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  1. I agree. Not sure we needed another team at the moment given the reducing TV rights. Though Perez is spending his own money. Cornish Pirates are banking on promotion and a new stadium but they are an established club.
  2. Spread across the county rather than in one city. Anyway, parachuting a team into Manchester isn't a good idea. Better to focus on growing the community game and developing established clubs in the area.
  3. Was looking at a rugby union forum and they had a video of South African school rugby. They were celebrating how SA rugby was going to be great going forward. These kids were 14/15 and were massive. The teachers were encouraging them to hit hard. No way they weren't taking steroids or something. One Irish union coach dismissed the concussion concerns as just being a part of the game. And these folks wonder why participation is dropping. Let's face it. For union to get better, it has to become more like League but the chiefs can't bring themselves to admit that. Only 30% of schools have League. We should make that figure higher and I can bet rugby will get a higher profile.
  4. I think the best way to grow rugby league is to expand the amatuer game. Broncos went from a few thousand fans down to a few hundred. They didn't adapt to changing demographics. Back in the 90s you could count on their being a lot of Northerners. Seemed like half the folks working with my father were from Yorkshire. Not so much anymore or at least they may be more inclined to go and see another sport.
  5. Tweet up there from the supporters association about attendance being in the thousands only to be reminded that can barely get 3/400 these days.
  6. Skolars have Tottenham and Saracens on their doorstep so a lot of competition for attention. Two big clubs so unless Skolars become a full-time team and start winning titles then I can't see them attracting many new fans. Ultimately, success and good marketing are key to growth.
  7. Coventry isn't in East Midlands. That to me is Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Leicester, Northampton. That shows the problem with trying to appeal to the whole region. Nottingham has 2 clubs already doing their own thing and would actually be closer to Yorkshire. Cornwall makes sense because it is a county and not a region.
  8. There's precedent for Cornwall though. Pirates used to be known as Penzance & Newlyn. County cricket as well. Midlands Hurricanes isn't that. Something like Black Country Steelers would have better.
  9. Fans do care. That's why they moan about ticket prices all the time. And I never said we should count of mass desertion of football fans.
  10. People may not work in mines anymore but working class folks haven't gone away. Take a drive around Harlesden or Wembley and you'll see that.
  11. Because it is. Super League nearly happened and hasn't gone away. Even UEFA knows there's a problem with how big and wealthy certain clubs have become. Bar the odd miracle like Leicester, the PL will be won by oil clubs.
  12. More international games are good. That's generally what the country can get behind. You had people who had never been to a cricket match in their life but were glued to the 2019 final. But there's no point in putting all these games on in Northern stadiums and small ones at that. Next time Jamaica play England it should be held in Plough Lane and marketed to the large Caribbean community within London. Just call it a rugby game. Forget the League part. Union has gotten away with that for far too long. Any revenue should be put into growing the sport within the city.
  13. Most youngsters go to university now. And you are once again assuming that working folks don't have influence. Last election proves you wrong on that. Football is becoming more elitist by the day and the big clubs are moving further away from the fanbases. That leaves an opening in these areas for a new sport.
  14. So at the end of all this you don't disagree that we should be targeting working class areas within London. You're just upset because I had a jab at yuppies. League's strength will always be its working class roots and ability to provide pathways to professional rugby.
  15. You think working class folks have no money or influence? Interesting. It's called standing up for your roots. Also, I never actually said we shouldn't attract anyone. Not all middle class folks are yuppies. They are sort of folks who will look down on a man for drinking a pint of lager instead of whatever craft beer is popular now. Football is very elitist now. Look at those super clubs who have effectively bought the Premier League.
  16. We should be targeting working class areas within the city. Jamaica have a rugby league team now and the largest Jamaican population lives in Brent. RFU has shown no interest in developing their sport within these areas. Union will carry on just fine. NRL already has Queensland and NSW locked down and are slowly making progress in Melbourne.
  17. I'll change my tune when the England team actually represents the country instead of public schools.
  18. Broncos could learn from that. Start with making the logo better. Denver have this for example. https://logos-world.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Denver-Broncos-emblem.jpg They need to stay at Plough Lane and build from there. You have local youth clubs in Brixton, Richmond, and Bexley. Link up with local schools. Rugby union is only played by the yuppies. League's strength has always been its working class roots.
  19. Just reading about history of League in France. It used to rival union in the number of clubs and popularity. Then union had the Vichy gov ban it because of its working class roots and links to the UK. They stole the grounds and equipment which was never returned. Players had to stop playing or switch to union. Even after the war, league was allowed to use the word rugby and it was still banned in schools. Just shows you that union can only ever get ahead by cheating or holding League down.
  20. You'd want it to be Skolars. They are the local club. Saracens also play a game at Tottenham so time to show folks what the superior code is. Watching union lads take 3 mins to take a penalty is not on. Skolars really need a better name though. Using different colours as well to the Broncos.
  21. Only football. Cricket only has 2 divisions. RFU have suspended relegation for 3 years and will have strict requirements for promotion. So a club like Pirates won't go up unless they have a stadium with at least 10,000 capacity and financial stability. Soccer can stick with P/R because they have so much depth. Besides, the PL will be killed off when the big clubs get their Super League (and they will get it).
  22. I didn't dismiss the club. I said it wasn't enough.
  23. They clearly didn't have a plan. Eric Perez can set them up with his money since he's so adament that Cornwall will fall in love with rugby league.
  24. Setting them up first would be a start. Then the professional club can come along later when there's enough interest.
  25. Oxford failed just like Cornwall will. That's what happens when you set up clubs with no solid plan for development.
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