Northampton Rebels and Championship 1
Posted 27 August 2012 - 03:37 PM
Sounds like a major cock up to me. Will any other teams follow?
Posted 27 August 2012 - 04:00 PM
It would not surprise me one bit if they move the goalposts to even out the leagues !
Posted 27 August 2012 - 04:16 PM
Posted 27 August 2012 - 08:54 PM
The governance of the RFL seems to have taken a nosedive (in my opinion) since Richard Lewis took a step back, and more so since his departure, as well as one or two other key RFL people that seem to have moved on. The RFL has had ten years of stability and strong leadership. regardless of what you think of Richard Lewis, he was a strong leader at Red Hall and in my opinion acted in the best interests of the game.
It's catch 22 in CC1 now though. Admit a late entrant, and they probably won't be ready. Don't admit one and there won't be sufficient fixtures in a 9 team league. Four teams have to go up - that is a must.
13 team SL
14 team CC (+ top 4 CC1)
10 team CC1 (+ Coventry, Hemel, Glos and Bradford)
The blessing in disguise here is Bradford. The Bradford fixture would give teams in CC1 a bit of a mini-payday, a little like FC Utd have been doing in the lower reaches of non-league soccer in recent years. That pay day will be crucial for the likes of Rochdale, Skolars, Oldham etc. It will also help stabilise the new clubs. But it is only one fixure of nine at home.
Does the RFL have the balls to relegate Bradford at the season end? I'd hope so, but based on recent history, probably not.
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