I like Featherstone and their fans, but to suggest that they're a bigger club than Castleford is utterly proposterous. I also admire the clubs ambition to get into Super League, but I'm afraid that no matter how many times they win the Championship, or how many new stands they erect, they're never going to get there. If Salford (hopefully not) go belly up, then it'll be full speed ahead for another French outfit - probably Toulouse. Featherstone just doesn't fit with the RFL's adherence to the laws of 'expansionism' - like it or not (for the record, I don't like it). In a European Super League age, where clubs have been mooted in Dublin, Barcelona and Glasgow, does anyone really believe that RL authorities are going to see a club from a tiny former pit village as the way forward for them? Also, the top Championship clubs CAN compete with a number of SL clubs in one-off matches as we've witnessed in some recent CC ties, but there's still a massive gulf in playing quality that means the likes of Halifax, Sheffield, Leigh, Batley and Featherstone (as they are now) would get stuffed most weeks in SL.
A storming post, very good.
I think this question is easily answered because we have driven down on the matter of Featherstones resources many times and yes they come up short. However I am told Mr. Nahaboo and a close friend already in place as CEO? will be financing and running a Superleague bid and will be the difference. To stay on track this is very much akin to how Salford have run as a top division club most seasons since the old days of Brian Snape.
This is how London Broncos and Huddersfield work.
The Featherstone plan will I am told see the club pay full cap which can put them above the skint rump of Superleague clubs who will be simply "surviving". And everything works two ways in life. Padge can't have it both ways. If it is true (and I think it is) old local tribal loyalties are dying out and fans will gravitate to the nearest Superleague club then if Cas cannot survive in SL and if Newmarket didn't happen who is to say it won't be Featherstone coming up smelling of roses, signing the best Calder players (who will go where the wages are) and attracting the Calder area fans (who will go where the top players and entertainment is)?
The size of the place where the ground is isn't relevant as we see with Salford.......
Edited by The Parksider, 20 December 2012 - 07:19 AM.