I don't dismiss any club as not being able to make it in SL, what I do dismiss is people who fantasise about clubs playing in stadia that at max can hold 6k, have no history of achieving great crowds and have no big financial backer, thinking that promotion is the answer to all their problems, or even worse still believing that the opportunity for automatic promotion is the answer to all their problems.
I think all agree that Sheffield are not ready for SL at this time. However, how some SL diehards on here can write them off as never being capable of entering and competing in SL, seems perverse to me
Many are the arguments and postings on here about the impossibility of small towns such as Keighley, Featherstone Leigh and the cumbrian clubs being able to generate attendances large enough for SL due to not ever having a large enough catchment area or population to achieve this.
Any club is capable of hacking it in SL, all they need is money, and LOTS and LOTS of it. That loadsa money has to be spent on making sure facilities are up to scratch and then paying SL wages, where the money comes from is irrelevant, but no club is going nowhere fast without a lot of it.
Going bust in 1972 is a lot different to going bust 40 years later in 2012. In 1972 you may have owed the local chippie a few fish suppers, or the local brewery for a few barrells of awful beer. These days the figure are massive and not easily recoverable, see Bradfords problems, and they have been lucky.
These days investors risks are higher and the return is still the same, zero. That fact makes it less likely for major investors to step in except for the larger clubs, the others have to rely on building a realistic fan base to pay the bills.
Its a tough, money driven game we are in, and a lot of clubs (especially supporters) need to wake up to this.