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RoverBear

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  1. We at the Coventry Bears are looking to expand our media team for the coming season. If you've got experience of managing social media, copywriting or producing Marketing Communications we'd love to hear from you. Full details below. https://www.coventrybears.com/blog/bears-seek-media-volunteers
  2. That's right from a Brentford point, Once the main planning consent was received for Lionel Road, an alteration went through about a year later to enable Rugby to be played. There was a fair amount of skeptisim from the Brentford fanbase, particularly around the pitch. Will be interesting to see how that relationship develops once fans can get in and if games are moved for Sky and the knock on impacts.
  3. Well, at least this news wasn't leaked I guess...
  4. Interesting, the RL Varsity match has been there before. Helped launch a certain PA announcer onto the stage...
  5. I loved this. Got half way through and saved the rest for the next time I need cheering up. Reminded me of the Twelfth Man.
  6. He gets very touchy about people saying it looks nothing like him. I mean, it looks like a jacket he might own...
  7. The Roehampton Gate Car Park in Richmond Park would be the meeting point between all three (Richmond, Roslyn Park and Plough Lane).
  8. That’s correct. Pitshanger Panthers were training and playing at Trailfinders thanks to the Broncos. That’s no longer possible and between that, few volunteers and difficulties with finance (we couldn’t even open a bank account due to the pandemic) we’ve no option but to cease playing. I’ll let you guess the total number of phone calls and emails I’ve had from anyone from the Broncos since the Wimbledon proposal was announced.
  9. I'm not often accused of being silent
  10. That's a valid point, but primarily exposes the weakness of the communications and stakeholder engagement throughout this period. Not that I expected much, but still.
  11. And in the process thrown away 18m worth of hard fought junior development. It still baffles and to an extent angers me.
  12. >:Bear Growl Sound Effect:
  13. Also, most non-league clubs in London's facilities wouldn't be any better than Trailfinders anyway.
  14. They've also clashed a few times and both clubs were silent when contacted and asked if they'd considered moving
  15. Where is all this money at the club and how do I get some? Is there a hidden room somewhere at the BPA which has gold toilet seats and champagne after every try?
  16. There's too many wannabes already kicking around that think they'll be in L1 in 5 years. Truth is L1 is likely to have less clubs not more in that time period. Getting a junior club going in West London has been so hard I doubt it would be worthwhile without heavy investment, and even then I can't see it being sustainable.
  17. An easy example for me is the clashing with Skolars home games in 2019. I live in London and try to go to as much as possible when not busy with the Bears (or family!). I was really disappointed last year that Skolars were hosting the Greece/Norway game, followed by Skolars Vs Donny and at the same time Broncos were playing a SL game on the other side of the capital. It seems madness that the two clubs don't try and synchronise so those that do want to go to both can.
  18. The Chargers (and previous forms thereof) trained there (and poss still do). They play in Motspur park I believe.
  19. We formed, with the help of the Broncos in January. We played in a 9s tournament pre-pandemic and then 1 game post. Some fantastic athletes from other sports who could go on to stay involved at whatever level - as fans, players or volunteers. That's incorrect. There's the Rutlish Raiders Junior team nearby, Richmond Warriors not that far and Brixton are probably at the top end of that 30mins.
  20. Interesting, as that was previously seen as one of the biggest plus points of Ealing.
  21. I hope so. It was such hard work to get back after the Pandemic (we lost c40% of numbers at training) that this has made me feel really low in the last few days and quite disillusioned with the sport.
  22. Received mine yesterday. Another fantastic edition to add to the collection. Well done all concerned.
  23. On the move itself, I don't think the club should be moving again. You probably lose c20% of the gate each time which has to be built back up. I've watched London at Griffin Park, The Stoop, The Hive, Brisbane Road, Gillingham, Esher and Ealing. Ealing felt good as still room to realistically grow there and could work with the local schools.
  24. This will be a disaster for the fledgling Pitshanger Panthers club. We've got a very small group of locals who are being introduced to the game. Moving would mean losing the ground/ relationship with ETRFC and therefore the club would fold. A lack of other suitable facilities in the area, zero finance and a small group of volunteers would mean we couldn't survive this. How very Rugby League.
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