>>> >Rugby League was born in Huddersfield 102 years ago.
>>> >Isn't it about time it plucked up the courage to leave home?
>>> >Just a thought.
>>Are you a member of the RL Board of Directors, by any chance?
>No, I'm not, but I think your the sorta bloke, who just likes to whinge
>about anything, you were probably anti-SL and now anti-Huddersfield. We
>were included because we have the best ground, and in trying to show the
>game to be glamourous, Sky doesn't want to show shite grounds like Central
>Park or Wheldon Road.
>Matt a SL Giant
Oh for Gods sake! How can being in favour of Paris keeping their place in
SL, as I am, be construed by *anyone* as being anti-SL??? Surely that was
the point of setting up a European Super League in the first place?
For the record...
I was in favour of the creation of the European SL in 1995 (and have the
scars to prove it).
I was in favour of the fast-tracking of Paris and London.
I wasnt keen on the idea of summer rugby but have grown to love it, to the
point of being unable to imagine having to turn out in winter again.
I support the idea of fast-tracking teams from Wales, Scotland and Ireland
and non traditional RL areas in England to aid the expansion and development
of Rugby League. I always have, even before the RFL thought of it, and I
still would even if it was at the expense of my own local team. Thats
because I believe the promotion and development of the game of Rugby League
is more important than *any* individual club. I wish those who control the
game felt the same way. Their decisions prove that they do not.
I support the concept of a franchised and regionally based SL, to serve as a
promotional flagship for the game of Rugby League in Europe. I also support
the maintenance and development of a viable subsidiary competition outside
I support the concept of a single unified governing body for Rugby League in
I have campaigned long and hard, via the Rugby League Supporters Association
(which I helped to found in 1990) for the establishment of publicly declared
minimum standards charter, covering all areas of professional Rugby League,
including ground facilities. See RLSA website for more details at
I oppose the disbanding of Paris after only two seasons and their
replacement by another club from West Yorkshire (doesnt matter which one)
because I see it as an abandonment of the original ideals on which the SL
was created, and at the same time a hammer blow to the fragile credibility
of Rugby League in France.
In my view, if the RFL were desperate to have Huddersfield in SL, then it
should have been at the expense of one of the other West Yorkshire based SL
teams. How that for radical!!
The above looks like a fairly positive agenda to me. If Im often critical
of the RFL and its constituent clubs (and I am) then thats because I
believe they deserve it, for failing time and again to do anything to
promote, develop and expand the game of Rugby League in or beyond the
English counties of its birth.
Finally, and pedantically, Huddersfield dont have the best ground in the
game. Paris do. Much good it did their hopes of remaining in SL. This more
than anything illustrates the complete inconsistency of the RFLs current
position on membership of the SL. They are making it up as they go along,
and reducing the game to a laughing stock in the process, and as a Rugby
League fan, that makes me sick.
Thankyou and goodnight.
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