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HawkMan

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  1. That's good, perhaps Elland Road for CC Final, as Wembley seems to be losing its lustre.
  2. Assuming LUFC would be happy to host RL games., they certainly won't need the money if in the EPL . I'm not sure if it's the current owners or previous ones, but they did object to their ground used for Yawnion, for WC games I think.
  3. I assume you're being funny, deliberately dense. The players keep separate after a game in case Covid has been picked up by one of them, travel back separately and if one tests positive you don't have to automatically isolate the whole team.
  4. To flip this again, what about the managers/ coaches? Not including die hard fans how many of the public would recognise RL, RU or Cricket coaches. I'd suggest not many. What these sports need is recognisable characters on the touchline with personalities driving interest. My sister in law who knows little about football always has an opinion about Klopp, Mourinho, Guardiola etc. And will occasionally watch just to shout at the tv screen for or against a coach she is aggravated by or is intrigued with.
  5. Honest question: does any real vicious hostilities exist in RL between sets of supporters? I mean real scary stuff, like in football ie. Galatasary vs Besiktas or River Plate and Boca Juniors. Has anyone here been at a RL game and thought , Jeez this is getting scary, or doesn't it happen in the game at all. Thinking possibly in Sydney.
  6. Is Pick on Freeview? If yes,then football fans will find it, and being told SL is now on might intrigue some.
  7. There's an interesting possibility here. A lot of PL games will be on FTA, people might get used to that by end of July. Is it possible for Sky to allow FTA SL ? Might be an opportunity to get some casual fans interested.
  8. Is that a consequence of following Villa ?
  9. Now that the so called Festival of Football is about to start, and boy Sky will be hyping this up for the next six weeks, how much of the PL will you be watching? And what other activities could you be engaged in instead that might be more enjoyable. Walking the dog perhaps, learning to cut your own hair, or getting around to that paint job in the house that you have put off , and then watching it dry. ? Actually I'm being a bit facetious, I don't mind it, I voted for option 3.
  10. With the Premier League back thought I'd give my predictions on top and bottom. Top Four; 1 Liverpool , 2 Man City, 3 Chelsea, 4 Man U. Sorry no Leicester Relegated Norwich, Bournemouth and Brighton. Promoted, Leeds, West Brom and Fulham and Brentford in an all London play off final. Like to see Brentford go up.
  11. Why is Salford FC ghastly? The class of '92 have invested in the club creating something that the locals seem happy with and are getting good gates, and showing ambition. In certain puritanical football followers heads the very definition of being ghastly. Oh brother. I believe you're a ahem sort of Norwich follower , must be delighted the canaries will soon depart from the ghastly PL.?
  12. Yep that'll really dispel the image of the game as a small regional sport. You can just hear other folk say, " Yorkshire ah right that's where they play the game innit, playing against some team cobbled together from the rest of the country, ah bless!"
  13. Does anyone think RL can be truly global with mega tv contracts and millionaire players and not be greed driven.
  14. New money has allowed Man City and Chelsea to expand the top four to a top six. It's true that PL clubs without such sugar daddies will never win anything, but if new investors were not allowed to spend what they can afford then Man U and Arsenal who dominated prior to Abramovich would still be winning everything. In Germany where they have a stricter regime regarding who can invest, the result is Bayern Munich have won 8 championships on the trot. Without allowing a reasonable freedom of investment the big clubs stay in control. To illustrate this Man City are now IN FAVOUR of FFP, they've got into the big six and want to pull up the drawbridge to prevent any new pesky little club getting a share of the spoils of the PL. Everton could be the next to break into the top tier with their rich owner promising to spend big. Good luck to them. Dare I say it but with the strict rules in SL and salary cap, no one other than the big clubs are likely ever to be champions. Anyway, why should Man City or Chelsea winning the league be a distortion? You can only mean clubs outside the historically big ones should know their place, be happy making up the numbers, and don't distort the status quo of Man U and other big clubs winning things
  15. I actually agree with your tone about the greed and vested interests in Football , the point is it comes with the territory of being global. I don't want to return to seeing the Premier league not attracting the best players and teams unable to compete with the best in Europe. If you check out my thread How Big Is Enough I've posed the question whether RL fans want RL to follow suit if it means global reach but with the drawbacks that might bring.
  16. So we should get rid of the money, to allow Forest and Swindon and hey maybe Preston and Blackpool to start winning things again, I mean Stanley Mathews and all that, stuff ever winning in Europe again. We like our league like yesteryear, such a RL attitude, remind me again, which sport is global, oh yes football. Think forward, push the boundaries, I want RL to push forward to new heights, it must embrace new ideas and money.
  17. Perhaps someone can explain to me why so many are put off the EPL by the money in it. Money has ensured some of the biggest stars play in England. I want to see great players, and I'm proud that this country has the most watched league in the world. There's a myth going round that in the good old days before Sky everything was more exciting and open which isn't true. Big clubs have always hogged the trophies remember Liverpool in the 70's and 80's. Money has allowed Man City to make it into the big four, which is now the big six. So more money please, more top players, obviously I like the gritty honest toil of the lower leagues too but that is not mutually exclusive of watching the cream. Sorry , rant over.
  18. Ice Hockey is bigger than RU. Played in virtually all of Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Western Europe to lesser extent and North America all with professional leagues. It doesn't have a WC like Union, more important is the Olympics. But Union is not as big as they would like to think.
  19. It does also mean previous ordinary smallish countries usually have a player playing at the top level therefore giving them a better chance and increasing competitiveness of International Soccer. Remember the Norwegian commentator, " Mrs Thatcher, Winston Churchill........your boys took a hell of a beating " Norway were nothing in International footy, a few years later, given regular exposure to top opponents and players like Thorstvedt the Spurs goalkeeper and others playing in elite leagues Norway were qualifying for World Cups. If RL gave more games to the likes of Italy, Russia, etc. perhaps International RL would grow.
  20. I said elsewhere that the Broncos using London as a identification doesn't really sit well with a football dominated tribalised city, and perhaps Brentford Broncos would be better, also particularly as The Bees are going to a new stadium and Broncos could tie in with that. Opinions? BTW Brentford is near Ealing.
  21. Interesting results so far, only two people want RL to be as big as Soccer, and four want to keep the game as it is, no expansion. What gives?
  22. Or cars with the flag of St George poking out of the windows during next year's World Cup. We can but hope.
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