Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by Phil Arundel » Sun, 27 Sep 1998 04:00:00


As has so often been the case for Featherstone, it was so near yet so far in
todays Division 1 Grand Final which Wakefield won 24-22 ;-(
As a Fev supporter, I am naturally gutted, but would like to say that the
game was a superb advert for the game of Rugby League, with either team
looking capable of holding their own in SL - unfortunately, the honour of
applying for a place in SL now falls to Wakefield. At the end of the day,
Featherstone could not quite hold on to a narrow lead they had until the
76th minute, and Wakefield sneaked it at the end.
The referee was not perfect (as usual), but I would say that the bad
decisions evened themselves out over the 80 minutes. I, in common with most
of the Fev fans thought the Ref had***ed up when he disallowed Karl Pratts
"try", but, having got home and forced myself to watch the reply on tape, I
am have to admit the officials made the correct decision.
My biggest regret is that Steve Simms has spent eigh*** months building up
a team that can, on their day, compete with any team in the First Division,
and a few in the SL, and now many of them will be snapped up by SL clubs, so
he'll have to start again!
Oh, well, here's to the Treize Tournoi, which will in all likelihood be this
teams swansong, and I suppose we'll have to start all over again next year.
If only the top players would stay for just another year......

Finally, I'd like to say to Steve Simms, the squad and the directors and
officials of the club  - Thanks for a superb season - its been the most
enjoyable for years, and maybe next year we can make that final step to
glory

Phil

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by KBowen91 » Mon, 28 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>the
>game was a superb advert for the game of Rugby League,

I did not attend but heard commentry on the radio. it did SOUND good

.>unfortunately, the honour of

Quote:
>applying for a place in SL now falls to Wakefield.

just short of 9000 turned up! Not a bad crowd BUT lets be realistic if it was
not a Final how many would have actually turned up to see Fev & Trinity 3000?
if you are lucky. This is not what SUPERLEAGUE was supposed to based on. THE
KEY POINT IS THAT THE POPULATION BASE IS MAJOR CRITIERIA!!!!!!!!!!. CASTLEFORD
NOW CLAIM THE POPULATION BASE AND THERE IS NO WAY MAURICE IS GOING TO BE
SNUBBED BY PEOPLE REFUSING HIS MERGERS.  The chance was there, the clubs blew
it, those who are there are NOT going to allow "local" teams in . Can you not
see this.

Sorry but lets put  business heads on. There are only so many "***" fans,
so many "Followers" and so many "Cup watchers".
Others are in the majority.

If I hear another club chairman say "once we get in Superleague our gates will
increase" I will be very annoyed. You can only split a cake so many ways and
the cake is the supporters. Clubs DO NOT get large gates now that Wigan or
Leeds  or Bradford arrive1. people have only limited leisure pounds and this is
something Superleague still has to address. if they are just surviving now,
what will it be like when the portions are smaller because the crowds will not
increase under the current systems.

regards

Keith - Cougar Fan

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by NJASHT » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Re Message from Phil

I'd agree , but how cruel it all was I don't
think (fortunately) that I've experienced
any thing quiet as bad as Saturday, its
taken me 3 days to contemplate rugby and
I cannot bring myself to watch the match video
Steve Ashton

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by Cris Tou » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

> >the
> >game was a superb advert for the game of Rugby League,

> I did not attend but heard commentry on the radio. it did SOUND good

I was there.  It looked good as well.

Quote:

> .>unfortunately, the honour of
> >applying for a place in SL now falls to Wakefield.

> just short of 9000 turned up! Not a bad crowd BUT lets be realistic if it
was
> not a Final how many would have actually turned up to see Fev & Trinity
3000?
> if you are lucky. This is not what SUPERLEAGUE was supposed to based on.

This was the only disappointing aspect of the game.  There were plenty of
neutrals there, supporters from Dewsbury, Hunslet and Keighley, and even
the London Broncos, John Monie, Andy Goodway and Anthony Farrell to name
only a few.

IMO each team only attracted about 3000 or so of its own supporters, and to
me, that isn't enough.

THE

Quote:
> KEY POINT IS THAT THE POPULATION BASE IS MAJOR CRITIERIA!!!!!!!!!!.
CASTLEFORD
> NOW CLAIM THE POPULATION BASE AND THERE IS NO WAY MAURICE IS GOING TO BE
> SNUBBED BY PEOPLE REFUSING HIS MERGERS.  The chance was there, the clubs
blew
> it, those who are there are NOT going to allow "local" teams in . Can you
not
> see this.

IMO they have a slender chance of admission to SL, if only to bump up the
fixture list next season.  Still, you have a point about them refusing to
merge.  At least they even had that opportunity, unlike several other teams
(including Dewsbury and Keighley) which would have been left to wither on
the vine.

Quote:

> Sorry but lets put  business heads on. There are only so many "***"
fans,
> so many "Followers" and so many "Cup watchers".
> Others are in the majority.

> If I hear another club chairman say "once we get in Superleague our gates
will
> increase" I will be very annoyed. You can only split a cake so many ways
and
> the cake is the supporters. Clubs DO NOT get large gates now that Wigan
or
> Leeds  or Bradford arrive1. people have only limited leisure pounds and
this is
> something Superleague still has to address. if they are just surviving
now,
> what will it be like when the portions are smaller because the crowds
will not
> increase under the current systems.

I think the point is that gates will inevitably increase, but not by nearly
as much as the club chairman would like to believe.  Relying on away
supporters to keep money flowing into coffers is completely ridiculous, but
unfortunately that is the mentality with many clubs.

Cris Tout.

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by Phil Arundel » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:



<-snip->
>IMO each team only attracted about 3000 or so of its own supporters, and to
>me, that isn't enough.

I think the RFL must take some of the blame for this - they only allocated
3,000 tickets to each of Wakefield and Featherstone. I don't know why, but
then again why do they do anything?
<-snip->
Quote:

>Cris Tout.

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by Gordon Baxte » Sat, 03 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:




> <-snip->
> >IMO each team only attracted about 3000 or so of its own supporters, and to
> >me, that isn't enough.

> I think the RFL must take some of the blame for this - they only allocated
> 3,000 tickets to each of Wakefield and Featherstone. I don't know why, but
> then again why do they do anything?
> <-snip->

> >Cris Tout.

The biggest problem as I see it, is the lack of publicity.  It seems
that for any Rugby League game of any consequence (Grand Finals, Tests,
whatever) the details are only published in the Rugby League press.  I
only found out about the Grand Final because I picked up a copy of one
of the RL papers on the way to watch Sheffield.  In the same way, I only
found out the arrangements for the tests against New Zealand from the
supporter's shop at Sheffield.

What was worse, though, was when I rang up the hotline for tickets for
the 1st Division Grand Final on the Thursday before the game, I was told
it was closed!  I turned up on spec anyway, and paid on the gate.  It
was worth every penny, but I can't help thinking that if they'd charged
8 quid instead of 10 they'd have got a few more.  Especially when you
add 2 quid for a program, 2 quid to park, 2 quid for a pint...

Gordon.

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by Cris Tou » Sun, 04 Oct 1998 04:00:00



Quote:




> <-snip->
> >IMO each team only attracted about 3000 or so of its own supporters, and
to
> >me, that isn't enough.

> I think the RFL must take some of the blame for this - they only
allocated
> 3,000 tickets to each of Wakefield and Featherstone. I don't know why,
but
> then again why do they do anything?
> <-snip->

Point taken, but it wasn't exactly difficult to get hold of tickets from
other sources either.

BTW, I'm not picking on Wakefield or Featherstone in particular, I don't
believe that any other First Division side would have done any better.

Cris Tout.

 
 
 

Wakefield Edge Out Rovers In Div 1 Grand Final

Post by KBowen91 » Mon, 05 Oct 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I don't
>believe that any other First Division side would have done any better.

Agreed  and these people SERIOUSLY want to be considered for Superleague and
this was THE method of currently  POSSIBLY getting in!

I really do wish followers of FASDA clubs would wake up and smell the coffee.

THERE IS NOT A CAT IN HELLS CHANCE OF A CURRENT FASDA CLUB GETTING INTO
SUPERLEAGUE!!!!!!!!!

regards

Keith - Cougar Fan