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AB Knight

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  1. That’s twice Doncaster have kicked or thrown the ball away - why waste time when you’re 12 points down with 15 minutes to play? Bizarre.
  2. Teanby has signed up for 2022. On his day he’s a very good Championship player, let’s hope he has plenty of those days next season
  3. I’m no great Donny fan (I find their cheap as chips season ticket strategy to be baffling) but I’d prefer a trip down the A1 than a third trip up to Cumbria. We also have a better record down there.
  4. To be fair it doesn’t mean anything until the signing is confirmed by our Dewsbury accountant So....Danny Ward, when is he replacing Fordy again......
  5. That’s what I was referring to, yes. It’s great marketing, no Eddie Stobart lorries needed
  6. The award is not for which team has had the best 80 minutes every Sunday, it’s for the club itself. Men’s team - 2nd highest ever place in the championship, first visit to Wembley in 91 years. Consolidated their position as a championship club. 2nd best result against Toulouse, only Halifax pushed them closer (sorry Fev fans). Ladies team - Gone from finishing bottom in previous seasons to challenge cup runners up and play off semi finalists. The team have picked up more wins in 2021 than they did in 2018, 2019 and 2020 combined. Continued good work with the PDRL side , with the foundation (3 foundation players have come through into the 1st team) and with community clubs. Hospitality - most matches have either sold out or been very close to selling out the 500/600 capacity hospitality area. Some clubs don’t even reach that with ‘normal paying punters’ coming through the gates. Attendances - I estimate York have averaged 1800 this season, a drop of 10% from the last full season, at a time when a lot of clubs are posting 40% and 50% decreases. Away support (that old chestnut) has been 50-100 apart from Whitehaven who brought 150 ish and Bradford who travelled in good numbers as usual. We have our club name and colours all over the bus park and ride route between the stadium itself and one of the most visited cities (outside of London) in England, great for exposure. Batley, Halifax, Whitehaven, even Bradford (plus as expected Fev and Toulouse) have all had great seasons on the pitch, if the award was purely for the 80 minutes the men’s team play every weekend then those teams would all be worthy winners and York would probably be 3rd or 4th bottom. However I genuinely don’t know how things are off the pitch for them too, more than happy to be educated.
  7. Pleased with that, never lets us down although I think there’s another level to his game which hopefully he can develop. Harris would be a good partner for someone like Jamie Ellis. I always thought his style of play was too similar to Connor Robinson which is why it didn’t always work. Nikau came back such a better player from his spell at North Wales, seemed to develop physically as well and not getting pushed into touch. Hope we keep him. Teanby just lacks a bit of consistency. He was a real handful towards the end of the season, let’s hope we see more of that. Keyes - I think I saw him play for KR against Leigh at magic, looked a handy player. Would be happy if he is on board though I’m sure a few clubs will be after. BJB - I read an interview recently where he mentioned having a lot of injury problems in the past, he does play like he’s trying to protect himself never really goes for it. I’d have him as a squad player but feel we need to look forwards. Great game at Wembley though! Den Perry - Quite a frustrating player to watch. Really good going forward and a great finisher but it’s annoying seeing him drop a nothing kick through when he could’ve stopped it with his body and made himself a cup of tea with the time he had. Seemed to happen every other match. If Batley can sort that part of his game out they’ll have a great championship player. Definitely need some big no nonsense forwards onboard.
  8. https://yorkcityknights.com/club/knights-named-rfl-club-of-the-year/ Well done to everyone involved. Club of the year in each of the last 3 full seasons. And before the usual comments about ‘Whitehaven/Batley/Halifax have been a better team’ it’s club of the year not team of the year. Men’s team - consolidated themselves as a championship club, second highest ever championship finish, first visit to Wembley in 91 years. Ladies team - Challenge cup runners up, competed at the top compared to previous seasons when they’d been near the bottom, profile has raised significantly. Other teams - Great work in the community and with the foundation and LDRL team. Attendances - Despite COVID and the stadium management group challenges, we are (probably) one of only a few clubs to have not seen a significant drop in crowds. Across all divisions we are seeing quite a big decrease, whereas at York we’ve only dropped from 2025 in 2019 to my estimate of 1800 average for the season (with only one club this season - Bradford - bringing more than 100-150 ish). Exposure - Hospitality (a big money earner for clubs) sold out most matches, was a great initiative having the park and ride bus decked out in Knights colours. A shame the World Cup isn’t going ahead with the 8 games scheduled to take place at the LNER, hopefully this goes ahead next season. A lot more work to be done especially on the pitch but we are getting some real building blocks in place off it.
  9. Add on Will Jubb who I think has been a real asset to the club, never let us down even though he can get even better. Hopefully someone can make this a sticky
  10. Was interesting watching him, very secure catching kicks which I think far too many of our wingers at York have struggled with. Looks fast too. Only thing I noticed was he kept going for the intercept, not sure if that’s because Bradfords defence was bunched in the middle meaning Batley kept creating overlaps, but I don’t think it’s something Ford encourages - it’s no surprise Nikau kept going for the big hits and intercept attempts, then was shipped out to North Wales and came back and played more structured. Anyway I look forward to him playing for York, just hope it’s officially confirmed soon by our accountant in Dewsbury
  11. Well spotted, unlike the BBC who incorrectly gave it to Harrison
  12. Anything that raises the profile of the sport is good in my opinion. I just hope there’s a bit of thought to the fixtures - Yorkshire derbies, Lancashire derbies, Cumbrian derbies so paying punters can still attend...let’s not have Whitehaven vs York on a Monday evening!
  13. Interesting when you total up all our results (including both cups), not been the best season but not been the worst either. Played 25 Won 12 Lost 13
  14. Here you go, try, goal and drop goal scorers. Hopefully it’s accurate. Can’t be bothered to add player appearances, we’ve used so many! League: played 20, won 9, lost 11, For 502, Against 477. LEAGUE+CUPS TRIES: Atkins 8 Baldwinson 1 Bass 2 Brinning 3 Clarkson 6 Dean 4 K. Dixon 11 R. Dixon 3 Green 1 Jones-Bishop 9 Jubb 4 Kirmond 4 Lewis 4 Marsh 13 McGowan 2 Nikau 4 O’Hagan 3 Porter 1 Salter 4 Scott 3 Stock 4 Teanby 2 Washbrook 2 Whiteley 7 Wynne 1 GOALS: Dixon K. 77 Green 1 Harrison 7 Johnson 1 Marsh 10 DROP GOALS: Dean 1 Marsh 1
  15. He also knows how much Ringo has in the bank compared to Pete Best. Can’t reveal his source though....
  16. Still waiting to hear actual figures. And also yet to hear that Danny Ward has joined, I thought our Dewsbury friend said it would be announced the week after Wembley?! Coolie reminds me of one of ‘those’ guys in the pub who spouts rubbish about how they could’ve been in the Beatles, people listen for a few minutes, politely nodding before swiftly moving away.
  17. Good win, best home atmosphere all season. Attendance I’m going for 2284 precisely So many good individual performances, Jason Bass for me was MOTM, he was playing like he’s Mark Gasnier! It’s been a tough old season but we’ve consolidated ourselves as a solid championship side, hope we can continue to develop the younger players alongside the likes of Kirmond.
  18. Speaking of accountants I wonder if Dewsbury’s budgeted for their main tenant (Bradford) moving out a few months into the season. That and your crowds barely going into 3 figures, might be time to convince Finn to go another season, you can always pay him in werthers originals and a subscription to the dalesman.
  19. I’m not sure funny is the right word He went very quiet until Dewsbury picked up a few wins, rubbish at predictions too, still waiting for Danny Ward to be announced as York coach!
  20. Great win, never easy to go up to Newcastle.
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