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  1. The social media followings count towards central funding allocated to clubs.
  2. Big difference between us releasing a player as being surplus and them being taken off our hands by a club prepared to pay more, or a player wanting to move on for other reasons. What we offer players, and whether or not it's enough, is another debate entirely.
  3. Again, wish all players the best for the future and it'll be interesting to track their careers. I don't think Cameron's Championship standard, but seems to be going OK for Oldham. Harvey's just been released by Keighley and Jack's playing in the Reserves for Fev. It seems they haven't given him his opportunity either. Harvey did play after coming back from his loan, by the way. I remember how much of a mistake it was to release Jordan Grayston and how it'd come back to bite us. Of the players we've released in recently, only one has gone to play at a (marginally) higher level and that's Shaun Robinson, and he was released at a time, in 2013, when we had Austin Buchanan and Dale Morton occupying the starting wing positions. And even then, he didn't arrive at Fev until after developing for several years at League 1 level. Can you name any other players we've chosen to release who've gone on to bigger and better things? The unfortunate reality for Lee, Dewsbury and clubs in the Championship is that players want to play and moving them on is often the only way to give them that the opportunity. We're in the business of staying up in the Championship and we need players in the 17 ready to perform at Championship level every week. It's brutal, but fact. Lee utilised the loan system last year to give players on the fringes chance to develop in League 1 and many of them returned to play in the first team, including Harvey Hallas. He tried to arrange Reserves fixtures, but was knocked back by the RFL. And remember, many of these were players he didn't sign in the first place.
  4. Which others do you think he was wrong to release? Tom's on the wing scoring tries for a very good Doncaster team. We all wish him the best.
  5. I do find it strange that there doesn't appear to be any standard issue kit for timekeepers. Some seem to work from classic stopwatches, others use an app on a tablet - and there was one last season with a very retro looking analogue clock. I think a good solution would be for the timekeepers to use a laptop and an RFL-built website similar to this: https://www.online-stopwatch.com/full-screen-stopwatch/ It'd be very easy to give "guests" (fans) access to see the time for any given match, from a phone or computer, so that the process is totally transparent and anybody who wants to see how long's left can do so (including the poor buggers trying to run the scoreboard!). Would just take the pressure off everybody and it wouldn't cost a lot to do.
  6. An explanation on the scoreboard clock: The scoreboard is operated manually from the control room, which is the box on half-way in the North Stand, totally independently of the timekeeper. We try to manually stop and start the clock in line with the referee's signals, but frustratingly an increasing number of referees appear to prefer to communicate this through their headset only ("time off") with no signal to the stand. This makes tracking the stoppages difficult, as we aren't wired up to the referee's radio. The reason the clock jumped back on Sunday was because in the closing stages of the game one of us went down to check on the time remaining and corrected the time on the scoreboard to ensure it was as accurate as possible. Sometimes, the timekeeper in front of us has a nice clear tablet screen, where the clock is visible, which makes life far easier, as we can correct the time on the fly, but other times, like on Sunday, it's a small digital stopwatch, which makes it far more difficult. In short, trying to keep the scoreboard clock accurate is a very manual and often very frustrating task. This is why we announce as often as possible that it is intended as a guide only.
  7. ...or what the club tells the announcer to announce!
  8. 795 was the crowd announced by the stadium announcer. I agree there didn't seem to be so many there.
  9. Steven put it on the site on Sunday and it's linked from the front page: https://dewsburyrams.co.uk/2019/05/05/home-tie-vs-lions-in-1895-cup/ It's not on the fixtures page yet because a date hasn't been agreed.
  10. Lee saw him play pre-season against York. If you missed it, you can watch him too: Lee is a professional coach who watches him train three times a week and I trust him to know whether or not he's good enough. The loan is a great opportunity for Tom, but put me on a wing outside Jason Tali against West Wales Raiders and I'd fancy my chances of getting over for a few. I hope he returns a better player and continues to develop.
  11. The Toulouse game is actually on a Saturday because all of their away games are. It's to do with their flights, I think.
  12. Every board on here is dying, by the way! That's not a reflection on the club, or even TotalRL, it's a reflection that more and more people prefer to use Facebook.
  13. But every home match so far this season, aside from the traditional Good Friday fixture, has been played on Sunday at 3.00pm.
  14. My role with the club at the moment is maintaining the 'back end' of the website and writing the odd match report for Steven to upload, so I can't comment on the media output and communication. I'm not involved at all with that. So I'm unsure about the ins and outs regarding loans and dual-reg... but I don't blame Lee at all for bringing them in. He came into the club very late after Neil eventually informed the club he couldn't continue. We were very far behind with recruitment for that reason, coupled with the fact that three of our best players from the past couple of years had left before he arrived. Most of the lads available to recruit who were within our budget weren't Championship standard. We've uncovered a gem in Tom Garratt (from Siddal), and Cameron Leeming and Andy Garbriel (both from Keighley in administration) have shown glimpses. I think Simon Brown and Jordan Andrade have proven useful acquisitions too, but we're overall very thin on Championship quality. His plans haven't been helped by the RFL's refusal to sanction a request to organise Reserves-grade matches outside of the formal league structure. That's made it very tough for us to develop the younger players we've brought in who, while not Championship quality, could be in years to come. Lee sees his players train three times a week and I trust him to know whether or not he has a 17 capable of competing in the Championship. It's clear that he doesn't think he has that at the moment, so if there are opportunities for him to strengthen externally then I expect him to do that. I don't expect him to name a squad that he doesn't think is good enough to win matches. Despite the positive start to the year, the objective this year has to be to survive. Lee deserves the chance to build a squad over a few years.
  15. Attendance was 993, which is 3% up on last year and actually the biggest crowd we've had against Swinton since 2005. I understand we sold out of the discounted tickets, although I think the club only made a small number available. I hope it's repeated.
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