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  1. I couldn’t agree more. We need a permanent base where we can put down roots. Why we keep moving is, genuinely, a mystery to me, hence my comments that we don’t really know the real reasons for each move. The Wigan v Catalan match at Millwall shows we could be getting more paying spectators than we are getting at the moment.
  2. The problem for us,or most of us on this forum, is that we don’t really know what the real financial arrangements were and are at Barnet, Trailfinders or Plough Lane so it’s hard to know what is really driving these decisions. All I can say is that I liked the match experience at Ealing and I don’t think many people will come to watch a team at Wimbledon just because they can look at an new empty stadium on the other side of the ground. To get any sort of momentum going we will need a very successful team.
  3. On 20 August 2016, London Broncos hosted 10 times Super League champions Leeds attracting a then record rugby leaguecrowd at the ground ( Trailfinders ) of 1,845. It was also the first ever televised sports match at the ground, with Sky Sportsbroadcasting the game. On 2 September 2019, London Broncos set a new rugby league attendance record at the ground when a crowd of 3,051 watched Broncos host Leeds Rhinos
  4. From Wikipedia today… London Broncos Rugby League On 13 December 2013, it was confirmed that rugby league club London Broncos would move to the Hive for two seasons, commencing with the 2014 season. In round 2 of the 2014 Super League season Broncos played their first match at the Hive, against Salford Red Devils. The record crowd for the Broncos in 2014 was against Super League giants Wigan Warriors where 2,013 were in attendance at the Hive. The Broncos left The Hive at the end of the 2015 season and moved to the Trailfinders Sports Ground in Ealing for 2016
  5. The Broncos highest attendance at Trailfinders was higher than their highest attendance at Barnet I believe?
  6. The acronym S.M.A.R.T comes to mind. If the club are aiming for average home attendances of 5000 in three years, how many do we need in one year or two years I wonder?
  7. A lot of those better attendances that have been mentioned so far are matches where we know the away support was higher. I just had a look on Wikipedia at Wimbledon‘s latest average home attendances and I just can’t understand where this 5000 is coming from?
  8. I don’t know what the rent was at Trailfinders but I don’t see why that would’ve meant possible death anymore then if we move to Plough Lane? Rome wasn’t built in a day but it wasn’t moved every few years either!
  9. I have moved on to guessing where we will be playing in 2026 now.
  10. Score wise that must be France’s best performance for some years?
  11. I have no doubt that the Hearns are very good at what they do but can’t the leaders of RL in the northern hemisphere get together and work out the answers for themselves? The problem to me is there is no consistent long term plan . We start one thing then drop it soon after. Four Nations, Celtic Crusaders , Toronto Wolfpack , licensing, promotion and relegation, the list goes on…
  12. Until we really know what the restructuring is going to look like I don’t think anyone can say with any certainty that we will actually move to Plough Lane at all. If we ARE actually moving down to twenty teams then I don’t think a merger with Skolars is out of the question personally.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/sep/19/its-going-to-be-tough-rugby-leagues-london-future-looks-uncertain?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR07dy6fCjQvBVBRpkU0IXkmVysWvHsvuWhvIz_TIZdMHm1upK5B_NyYS9U
  14. RL really is a sport of two hemispheres at the moment. Good news for all true RL fans. As an expansionist I hope the NRL expands to PNG one day, as well as to Perth.
  15. In the summer months I always play spot the RL shirt when I am there but I am probably seeing tourists. The family who run the newsagents/ fishing shop are RL fans and seem to be St Helens fans. I once climbed Skiddaw in my Broncos shirt. One young lad coming down in the opposite direction noticed it and remarked on it to his friend.
  16. I can only think of one pub in Keswick that shows regular sport but there might be a couple of others. To be fair they do show a lot of Super League too.
  17. That’s the problem though. You can’t keep leading people up the garden path as happened with Celtic Crusaders and Toronto Wolfpack. I would of thought we need the Aussies and kiwis more than they need us unfortunately.
  18. This is a bit of a surprise. Tom Tsang hasn’t done a bad job at all in the very uncertain circumstances. There was a surprisingly small crowd on Sunday I thought for what is potentially our last match at Trailfinders. Great performance by Gideon Boafo though brightened up an otherwise disappointing afternoon.
  19. If you think the Broncos’ ambition should be to simply play in a much bigger stadium than they are now then you are going to be happy.. I doubt many other people will be though. What is this obsession in being a stadium ten times bigger than we actually need at the moment ? Bizarre. Anyway I am looking forward to this afternoon now!
  20. I do live fairly close to Trailfinders and we need to attract more people like that to the Broncos. I have been to Gillingham and Barrow to see them as well, amongst other places though. The capacity at trailfinders will be to too small for the RU club if they go up. We have seen only two years ago that it is not too small for us in Super League. We could always take a one or two big games to Millwall or whoever. in any case I don’t have any fixation on Ealing but I do object to the continual moving around. You may gain some new fans but you may also lose some too? Two years ago we were in the best position we have been in for a few years , now I just can’t see a way forward at all . Certainly not in a 10,000 seater stadium with a part time team As stated in the above quoted article where is the plan? The Toronto experience shows the real lack of ambition in the sport at the present time in my view even more clearly than London’s difficulties.
  21. “A little bit like Toronto, the sport has hoped for a success story in the shape of London, but it hasn't wanted to do anything of significance to help. It has hoped for the best.” This statement sums it up for me.
  22. I imagine that they will still be at Ealing Trailfinders and planning for the future while we will be leaving PL to move someone else. There are no shortcuts to success .
  23. It’s been a while since I have heard the London Borough of Ealing as being described as being ‘in the sticks’. It will be interesting to see where Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club are in five years time too…
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