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  1. 1 hour ago, Eddie said:

    Nottingham and it’s catchment area isn’t small, the city itself is over 300k and including suburbs the conurbation is around 700k. Nottingham RL are another club who should have been supported by the game and lot left to wither imho. 

    They're currently the 98th best team in the country and can still draw 10K people to a game. Which shows what all other sports in England are up against.

    I watched quite a few Nottingham RLFC home games, perfect example of how not to do expansion. There was never any chance it was going to succeed, or even cling to life. 

  2. On 29/03/2022 at 23:47, Josef K said:

     Cas/Toulouse 5,900           

    Haven't Cas's first two home games been 10 000+ sellouts? I guess we'll see whether a vital relegation four-pointer draws in punters in the same numbers.

    Over 10 000 for a game in soccer's fifth tier last Saturday, for a club which isn't even the best supported one in its own small city.

  3. 35 minutes ago, Toby Chopra said:

    I've been a couple of times to the new stadium and countless times to the old one:

    Private car - don't even try it, there's nowhere remotely walkable that's not in the matchday parking zone. Also, unlike Wembley, where you can park at Stanmore or the outer stops on the Met line and tube the final bit, there aren't as good options for Spurs. Maybe Cheshunt/Broxbourne just off the M25 could work, but the trains aren't as frequent as tube. 

    Cheshunt is ok if you want to do the park + train option. Plenty of parking there, easy access to M25, and the train is reasonably quick.

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  4. 32 minutes ago, gazza77 said:


    The way I'm reading the offer is "we pay you £10, you pay tax & NI out of that" , meaning you then pay yourself less than nmw. It may be legal, but it doesn't feel either right or the type of employer I'd want to be associated with. 

    My wife works for a charity which pays NMW. If she earns more than £120 per week, she pays national insurance. If she earns over £12 700 (or whatever it is), she pays income tax. As she generally only does a few days per month, she doesn't usually pay either. Don't see how that's much different to the above - other than the extra admin hassle of being self employed.

    I'd imagine it's fairly normal for cleaning jobs, because a lot of those will involve doing a couple of hours for one customer, a couple of hours for another and so on. You probably wouldn't want a whole bunch of different employers trying to sort out your tax. I wonder who is expected to pay for materials in this case though. 

    FWIW, friend who is a cleaner in Cambridge charges £20ph, and has a long waiting list for new customers. Office cleaners working 7-10, where I used to work were on £13ph - mostly seemed to be students doing it.

  5. 1 minute ago, gingerjon said:

    There are screen grabs on social media.

    Basically, because of modern slavery and murder *and a whole lot more*, they've had to suspend playing for the time being.

    Yes, seen it on twitter. Brave to actually name names when you're accusing your landlord of violating Russian sanctions and so forth.

  6. If you're self-employed, you can pay yourself however little you want. £10ph is obviously over the national minimum wage anyway. So, no, nothing illegal. Where it starts to get dodgy is where they offer to handle the NI & Tax for you, and deduct an "admin fee" for doing so.

    One of the scams that HMRC finally seems to be doing something about is the one of offering people a job (in a factory, care home, office etc.) where the actual legal employer is a recently formed company, often with directors in the Philippines (who presumably don't know anything about it). You get your pay ok, but that company is claiming various small business grants for creating jobs and the like, doesn't bother to pay national insurance or anything, and then goes bust after a year or two. Some employment agencies have hundreds of these companies on the go.

  7. 7 minutes ago, Scubby said:

    TBF it was Starbug saying the RFL won't want a club like Wakefield getting through which kicked this off.

    The days of Wire and Wigan bringing 25,000 to the Cup Final are long gone. Clubs like Wakefield, starved of success, are just as likely to bring as many as Wire or Wigan in the current climate.

    I was at Wembley the last time Wakefield were there, 1979. I'd be delighted if they got there this year - there's a couple of generations of Trinity fans who deserve it.

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  8. 6 minutes ago, Cameron Highlander said:

    Genuine curious question.  What is wrong with that kickoff time in Cumbria on a Saturday?  Here in the former colonies that would be just about as perfect a kickoff time as you could get and would relish.

    Anyone involved with local amateur rugby league would've been unable to attend, for one thing. That probably has more of an effect on the crowd size than it would do in other RL areas.

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