I would like to make a few points about the destruction of Keighley
Cougars on Sunday by Salford. I dont normally write to these groups due
to the fact that they are usually just letters attacking other people
teams. But I thought you might like to know the views of the fans on the
terraces, who have paid good money to see their side cave in.
I am a Keighley Cougars fan but that doesnt stop me been impressed with
Salfords attacking style of play. Most of the Keighley fans were
expecting to lose but not by such a great margin. I believe one of the
reasons for the loss was due to negative play, before I left the house
last Sunday I had said to my father that we would be killed if we played
down the middle of the Park. Nobody in there right mind takes on forwards
three stones heavier and four inches taller with the midgets we have
playing at Keighley. Are only chance was to move the ball about and back
up the man in procession, something Keighley fail to do week in week out.
Salford on the other hand moved the ball around and got the ball away in
the tackle, this is the only way to break down defenses, and something
Wigan and St. Helens do every week. Phil Larder will no doubt say in
this weeks Keighley News that we lacked six of are first team players.
While this might be true, all the thir*** men playing on Sunday were
full time professionals and were all playing in there position apart from
the Scrum Half. These men are supposed to be there to replace injured
players, but to put it bluntly are not good enough. Of the men on Sunday
only Keith Dixon (too light), Joe Berry (too small), Steve Hall (doesnt
pass the ball), David Larder(too small, too light) and Andrew King showed
any kind of passion for the team they were playing for. On the scrum half
position we had a very good replacement in Darren Appleby who some like
myself think was better than first choice Chris Robinson. What does
Larder do but sell him to Batley, we now have no Scrum half at the club
apart from Andy Eyres injured and a young lad Gwilliams who is still
You have to take your hat of to Salford for putting together a great set
of players. The secret to any successful team is to have large players
with pace and strength, if a thir*** stone man runs into a six*** stone
man he is going to come of second best as on Sunday.
I would also like to ask rival supporters why they hate Keighley Cougars
so much, the team as spent loads of money improving the ground and team
to better themselves. We are only trying to get better and bring a little
success to a town that as ever had any. I try to like all teams as I
support Rugby League and dont wish to see Lindsay sell use out to Union.
In fact I think you will found that Keighley Cougar fans dont dislike
any other team apart from them been rivals for promotion. Only the
Bradford Bulls are disliked, but this is more down to there council
taking Keighley community charge money to pay for all its facilitates,
so you cant blame the Bulls for that really.
On a final point I most comment on the attacks by Salford supporters on
this newsgroups about the ground. Keighleys ground is one of the newest
grounds in the league, only the main stand is over four years old. It had
to be said that the fencing which gave way was only there to pin
adverti***ts too. It was not designed for Salford fans to jump up and
PS. For further comments on what went wrong in my opinion on Sunday check
out my web site at http://SportToday.org/;
where I pull no punches in what I class to be bad coaching and tactics.
My outspoken views are probably one reason why my Internet site gets no
help or assistance from the club where as the inferior Cougarmania Site
get a mention every week in the program. All the best Salford for when
you get in the Super League if you do, be warned Lindsays about and he
might just but let in another team that is half way down the second
A disillusioned Cougar fan .