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steve wild

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  1. Deary me. Factually wrong . Again. Just as you were when you proudly boasted on here that you’d “called me out”. You seem to have a lot to say about Swinton , but reality is that you’ve yet to get a single fact correct.
  2. Where on Earth is the attack on Manchester Rangers ? I’m simply defending my club against false accusations. The only thing pathetic is your irrational response. And at least I’m happy to put my name to a comment. How about yourself ?
  3. The misnomer that Salford , Swinton, Rochdale or Oldham, or combinations thereof, have opposed the addition of a Manchester (Rangers) team needs knocking on the head once and for all. There has certainly never been a “vote” put to the pro clubs. Manchester Rangers applied to join League 1 and it was rejected by the RFL, & not because the other “Manchester clubs” had lobbied against them - which they didn’t - but because the business model submitted by Rangers was not deemed strong enough to sustain a professional club. It’s as simple as that, and there is no conspiracy.
  4. Just on a point of fact , AJ Bell did not want £8k, the hire figure was much less. There was also another Championship standard ground (in addition to Salford) willing to stage the game at a very reasonable cost. However, Hornets chose to apply for dispensation for Mayfield, as they were entitled to do within the rules, and this dispensation was granted by the RFL. Swinton learned of this on Friday morning. I’m sure there are varying opinions, and we at Swinton Lions certainly have ours - but these are the baseline facts.
  5. Speaking as a Swinton official/fan who was at the game , I’d say 9,562 was an accurate crowd. The Canadian supporters seemed to drift into the ground throughout the game, as well as hang around the beer tents and food kiosks etc. Locals told us they had never seen the place so packed. They also didn’t seem to care who they were playing, although our group of fans constantly tried to remind them! They had simply turned up for the event and were clearly enjoying themselves. We made a point of speaking to as many TW fans as possible, some being fairly knowledgeable, but the vast majority not so. But they all shared the same enthusiasm and were very welcoming & friendly. David Argyll was actually manning the gate when we arrived, so clearly willing to get out there and do his bit and be visible. During the game he personally delivered two crates of beer to the Swinton fans to thank them for coming! Very nice touch that he didn’t have to do. These were just my personal experiences, but which have only served to strengthen my club’s view that there is a wider picture, and we simply have to embrace it. Post 2021/Sky the implications are serious for Championship/League 1, and clubs have to be positioning themselves as of now for that potential cliff edge. Supporting the expansion clubs is in our view a no risk strategy compared with the alternative.
  6. New Swinton Lions home kit in the flesh .
  7. Sounds simple doesn’t it? But what would that achieve ? Everybody that I know connected with Swinton would walk away from the sport - directors, volunteers, & fans. So with that in mind, what your’e saying is that we should simply hand over 152 years of history , and our operating license, to Manchester Rangers, on the assumption that it might be a success? That’s not a brave decision , it’s an idiotic decision, and a betrayal of the highest order. If Rangers have so much to offer, and they are so well run, with thousands of fans queuing up to support them , then we wish them nothing but good luck in their bid to join the RFL. Any new fans introduced to the game would benefit all of us. But Swinton Lions is, and always will be , a separate entity. Thanks to a the formation of a talented new board, we have ambitious and sustainable plans of our own. Yes 26 years outside of our home town, but even against that disadvantage we have just announced record sponsorship , record replica shirt sales, best season ticket sales for 20 years, just launched an academy team, have plans for a reserve team, & have been lauded by the RL press for our outstanding & innovative media output, and praised by Toronto owner David Argyll for the best fans - in terms of numbers and passion - to visit Canada in 2018. We also have plans for a new ground in the Swinton area, and are planning a huge campaign to re-engage the community. And we are doing this against a massive disparity in central funding to clubs in the Championship. So not a club going backwards , or a drain on RL sources. Far from it.
  8. Always amazes me that people who purport to support the sport, think that the way forward is to belittle or even get rid of long established, well run, clubs. I’m really dismayed at some of the ill-informed , presumptious anti-Swinton nonsense written on this thread . As a director of Swinton Lions, I can state absolutely & categorically that we have NEVER lobbied against the inclusion of Manchester Rangers RLFC in the RFL. It’s none of our business. Some of you clearly don’t understand what Swinton Lions are all about, so if you’d like facts rather than heresay or made-up nonsense, please email me via the club (you’ll find my address on our official website) and i’ll invite you as my guest to a match next season , including pre-match corporate meal. I’d be happy to show you around and explain the plans we have for the club. Failing club Damien?
  9. No problem with free speech whatsoever Baron , but it cuts both ways. Free speech when delivered, by definition, can surely be challenged? Seems you’re championing free speech, but denying mine?
  10. “Gandalf” you purport to be a Swinton fan but you hide behind a pseudonym & everything you post is at best negative and at worst extremely mischievous. You consistently post such things about the club without a shred of evidence to back them up. Wasn’t my intention to get involved on another club’s forum, but I can’t let that comment (second paragraph) go unchallenged because it completely undermines the efforts that have taken place over the past 16 months.
  11. “Gandalf” what on earth are you talking about? The online shop has been set up to divorce ourselves from the previous kit supplier who controlled it. But aside from that to say there’s nothing on it, when it’s the principle tool for selling season tickets is a blatant misrepresentation. There’s also info regarding forthcoming 2019 replicas etc. How is any of this “shooting ourselves on the foot”?? It’s called giving fans an online option for purchasing season tickets and preparing ourselves well for 2019.
  12. With Swinton representatives on both sides quite a few Lions fans will be at Wrexham - myself included. Looking forward to a close game.
  13. We can confirm the game will take place at Heywood Road, Sale, on Sunday 14th October, kick-off, 3pm. All Workington fans will of course be made very welcome. Kind regards, Swinton Lions
  14. Swinton Lions Home & Away 2018
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