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39 minutes ago, lingaro said:

I was in Dewsbury last week, first time I've been in to the centre.  I can't believe how poorly they are supported when you take into account the size of the town, eclipses Featherstone, Castleford and Pontefract.  They should have 5k at games not 200.

Yes, this is a perpetual conundrum. The usual characters will often play the race card in claiming that immigration is a driving force behind poor attendances in place like Dewsbury yet the fact is that the sport has never been comparatively well-supported in the town. The original club, which existed before the current one, declined to join the other clubs in the formation of the Northern Union in 1895, largely on the basis of being uncertain about the size of crowds that might be attracted which would limit the standard of player that they could recruit.

Many "heartland" clubs have similar issues which have never been solved, mostly because such solutions probably doesn't exist: there are simply not enough folk interested in RL.

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Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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One moving out I know but Jimmy Beckett has just been announced as another new recruit at Dewsbury. He should do well with us and would have struggled to get anywhere near a start with you lot.

Sport, amongst other things, is a dream-world offering escape from harsh reality and the disturbing prospect of change.

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1 hour ago, lingaro said:

I was in Dewsbury last week, first time I've been in to the centre.  I can't believe how poorly they are supported when you take into account the size of the town, eclipses Featherstone, Castleford and Pontefract.  They should have 5k at games not 200.

Unfortunately 3 quarters of the ever rising population of Dewsbury have no interest in Rugby league. 

Featherstone is quite fortunate with its population of people brought up going to post office Road and supporting featherstone Rovers, Batley, Bradford, Halifax will all lose large parts of their supporters as the die and not getting replaced, I think we have more concessions than full paying supporters which is scary to think... We shall see over the next 10 years as the decline gathers pace🤔

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1 hour ago, lingaro said:

I was in Dewsbury last week, first time I've been in to the centre.  I can't believe how poorly they are supported when you take into account the size of the town, eclipses Featherstone, Castleford and Pontefract.  They should have 5k at games not 200.

How many teams get 3000 never mind 5 ? Trouble is now a days there's much more to do and a lot of people will not go to RL because they know there's very little chance of getting in SL and i  include every team in that.

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14 minutes ago, coolie said:

Unfortunately 3 quarters of the ever rising population of Dewsbury have no interest in Rugby league. 

Featherstone is quite fortunate with its population of people brought up going to post office Road and supporting featherstone Rovers, Batley, Bradford, Halifax will all lose large parts of their supporters as the die and not getting replaced, I think we have more concessions than full paying supporters which is scary to think... We shall see over the next 10 years as the decline gathers pace🤔

We've got loads of new builds but many are being taken by people from the dark side (c@$)  so have no interest in watching Fev. We do get plenty from Pontefract, Knottingley, Ackworth,  Streethouse ,Sharlston and a few other places so I dread to think what our attendances would be without them.

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6 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

In fairness I thought that about a few Championship signings last year such as Cuthbertson at York and Ukuma Ta'ai at Newcastle and both those teams ended up nowhere near the play-offs whereas we only lost to Toulouse all season.

But not a lot to do with either player.

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9 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

Cuthbertson was a shadow of his former self whenever I saw him.

fully agree, but he was playing in a york side hit by injuries and admitedly very poor as opposed to a great leeds team

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4 hours ago, georgeb1 said:

fully agree, but he was playing in a york side hit by injuries and admitedly very poor as opposed to a great leeds team

But for me that makes it worse with his undoubtedly  ability in a poor side he should be the standout performer 

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4 hours ago, The Phantom Horseman said:

"An announcement will be made later today to see an experienced member of the squad, who is also a fan favourite remain with us for 2022."

The way that's phrased sounds like either Locky or Bussey.

Isn't Nu a fans favourite 🤣 personally though I will be surprised  if we don't see Jack's smiling face tonight 🥳

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I think what we really need now is a bit of grunt up front, a couple of big middles would be great. Would like to see Bussey back as well because I think he’s a clever player just like JD, Locky is getting on but could still do a job especially if we bring in younger players.

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4 minutes ago, Rovers fev said:

Chizzy re signed he was already on contract for next year tho was he not 

  I thought he was but it's great news.When fully fit he is a very dangerous player in the Championship.Hope we can keep Brown and Bussey who are also top players in the division.Then a big un in the middle would be nice.

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On 25/10/2021 at 21:59, Phil Briscoe said:

Loads of examples of players stepping down thinking they can just go through the motions and be effective….Harris at Fev being a great example. Agreed Junior Moors and Craig Kopcyak have been great this year and buck the trend. 

There are many examples of players that have done great service after stepping down from higher leagues, some even stepped back up again. Egs over last 15 years since I've been on the forum:

'Tiger' Handforth 

Andy Kain

Ian Hardman 

Liam Finn

Ben Cockayne 

John Hepworth 

Tommy Saxton 

Greg Worthington 

Craig Hall

Kyle Briggs (2nd Spell) 

Ben Kaye 

Tommy Haughey

Ian Tonks 

Tim Spears 

Jamie Field

Stuart Dickens (2nd spell) 

James Mendieka

Andy Ellis 

Craig Copszak

Off the top of my head all had super league experience and were very good to excellent servants for Rovers, there've been some not so good ones too. 

 

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Now that's what I'd call a turn up for the books according to mark on page 1 

Dane Chisholm 3rd Year of 3 year deal 2020, 2021, 2022

only thing I take from that is we have improved his existing contract so why make a song and dance about it I think it's a damp squib 

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39 minutes ago, Rovers fev said:

Chizzy re signed he was already on contract for next year tho was he not 

Indeed, the feature from June 2019 about Chissy signing an extension keeping him until the end of 2022 is still on RoversTV. 

Still, contracts do get renegotiated in sport and the fact he put out a YouTube highlights video a couple of months ago did perhaps start alarm bells ringing for some of us, so as others have said the main thing is we know he's staying. 

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