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Orpington? Don't know it. Poor?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Capt Sparrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 15:18
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Orpington? Don't know it. Poor?

Lovely place in leafy Kent wouldn't class it as poor though. Also happens to be the place I was born just down the road from Biggin Hill Airfield. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brizzer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 18:50
Originally posted by Capt Sparrow Capt Sparrow wrote:

Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Orpington? Don't know it. Poor?


Lovely place in leafy Kent wouldn't class it as poor though. Also happens to be the place I was born just down the road from Biggin Hill Airfield. 

A good Kentish lad then Captain. I was born in Bexley so not far away. Never been to Orpington Rugby Club, but Sidcup’s is very nice. Quite a few levels lower mind you.
Now the village of Vigo, that was a club and a half. They didn’t have a clubhouse, just a pub and a farmers field marked out for the match. After the game the players would take their opposite number home, let them have a bath/shower, feed them then everyone would meet back at the pub for a snifter or two.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 19:55
I have absolutely no idea. I was just querying Camquin's posting which I assumed alluded to it being a bad/poor venue.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Mar 2019 at 21:25
Just that it is a long way from Westcombe Park / Blackheath.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Brizzer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 08:47
It looks as though Ampthill have taken a step closer to making the leap to the Championship following a thumping win over OE’s. They have opened up a 5 point gap at the top, but with 5 games to go anything can happen.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 09:11
Some potential banana skins for Ampthill-Rosslyn Park is a ten pointer, and their last match is Loughborough away, never an easy place.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 10:14
Yesterday's result means Ampthill can probably afford to slip on one of the banana skins...

Equally interesting in the Prem, with Newcastle (25) just three points behind Worcester (28). Leicester (34) & Bristol (35) should have done enough to keep out of danger...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 10:29
If Newcastle are a run of good form and one of the others starts losing regularly none of those three are safe.
As for Ampthill, I agree, except for the Rosslyn Park game.
If they go up, will they buy lots of players? Unlike Coventry with its big crowds who seem to be able to afford it, they live in the shadow of Bedford.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 11:47
But they have a substantial backer , plus RFU money they could go for a younger version of South Sea islanders in an already established community and the change in visa requirements
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 11:49
Good grief
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 14:05
Originally posted by Pappashanga Pappashanga wrote:

Unlike Coventry with its big crowds who seem to be able to afford it, they live in the shadow of Bedford.


Of course, Cov don't live 'in the shadow' of anyone...

(OK, OK, I get your point )
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 2019 at 14:52
They have a very definite identity and illustrious history. Wasps are newcomers 😳
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A couple of points re Ampthill

There is an active project for relocation within the town to include "proper" facilities, planning restrictions prevent any significant development on the existing "new" pitch site (surrounded by SSSI) including flood lights. It will very definitely not happen in time for season 2019-20, mind. 

The crowd for the game against OEs was 975, roughly 2 to 3 times the average gate comfortably accommodated either on the banks or pitch side. The crowd record was over 2000 for the National 1 promotion playoff against Bishop's Stortford, there was plenty of standing left over, probably could reach 3,000 without stress.

Given that Newcastle, Worcester and Bristol are all winning there is a chance that Leicester Tigers might have to "go down to the woods today" next season, that really would be surreal Wink

As far as the Tongan Massive are concerned, the oldest have been involved with Ampthill for a decade, we're quite literally growing the next generation locally LOL 

Nobody is counting their chickens but all involved know that promotion does not require other teams results to go our way, win our last 5 games and the adventure really begins...

Oh and "Cov Kid", whatever did we do to get your knickers that twisted? Embarrassed

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 11:59
Good piece,Fat Albert.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldNick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 12:01
There is absolutely no way that the Championship should permit Ampthill to play at their current ground in the Championship.

As part of Coventry being granted promotion the club were required to spend several thousand pounds on improving facilities, in a way which cannot be done at Ampthill.

As an example...
As well as improvements which had been put in to our player medical facilities, and additional public medical facility had to be put in within a few yards of the pitch to cope with potential accidents to supporters. Re worjk was requried when it was noticed that there was a single step required to enter this facility - this had to be replaced with a ramp leading back to the nearet level standing by pitchside, allwing access without the use of a step.

Tell me how this can be provided at Ampthill! 
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Interesting view ON, I believe you are referring to a ground safety certificate issued by your county council
Quote If you operate a sports ground, you will need to obtain a safety certificate for any regulated stand. A regulated stand is a covered stand that holds 500 or more spectators.

The requirement for a safety certificate comes from Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987

A safety certificate may be either:

  • a general safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing an activity, or a number of activities, specified in the certificate for an indefinite period which starts on a specified date
  • a special safety certificate which covers the use of the stand for viewing a certain specified activity or activities on a certain specified occasion or occasions

One certificate may cover more than one stand.

You must comply with any conditions attached to a certificate.
Of course not having a stand that has a capacity of 500 or more or even any stand at all might mean that your observation doesn't apply to Ampthill.
 

Do you really think that those that have guided Ampthill from level 7 in 2006 to the fringe of level 2 in 2019 haven't looked at the consequences of promotion? If you do I have some shares for sale in a startup that intends to sell Tower Bridge to Beijing...




Edited by Fat Albert - 11 Mar 2019 at 12:25
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JonDee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 12:47
An interesting point if one of the big boys does get relegated a number of clubs in the Championship would have to review their ground capacities and staffing as laid out in The Green Guide  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Guide.
Last time Nottingham played Tigers in a meaningful game I think we had 5000 + at Ireland Avenue
the cost of temporary stands extra stewarding (of the correct level) food and drink outlets was massive



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ruckinspector Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 12:54
Why did Coventry not spend some of their money on their pitch? Sadly it is simply not up to Championship standard.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kimbo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2019 at 13:04
1.5 million to be spent on it in April should cover that concern.
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