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Everything posted by RobertAM

  1. Batley steaming along eh Roger? Good to see..cheers
  2. Yeh I'd be quite happy with a mixed bag of foreign stars even those past their prime, ambitious local RL or RU players, gridiron converts and athletes from other sports keen on seeing what they can do... If the teams are evenly matched and filled with the above it should be very entertaining and attract the crowds. Purists may knock it but I say bring it on!!!
  3. we'll hold you to that..and good luck in the Championship in 2022...
  4. I bet there were a lot of Lamport regulars who went initially because it was a novelty, something different and a party atmosphere and then discovered they loved the game. I remember bringing a half dozen to L1 game 1 at Lamport by mid season I had a dozen or so and by the last game I think we were 20. On more than 1 occasion I talked to Americans who came in from Buffalo and upstate New York. Championship season(1) 20 was a regular outing and by Ch season 2 GF we were 30 with most of them season ticket holders, heck I had 4 people from Montreal and Ottawa!! There's no reason this scenario cannot be repeated in the USA.
  5. I don't think NARL would be happening (and only time will tell if it is going to succeed) if the Wolfpack had not existed. It took David Argyles fortune to ascertain that there is indeed an appetite for RL in North America and Eric Perez was correct to state that it had to be top-down driven as opposed to bottom-up driven. So now we have NARL which, I feel, will be well supported by Canadian fans and if American fans support their teams anywhere close to the level we saw in Toronto in 2017 ie 5-6000 fans per game then it will take hold, marketing will be the key and who does marketing better than the Americans?
  6. Watched this from Toronto. Knights did well, bit better finish at the line and they'd have had a couple of trys bodes well for the year if that aspect can be sorted. Lovely stadium, I'm very envious but hey NARL is coming to Lamport so cannot complain! Mebbe we'll tempt Deano and gang over when we play New York in 2022!!!
  7. They will when they see it being played! give the new NARL a couple of years and prepare to be surprised.
  8. Don't need them. Ok the quality may not be the best but as long as the teams are fairly evenly matched what may appear to be amateur to RFL/SL/NRL fans should be entertaining enough to all but the most critical NA fan. Years 2021/22/23 should be spent on building a fan base/organizational structure and saleable product to sponsors and media. as long as the game day experiencing is good we'll be off to the races.
  9. The imbalance may be similar to when York played our WP at BC back in 2017, we took it for granted and got turned over..hoping for the same result here. Even if the Kneets lose hope they send Wigan home applying liniment and sticking plaster to a multitude of cuts and bruises. All in the name of sport of course!
  10. I'd rather see a team of talented amateurs turning pro, refugees from Union who can keep up with the faster pace and CFL/NFL converts willing to give it a go than guys looking for a last paycheque.
  11. and I remember the Swinton fans raving about the experience..not to mention the piecommission.com pies!
  12. Grounds shouldn't deter fans I'd think..I recall when Lamport was being re-sodded we played Swinton at Fletchers fields in the middle of nowhere and nearly 3000 showed up. It's marketing driven...and no one markets like the Americans.
  13. If the RFL/SL had hired someone with the vision and determination of an Eric Perez (as opposed to say a certain Robert Elstone) I'd venture to say the game would be in far better shape than it is at the moment. I'll certainly miss the storied old teams of my youth and their fantastic fans dropping in here every few weeks but I'm looking forward to the possibilities that NARL may bring in the coming months and years.
  14. The TWP experience shows that people will rock up to support a well presented (I won't touch managed-the marketing was spot on so let's I'll leave it at that) game day experience and having an international competition with teams in close proximity like the eastern conference should ensure decent crowds. The cross province rivalry with Ottawa will see plenty of away fans in both towns, same for Boston, New York, Cleveland etc. Speaking personally I can see myself and a solid core group following the Pack to all these towns on a regular basis - once the borders reopen that is.
  15. Toronto supposed to play Ottawa still in 2021. I anticipate a crowd that will dwarf L1 and some CH attendances
  16. This is North America...we don't consider that a trek at all. I had to get my head around that when I moved here. We travel between Montreal and Toronto 350 miles for a Bar BQ
  17. TOXIII do seem to have Yorks number. Sometimes you need a game like this to eliminate complacency so best its at the start of the season. Onwards and upwards
  18. Rooting for the Knights all the way across the pond!!!
  19. I was in Wichita a few years back, rented a car at the airport and found it most disconcerting when i saw people in line ahead of me had holsters and six shooters...
  20. I'm excited to see the fracas at Lamport when the Armadillo & Venom fans rollup only to be told they can't take their assault rifles into the stadium. But after a couple of Canadian craft beers they'll be kaylied and wont remember..
  21. There will be the core that Wolfpack attracted and then, contrary to the UK where 45mins is an odyssey, we will have significant numbers of Americans coming in to swell the ranks as people in NA think nothing of getting in car for 5 to 6 hrs to go to a game. thats a huge catchment area. Plus the fact that airline travel in the US is dirt cheap.
  22. The Canadian crowds will eclipse that in year 1..Toronto 7000 average and Ottawa 6000 average is my bet
  23. Mebbe he is one of the investors and we will all be as sleek as ferrets just back from the spa!
  24. How do I attach NARL patches on my wardrobe of Wolfpack kit to cover the League 1, Championship & Superleague emblems??
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