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AB Knight

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  1. One real positive was the handling, don’t think we knocked on much in the cold/sleet.
  2. How was wacky warehouse Coolie? We had our own funny old afternoon at the crazy community stadium, had all 4 seasons today! Really good to get that first win. I’ve said it before but I love watching our wingers/centres now knowing they are safe as houses under the ball, they know when to go for the break or take the tackle. Used to drive me mad watching Dixon or BJB take the ball near their try line and try to run it out instead of scrambling over the line, it usually resulted in a drop out. Not with these backs, they are smart. Dewsbury huffed and puffed and hung in there so credit to them but they never really did enough, the game felt really slow and I thought they were very fortunate not to be a man down for a professional foul after Oakes’ run along the wing. BOH will get even better as he gets match fit and Pauli looked more involved second half. My only (constructive) criticism is our passing from hooker was again a bit slow, a bit wayward and at times too obvious. With competition for places I’m sure it will improve. Attendance 1562. Not sure whether to be happy or disappointed with that.
  3. I think we need to start well and get an early try or two, need a London type atmosphere (our last home game last season) as well. Skybet have York at -26 on the coupon which is a lot, I think it will be a bit closer. York 30 Dewsbury 12 Att 2215
  4. Just watched the highlights on the Premier Sports YouTube channel, really well presented, good commentary and unlike the BBC they don’t assume the viewer is watching their first ever game of rugby league - it frustrates me watching challenge cup on the BBC when every match they explain all the rules.
  5. NCEL usually post attendances along with results within an hour of full time, incredible when you consider half the crowds don’t get into 3 figures and it’s level 8/9.
  6. I thought Fev would put more on us so while never being happy with defeat I’m glad we kept it competitive. Play the ball was a real issue, never really made yards whereas Fev constantly got past our markers. Passing has to be more accurate from the play the ball too, a lot of passes were going into the receivers face or along the ground. Ellis has missed finding touch from penalties in 2 games and can’t keep doing that. Defence is definitely working harder though. It will come. Pauli doesn’t seem fit and in the 2nd half was standing back a lot, hope we see more from him. Thompson was superb but we really need someone to be following him because he’s got really good footwork and makes a few breaks with rarely anyone in support. Good crowd too, 3602. Our last weekday match (not including bank holiday matches) drew 451 just 5 years ago so a real improvement and decent atmosphere.
  7. Ah, I thought you meant my comment about the stadium group never announcing the crowds at York! I hope crowds continue to be good, it’s a really positive start.
  8. Ignore me. Crowd given as 3602, not bad to say York’s last weekday match (not including bank hols) was 451.
  9. Advance warning York City Knights home attendances are no longer given. The first 2 Knights matches at the new stadium had crowds given, the 10 matches since then haven’t. A Knights official said on Facebook if they don’t believe the attendance given by the Stadium Management Group (who run the stadium) then they don’t publicise it.
  10. Here’s a stat for you, there have been 32 events at the stadium with crowds (19 City, 12 Knights and 1 football community day) and there are still the same issues at match 32 as there were at match 1. It needs sorting and needs sorting ASAP because I worry we will lose floating fans. And I’ll echo what others have said, why cram us all into 1 stand when there were 3000 or so there, when City (who’s crowds are also normally around the 3,000 mark) often have the luxury of 3 stands to choose from. Fully appreciate on the day itself it’s difficult because they’d need extra stewards to open up another stand but all week long we’ve been told ticket sales were strong. I really hope Clint makes it one of his first targets to get these issues resolved and put pressure on the stadium management group or whoever is ultimately responsible. Oh and if we can get the attendances given too, happy days. Onto the match itself it was a decent run out, thought our forwards were immense, definitely looking like a much more solid team this year. Kirmond man of the match for me. I liked how Ogden got involved too. Thompson, Brinning, Marsh all good games. Onto Fev next, I fully expect them to bring similar numbers to their dear beloved cousins from down the road, so please let’s get another stand open.
  11. Should be a good crowd for this one and 2 strong lineups. Sets things up nicely for the start of the season too.
  12. It’s great to see players out wide who can create overlaps and chances but equally look safe as houses in defence. Oakes and ‘Lurpak’ look really solid players and it’s what we’ve needed for a while, previous wingers have been exciting in attack but turnstiles in defence. Teanby looks to be carrying on where he left off, Thompson played well, Kriss back to his nippy self and hope he can stay injury free because he’s a great player at this level. Plenty chances created by our halves and the young uns did well too. The lack of attendance figures is disappointing, the football crowd get theirs given every match. I don’t know if it’s just petty by the SMG or something else. My estimate was 1100 ish.
  13. The new assistant hopefully knows the club well, has some experience with the players, is aware of the budgets and financial side of the club and overall is able to teach Fordy a few things and pass on his knowledge to help Ford improve even further as a coach. That’s right, only one man for the job....Coolie
  14. Big club or not we are currently the main story on the BBC Rugby League website
  15. Fully agree and that’s a point I made over on Facebook when some fans (me included) were unhappy with performances. I made the point we were still clapping the team on and off, still turning up and spending money, still gave Fordy a cheer. I’ve watched a few clubs local to wherever I’ve lived over the years (Castleford Tigers, York City, Leeds Utd) and they have all been very quick to boo their team off or have a drop off in crowds when things weren’t going well. I genuinely didn’t see or hear any of that last season at YCK.
  16. If it’s the ‘clubs on the up’ thread in the general RL section then I wouldn’t pay too much attention to it - I’ve seen Barrow mentioned a few times, I like Barrow, some great fans and my favourite of the Cumbrian teams but just over a year ago they were in a lot of trouble having been relegated, rumoured financial difficulty (didn’t they have just £40 or something in their bank account at one point?!). A season of practically giving free tickets away (which needs a long term strategy to be successful, IMO) doesn’t make them a big club or even a club on the up. Now, if they have 2 or 3 years of growth and establish themselves as a championship club then they are a club on the up. Like I say I’m a fan of the club and they are doing some good things and have a good setup to generate income but it needs viewing over a longer period than one year. As for Mark Aston, I think he’s a good coach and notice he often likes to talk other clubs up, means less pressure on his own players. I think York are a club with great potential, doing so many things right while I still think a few things need reworking (I’ve added my thoughts on the fans survey, take em or leave em!) but at this current time I wouldn’t say we are a big club.
  17. Looks like we’ve signed (subject to approval from our Batley accountant) Pauli Pauli, so good they named him twice!
  18. I can only count 4, who’s the 5th? Will Oakes, Jack Teanby, Joe Brown, BJB
  19. I wish I did (a reference there for any Alan Partridge fans).
  20. Most seasons we have one clear overachiever and one big underachiever - in my opinion in 2021 that was Whitehaven (many tipped them for relegation) and York (on the field at least). I can’t wait for 2022, I have a funny feeling Barrow will go well, when they were in the Championship in 2019 they weren’t actually that bad. Not sure they’ll be quite as good as Whitehaven this season but wouldn’t surprise me if they are within touching distance of the playoffs. My tip for underachiever (bookmark this page now, Fax fans!) is Halifax, there’s just something about their signings which make me think they’ll struggle to gel quickly. Maybe it’s because I saw York lose both their first choice halfbacks at the end of 2020 then struggle most of 2021 in that position, and now Halifax are losing Liam Harris and supposedly Connor Robinson from that position. I hope York can get into the playoffs...one huge advantage for 2022 is our new halfbacks (Liam Harris, Jamie Ellis) have both previously played for York, have both played together and aren’t coming from London and Australia. Just hope they can stay injury free. Fev to finish top, Leigh and Bradford to be up there, Newcastle too. I’m tipping Workington, Sheffield, London and Dewsbury to struggle..2 from those 4 to go down. Widnes/Whitehaven/Batley/Halifax/Barrow mid table. My hopes for Championship 2022 (apart from York to go well) are no changes to the format halfway through. I hope clubs embrace the Monday night matches on Premier and see those games as fantastic opportunities to present their club on live TV instead of moaning about lack of away fans. And no talk of conspiracies to keep clubs out of SL!
  21. I think he’ll work well with Jamie Ellis, didn’t know they’d played together before. We should be at an advantage going into 2022 compared to 2021 - instead of one player coming up from London and one from Australia who’ve never played together (and both suffered injuries) we’ve 2 players coming from closer to York who’ve played here before and played in the same side together too, let’s hope they stay injury free.
  22. Liam Harris, Benji Marshall or (I hope) that guy at Toulouse who got man of the match and looks like super mario!
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