So, the SL clubs, with the Sky millions, which have gone belly up are, according to previous posts, London, Paris & Crusaders. But let's not forget, Sheffield and Gateshead. Do I see a common denominator? Being a little too adventurous with the dream of expansion perhaps?
And, of course, let's also not forget the scandalous amount of money that the sham mergers of the latter two clubs mentioned above cost the game, simply in order to get Hull and Huddersfield back to the big time.
And people wonder why we fans of Championship clubs, who can't see any light at the end of the tunnel, remain bitter against the system. Before you answer just take time out to put yourselves in our position. I support a club which competed with the best and won all of the major honours the sport had to offer, pre Super League.
Feathersone Rovers is a club which, from an outside perspective, is magnificently run in all aspects but yet the reality is, it has little or no chance of progression to a higher level. It's just not right.
Trojan is right, the sport at our level is losing fans. 1600 last Thursday night for top v second. Has that rung any alarm bells at RFL HQ? Well, what do you think?
I think you like to conveniently forget that many "fans" individually state that they are to walk away from the game due to SL, something you and others sieze on.
When it's equally stated many NL fans who walked away now go watch SL clubs you throw that a deafy........
The bottom line is the clicks of the turnstyle and by a million miles the turnstyle has clicked many more times across the board since the inception of SL which has been a success based on the number of fans attending matches.
Find me a fan who has walked away and I won't cry. I will find you two new to the game.
The stats are on my side.
Quote the failures of new clubs as much as you want and I'll quote an English side predominantly Londoners beating Bradford and a French side beating Saints only this weekend.
Throw me a deafy there Terry?
I have been around as long as you and seen all the wonderful players whistled up from the pit at Fev and Cas.
The internationals that came forth in great numbers at Widnes, small town Leigh champions etc etc.
It's all in the past. The demise of these NL clubs started many years ago. I became interested in RL when Hunslet made Wembley with 14 out 0f 15 hunslet lads. I was chuffed when Fev did the same in 1983.
But your side was dismantled by big money Hull and my side was dismantled by Leeds long before SL came along, and I think in your heart of hearts you know that.
Fev are a superbly run club and very successful at the level they run at. Is that £1.3 million in wages below what SL want?? Who is going to provide that????
Do you really think it's for the good of the game that Fev replace Les Catalans???. What Fev once had to offer (and it wasn't crowds or big money men - it NEVER was) they can offer no more.
Star date 1995 and one of Fev's last really big games before Superleague was against Leeds at Elland Road in the cup semi. I was there and so were you and Tro, and the pair of you knew then and know now who had the money and who could get the players and it wasn't Fev.
In fact only Martin Pearson was home grown that day for Fev in contrast with only Steve Quinn not homegrown 12 years earlier in your historic final win.
The past is the past and times change. Small town success in RL is dead and gone. It's about big clubs and money clubs now. You aren't a big club at all, but if you can find a backer willing to pop £1M plus a year in then I'm sure you may get another stab at the big time.
But spare me the crocodile tears.