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    Posted: 23 Apr 2018 at 15:27
Following Longton's relegation from Midlands Premier, after 19 seasons at least Level 5, the club decided to part ways with Head Coach/Player Coach, Craig Wilson.
 
Craig is an excellent coach and dynamic prop forward, and served the club fantastically well over the last 10 years, so I hope he gets another opportunity to coach and play at another club. Whoever picks him up will be getting an excellent coach and player, and I wish him all the best.
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Originally posted by redskins redskins wrote:

Following Longton's relegation from Midlands Premier, after 19 seasons at least Level 5, the club decided to part ways with Head Coach/Player Coach, Craig Wilson.
 
Craig is an excellent coach and dynamic prop forward, and served the club fantastically well over the last 10 years, so I hope he gets another opportunity to coach and play at another club. Whoever picks him up will be getting an excellent coach and player, and I wish him all the best.

So has he been expelled from the club or just relieved of duties? (After 10 years)
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Only rumour but I hear Scott Rawlings also departing plus they have pulled out of Staffs Cup Final (which is a shame for Burton as they have had a cracking season and will be joining us for the next campaign)
Trouble at t'mill methinks???
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Trouble at Potbank youth.
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all the best for the future Wills, says a lot regarding communication from the club when we have to read it here first.Clap
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Originally posted by shotgunner shotgunner wrote:

all the best for the future Wills, says a lot regarding communication from the club when we have to read it here first.Clap
Says it all when they only just managed to get 16 players and a physio to our match and the sub was injured. No officials at the club for the 2nd time in the last 3 seasons, one of which we were in 2N. Ouch
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It's very easy to kick someone when they're down, so fire away with your clever insults, regional stereotypes and general condescension. I thought rugby was supposed to be about its values and respect, so perhaps some people should be careful before lording it at the moment.
Certain clubs seem to think that if you don't wear a striped blazer or play 'champagne' rugby, then you are less worthy, so enjoy sitting in your ivory towers mocking a club that worked its way from level 8 to level 4 and has played at level 5 or better for 19 consecutive seasons.
Times may be hard, and I don't know the full details as I'm not actively involved, but the club will re-group and find its level.
There are some things I'll miss about Level 5, but not many. Nobody is actually going anywhere other than spending a lot of money to stand still. The Holy Land (!!) of Level 4 isn't all it's cracked up to be, believe me, I've been there, and more likely than not anyone that goes there will return fairly quickly.
So, take your shots at Longton, but don't believe for one second that any of you that do, are any better.
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Well said Redskin - it's good that you are standing up for your club as I would expect others to do on here and relegation, bitter a pill to swallow as it is at the time, is not necessarily the end of the world
Generally it does give a chance to re-build and develop and play youngsters who generally would get murdered at Level 5
Looking in from the outside, however, I'm not sure Longton have those resources to call upon - perhaps you can advise?
Its not that far back that they received grants totalling £3million to redevelop the club up at Trentham Fields on the back of building "Community Rugby" which was doubtless the foundation of those grant applications
Yet here they are several years on, unable to field a full 18 for some games and a 2nd XV that hardly plays and had to withdraw from the Reserve League
I am hoping you will reply telling me that Longton has a thriving Junior section and a strong Colts team with many ready to be blooded at senior level but I am not holding my breath
Good luck in Midlands1, I'm sure you will be back but I'm not sure when? Its a very strong league with many clubs looking to advance up the pyramid
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well put Redskins, these are indeed dark days for the club and I would expect all the usual sayings to be rolled out shortly, when news/plans etc filter down to its members we wait and see. interesting read others views though.
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In response to 'Thatbloke', as I said, I've not been actively involved for a few years now so wouldn't be qualified, or wish to speculate too much.
I do know that when we moved to Trentham Fields in 2008, we had no junior section at all (which was one of the main reasons for the move), and I understand that we now have junior teams at pretty much every age group and over 200+ in total. The production line might take a while to bring players through to seniors, but I believe that thanks to the hard work of many, it is there.
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Good luck Longton never good to see clubs struggling.
You make a very valid point  that it can quickly turn around and there are perhaps a few other clubs over extending themselves on a delusional crusade for glory that sooner or later ends in tears. The examples are many with OH perhaps being the most recent and obvious joining you in relegation.
However there are always others willing to take their chances!!
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Originally posted by redskins redskins wrote:

It's very easy to kick someone when they're down, so fire away with your clever insults, regional stereotypes and general condescension. I thought rugby was supposed to be about its values and respect, so perhaps some people should be careful before lording it at the moment.
Certain clubs seem to think that if you don't wear a striped blazer or play 'champagne' rugby, then you are less worthy, so enjoy sitting in your ivory towers mocking a club that worked its way from level 8 to level 4 and has played at level 5 or better for 19 consecutive seasons.
Times may be hard, and I don't know the full details as I'm not actively involved, but the club will re-group and find its level.
There are some things I'll miss about Level 5, but not many. Nobody is actually going anywhere other than spending a lot of money to stand still. The Holy Land (!!) of Level 4 isn't all it's cracked up to be, believe me, I've been there, and more likely than not anyone that goes there will return fairly quickly.
So, take your shots at Longton, but don't believe for one second that any of you that do, are any better.

Forgive me if I sparked this off. My question re Craig Wilson was a genuine one. From my perspective if he has played and coached at Longton for 10 years then it would appear he has been pretty committed to the club. The original post suggested he was no longer required and implied he will be leaving, voluntarily or otherwise. It might be that he is just stepping down, if so, I apologise.
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Originally posted by shotgunner shotgunner wrote:

well put Redskins, these are indeed dark days for the club and I would expect all the usual sayings to be rolled out shortly, when news/plans etc filter down to its members we wait and see. interesting read others views though.

Firstly it's only a game: nobody died or got badly injured.

Secondly remember there'll always be a welcome for Longton players and supporters at Bradwall Road. As our nearest neighbours we have fond memories of great games, rivalry and hospitality over many, many years. We wish you all the very best for the future and a quick return to Level 5................ And if you do happen to meet Crewe and Nantwich next season then please, please, please give them a stuffing ;-)

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