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  1. Mayfield home to London Chargers.....thankfully not an away day! No date specified of the two available
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/50646131 Rochdale Mayfield will be hoping for a good draw at 6.30pm and tv coverage. A Mayfield v Saddleworth tie 11 or 12 Jan would be a good opportunity to see some ‘’local’ talent and hear not a few verbals! A possible long walk for some with the team of Jarrow Vikings or a trip to Ireland with the Longhorns. Matty Hadden their leader, I believe.
  3. https://twitter.com/andy_mazey?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^embeddedtimeline|twterm^profile%3ARochdaleHornets&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftheseladscanrunfor80mins.blogspot.com%2F Craig Farrimond - new assistant to Matt - according to League Express/Twitter article with Matt - and a 2020 season of consolidation.
  4. Presumably, the lad from Milnrow or was it Newhey? A long time ago for my grey cells!
  5. Fascinating stats.....alas, encapsulating the sad decline of two founders of our game and their support bases. Hornets’ home games: 1955/64/81 & 1998/2005/18 respectively, 9200, 5002, 800 - - 3097,1486 & 504. The change from August to January in 1999 and in industries/demographics across our regions over decades factors too. An important /fixture (12 Jan) to hopefully kick-start a new start and a successful season.
  6. Abram is an excellent goal kicker and is a tricky and quick player, but perhaps a little lightweight from what little I’ve seen.
  7. https://www.rugby-league.com/championship__league_1/fixtures 16 February followed by Keighley at home.
  8. The last thing we need at present! Hopefully, soon a dedicated Board, rebuilding the team and not a few hymn sheets and prayers to get us to the season's start.
  9. Whatever is or is not happening, one has to hope that common sense prevails very soon to the benefit of the club’s future before we lose everything. We cannot be far away from ‘special measures status’ and losing the time we need to attract/build a team and attract sponsors, etc properly for next season. Easy to say, of course without the facts, but the diehard fans need to see some positive developments -pronto.
  10. The Championship has gone up not a few notches since your last visit, not least with Toronto’s influence - even Toulouse have had to up their performances. Swinton did well this season having, like Hornets, just survived in 2018. Probably, you will have to compete in lower mini league of the Championship and as always, how much finance you can generate. Hope you find a good ground - surely Boundary Park rather than Stalybridge? Unfortunately, we have gone backwards and now have to regroup and hopefully survive when the crunch comes after the next tv deal. good luck.
  11. glemiln

    The Final

    Well done Oldham, although we shall miss the banter at Hornets. Crook’s excellent kicking, in difficult conditions, as it was for our Final win, was of course crucial. Plan well for the season ahead.
  12. At least with their new coach (Diskin or Kilshaw?) they should be under no illusions on the step-up to the Championship. Watching today, certainly the pace will be a huge difference, but of course this depends on their recruitment. Perhaps we will get some of their cast-offs! Crooky did the business again in another final. At least the RFL had the correct ribbons for the Presentation! Good luck to them, at least they do not face Toronto. We now await positive developments at Hornets.
  13. STATEMENT | The club can confirm we have had to shut the stadium due to a police incident. All of the staff have been safely evacuated and the situation is now in the hands of Greater Manchester Police. Sandy Lane, near the stadium, has been closed by police and bomb disposal officers have arrived at the stadium. It said in a statement: "The club can confirm we have had to shut the stadium due to a police incident. "All of the staff have been safely evacuated and the situation is now in the hands of Greater Manchester Police." Nearby Supertots Day Nursery contacted parents asking them to pick their children up 'as soon as possible' after a suspicious package was found at the ground.
  14. 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.”
  15. 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.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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?
  21. 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”!
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. From the 73rd minute try at Toronto https://www.loverugbyleague.com/post/toronto-game-abandoned-due-to-storm/ he seemed somewhat disinterested!
  25. 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.
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