The joys of Newcastle are now a memory – albeit a joyous memory.
The concept and delivery of Magic Weekend is brilliant. The current hosts, both the city and the club, have welcomed us with open arms in a friendly and relaxed manner.
The venue is near enough to reach comfortably in a day, yet far enough to make a weekend of it.
So what should the RFL – or Super League Sole Traders if Mr Koukash gets his way – do next year?
Stick to a tried and tested stadium (most people hope it is not the Etihad) or continue to move around the country, spreading the word of Rugby League?
Locals might not attend the matches in their droves, but they do get first-hand experience of how the games’ fans can mingle together without any trouble. They can see families attending games without fear of intimidation.
If we have to move, then the Olympic Stadium is the current rumour.
Days trips? Just about. Long weekend? Expensive.
Rugby League is fairly strong in the Midlands. Birmingham is easy to get to and has the transport infrastructure. It falls into the same category as Newcastle for day visits and longer stays.
There are lots of old and new towns that would welcome Magic Weekend. What are your thoughts?
On the downside, we’ve done it again!
Claret and Gold could be seen all around the stadium.
So what’s wrong with that?
Nothing, it showed that we were there in reasonable numbers.
…look where all the Black and Whites were congregated, where all the Cherry and Whites were congregated, where all the Amber and Blues were congregated, where all – you get the picture?
They were all sitting together, creating an incredible atmosphere and lots of noise.
I’m not knocking our vocalists high up behind the sticks, they did their best considering their numbers.
A similar moan amongst fans a few years ago led to most people sitting together at the Etihad. That unofficial organising has fallen by the wayside.
Perhaps we, HGSA, as an organisation have let people down. Perhaps we should have suggested where fans should sit.
We will try and bear that I mind next year.
Meanwhile, Robbo’s having a Donkey Derby for his testimonial at the Railway (Bradford Road) on Saturday, 7.30pm start.
Our next speaker will be one-time Examiner Fartown reporter, Ian Laybourn. Hear what he has to say on Tuesday, June 7 at 7.30pm at Turnbridge WMC.
Oh, and an outstanding “Well Done” to secretary Trevor Kaye for selling 700, yes, 700 raffle tickets during the Catalans trip. Only 9,300 to go!
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