Friday, 15 January 2010

Plaid AM joins the Crusade

Rugby League is coming to Wrexham on Friday, January 29, when Crusaders take on reigning Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos at the Racecourse (kick-off 8pm). And self-confessed rugby league fan Janet Ryder AM was one of the first in line to get her season ticket ready for the big kick off.
 North Wales regional AM Janet Ryder, who is also patron of the Welsh Rugby League, picked up her season ticket for the 2010 Engage Super League Season at the Racecourse Ground from Crusaders Head Coach, Brian Noble, along with First Team Coach Jon Sharp.
Janet, a huge League Rugby enthusiast, said:
“Nothing beats the atmosphere and excitement of watching a live rugby league game and I can't wait to see the Crusaders in action at the Racecourse. The support for rugby league in North Wales is potentially huge and I'm expecting the curtain-raiser against Leeds Rhinos to be a sell-out.
“North Wales has been starved of major sporting events in recent years and I'm sure the people form all over the region will turn out in force to get behind the Crusaders.” 
Mike Turner, Commercial Director of the Crusaders praised the support and help that Janet Ryder had given to the club.
“Janet has been one of the main champions of rugby league in Wales and the club has been very grateful for her support. She has worked tremendously hard to raise the profile of the game in Wales and we're delighted to have her on board.
“We always knew that bringing Super League to Wrexham would be well received by the public, but we have been truly overwhelmed by the support from the local community.
“Ticket sales so far have been very encouraging. We are introducing Super League to a brand new set of fans in Wrexham and are looking forward to people across the region coming out and supporting the Crusaders.”

1 comment:

  1. What a tremendous result for Crusaders in Friday's rugby league match at Salford. I've seen all three games so far this season, and, after the tremendous initial performance against Leeds at the Racecourse, the showing at Wigan was disappointing.

    But at the Willows, Crusaders started as they meant to go on and outplayed Salford. Brian Noble and his coaching staff are doing a great job in getting an almost entirely new team to gel like this, and in Michael Witt, they have brought an outstanding new talent into Super League. Witt was pivotal in everything Crusaders did and he will clearly be a key figure this season.

    With Hull FC making such a good start to the season, next Sunday's home match against them presents another tough challenge, but one which the Crusaders are well capable of meeting.

    It was good to see that there were a number of Crusaders supporters from Bridgend and Newport at both Wigan and Salford who shared the team's delight with the convincing win, especially when the players came over to acknowledge the fans. However, I think it's time that the club did something to encourage supporters to follow Crusaders away from home.

    Of course the priority is the marketing of home games but building up a healthy away following can do nothing but good for the team's confidence, something which grew as the game progressed on Friday.