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Wow, the Katie Hopkins of rugby league indeed!

I've read the full article, I notice he's moaning about tackled players standing over someone and playing the ball into them. Every club does it, but I've never seen a player do it more than his very own Jake Webster. Strange how Jake, who I've always considered a very fair player rarely did that while at Cas. Coached into him perhaps?

Benoans Rochdale for being ranked 12th in the financial distribution table, 1 place above Bradford who 'won promotion fair and square'. Anyone know where I can see this table? Wouldn't mind seeing where York rank.

I recall digs at Sheffield, Workington amongst others in the past. 

Did Chalmers ever get in touch with the disabled chap from Feb who wrote into the a League Express who was treated disgracefully at Odsal? Or how about the matchday programme collector who a couple of seasons ago sent a cheque to the Bulls to purchase a previous programme, cheque cashed by the club, nothing received, no replies to emails.

Whether he has a point about Toronto and Catalans or not, he's fast becoming another who is largely ignored because he has no way of articulating his opinions in a way that's not whining (see M.Koucash) and should address the issues closer to home at Odsal. Oh and while he's at it, try not to price juniors out of the game...£91 to stand for the season or £137 to sit when it's free at plenty other clubs is a joke.

 

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26 minutes ago, hindle xiii said:

That was unnecessary.

I wouldn't worry this poster joined a week ago and hasn't had anything positive to post about Bradford, has even suggested financial issues with no actual evidence.

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9 hours ago, absentee thoughtlord said:

The incongruity of TWP playing early 'home' games in the UK (not Toronto's fault, but that of RFL inflexibility) is an understandable concern. The rest, less so. In fact, it's barking.

If, say, you play Catalans twice a year on a home and away basis, that means you only have to travel once. What a dreadful inconvenience. If, it follows, your concern is a lack of away support, you need to take a long hard look at yourself for relying on such as part of your business model.

If any club relies upon travelling fans to fill its stadium it is basically the living dead.

I hope you're attaching that notion (which I totally agree with by the way) to the Bradford chairman. He might (ok... does) talk a lot of twaddle in his column, but he's never said that we rely on away supporters

Au contraire, in fact, whilst we rarely see anything more than a minibus load of away fans at Odsal, we routinely give the other clubs in our league their best gate of the season - as a result of our travelling support

Indeed, you could argue that the admittedly steep entrance prices at Odsal are an admission that we won't be relying on 'walk ups' at Odsal as part of the clubs business model, and instead base the projection for the season on a large proportion of home supporters buying season tickets. 

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6 hours ago, TIWIT said:

Starting this weekend the Arrows play 4 of their last 5 games at Lamport.

How do artificial pitches take to heaps of manure being put on them?

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1 hour ago, Bcfc2014 said:

I wouldn't worry this poster joined a week ago and hasn't had anything positive to post about Bradford, has even suggested financial issues with no actual evidence.

I just wondered if it was a Fax fan, and Mum had bought him his first computer. I remember that idealism of youth and the need to change the world. 

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“A sunshine weekend away for supporters to fill the coffers of the Perpignan’s hoteliers and restaurateurs?

“Hardly looks like smart business from a British Rugby League perspective. Hoping the problem goes away isn’t a resolution.”

Yes, because the money I spend on my Ryanair flight and my hotel in Perpignan was definitely money that I would have spent in an RL club shop. 🙄

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35 minutes ago, whatmichaelsays said:

Yes, because the money I spend on my Ryanair flight and my hotel in Perpignan was definitely money that I would have spent in an RL club shop. 🙄

What! You don't spend a weekend holiday in Bradford city centre!?

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Well, it seems that Mr Chalmers was a big fan of Toronto in January...

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The clubs also played each other in a friendly last year, with Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers an advocate of their impact on rugby league.

He said: “The enthusiasm that David Argyle has instilled into the club has given the sport a much-needed lift.

"His endeavours to grow rugby league in Canada has and will continue to benefit all of us. This season will see us play in the same division as the Toronto Wolfpack for the first time.

"We know they’ll be tough encounters, but with the squad John Kear has put together we’ll be challenging them for promotion at the end of the year.”

Telegraph & Argus 7/1

Wonder what changed his view? 

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14 minutes ago, TBone said:

Well, it seems that Mr Chalmers was a big fan of Toronto in January...

Wonder what changed his view? 

Nothing. He still is a big fan.

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I am a firm internationalist and believe that rugby league needs to broaden its footprint if it is ever to break out into mainstream sport.

All that he was saying was that there is an inherent unfairness in the way that some clubs have to travel over to Canada to play them, whilst other clubs in the same division only have a short coach ride over to Hull or Newcastle to play them.

I know he tends to talk a lot of rubbish at times, but don't put words in his mouth (he does enough of that with out any help 😀)

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Well ignoring the froth around his comments I think he makes a good point regards some teams playing away games with Toronto here and others having the travel. Seems a simple point.

BTW before anyone starts screaming and accusing by assumption of being something I'm not I support Toronto being in our competition. 

What the answer is given the weather issue I have no idea but surely its an issue to be questioned.

As to Catalan I would have thought we need to help build RL in France and surely a successful Catalan (Toulouse and others) would be good for the game here... ending with a Anglo French league.... (together with a cross Atlantic league too)

Oh and one thing I have learned... that is whom Katie Hopkins is... never heard of her until this thread and so googled.

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5 minutes ago, redjonn said:

What the answer is given the weather issue I have no idea but surely its an issue to be questioned.

The answer was provided last season. They play all (or most) of their away games first, then all of their home games.

For some reason, some clubs (not sure who) thought this was somehow terrible, and as a result they've ended up with the mish-mash we've seen this year with them playing 'home' games in Hull and Newcastle.

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On 29/04/2019 at 14:24, Tonka said:

(Seriously though does anyone know what he means about Catalans being privileged?)

Yes, he read it League Express and Parky's posts so he knows it's on the money!

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“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”    

 

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Bradford Bulls are a great team with a big following and I'm looking forward to having them here this weekend..(not just saying that because i was born in Bradford) I just think its magic having these storied clubs head here and we will give them the "Full Lamport experience" so when they get back they will be raving about it just as York and Batley did. We will kick things off with a welcome party Friday night at the pub..can't wait

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