SL on the road July '98

SL on the road July '98

Post by John Drak » Tue, 14 Apr 1998 04:00:00


According to today's League Express, the dates/venues for Super League "on
the road" in July are as follows, with the official announcement to be made
on Thursday.

SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"
Friday 10th July
Leeds v Salford (at Gateshead Stadium)
Friday 17th July
Sheffield v Halifax (at Sixfields, Northampton)
Sunday 19th July
Bradford v London (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
Friday 24th July
Hull v Huddersfield (at Gateshead Stadium)
Saturday 25th July
Warrington v Castleford (at Ninian Park, Cardiff)
Sunday 26th July
St Helens v Wigan (at Vetch Field, Swansea)

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Post by Huw Morr » Thu, 16 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> According to today's League Express, the dates/venues for Super League "on
> the road" in July are as follows, with the official announcement to be made
> on Thursday.
> SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"

[snip]

Nothing in Birmingham, Leicester or Watford?

Northampton is an interesting choice.

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Post by Nic » Fri, 17 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>According to today's League Express, the dates/venues for Super League "on
>the road" in July are as follows, with the official announcement to be made
>on Thursday.

>SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"
>Friday 10th July
>Leeds v Salford (at Gateshead Stadium)
>Friday 17th July
>Sheffield v Halifax (at Sixfields, Northampton)
>Sunday 19th July
>Bradford v London (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
>Friday 24th July
>Hull v Huddersfield (at Gateshead Stadium)
>Saturday 25th July
>Warrington v Castleford (at Ninian Park, Cardiff)
>Sunday 26th July
>St Helens v Wigan (at Vetch Field, Swansea)

So, nothing in Glasgow - not even an on-the-road game - after all last
year's hype. ***y typical. I predict the Edinbourgeois will
demonstrate their usual enthusiasm for spectator sport, i.e. none.

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SL on the road July '98

Post by John Drak » Fri, 17 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>So, nothing in Glasgow - not even an on-the-road game - after all last
>year's hype. ***y typical. I predict the Edinbourgeois will
>demonstrate their usual enthusiasm for spectator sport, i.e. none.

It does seem a bit odd to choose Edinburgh over Glasgow, after all the talk
about the latter. Even stranger, given that Bradford are playing in this
game, and they wanted to play a game in Glasgow as far back as SL '96
because of the Compaq HQ being there.

On a positive note, I heard on the grapevine the Bulls are planning to spend
the whole week leading up to the game in Edinburgh, with the players and
development team making a real effort in the schools, and the club's
marketing people there to back them up, to make sure that at least local
people will know the game is happening.

Hope the other SL clubs will be doing the same in their designated areas,
and not leaving it all up to SLE to promote it, or on their own travelling
fans to make up the numbers.

If there's a point to this, it surely has to be to get local people to turn
out, and try to gain their interest in the game.

Here's hoping...

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Post by KBowen91 » Mon, 20 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>Hope the other SL clubs will be doing the same in their designated areas,
>and not leaving it all up to SLE to promote it, or on their own travelling
>fans to make up the numbers.

I hope so and I hope its a success

Happy  now Lloyd?

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SL on the road July '98

Post by Piema » Tue, 21 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:


>>According to today's League Express, the dates/venues for Super League "on
>>the road" in July are as follows, with the official announcement to be
made
>>on Thursday.

>>SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"
>>Friday 10th July
>>Leeds v Salford (at Gateshead Stadium)
6-7,000
>>Friday 17th July
>>Sheffield v Halifax (at Sixfields, Northampton)

Can' t see more than 5,000
Quote:
>>Sunday 19th July
>>Bradford v London (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
10,0000
>>Friday 24th July
>>Hull v Huddersfield (at Gateshead Stadium)

possibly 6,000 if the Sharkies turn up
Quote:
>>Saturday 25th July
>>Warrington v Castleford (at Ninian Park, Cardiff)

"Might as well be on the moon"
Quote:
>>Sunday 26th July
>>St Helens v Wigan (at Vetch Field, Swansea)
7,000

Would the figures above be classed as a success by the powers that be ? If
so why do they bother. Surely they should be aiming for double figures at
all of the above.
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Post by John Drak » Wed, 22 Apr 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

>>>SUPER LEAGUE "ON THE ROAD"
>>>Friday 10th July
>>>Leeds v Salford (at Gateshead Stadium)
>6-7,000
>>>Friday 17th July
>>>Sheffield v Halifax (at Sixfields, Northampton)
>Can' t see more than 5,000
>>>Sunday 19th July
>>>Bradford v London (at Tynecastle, Edinburgh)
>10,0000
>>>Friday 24th July
>>>Hull v Huddersfield (at Gateshead Stadium)
>possibly 6,000 if the Sharkies turn up
>>>Saturday 25th July
>>>Warrington v Castleford (at Ninian Park, Cardiff)
>"Might as well be on the moon"
>>>Sunday 26th July
>>>St Helens v Wigan (at Vetch Field, Swansea)
>7,000

>Would the figures above be classed as a success by the powers that be ? If
>so why do they bother. Surely they should be aiming for double figures at
>all of the above.
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Call me optimistic, but I reckon all your above figures will be easily
exceeded. Those kind of crowds could be expected with no local support at
all turning up, which is IMO inconceivable.

Remember the RL World Cup in '95, when the biggest mismatch of the
tournament (Aus v South Africa) pulled in over 8,000 midweek at Gateshead,
which was comfortably more than PNG v Tonga on the same night at the
Boulevard, which got around 5,000.

Gateshead has also pulled in good crowds for GB v France Tests, better than
these games used to get in Leeds, so is no stranger to supporting RL.

Of the other games:

The Bradford Bulls squad and community development team are spending the
whole of the week preceding their game in Edinburgh going round schools etc
to drum up interest and support. They, at least, are not leaving a good
turnout down to chance, or their own travelling fans.

Northampton successfully staged a game in the '95 Emerging Nations comp
(Morrocco v Moldova), and have dedicated RL people on the ground who have
lobbied hard to get a SL game down there, so I'm pretty sure they'll work
hard to get people into the stadium for it. They are even on the web, which
is more than some SL clubs!

As for the games in Wales...who knows. I seem to remember Sheffield Eagles
played in Cardiff a couple of seasons ago and got more than 5,000 just on
their own efforts, so a decently promoted (big ask I know!!) game should
easily get more than that, whoever is playing. And at the Vetch in Swansea,
anything is possible. I remember watching Wales RL play Western Samoa in the
'95 World Cup and it was a lockout. Ok, so it was Wales playing, not club
sides, but if SLE cannot fill the ground for Wigan v Saints then IMO they
haven't really tried.

I think they ought to be aiming to sell out every one of the above matches.
And if, as reported in another thread, they really are going to allow under
16s admission for 1, then they have taken an important step towards making
it happen.

Here's hoping :-)

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Post by stev » Thu, 23 Apr 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>Call me optimistic, but I reckon all your above figures will be easily
>exceeded. Those kind of crowds could be expected with no local support at
>all turning up, which is IMO inconceivable.

>Remember the RL World Cup in '95, when the biggest mismatch of the
>tournament (Aus v South Africa) pulled in over 8,000 midweek at Gateshead,
>which was comfortably more than PNG v Tonga on the same night at the
>Boulevard, which got around 5,000.

>Gateshead has also pulled in good crowds for GB v France Tests, better than
>these games used to get in Leeds, so is no stranger to supporting RL.

>Of the other games:

>The Bradford Bulls squad and community development team are spending the
>whole of the week preceding their game in Edinburgh going round schools etc
>to drum up interest and support. They, at least, are not leaving a good
>turnout down to chance, or their own travelling fans.

>Northampton successfully staged a game in the '95 Emerging Nations comp
>(Morrocco v Moldova), and have dedicated RL people on the ground who have
>lobbied hard to get a SL game down there, so I'm pretty sure they'll work
>hard to get people into the stadium for it. They are even on the web, which
>is more than some SL clubs!

>As for the games in Wales...who knows. I seem to remember Sheffield Eagles
>played in Cardiff a couple of seasons ago and got more than 5,000 just on
>their own efforts, so a decently promoted (big ask I know!!) game should
>easily get more than that, whoever is playing. And at the Vetch in Swansea,
>anything is possible. I remember watching Wales RL play Western Samoa in the
>'95 World Cup and it was a lockout. Ok, so it was Wales playing, not club
>sides, but if SLE cannot fill the ground for Wigan v Saints then IMO they
>haven't really tried.

>I think they ought to be aiming to sell out every one of the above matches.
>And if, as reported in another thread, they really are going to allow under
>16s admission for 1, then they have taken an important step towards making
>it happen.

>Here's hoping :-)

>John
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Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Thu, 23 Apr 1998 04:00:00



: >
: >Call me optimistic, but I reckon all your above figures will be easily
: >exceeded. Those kind of crowds could be expected with no local support at
: >all turning up, which is IMO inconceivable.
: >
: >Remember the RL World Cup in '95, when the biggest mismatch of the
: >tournament (Aus v South Africa) pulled in over 8,000 midweek at Gateshead,
: >which was comfortably more than PNG v Tonga on the same night at the
: >Boulevard, which got around 5,000.

A fair chunk turned up just for the Aussies I bet, I certainly did.

: >As for the games in Wales...who knows. I seem to remember Sheffield Eagles
: >played in Cardiff a couple of seasons ago and got more than 5,000 just on
: >their own efforts, so a decently promoted (big ask I know!!) game should

That was at Cardiff Arms Park against St.Helens. I remember being
surprised at how small the place was when they used different camera
angles to the BBC.

Still got the game on tape somewhere. Martin Hall smacked Vai'aiga
Tuigamala during the Haka and it got more *** from there on in.

I also remember the commentators (Alex Murphy and the guy who does the
football for Yorkshire TV) being confused as to why the corwd were
cheering whenever it was Wales' fifth tackle on the Samoan try line.
Neither of them cottoned on to the signal for a try in Union being the
same as the signal for the fifth tackle in League.

: >easily get more than that, whoever is playing. And at the Vetch in Swansea,
: >anything is possible. I remember watching Wales RL play Western Samoa in the
: >'95 World Cup and it was a lockout. Ok, so it was Wales playing, not club
: >sides, but if SLE cannot fill the ground for Wigan v Saints then IMO they
: >haven't really tried.

As I recall the Eagles only got permission to do this a few weeks before
kick off. They had to leave Don Valley that week because of some
athletics tournament but for ages there was speculation over wether they
would go back to Bramall Lane for a week or *** off to Cardiff.

: >I think they ought to be aiming to sell out every one of the above matches.
: >And if, as reported in another thread, they really are going to allow under
: >16s admission for 1, then they have taken an important step towards making
: >it happen.

This is true, but you have to buy the tickets in advance.

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