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  1. Grew up in Wrexham, which is dominated by football, but my mum's from StHelens so used to occasionally watch Saints with my grandad. My first visit to Knowsley Road was probably some time in the late sixties. My first, and so far only Challenge Cup final was in 1972. We travelled down by coach from StHelens and I remember there was an accident on the motorway on the way down, and we only got into the ground 5 minutes before kickoff, just in time to see Graham Rees score the first try. We were stood on the top step at the scoreboard end, directly behind the goalposts.
  2. The short answer is yes, although we don't seem to have any more detail yet this year. http://northwalescrusaders.com/under-13s/
  3. We'll have to wait again for that elusive win against Hunslet. The better team won on the day. The lads gave their best, but Hunslet out played us in the second half. Usual honest appraisal from Anthony Murray. https://twitter.com/NWCrusaders/status/1236985084537794561
  4. I had never heard of Yes Cymru until last year, when about half a dozen of them were waiting outside the Turf to go on a protest march in Cardiff, and about 20 of us Cru fans were waiting for our bus to the away game at London Skolars. One of them came over to speak to me as he recognised me from my Wrexham FC supporting days and we went to the same school. He was asking me about Wrexham football club, and joined the queue for our bus when it arrived. I found this quite amusing as I know him to be one of the Wrexham fans who can't stand Crusaders and is totally against either code of rugby being played at the Racecourse. The penny only dropped when he noticed the replica shirts we were wearing, and I couldn't help thinking how funny it would have been if he had got on our bus. I did notice the flag when I watched the game on Our League and like Hughsehhh cringed when I saw it (now that I know what it means). However, rather than be outraged I prefer to just laugh at the irony of supporting a welsh club with an almost entirely English squad, as well as half the fans being English. In fact my username was originally going to be put on a Wales flag to welcome the English players signing for us when we had "fear nothing" as a hash tag on twitter, I just never got round to it.
  5. What a shame that Saracens pulled the rug from under what promised to be a great occasion this weekend. We had a 50 seat bus fully booked as far back as Christmas Eve for the double header on Saturday, but thanks to Saracens attitude towards Toronto and Skolars we have been reduced to 14 on a minibus, with another 3 of us travelling down by train. Hopefully a few more can make their own way down. Expecting the usual warm welcome at the New River Stadium and a close game.
  6. To be honest, I'm not all that up to date on the wider RL scene as I tend to focus more on supporting the club, but I do know there are some dedicated people out there trying to promote the game in North Wales. Most of the information out there is on social media (I'm not on facebook myself), but here's a couple of links. https://www.facebook.com/pg/NWCruRes/posts/ https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/NorthWalesOriginRL/posts/ http://northwalesorigin.co.uk/ I think you're right about North Wales having potential. The one big advantage we have over other parts of Wales is that we are close to traditional RL towns in north west England. You only have to look at the North Wales Crusaders squad to see this. Our biggest disadvantage is not having a dedicated rugby league ground. I'm convinced that if we had a Championship standard ground (or even League 1 standard) complete with clubhouse, then this club would thrive and with it the wider game. If only we had a ground like Stebonheath (West Wales Raiders) in Wrexham. The union game is actually growing in North Wales. The regional team based in Colwyn Bay are regularly attracting the size of crowds we used to get at the Racecourse. The six nations "A" internationals are also played in Colwyn Bay in front of large four figure crowds. They have been fortunate in that the WRU have the resources to back them, and good luck to them. I still think there's room for us though.
  7. With this being the only game on the first weekend of the League 1 season, the winners will be top of the league for at least a week. Just hope the weather outlook improves.
  8. Very pleased with our result yesterday, especially after last year, and very pleasing that we gave Mayfield the respect that they deserve. Had to work all weekend unfortunately, so only saw the game last night, and have to say the BBC coverage was excellent. Really enjoyed the commentary and all the comments they were reading out from the viewers. One thing about visiting a clubs like Mayfield and Thatto Heath, is that we are reminded of the one thing we desperately need here in North Wales, and that's a ground of our own. It doesn't need to be anything lavish, but if we did have our own place, I'm convinced that this club would thrive. Anyway, off work for the fourth round so glad we're in the hat.
  9. Thanks, I'll look into it when the date's announced.
  10. Really pleased with the draw, it was nice to be a top seeded team. By coincidence, myself and the Mrs have started planning a holiday in Spain for the first week in November, so naturally I'm hoping the game will be played in Malaga. I'm sure Mrs fearnowt won't mind flying out a day early if necessary.
  11. Well I'm hoping we can pull off a shock! Certainly not expecting an easy game, most of us actually had Thatto Heath as favourites last year. Of course we know why it's been chosen, but glad it's on anyway. Working next Saturday so will try and time the lunch break for the second half.
  12. Draw made tonight, copied from RLEF facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/rlefofficial/posts/?ref=page_internal Group A1 17/18 Oct France v Italy 24/25 Oct Italy v Scotland 31 Oct/1st Nov Scotland v France Group A2 17/18 Oct Ireland v Spain 24/25 Oct Wales v Ireland 31 Oct/1st Nov Spain v Wales Final (winners group A1 v winners group A2) on weekend of 7/8 November Group B 17/18 Oct Serbia v Russia 24/35 Oct Greece v Serbia 31 Oct/1st Nov Russia v Greece Group C 17/18 Oct Norway v Ukraine 24/25 Oct Germany v Norway 31 Oct/1st Nov Ukraine v Germany Group D games to be played 17th Oct to 1st Nov Netherlands v Turkey Turkey v Netherlands Malta v Czech Republic Czech Republic v Malta
  13. Exactly ten years ago tonight, Crusaders RL played their first game in Wrexham against Leeds Rhinos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va6hRELB_jU
  14. Not the only game affected. We've had a 50 seat supporters bus fully booked since before Christmas. https://www.skolarsrl.com/2020/01/28/london-skolars-vs-north-wales-crusaders-to-be-rearranged/
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