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  1. The game is back on Our League. The club are now having to refund home fans who have paid for tickets!
  2. Stadiwm Zip World (Eirias Park) in Colwyn Bay. But you'll probably have to watch the game in the caravan on Our League.
  3. The Welsh Government have told North Wales Crusaders that Sunday's League 1 clash with Doncaster will now have to be played behind closed doors! The capacity was already restricted to 400 home fans, with just 78 tickets unsold this afternoon after going on sale this morning. Ironically, it will be possible to pile into the pub near the ground and watch the game in there. No doubt Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Conwy will be full of day trippers on Sunday, blissfully unaware that the area is now a hot spot for the delta variant. One consolation for Doncaster fans, the game will now be live on Our League. https://northwalescrusaders.com/2021/06/09/crusaders-clash-with-doncaster-to-be-played-behind-closed-doors/
  4. Looks like fans are being allowed back into the stadiums in Wales........from Monday.
  5. I think the earliest we are going to hear anything about attending home games will be next Monday, which is too late for the Coventry game (and a personal blow for me, as I have been off work for the first three home games of the season). Fingers are crossed at the club for the Doncaster game on 13th June, but don't hold your breath with this ultra-cautious government of ours. I was hearing a little bit more about the move yesterday. The RFL have blocked us from playing at Queensway because it is not covid compliant, which is fair enough (I actually think they've done us a favour). Also heard the rent had been increased at Queensway, which is a bit of a cheek, since we have to do all the preparation of the ground ourselves on match days, and the only "hospitality" available for visiting directors is a portacabin belonging to the athletics club. Like several other fans, I have come to the conclusion that we are just not wanted in Wrexham. The welcome in Colwyn Bay on the other hand, has been quite overwhelming, with local businesses already showing their support. The club have linked up with a local pub, The Park, which is on the route from the railway station to the stadium, and is already used as the base for the union club (effectively our new "clubhouse"). At the stadium itself, all the set up and stewarding will be done for us, and not by us, and they are allowing us to sell our own beer! It's just so frustrating not knowing when we can take advantage of it.
  6. Very impressed with the setup yesterday, the fan zone is a great idea, and if you're going to have a pitch invasion at the end of the game, do it in stile.......with picnic tables. Not the kind of result we were wanting obviously, but Barrow are a very good side. At least Rob Massam reached his milestone of 500 points. There's an honest reaction from head coach Anthony Murray on the club's twitter. Finally, just want to say thank you to the directors and staff at Barrow for allowing us to attend the game, and above all the Barrow fans for making us feel so welcome. We can only attend games when we play in England at the moment, so despite the score, it meant a lot to be there yesterday.
  7. Yes, season ticket code doesn't work. It was fine last week, but in the voucher code box all I get is the code has already been used. I raised this with the club and Our League two days ago and was told you only have to redeem the code once, the game should be available when you log in to Our League, but not today. In the end, I just paid the £10 to watch the game. I'm going to contact Our League again, they are quick to reply but I don't think they understand the problem. Perhaps more people contacting them would help. Their email address is: ourleague@streamamg.com Never mind, at least I've seen one game with my season ticket, which is one more than last season. Edit: I have just logged on to my email and have received a refund of £10 from Our League!
  8. Can't really argue with that. It's incredibly frustrating not being able to go to the game, but at least grateful for Our League. It's almost impossible to find any kind of clue as to when we will be allowed back in to the ground. The best I can find is that the next lockdown review in on 14th June, so I really don't see the grounds opening until July at the earliest.
  9. Thanks, it could just be a problem with my account of course. I have had a response from Our League already, giving me a step by step guide on how to use the code, but it still isn't working. I'm sure it will be resolved by the weekend, otherwise £4.95 isn't going to beak the bank to see the game.
  10. I have just been on Our League to check if I can watch the live stream for our home game against Workington on Sunday with my season ticket code, and it seems that I can no longer use it. The FAQ section states that the codes are valid until season ticket holders can return to stadiums, which is now the case, providing of course that your club is based in England. Here in Wales we are still locked out and the government have not given us any idea of when we can return. I have emailed the club and Our League so hopefully can get something sorted. On a brighter note, some of us are looking forward to attending our first game in 15 months, at Barrow next weekend.
  11. Cru v Hunslet official matchday programme available to download. http://northwalescrusaders.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/CrusadersProgramme2021Hunslet.pdf
  12. Just picked this up on You Tube. League 1 preview starts around 14:30.
  13. It's been a while since the last post on this forum, about 15 months actually. So here's something to dust the cobwebs off.
  14. The first League 1 fixture list for 14 months. Obviously want to see us win, just like everyone else with their respective teams, just nice to see all 10 names on the list. We're all winners this weekend.
  15. Not sure why Colwyn Bay FC have been mentioned on here, but just to avoid any confusion they don't play at Eirias Park. They have their own ground about a mile away on Llanelian Road.
  16. Initially it is for this year. If we are to move back to Wrexham it would have to be at the Racecourse, I really don't see us going back to Queensway. However I do get a sense of frustration from the club with the constant obstacles which seem to keep popping up in Wrexham every time they want to take the club forward. I get the feeling that the local council's attitude over the last few weeks has been the final straw. On the fans forum on zoom on Wednesday night, our CEO and Chairman both said how they had been bowled over by the facilities and the welcome in Colwyn Bay, and it is apparently only slightly more expensive than Queensway. They spoke about the hospitality for sponsors, the chance to play double headers featuring the new amateur clubs and junior sides, and maybe even the wheelchair team, the players love the new facilities and can't wait to play there. It is a case of wait and see, but if it all goes well and we enjoy being there, the club grows hassle free and we end up doing a "Newcastle", then I'm sure it will become permanent.
  17. To be fair, our chairman contacted the football club after the takeover was completed and the bloke the actors have put in charge there responded within 24 hours. This was in complete contrast to the previous owners, Wrexham Supporters Trust, who treated us with utter contempt. One of our directors described them as being ignorant and quire rude. Anyway, there is a lot of work going on at the Racecourse at the moment, refurbishing concourses, etc, so the earliest we can go back there is next year. The problem is reaching an agreement on the price, it will probably still be out of our reach even if they are now willing to have us. The football club has been mismanaged for about 20 years and the new lot quite rightly, are concentrating on getting their own house in order first. The downside for us is that we could quite easily suffocate under all the hype surrounding the football club, and it will be good for us to get out of Wrexham for a while.
  18. I think this was a mini tournament organised by the club for local schools. I don't really know much about it to be honest, but I do seem to remember it being held a couple of times at Cefn Druids football ground (where we played a few games in 2014 & 2015). Not aware of it taking place this year, and with the pandemic I'd be surprised if it did. Those who were involved in it have been incredibly busy reviving the amateur game in North Wales.
  19. The main stand seats around 2,500 with open terracing for another 3,000 at either end of the stand, so all on one side of the pitch. On the opposite side there are hospitality boxes. Behind the goals there is a grass bank at one end and a gymnasium/indoor pitch at the other end. The stadium is located in a large municipal park. Some more info on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eirias_Stadium
  20. Just been announced that North Wales Crusaders are moving to the 6,000 capacity Zip World Stadium (Eirias Park) in Colwyn Bay. The stadium is also home to RGC 1404 (the union equivalent of North Wales Crusaders) and also the home ground for the Wales A team for the rugby union six nations. So we are moving to North Wales premier rugby venue. I was disappointed to hear at a fans forum on Zoom earlier tonight that Wrexham Council have no interest in rugby league in the town whatsoever. On the other hand, Conwy Council are very keen to have us in Colwyn Bay. The news was positively received by fans on the forum and the players are by all accounts very excited about the move. http://northwalescrusaders.com/news/new-home-for-crusaders-in-2021/
  21. With most of the football clubs now having 3G pitches which are not suitable for rugby, we are basically stuck at Queensway for the foreseeable future. The only advantage is that it is cheap, very cheap. I think we are fortunate that it was developed as an athletics stadium in the early 1980s, otherwise we would have nowhere to play. I know the club want to be involved in the pilot scheme for the return of crowds in Wales. You would think ourselves and West Wales would be ideal candidates, as they are talking about crowds of between 200 and 1,000, but we will just have to wait and see. There is talk of possibly playing a home game in England, as it looks like we might be able to watch our team on English grounds but not on our home ground. It was reported in the local press a couple of months ago that the club are still keen to return to the Racecourse. It might be wishful thinking, but the football club is now under new ownership, but again we will have to wait and see if they are more accommodating than the Wrexham Supporters Trust, who alienated just about everyone who tried to work with them (including some of their own supporters).
  22. Copied from the club website. Nice to see some co-operation with Wrexham RUFC. As part of the strategic development partnership between North Wales Crusaders and Wales Rugby League (WRL), Crusaders Reserves have relaunched as a WRL community club to be known as Wrexham Crusaders ARLFC. This rebrand is essential to interact with the local community in the Wrexham area and provide accessible rugby league for everyone. Wrexham Crusaders ARLFC will offer rugby league for women and men, plus junior age groups for both boys and girls, bringing the sport to a wider player base. The WRL community club will be part of North Wales Crusaders’ family and join the new North Wales rugby league structure alongside the likes of Flintshire Falcons, with a number of further announcements expected in the near future. http://northwalescrusaders.com/news/crusaders-reserves-rebrands-as-new-community-club-in-wrexham/
  23. For the first time in years, more than half of our home games fall on my days off. Only problem is, what if the season starts behind closed doors? Our first two home games are against Hunslet and Workington, games which would normally see the crowd boosted by good travelling support. We have four home games in May and June, if they are behind closed doors it will have a serious effect on our income. For Rochdale and London, the lack of home games in those first two months could be a blessing in disguise, you could find crowds allowed back in time for the majority of your home games. Lets hope it won't be a problem for anyone, and delaying the season until May pays off.
  24. We ran a coach to Eccles from Wrexham a few years ago to surprise one of the members there, Kenny Roberts, who followed us home and away, and had supported the old Celtic Crusaders in Bridgend. It was a great day out and we were made very welcome. Congratulations and best of luck to everyone at Eccles. Wonderful news.
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