The figures which Hunslet are needing for SL aren't really relevant. I think everyone associated with Hunslet has accepted that they won't get into SL with the RL mega club Leeds existing. But why does that mean they can't survive in the Championship by themselves? If not then why can't they survive in CC1? The majority of Hunslets fans are likely to be loyal to the club as if they were the general glory hungry sports fan they would of supported Leeds, so if they dropped into the CC1 then I don't see what the problem would be. I can't imagine Hunslets current fans only attending on the basis of a prospect in SL. What reason must they be at the club, there must be a reason?
I can see why Hunslet would take the partnership but i don't personally think they would have to if they wanted to exist.
Leigh are one of the bigger clubs in the division. They are having problems with an ageing and declining fan base, and luckily their supporters and sponsors have just delivered £71,000. They are a much bigger club than us. We are now run by supporters who don't have that sort of money.
Leigh's problems include gates dipping but those gates are still over THREE TIMES our gates. On our gates last year we had enough money to pay a team who could only win two games and avoided relegation because there was no relegation.
This year Blackpool Hawk had even less money for wages.
So I am afraid he has decided that the club were simply not going to compete in the Championship and were at grave risk of going down.
Blackpool Hawk then had to look at a 2014 fixture list against CC1 clubs. The best fixture we could have in that division is oldham. Maybe we'd get 400? But against the non traditional sides we would be looking at 250 and I would fear 150 for Gloucester.
That would leave us on crowds of 250 which is going on for half of what we get now.
Going down still leaves us with travel expenses, ground rent and other bills that do not reduce because you drop a division.
The playing budget would be miniscule, and it was in the past. The result of that is you have to play amateurs, and when we did this we came bottom of CC1. Even the staunchest of fans were walking away then and I certainly did at the time. I'm a big RL fan but i'm not going to watch amateurs playing every week, I'd seriously be better going to Hunslet Warriors.
And that is the point, in CC1 we risk sinking lower than the local amateur club.
I trust Blackpool Hawk implicitly a man of great integrity, when he says Hunslet won't survive CC1 I know he means it. He doesn't have to spell it out for me.
Skolars are different, Crusaders are different all clubs are different and we cannot attract fans with Leeds up the road, and we can't satisfy our own fans fielding amateur players in fixtures like Hemel, Oxford and Gloucester with respect to them.
Just imagine you had had a top division side in Furness this last 50 years, let's say "Furness Firecrackers" were would your club be today?