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31 minutes ago, OriginalMrC said:

Yep Crusaders or Rochdale I'd say are good outside bets bearing in mind what they are priced at 

I’ve got a tenner on Rochdale, thought 11s looked great value. 

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8 minutes ago, Eddie said:

I’ve got a tenner on Rochdale, thought 11s looked great value. 

Is it just win the league odds thats available ?

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6 minutes ago, DavidM said:

Is it just win the league odds thats available ?

Yeah, on Betfair and Sky Bet anyway. I can’t imagine anyone offering e/w on a (relatively) obscure ten team league, four of whom have next to no chance of going up. 

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Given that Coventry are unlikely to be in the mix (but could have a big say who does win the league), I would love either Barrow or Workington to win L1. Another Cumbrian club in the Championship would be nice.

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26 minutes ago, Oldbear said:

Given that Coventry are unlikely to be in the mix (but could have a big say who does win the league), I would love either Barrow or Workington to win L1. Another Cumbrian club in the Championship would be nice.

I’d like any of Barrow, Workington, Donny or Rochdale to win it, of the six main contenders. Nothing against Keighley or Hunslet, but there are already loads of teams from West Yorks in the top two divisions. 

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Now we have a Eng international at Rochdale, a promotion for Rochdale and some powerful marketing to push their average to 1,500-2000 in the Championship would be ideal, even if their stadium isn't. Outside of that if we could have Whitehaven and Workington both in the Championship that would be good but soft spot for Keighley, who could pull 1500 in the Champ. 

So preference: Rochdale, Workington then Keighley.

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12 hours ago, ShropshireBull said:

Now we have a Eng international at Rochdale, a promotion for Rochdale and some powerful marketing to push their average to 1,500-2000 in the Championship would be ideal, even if their stadium isn't. Outside of that if we could have Whitehaven and Workington both in the Championship that would be good but soft spot for Keighley, who could pull 1500 in the Champ. 

So preference: Rochdale, Workington then Keighley.

Tbf Spotland is better than most Championship grounds. I’m thinking Oldham, Whitehaven, the heavy woolen teams (and Bradford), Sheffield , Halifax, London. 

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19 hours ago, Rob Nash said:

Rochdale are a good each way bet.

I'm happy Donny aren't considered a favourite. We've a big squad but possibly not enough quality outside of of our first choice backs. Couple of old lads there in Tali and Taulapapa. Just hoping to see decent rugby really.

Is Graeme Horne still on your books as a player ? , or is he assistant coach to Richard.

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4 hours ago, Eddie said:

Tbf Spotland is better than most Championship grounds. I’m thinking Oldham, Whitehaven, the heavy woolen teams (and Bradford), Sheffield , Halifax, London. 

Yes but doesnt say much.

Oldham - No home

Haven- Not sure

Bradford- still at dewsbury then unfit odsal 

Fax - Too big

Broncos- If a New owner came in would be perfect but will be too big. 

I am missing Swinton also.  Not good across the board. 

 

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14 minutes ago, ShropshireBull said:

Yes but doesnt say much.

Oldham - No home

Haven- Not sure

Bradford- still at dewsbury then unfit odsal 

Fax - Too big

Broncos- If a New owner came in would be perfect but will be too big. 

I am missing Swinton also.  Not good across the board. 

 

Don't want to derail the thread but both HW teams have nice grounds perfectly suited to their needs and well maintained. I like Spotland, but needs a decent sized crowd to generate a decent atmosphere! I am never keen on grounds which only have 1 stand open.

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33 minutes ago, distantdog said:

Don't want to derail the thread but both HW teams have nice grounds perfectly suited to their needs and well maintained. I like Spotland, but needs a decent sized crowd to generate a decent atmosphere! I am never keen on grounds which only have 1 stand open.

Spotland holds 10,000 so you need 6k to make it decent. Could only see that if they were in playoffs for SL or big challenge cup game. 

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It’s interesting watching highlights of the past couple of weeks of Championship games, and how the grounds actually look. I can’t see any way you could criticize either Batley or Dewsbury, both grounds are really well appointed and tidy for this level. I agree Spotland is a major upgrade on a homeless Oldham, Bradford and currently Sheffield, and as for Whitehaven it really is poor, definitely unchanged since I was last there over 15 years ago. It’s also better than Swinton, it’s just a little too big for the Hornets, but at least it’s not cavernous big like some clubs.

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This thread has totally become derailed but I'll go with it. I'm a Dons fan of 30 years and I honestly wouldn't give the Keepmoat up for anything. I look forward to every visit and can't wait to get back. I don't miss Tattersfield, Belle Vue or Meadow Court. We make a lot out of the corporate side which we could never offer at any of the three other venues. The facilities are excellent. Every game feels like an occasion for, at least from my perspective. Anyway. Can we go back to talking about what really matters? I.e. the players?

I'll even add a couple more from our perspective. Matty Beharell. Outstanding scrum half at this level. Sam Doherty. Very complete winger, dangerous attacking a high kick.

Not really qualified to comment on our new signings. Apart from Misi and Johnston they're young lads

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6 hours ago, Oldbear said:

It’s interesting watching highlights of the past couple of weeks of Championship games, and how the grounds actually look. I can’t see any way you could criticize either Batley or Dewsbury, both grounds are really well appointed and tidy for this level. I agree Spotland is a major upgrade on a homeless Oldham, Bradford and currently Sheffield, and as for Whitehaven it really is poor, definitely unchanged since I was last there over 15 years ago. It’s also better than Swinton, it’s just a little too big for the Hornets, but at least it’s not cavernous big like some clubs.

Yep, Dews and Batley good size. Keighley is a bit big but I'd be confident they could push 2000 or so in the level above. On Hornets, yep. I think for most clubs that 7-8000 mark is ideal. Not too small to grow into but not horrible. I think of the Giants as a team that find it harder to attract crowds because the ground is way too big. Paradoxically, they'd have a higher attendance with a smaller ground. 

Anyway, let's hope when crowds are allowed back and it's in the summer with footy season over clubs can get some new fans. 

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On 20/04/2021 at 23:31, doc said:

Get four more teams in there, ten isn't enough. 

 

Would like to see 12 teams to start with. A French team, Avignon for me, plus maybe Manchester or Bristol

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On 21/04/2021 at 16:43, OriginalMrC said:

The odds are way off (and I'm not just saying it because I'm a Coventry fan 😂). For example there is no way West Wales should have better odds than Crusaders! 

I do think Barrow are strong favourites this year but who knows. Two years ago whwn Whitehaven won the league no one including the bookies had them as favourites 

Two years ago Whitehaven managed to find a way to grind out wins in tight games; a significant number of games were won by small margins.

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I honestly think it'll be a year of rebuilding for most of the clubs - and as such anything could (and probably will) happen!! The only thing I would bet on is Cru to win both Welsh derbies 🙂

 

...wonder if any bookies will do a double on that one?? lol

cru....Cru.....CRUSADERS!!!!!!

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