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JonM

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  1. Yorkshire is over 5 million population by itself. How much of that you call "heartland" is another matter, but it's already higher than Ireland, Wales or New Zealand, and only marginally lower than Scotland.
  2. Everton's home form is OK though. A lot will depend on whether Leeds get a "new manager bounce". Burnley probably still slight favourites to go down, although I'd certainly rather have Sean Dyche as manager than Lampard.
  3. Yes, 12-0 down after 10 minutes, but well on top for the rest of the game. Nathan Mossop in particular, has been excellent. Both teams have way too many errors in them to be anything other than fringe play-off contenders, but a very enjoyable game with plenty of good attacking moves.
  4. I've posted before - it's the only ground in RL where I wouldn't take my wife & kids. I know plenty of people who just won't go there. If intimidating and unpleasant is how Featherstone as a club want it to be, then fine, but don't then complain when away fans tend to give it a miss.
  5. Funny to read Fev fans bemoaning the lack of away fans at POR. Maybe ask yourselves why people don't want to come?
  6. I like going to Barrow, it's a good ground to watch RL, plenty of facilities near the ground, and nice to have a weekend in the South Lakes. I think Barrow have only won twice at Widnes in the last 50 years, both in the Des Johnston era. Not that has any bearing on the game tonight.
  7. Yes - Craven, Owens and a couple of others missing. Possible Widnes debut for Dec Gregory.
  8. Wow. I guess a heart attack is no respecter of age.
  9. BBC match report uses the phrase 'rainbow pass' - I'm wondering if the reporter was on a bet to see if he or she could get that phrase into a story somehow. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/60555266
  10. Pretty sure I saw an announcement that Leigh had brought it forward to avoid clashing with Man City v Man Utd on telly. Leigh's website seems to have been broken for months though, so it makes sense you can't find owt on the web.
  11. Yes. Draw for the 6th round is at the end of Leigh v Widnes on Monday night.
  12. Yes, media reporting punches thrown between Castleford fans and people in the Hull KR corporate area.
  13. Yes. It's happened surprisingly often. To give one obvious example, Moor Lane Salford. Odsal Stadium is another.
  14. The point I was trying to make (badly) is that appeals to tradition/ we've always done it like this don't really work for me. We can't un-invent weight training and turn back the clock, and we can never make the game completely safe to play, but we do need to do things to make it safer.
  15. Widnes under Vinty Karalius were one of the first clubs to introduce a gym with an organised weight training program for players. Many of the union signings around that time had never lifted weights before. Of course, many players had jobs which involved manual labour, but still. Watch games from back then on youtube and see how skinny the players look compared with today, how rarely the tackle involves several players, how little wrestling there is. Roll forward 40 years and I'd be surprised if there is anyone playing over the age of 14 or so who doesn't do weight training. The speed, size and strength of players and numbers involved in a tackle make the game way more dangerous than it used to be. We're already a long way from the sport we've been watching for generations. Women's RL is much closer to the sport I grew up watching - it's not so utterly dominated by size.
  16. Vaguely recall Skolars one season having a couple of girls who would bring drinks to your seat.
  17. They've competed in every Challenge Cup since 2000 apart from last year's cutdown version and have gone out to amateur opposition in the first round almost every time (West Bank Bears, Normanton, Myton Warriors in recent seasons). What's changed this year that makes you think they're likely to compete with a top championship club like Batley?
  18. Cas, less than 2 weeks ago, as it happens. But you are of course correct in the general case. Dewsbury charged £10 on Monday night and had a crowd over 1000 higher than their previous home game. Hard to tell how much the reduced price contributed to the increased attendance and whether it actually brought in more money. Seems to me there are plenty of people prepared to spend £20+ on beer, fizzy drinks, poor quality pies/ burgers, snacks etc. once inside the ground. And plenty prepared to spend similar sums on actually getting to the game, and others prepared to pay considerably more to buy replica jerseys, hats etc. I don't think clubs have experimented very much on segmenting the audience. Would people pay a premium to sit in a stand where people bring food and drink to your seat like in American sports, for example?
  19. Presumably Wakefield didn't lie to the police and the RFL about what happened.
  20. I was trying to do those sums on my way home I.e. how much extra beer and pies do you have to sell to recoup the reduced admission fee?
  21. He's gone from 'why are we giving this guy a game' to 'best player on the pitch' in a very short time. If he continues at the same level, I would be very surprised if he is not playing SL in 2023.
  22. Yes, I doubt Dewsbury features on national TV all that often. Widnes being top of the league probably means we take a few hundred more than a couple of years ago. Still, most people there last night were home fans and the Rams deserve some credit for the work they did to promote the game as an event.
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