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#81 Ramite

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:11 AM

Good news hope it all works out.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:24 AM

That's fantastic news for the Eagles, hopefully a stable, permanent base will allow them to grow their crowds to a level that their on field performance deserves, and then kick on to Super League.


Yes - we just need to fill it now. :D
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:29 AM

That could be cracking for the Eagles. Great news. :D

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:46 AM

Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.


Wembley are always looking to stage the odd game, Tim. :lol:
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.


No, but that will get sorted one way or another soon, I'm sure.

As for funding, Caborn has been working hard on this and convinced that there's money out there/available for things like this. If he didn't think it was a goer they wouldn't have got to the "announcement" stage. All the way along he's been saying that money is available from X, Y and Z, and seems confident of getting it. Remember he's pretty well connected and was involved in London 2012 from the start of bidding, so is mates with Coe and company. Even the Tories seem to like him/are willing to work with him.

It's by no means cut and dried, but he knows what he's doing. His desire to make this work and force of personality, as well as his connections, have got it this far. Who's to say he won't be able to get it even further.

10,000-12,000 capacity stadium at the centre is the key bit for the Eagles. 4G 'i-pitch' for year-round use (including community use). I for one hope it happens - it would be nice for the Eagles to play in a stadium more fitting than the giant DVS (existing stadium, I mean) or the excellent but oversized Bramall Lane.

There's a long way to go, but I'm quietly confident. This may prove to be unfounded, but only time will tell I guess.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:17 AM

No, but that will get sorted one way or another soon, I'm sure.

As for funding, Caborn has been working hard on this and convinced that there's money out there/available for things like this. If he didn't think it was a goer they wouldn't have got to the "announcement" stage. All the way along he's been saying that money is available from X, Y and Z, and seems confident of getting it. Remember he's pretty well connected and was involved in London 2012 from the start of bidding, so is mates with Coe and company. Even the Tories seem to like him/are willing to work with him.

It's by no means cut and dried, but he knows what he's doing. His desire to make this work and force of personality, as well as his connections, have got it this far. Who's to say he won't be able to get it even further.

10,000-12,000 capacity stadium at the centre is the key bit for the Eagles. 4G 'i-pitch' for year-round use (including community use). I for one hope it happens - it would be nice for the Eagles to play in a stadium more fitting than the giant DVS (existing stadium, I mean) or the excellent but oversized Bramall Lane.

There's a long way to go, but I'm quietly confident. This may prove to be unfounded, but only time will tell I guess.


I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.
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#88 West Country Eagle

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.


We'll never need more than 10,000, or probably 8,000, but the RFL may reverse their policy of ignoring Sheffield for internationals and bring a game to the new stadium - if it ever gets built - if it's around 10,000.

I tend to agree with you. Something like this would help the Eagles' SL bid, but there's no guarantee they could get half decent crowds there. That's why the club has to work hard on raising crowd numbers now, and not wait just in case this plan does come off. I'm sure they know that, though.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:25 AM

I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.


Love your optimism. Sell out crowds.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:32 AM

Love your optimism. Sell out crowds.


8000 would be a strong possibility in a play-off game in SL against Leeds, Wigan or Hull. Admittedly there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then. In fact, something the size of the Pacific Ocean.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 11:34 AM

8000 would be a strong possibility in a play-off game in SL against Leeds, Wigan or Hull. Admittedly there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then. In fact, something the size of the Pacific Ocean.


Current crowds are of the same order that they were at Owlerton. Just to put things in perspective.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:19 PM

Tales from the Don. :)

Let's hope this works out.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:21 PM

Well, the local media aren't impressed - the Radio Sheffield coverage this morning was decidedly negative. You expect the media to be a little cynical, but they don't seem all that convinced on so many levels. Frustrating, really.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.


That's the sad truth. They should just rename Radio Sheffield "Radio Soccer". Even by the standards of local radio football phone-ins, 'Praise or Grumble' is dreadful. It makes Radio Norfolk's atrocious "Canary Call" sound positive, and that takes some doing.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.


I've not seen one report yet on Look North where the DV has been described as anything other than "where Jessica Ennis trains". Makes it sound like she's the only person using it. :rolleyes:

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:46 PM

It makes Radio Norfolk's atrocious "Canary Call" sound positive, and that takes some doing.


Presented by Alan Partridge? "Norfolk's number one soccer phone in" :rolleyes:
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:48 PM

I've not seen one report yet on Look North where the DV has been described as anything other than "where Jessica Ennis trains". Makes it sound like she's the only person using it. :rolleyes:


Talk Sport reported it while I was in t'car this dinner time. No mention of Jess Ennis but something about the cost being calculated on the back of a fag packet.
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#99 West Country Eagle

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 02:59 PM

Presented by Alan Partridge? "Norfolk's number one soccer phone in" :rolleyes:


Sadly not, though presenter Rob Butler does his best to sound like a younger, more obnoxious Partridge.
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#100 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

If the quoted figure of £40 million is right, in the current economic climate I reckon there's about as much chance of it going ahead as there is of me being selected ahead of Billy Slater in the Australian side next autumn.




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