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Steve Slater

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  • Birthday 18/02/1952

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  1. I'd like to see Gaz Gale pitted against Jack Broadbent, two rising stars who could be competing for the same starting spot in the centres in the near future?
  2. Colin, I have replied to your PM. In a nutshell, it suggests that above all else the week in, week out enjoyment of those participating is the most important factor.
  3. The one D/R player I would have liked to see in action is hooker Corey Johnson but he is in neither squad for this weekend after playing for Rhinos on Boxing Day against Wakefield. Is he injured or what?
  4. With Minns & Sutcliffe injured it's 2 from 3 in the centres for the opening day:- Hardcastle, Worthington & Gale, although there's not too many fit 2nd rowers either so Josh may be needed there? All three need to play about 55 mins each in the next two games so that Webster can make his mind up, and we need to see who can play both right and left, daft as it may seem?- Unless of course he fancies Gaz for a wing spot?
  5. The RFL don't seem to care about travelling fans, yet here is a great opportunity to embrace them. Many fans will travel all over the country, but overseas travel to Toulouse, or Toronto last year, can prove beyond their budget or home or work commitments. If far away games are not being broadcast or streamed clubs should have the rights to do their own live streaming, either to their own TV channels or back to their clubhouse. The dedicated away traveller won't be put off by this as they already spend hundreds, if not thousands, and a small charge could be levied to compensate the home side for any loss of revenue. Streaming must be allowed from any new overseas venues, and why not London & Cumbria? We are spoilt by the M62 corridor making it easy for away travel, apart from the few exceptions from farther afield. I don't think Sky would allow this however, they would rather we stayed at home and watched the soccer on TV!
  6. A few sad departures amongst the backroom staff, and a few new faces. Veronica Bridges has retired from the office, Sunday against York was her last game, Media & Marketing exec Adam Hughes has left the club and commentator on RoversTV Joanne Fitzpatrick is no longer with us, although I do believe Jo will be commentating for Radio Leeds and will probably be back at Fev for the odd game. I'm sure everyone will want to wish them all the best. New media guy is Jake Millard, who graduated from Huddersfield University in journalism, and the new commentator is Pete Dutton, better known for his commentary work with Radio Leeds.
  7. I don't think Sky care about the TV audience. All potential viewers have already paid in advance so if they choose not to watch and go to another live game instead it's their loss, what do Sky care?
  8. No team should be allowed to be promoted if they cannot survive without their sugar Daddy digging deep into his pockets, because if he walks away or kicks the bucket the game in general suffers, players not getting paid, etc.
  9. Where does it say that Albert can't be recalled after a month? I think that the D/R players who helped make the club reach the G/F should be regarded as part of the family and not as outsiders in order to maintain team spirit. The first goal is to finish as high as possible and the best way to do this is by sensible squad management, which will also ensure that everyone is happy with or without any D/R players that may not be available at the back end.
  10. Liam Finn spent the first 4 seasons of the decade in the Championship and finished on top of the table in every one of them, then moved up to Super League where he had 5 very good seasons as a regular first choice. How could Ridyard or Brierley compete with that, they were Super League failures and have only had 2-3 seasons as the best in the Championshipi? Anthony Thackeray would also have been a good pick because of his time with Fev, Fax, Dewsbury, and now Sheffield.
  11. I'm hoping that after a couple of months into the season we'll all be singing another song that's always on the telly at this time of year: "Consider yourself at home Consider yourself part of the furniture"
  12. I know full well he was referring to Deryck Fox, but I feel it is an insult to the great Don to just put D.Fox when two of Fev's greatest ever players come under that name. Both were great players but had their rivals, whereas Nashy was the best in the world in his prime so would always get my vote.
  13. Exactly a month ago today over on the Featherstone Rovers Heritage Society facebook page we were celebrating the 60th anniversary of Rovers beating the Australian touring side, and also mentioning the fact that they repeated the achievement 4 years later in October 1963. As major championships such as Olympics, international tours, etc., normally come around every four years I would like to pick a combined side from that four year period from 1959 to 1963 that I feel could beat any other bar maybe one from the 1973 to 1977 period. Here is my selection:- 1. J. Fennell 2. G.Waterworth 3. K. Greatorex 4. G. Cooper 5. G. Jordan 6. J. Mullaney 7. C. Dooler 8. L. Hammill 9. W. Fawley 10. M. Dixon 11. C. Lambert 12. T. Clawson 13. D. Fox The most difficult choices for me were between Gary Waterworth and Cyril Woolford on the wing and between Joe Mullaney and Ivor Lingard at stand-off, but Ivor didn't stay long enough, although he was probably rated above Hardisty at the time. I didn't start watching Rovers until 1960 so didn't see enough of Woolford although my friend Ron Bailey considers him Rovers' greatest ever winger. I picked Don Fox at 13 for two reasons, firstly because that's where he played when he destroyed the Aussies when he represented GB, and also because it would be difficult to leave Carl Dooler out of any side. Would anyone like to pick their best side from the 1973 to 1977 period?
  14. If D. Fox was Don, then he was also something else, much more than a legend. The fact he only had one GB cap was an injustice at a time when selection committees made up of directors from the richer clubs picked the team rather than the coach. But you would have to be well over 60 to remember him. Another player that never gets mentioned in these types of thread is Terry Clawson, who was one of the games greats but although he won caps with Rovers he achieved far more away from Featherstone.
  15. I expect James Harrison to kick on from his excellent form at the back end of last season, bearing in mind he missed the early part through injury.
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