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  1. Made up teams on the list but no Coventry or the Welsh teams? Coventry or a Midlands based team could definitely work with the right investment. The West Midlands is one of the biggest population centres in the country with excellent transport links. There is massive potential for the sport to grow.
  2. The 5 live podcast is consistently the best one out there. Dave Woods does a fantastic job with that and always has good interviews
  3. A patched up Bears side beaten today by a very fired up Cougars side. They looked very good to be fair, not sure how they've had such a poor run of form. Both teams scored some great tries on a very hot day but a dominant second half saw the Cougars home. The Bears will be hoping for some players to return before the seasons up. Next week against Crusaders is a big game then it's a tough run in playing all of the top 3!
  4. The swarm of security at Oldham is a strange one. As soon as you get off the coach you are accosted and every bag is searched, even physios bags. Its really heavy handed and contrasts completely with the friendliness inside the ground. I do think it's something they should look at. As for other league one grounds there is a real mix of treatment as an away fan. Some stewards are over zealous (Bootham Crescent last year was a good experience but stewarding not exactly on the friendly side!) On the whole most grounds are very friendly and welcoming and that's the way it should be.
  5. Exactly All clubs should receive support and there are benefits for everyone if expansion clubs are helped to grow AND the heartlands supported.
  6. Well not a fan of a Superleague or championship club but favourite other clubs in league 1 are Crusaders and Doncaster. Both clubs always make you feel very welcome and Crusaders definitely have the friendliest fans in the League.
  7. A bitterly disappointing result for the Bears, who were the victims of a first-ever victory for the West Wales Raiders on Saturday. We look at that game, hear from Bears head coach Tom Tsang and discuss what the rest of the season might hold for the Bears. Intros - 00:00:52Tom Tsang interview - 00:04:00West Wales reflection - 00:15:31 Available on Apple, Spotify and YouTube!!
  8. I do like the idea of this from the point of view of revenue in the early rounds. The fact is at the moment even if lower league clubs make it through to a later round, and a game against a Superleague club, it's not a big payday (like you get in football) because attendances are so poor. Knowing fixtures in advance would allow clubs to price their season tickets according and promote games. All clubs would be guaranteed extra revenue from fixed number of games early on. Would be a great opportunity for top championship clubs to measure themselves against Superleague opposition and also top amateur teams to measure themselves against league 1 teams. On the other hand I do also like the fact the challenge Cup is a knockout competition. Maybe this could be the structure adopted for the 1895 next season and see how it goes?
  9. A meteoric rise. He looked a class above when he played for the Bears earlier this season. This is a guy that played for Medway Dragons and is now in Superleague. Anyone wondering what London brings to the game is the conveyer belt of players unearthed outside the heartlands
  10. 8 players missing including 4 props left the middle very light. Been a horrendous injury list for a while now. However that's not an excuse. I wasn't at the game today but everyone I've spoken to said that while Bears were poor West Wales were superb from 1-17 and fully deserved to win. As a Bears fans it's obviously disappointing but perversely I'm pleased West Wales finally broke their duck. Hope to see them progress from here.
  11. Obviously a very disappointing result for the Bears but well done to West Wales and I know the Bears will bounce back. Some classy comments here from Bears CEO Alan Robinson...
  12. Chris is genuinely one of the nicest guys you could meet. Is the definition of what it means to lead by example.
  13. The first ever professional game of rugby league in the birthplace of rugby union sadly didn’t go the Bears’ way on Sunday, as they were beaten by a clinical and impressive Hunslet side. We’ve got all the analysis from the match, along with the post-match reaction of Bears head coach Tom Tsang. We also chat to club captain Chris Barratt who has now reached 100 appearances for the Bears. Intros & book plug - 00:00:46 Tom Tsang post-Hunslet interview - 00:04:03 Hunslet analysis - 00:11:46 Chris Barratt 100 up - 00:21:26 Chris chat, West Wales preview & wrap-up - 00:22:25 Also, don’t forget to order your copy of Dave’s book about the Bears’ 20th anniversary season, which is raising money for the Bears and for Rugby League Cares. Orders close at the end of this week! Get your copy now: http://covbearspodcast.com/book Available on Apple, Spotify and YouTube!
  14. Watch this space, we have plans for that
  15. The Bears got revenge over the London Skolars on Saturday with a terrific victory in the capital. We’ve got all the reaction and analysis from it, and we look ahead to the club’s upcoming move to Rugby for the remainder of the season. We also try to decide if Elliot Hall is ever going to stop scoring tries! Intros & book plug – 00:00:44 Tom Tsang post-match thoughts – 00:03:09 Skolars analysis and Hunslet preview – 00:12:56 Don’t forget to order Dave’s book, which is raising money for the Bears and for Rugby League Cares. Pre-order your copy now at http://covbearspodcast.com/book Available on Apple, Spotify and YouTube too!
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