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  1. Same here. Great to be playing a part in an event and seeing it from a different side.
  2. Combine Australia with Elland Road and you have my worst memories right there!
  3. I agree about the oversimplification of the game in comparison to other sports, and that the speed of the contest allows little time for explaining the action to anyone, never mind those unfamiliar with the game. I've been a fan all my life and still find the descriptions of how teams set up an attack or their defensive alignment fascinating when explained by an expert such as Tony Rea. When they do the analysis in cricket in the indoor nets examining bowling and batting techniques, we should have similar inserts into the pre-game show explaining how each of the teams likes to put part of its game plan into action.
  4. I did some work for Wales in the '95 World Cup along with a couple of friends and we all got official tracksuits to wear to the game. After they had beaten Samoa in Swansea we left the ground just behind Rowland Phillips and a fella across the road shouted over 'well done lads, great win'. Obviously we waved back and answered 'cheers, mate'.
  5. Make a day of it. Go into the city first. Visit the British Music Experience at the Cunard Building. Walk five minutes back to Moorfields station. Catch the train to Sandhills then the Soccerbus service to the ground. Repeat without the BME bit to come home.
  6. Three fellas sit behind me at Widnes and their complaints begin as soon as the first drive is taken. Admitted ly they haven't had much to cheer about this season, but they will still moan incessantly even if we're 40 points up. Happens every season. You wonder what perverse pleasure they get from it. I remember Widnes being beaten at Hilton Park and the pig giving the Widnes fans the finger at the end of the match. Geoff Fletcher was being interviewed by former Radio Merseyside stalwart Gerry Burroughs after one game at Runcorn and was asked if there was a problem with one of the props who came out slightly later than the rest of the team for the second half. `No,' says Geoff. `He was having a dump.' He didn't say dump but the swear filter will correct what he did say!
  7. I can't be sure, but I think I remember Ray French saying "Oh why did he kick?" when Andrew Ettingshausen chips inside against Great Britain for a supporting player to run through and score. Priceless.
  8. I took a friend who was visiting family in the North West to the Widnes game on Monday and his two junior RU-playing sons came along as well. He said they were going to the Bath match at Twickenham next weekend `for a day out'. He said there would be at least 50,000 there. This is what is planned https://www.bathrugby.com/theclash/whats-on To a casual sports fan I'm sure it looks a good day out.
  9. Desperately wanted the Eagles to win but I couldn't shake the feeling that Brady would pull something out of the bag even in the final minute. Felt sure the last play would result in a Gronkowski catch in the end zone or tap-back to a colleague followed by a two-point conversion. For all that gets said about the length of games and the way the closing stages can get dragged out there's something utterly compelling about a team chasing a game in the final moments.
  10. If we really haven't got a full-time PR officer then we're definitely going to struggle to promote our stars. There doesn't seem to be much lateral thinking about where they can feature either. With all the fuss about Veganuary did anyone see if we could get Anthony Mulally for example on something like C4's Sunday Brunch? Last Sunday would have been ideal. A week ahead of the season launch, a vegan RL player back from the World Cup, co-host Simon Rimmer runs a very successful vegetarian restaurant. At least pitch the idea to the show. He's getting plenty of press and lifestyle coverage from bloggers so there's evidence to back up why he should be on.
  11. From memory, about three paras in the Mail today.
  12. Sunday Times found us a little corner. Maybe a sixth of a page.
  13. Really sad news that, yesterday. Have filled the morning with Fall stuff on Spotify. Can' go wrong with Totally Wired, Fantastic Life, Psycho Mafia and many, many others. I doubt I'll see another Mark E Smith. RIP.
  14. A new YouGov survey ranks us as the sixth most exciting or 11th most boring depending on how you want to read it. https://www.racingpost.com/news/snoozers-and-losers-have-your-say-on-the-nation-s-most-boring-sports/315178
  15. I know people who have worked with and for him and they say he's a good guy. He seems well respected and a savvy politician. Nothing wrong with having someone with his likely influence and following as one of the game's figureheads.
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