Does anybody know the reasoning behing leaving Brentford? From memory crowds, and success seemed pretty good there.
In a nutshell, the rent paid to Brentford FC was causing the club to slowly bleed to death. In addition the club had to compensate the residents in the cramped streets around Griffin Park every time SKY turned up with their equipment because of the inconvienience.
The deal from Harlequins RU was a three year rent free tenure at The Stoop on the proviso that the club adopted the name and colours of the Union team.(this did not extend to a share of matchday catering) If the club proved to be successful at the end of the three years the Union club would consider merging with the League club if it proved to be a financially viable entity in its own right that would not drain funds from the Union club.
In 2008 The Union club board declined the option to purchase the League club. Since then the League club has paid a "commercial rent" for the use of the Stoop. This is also one undisclosed reason why only one or two stads are ever open - cost reduction as the whole ground does not have to be stewarded. In addition to the request from SKY to concentrate the spectators.
Sam Tomkins - Rugby League Week 14.03.12
I was sat on the Underground train, and there was a girl looking at me. She was pretty good looking,too, I thought, "something's wrong here - girls as hot as that don't take an interest in me".
Then she came over and said - in a really strong Cockney acent - "excuse me, are you Sam Tomkins?".
She asked me for my autograph, and I was made up...until she asked me to make it out to her boyfriend. I was gutted, I thought she wanted my number
Benji Marshall discovering about Sydney "fan" loyality (Benji - page 245)
After we were well beaten by South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2010, a coupl;e of kids maybe eight or nine years old took their Wests Tigers jerseys off as I was walking off the field and threw them at me. "What's this" I said "You can have the jersey" one of them said "we don't go for West Tigers anymore". Then they ran back to their parents who were laughing. That was difficult to take, having kids who look up to you do that. I just dropped the jerseys on the ground and kept walking. It's not like we go out and lose by 50 points on purpose