Doncaster Dragons

Doncaster Dragons

Post by <100520.1.. » Mon, 12 Feb 1996 04:00:00


Can any right minded rugby league fan in the UK tell me Doncaster Dragons can be refused admission
to the second division of the Rugby League as a true member when for the last season playing as a guest
club we attracted the third best gates at home and were one of the best supported team away from home?

The reasons given by the Board were that our results were not good enough.

How many teams given 17 days notice to form a team and playing with an assortment of amateurs and loan
players could have performed as well?

It is very difficult to sign a player without the security of some form of contract as who was to know whether we
would be allowed into the league at the end of the season.

Would you sponsor a team in the Knowledge that at the end of the season they might still not be allowed
full admitance to the league?

How could we be expected to put up any kind of performance in the cup competitions when we have to play all
our games away from home.

The facilities at the club are as good as any in the second division better than some in the first and the
hospitality facilities for the directors and match sponsors equal some premier division clubs.

How come thousands of pounds are being thrown at a bunch of Australian mercenaries who wander from
ground to ground in a city that is patently not interested in the best game in the world and yet we cannot get
a penny?

Gary Hetherington has done a marvellous job at Sheffield Eagles and no doubt will be able to do even better with
Murdoch's millions but isn't it a pity almost as many people pay to watch Doncaster Dragons as HOME SUPPORTERS
PAY TO WATCH SHEFFIELD EAGLES?

Barry Fitzsimons.
A disgruntled Doncaster Dragons fan.

 
 
 

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Post by Unswor » Mon, 12 Feb 1996 04:00:00

If the Don's results aren't good enough, what the hell is happening with
Highfield?

Ged Unsworth
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Taking Rugby League to the WORLD

 
 
 

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Post by Dr J.S. Marsla » Tue, 13 Feb 1996 04:00:00

[snip]

Well I think you've been shafted good and proper.  I think Chorley
have been treated even worse than you though.

: How could we be expected to put up any kind of performance in
: the cup competitions when we have to play all
: our games away from home.

All?  Just the first round in which you played surely?  I think
it was arithmetic; they (he?) had promised the 2nd division teams
home games against the qualifying amateurs which was O.K. when
there was only 10 of them in that the 10 winners from that round
add to the 22 remaining clubs to give the right number; 2 to the
power 5.  Next year the addition of Paris will make the arithmetic
harder; the RFL will have to find two 'less acceptable' division 2
teams to be drawn away and denied amateur opposition or arrange
the competitions somewhat differently.  That's assuming that cup
competitions survive into the new golden age; it's ominously quiet
at the moment.

: How come thousands of pounds are being thrown at a bunch
: of Australian mercenaries who wander from
: ground to ground in a city that is patently not interested
: in the best game in the world and yet we cannot get
: a penny?

Well it's not on past merit that's for sure.  But if you
really do believe it's the best game in the world then don't
you think we should be seeking a world audience?  Part of
attaining that is to establish the game in the capital -
it's a case of the ends justifying the means.

: Gary Hetherington has done a marvellous job at Sheffield
: Eagles and no doubt will be able to do even better with
: Murdoch's millions but isn't it a pity almost as many
: people pay to watch Doncaster Dragons as HOME SUPPORTERS
: PAY TO WATCH SHEFFIELD EAGLES?

I don't understand that; last season Eagles home attendence
was about 3,500 and Doncaster about 1,000.  Are you saying
over 2 in 3 spectators at Eagles matches are away supporters?

: Barry Fitzsimons.
: A disgruntled Doncaster Dragons fan.

Barry please keep your lines shorter - we don't all have the
same width screens.

All the best
--
John
The Yorkshire motto updated:  Hear all, see all, say nowt;
Eat all, sup all, pay nowt; Read all, lurk all, post nowt;
And if tha'ever do's owt for nowt allus do it for thi'sen.

 
 
 

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Post by Dave » Thu, 15 Feb 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>>: How come thousands of pounds are being thrown at a bunch
>>: of Australian mercenaries who wander from
>>: ground to ground in a city that is patently not interested
>>: in the best game in the world and yet we cannot get
>>: a penny

>Are you talking about London if so why are all the people in the North
always
>knocking them do you want rugby League just to remain in the M62
corridor. This
>really pisses me off that some NOT ALL supporters from north of Watford
that they
>don't want a team in London to survive. This is the first chance London
has really
>had to get the population of London interested. They are now playing at
the Valley
>in south London, over a two hour drive for me, which has the best
seating, you dont
>have to strain to see above the person in front of you. You never know
if you came
>down a saw a game you may be impressed with the set up.

>Brendan

I have to agree, the set up in London is better than anything I've seen
of Fulham/Crusaders/Broncos before. When I spent time working in the
south-east I watched Fulham play at the Chiswick poly ground,which was
woefully inadequate (but a nice walk across Richmond park for me), and
then at Crystal Palae NSC, which for sch a stadium has terrible
facilities and is awkward to get to.

Charlton isn't much easier by road, but is doddle by train, from
Waterloo, Charing Cross or London Bridge. The ground as you say has
excellent views of the entire pitch from everywhere in the East Stand,
and even woth only approx 2000 fans (v. Castleford) there was still a
pretty good atmosphere at the ground something there never was at
Crystal Palace.

I have no arguement against Doncaster becoming full members of the Rugby
League again, but to stkae your claim at the expense of another club in
neanderthal in the extreme. What would have happened to Doncaster if
somebody thought up this excuse in the fifties when Doncaster where at
the southern extremities of the games traditional area?  As for an area
that is not interested in the sport, it was only ten/fif*** years ago
that Doncaster's attendances were measured in tens rather than hundreds
or thousands, wither your arguement now?

yours in sport

Dave H

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Post by Brendan_J_Connoll » Thu, 15 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>: How come thousands of pounds are being thrown at a bunch
>: of Australian mercenaries who wander from
>: ground to ground in a city that is patently not interested
>: in the best game in the world and yet we cannot get
>: a penny

Are you talking about London if so why are all the people in the North always
knocking them do you want rugby League just to remain in the M62 corridor. This
really pisses me off that some NOT ALL supporters from north of Watford that they
don't want a team in London to survive. This is the first chance London has really
had to get the population of London interested. They are now playing at the Valley
in south London, over a two hour drive for me, which has the best seating, you dont
have to strain to see above the person in front of you. You never know if you came
down a saw a game you may be impressed with the set up.

Brendan
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