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  1. What's the bloody point? There's better ways of spending time and money than on something I used to love so intensely but is now so obviously rigged and corrupted.
  2. Stadium was only one of many criteria as you well know.
  3. I'm out of the UK and couldn't be bothered working out a VPN so listened to The Continuous Call Team. Would it surprise anyone that they were flabbergasted and felt Klein had lost the plot?
  4. LOL at you shoehorning in a grievance about a dubious video ref call in your team's 30 point thrashing two months ago However a point about how the different styles of different referees impact games is more obviously true - whilst Child did things pretty much by the book, if Thaler and Child had swapped roles events would probably have turned out differently (Thaler being his usual more gobby, assertive self may have made Catalans snap out of their ill-disciplined malaise but I bet Leeds would likely still have won).
  5. One of the most harrowing memories of my childhood is the 1992 Regal Trophy final at Central Park. And its comedy encore, the Widnes-Leeds 1993 Challenge Cup semi final. Whenever the place is mentioned my first thoughts are of those two days. But I loved Central Park nonetheless. So I'm happy to go against what other people are saying. It's not the memories, God help me (although some later ones are more fondly recalled). And nope it wasn't the people there that I loved much either No, for me it very much was Central Park as a place. Its location in the town, its meaning to the people of Wigan, the way it reeked of the history of our sport (amongst other things). The sheer enormity of it, as it seemed to me, stood at the back of the kop end, the knowledge that this place was built for Rugby League. It was like a metaphor for how Wigan seemed to me: big, seemingly indestructible, rather dirty and the biggest and best ground we'd travel to. The DW/JJB has lots of merits but as an outsider I feel people are kidding themselves if they think Wigan RL didn't lose a huge amount of their identity and mystique when they left the old place.
  6. Tony Smith is a superb coach and one of my favourite Rugby League people. After he left Leeds I was ok with him being at Wire and Hull KR because I have a bit of a soft spot for those two clubs and it was good to see him turn them around. Unfortunately he's now gone to Hull and many years of mirth at their rib-tickling misfortunes may be coming to an end.
  7. It wasn't until I was about 20 in the late 90s that I realised that the Shed wasn't just where all away fans usually happily congregated but it was us Leeds fans being dicks. Strangely the same never happened with the Threepenny stand.
  8. There appeared to be a bit of fighting in one of the staircases but not much. Mostly it was just the stuff being thrown on the pitch which was obviously well over the line of what's acceptable. I agree though it's not enough to stop me going. In a big and tight or important game it can turn into a wild atmosphere which is usually very enjoyable as an away fan, especially when your team wins (this was my sixth visit and we've won every one i've been to so far ).
  9. Yeah these things or similar were what then were handing out. Looks like you could get real purchase on these so they were a popular choice of missile. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weddecor-Fluorescent-Glowing-Graduation-Camping/dp/B08HRXZKSV
  10. Not that the Leeds fans were perfect. One moron spent a fair chunk of the game wandering around drunkenly winding up the home fans and got bundled out half way through the second half by four stewards. A couple of other drunken groups also made me a little embarrassed to be British and a Loiner.
  11. No idea if it was captured on Sky or not. I wasn't really looking in that direction but out of the corner of my eye saw a large mass of people hurrying towards the tunnel from the field - which was Child surrounded by a platoon of security goons. Then a shower of presumably beer, cups etc came hailing down on the lot of them. This is what the Leeds players were standing amongst at the end. Stuff was continuing to come down on them at this point so Smith forced them to step away a bit which is why most are stood back in the 10m zone. The Guasch-Laborde side was worse, the touch judge on that side was a brave guy for the last 5 mins as he dodged missiles. Thought Child might stop play but guess he decided just getting it over with was the best course of action.
  12. Unfortunately for you much of the shocking indiscipline came with a large, cherry red "MADE IN WIGAN" stamp.
  13. Seriously though the way it kicked off at the end with the last few minutes played in a rain of bottles and beer cups, Child having to be manhandled off the pitch amongst a shower of missiles, the Leeds players dodging similar as they celebrated and then the brief bit of fighting on the stairs leading to the away seating was all a bit intense.
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