Toulouse Program Notes

Good afternoon Whitehaven et Bonjour Toulouse,

          Today we make a very special recreation ground welcome to our friends from France, Toulouse. This will be the first time we have played this French side since they joined the British League. I hope they have had a pleasant journey and of course I am writing this with the knowledge that storm Jorge is on its way and I sincerely hope the fixture remains playable, as the cost to Toulouse would not be insignificant and it would be a great pity should the game be called off.

          Results have not gone our way so far this season but let’s hope that today is not our first win over Toulouse but also our first league points of the season. We hope that we can start to build up some points and drift away from the clubs above us. Can I assure fans that the football committee is doing all it can to strengthen the side. It’s difficult task with a real paucity of players out there at a cost the club can afford but as I say they are trying very very hard and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.

          I assume most of you will be aware that the home shirt replicas have finally arrived from the manufacturers. They will be available Friday at the ground and Saturday on the stall (weather permitting) and of course in Barry’s shop on match day. I think the initial reaction to the tops is very favourable indeed they are very smart and again well done to the designers.

          By the time the game is played then we should see the completion or near completion of the new roof on the Purdham Suite. We have tried to do away with the flat roof after storm damage last month. The new roof should last many years and prevent on going repairs. Another big thank you to all concerned.

          The re arranging of the Dewsbury Challenge Cup Tie has been a bit of a nightmare, it has involved not only juggling with dates for our own two clubs but naturally, Toulouse, Widnes and Oldham. As I write I am fairly sure that the fixture will take place on Wednesday 11th of March, that’s a midweek fixture a week on Wednesday. As I write this has yet to be confirmed by Red Hall so please take note of further announcements in the local papers and on the club’s social media. A good home win sees us having go to Newcastle n the following Sunday where a win could give us a plum tie in the next round.

          The club desperately needs collectors for the lottery with Disington and Frizington high on the list – so please try and help the club and earn some good money if you live in these areas or can travel to them. The lottery is one of the main sources of income for the club so please support us if you can.

       Regards Tom.