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Friday night lights - London Scottish
On Friday night we welcome London Scottish to the Emerald stadium for a night time league fixture under the lights. Friday fixtures get a mixed reception from the home fans but after recent performances the faithful will be glad to get the fixture out of the way so they can enjoy the rest of the weekend.
The cavalry are coming
Currently besieged at the foot of the Championship, we await the arrival of the multinational cavalry, who we are assured are on their way to rescue us. This thread is to record progress:
Guess the attendance - London Scottish
Next up we have a Friday-night-under-the-lights experience against fellow relegation-strugglers London Scottish. This of course assumes we can muster a team following our disasterous run of serious injuries.
Can we fix it?
So, after an evening of agricultural and BBQ smoke odours wafting about, several layers of said smoke drifting like cirrus clouds across the pitch, bat dodging and having to wait for 10s of parking stop signs going down and up between every car to get out, I’d say Hartpury could be a good venue if they fixed a few things.
Hartpury matchday thread
The lads open their account at Hartpury near Gloucester tonight. There is a match commentary from our friend Hegars on BBC Radio Leeds. If you cannot get the commentary join us here for regular updates.
The long hot summer is over. Pre-season has gone to plan with two wins from two games. We are now just a few days away from the start of the 2018-19 Championship season. For our hardy supporters the opening fixture is a Friday night visit to Hartpury in Gloucestershire.
In the land of the prince bishops.
I always enjoyed going to County Durham as a child. There was something magical about travelling in the land of the prince bishops. On Saturday I once again travelled north, returning to Darlington for the first time in over 40 years to see Carnegie play a pre-season against Mowden Park.
Runners and riders 2019
It is that time of the year, with Wimbledon & the World Cup out of the way, that rugby afficienados can sit back and start to worry about their club's prospects for the coming season. In the Championship there are two questions that need to be answered.
You win nowt with kids
Yorkshire Carnegie has made some interesting signings for next season, both forwards and backs. Not least of these is the promotion of Steve Boden from forwards coach to head coach following the abrupt departure of Jimmy Lowes. On the pitch the experienced signings and re-signs will be supplemented by lads promoted from the academy plus several reported "wild card" signings..
Maybe, maybe not.
My normal reaction to the end of the season is one of disappointment /relief. I then go into a cricket-induced coma for a couple of months before emerging with fresh hope and enthusiasm in time for pre-season. This summer has, so far, been different.