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David Shepherd

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  1. Don't think anyone is bagging him for investing the money. It's the way he conducted himself that's led to the "terribly harsh" attacks. The bloke was an absolute tool Who can forgot the "feeling sorry for Fev and Bradford" speech Or the social media rants Or the drunken slanging matches Or offering fans out for a fight Or the complete lack of class And now the "it's everyone's fault but mine" routine. He is/was a grade A, cast iron, copper bottomed, gold plated cock. Feel for some of the Leigh fans who are potentially looking at starting again in League 1. There were however, plenty who took their lead from the be-suited gorrila and showed all the class he did. They can go fooey.
  2. Can you share your thoughts about Toronto? I think you might be Parky in a new frocK
  3. Poor Degsy Not that I had much respect for the load mouthed oaf, but he might have earned a bit if he'd 'fessed up to the string of stupid errors he made on the way. The bit about liquidation is interesting and I suspect he's preparing the way for just that eventuality. Is moaning about LSV's owners also preparing Leythers for a move to a small local football ground too? Not too much sympathy for his situation, he was a complete cock on the way up. It's really difficult to not wet your pants watching him on the way down.
  4. That'd be amazing. I can see it now, it's 2022 and we're all just settling in to watch 14th v 15th in a late season game. Neither team can be relegated, neither team has a hope of winning anything. It's all set to be the most enthralling game of the season, Super League Europe are predicting record ticket sales and Sky are set to offer a big increase in TV money, such is the excitement around games like these. I think you've forgotten that we're in the entertainment industry.
  5. You're not offending us! We couldn't care less about the losers cup either. Zero the points of all three competitions. That will instantly add some excitement.
  6. Amazing entertainment. Believe it or not, there are some folk who want to get rid of this format ?
  7. Yesssssssssss Fantastic effort from London. Widnes look fairly screwed to me. They'd better get dusting off those directions to Dewsbury, Batley and Featherstone.
  8. I'm pretty sure that even the wildly enthusiastic TWP fans of this parish will know that to even be top of The Championship after two years is excellent going. I'm sure they're realistic enough to know that even if it takes 5 years to get into Super League, they'll still be doing bloody well.
  9. I'm sure they'd all go for splitting the pie 11 ways rather than 12. I think that it's massively short sighted to do so. They'll be kicking themselves when/if Toronto then go and get a TV deal that they can keep to themselves and is worth more than £2M a year.
  10. I really hope you do get promoted. But never underestimate the inability of the incumbent SL clubs (and their ventriloquist's dummy) to see beyond the end of their collective noses.
  11. We'll just have to do what we always do in times of need: Raid our feeder clubs, Batley and Dewsbury for players.?
  12. We were probably doing your forwards a favour. They were knackered after 10 mins. Sims, Bussey and Emmit in particular look like they've been super sizing it a bit too often. It's actually a classic Rowley tactic to break up the flow of a game, he's been doing it for years. You must have seen it before
  13. You could hardly tell that Brierley was playing. He's the type of player that can only operate behind a dominant pack. TWPs forwards were totally steam rollered. Some of them looked a little porky and they were all blowing after 10 mins. I think they're a bit too used to the easy life against the weaker teams. Super League teams take note: They don't like it up them.
  14. Who knew that Wheldon Road started in north west Leeds?
  15. Thing is though, Hallowell Jones and Langtree along with LSV, Widnes and Salford are Ikea flat pack jobs. The build at headingley is on a totally different level. The north stand in particular being a totally bespoke build.
  16. Badly worded, I meant that I'd let him go
  17. For the next TV contact, showing every game is an absolute must. But I think we should spread them across platforms. Obviously Sky will want/get the lion's share which is fine. But we really should try and get one game per round on Terrestrial TV, even if we have to give it away this time. I know Sky like to have exclusivity, but it we really need to think about the long term growth of the game, which will be made a lot easier if we're not hiding away from the majority of casual viewers. A game a week on Terrestrial TV would make shirt and pitch side advertising massively more attractive to sponsors. The ideal would be for Sky to take 5 SL games a week, plus a championship game and BBC/C4 to take one game a week. With the Grand Final simulcasted on both platforms. I'd also like to see Magic / Bash combined and sold/given as a separate package to Terrestrial TV.
  18. LMS would be a great shout for a "face" of Rugby League. Quite a character and very definitely not from the north. Could be just the bloke to shatter the cloth cap and whippet image that we sadly, still have down south.
  19. Don't worry. It won't ever get built. The wider development is far from likely to happen, not a single retailer is signed up and two of the big names that allegedly expressed an interest are sliding into the brown stuff. The existing developments at Xscape and Jn32 have plenty of empty units, there is simply no requirement or demand for more. There's also the massive expense of moving the electricity pylons and remodelling the motorway junction. Axiom's best hope for the land is to get it re-zoned as residential, in fact it would not surprise me if that wasn't the plan when they bought it off the previous developer, who must have realised it was never going to fly. Another shiny drawing / scale model for the Castleford collection.
  20. Any rectums Wigan players worth looking at? Doesn't Duffy have good connections there?
  21. Not a viable proposition in my opinion. It's a good 8 miles from Wakefield, along some of the most congested roads you could imagine. Wakefield's crowds would dwindle. That's if it ever even gets built. I just don't see it happening. If the big retailers that Axiom think they are going to attract were interested, they'd already be in the 1/4 empty retail park over the road.
  22. Bit of lynch mob out I see. Yes he's been stupid, but I'm not sure he needs hanging, drawing and quartering outside Hudgell's swanky office block. He's a young lad with probably too much money and time on his hands. We've all done stupid stuff and put things in our body that are less than legal when we were youths. The lad will suffer, his career is all but over. Let's leave it at that, I think it's punishment enough.
  23. Super League has a duty, in my opinion to adequately fund the tiers below them, at present this is done by Sky owning but not really showing the championship. It would be little different. The semi pro and amateur games are the foundations that Super League is built on. I doubt that streaming the championship would be viable, but it would be a very useful test bed, prior to making Super League available in that format.
  24. It won't happen, but RL needs to show some ambition this time. It's pretty clear that Sky only want 2 games a week, plus the Catalan home games. As a minimum we should spilt into packages i.e. Package A is two weekly games, plus Catalan/Toulouse/Toronto, Play Offs and Grand Final. Package B is 1 weekly regular season game, reserved for Free To Air (If necessary, give it away and as a sop to Sky, give them free perimeter advertising for Sky Sports). Package C is highlights, with a clause that these are nationwide and must be at prime time. We should be looking beyond the traditional channels for the live FTA content, have a look at blokey channels like Dave. Separate off The Championship and experiment with some form of streaming service, with a view to rolling this out to Super League in the next contract period. None of this will happen mind, Super League Europe will panic accept whatever bone Sky throws them and in all likelihood trouser the cash for themselves, believing that they are all that matters.
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