://t.co/vQ7m1n48Tx Manchester Lions to replace the Swinton Lions “brand” from next season. Their fans will now enrol in elocution lessons for match chants. I guess not a few will be not too happy at losing their “history” to add to their original ground loss. I suppose it could have been SaleLions!
  10. With next season’s compulsory reserve grade for Super League ( perhaps even for Toronto if promoted?), less dual registration should give him the time. If not, I suppose he could be on dr or loan to us! I look forward to seeing our 2020 squad develop.
  11. From the 73rd minute try at Toronto https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/toronto-game-abandoned-due-to-storm/ he seemed somewhat disinterested!
  12. https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/toronto-game-abandoned-due-to-storm/ Scroll down to view video of Toronto’s scores - power/size/speed, full-time a huge difference, along with the travel, but alas some inadequate Hornets cover/tackling at times. Hopefully build on that first half effort for the last 2 games.
  13. It would have been good to witness the try ‘live’. The “reprimand” targeted at Junior S’au under the posts was, perhaps fortunately, unheard on the video! Hopefully more like this (or any tries) in the remaining games and ideally another win to lift the faithful’s spirits after this woeful season.
  14. Head over to “Our League” https://membership.rugby-league.com/dashboard. to see a replay of the full game. A very encouraging last 60mins (the first 20 speaks for itself). A brief chat with Matt at the beginning.
  15. 18-50 loss but we did outscore them 18-10 over the last 50mins of the game. Will clutch at any encouraging straws that can give the team/faithful fans hope to see out the remaining games with more confidence and an 80 minute performance. Trust we had a good crowd?
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