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Manchester Rangers - future C1 club?


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#1 Rascal Bongo Stork

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

There's a new 6k stadium being built in Gorton for Belle Vue speedway and there are plans for a new RL team to be playing out of there in Championship 1 in 2015. Bring it on! They've put in an application to the RFL and are in talks with the council about playing at the new venue (which is due for completion in the middle of next year). Former Wigan player Chris Irwin and former RL Development Manager Phil Fitton are behind the plan along with 3 businessmen.
Hope this all comes to fruition.

#2 Rascal Bongo Stork

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:13 PM

the new stadium not yet given the green light (see link) but sounds very promising. Apparently the Manchester Giants basketball club also plan to play at the complex

http://www.bellevuea...tem.aspx?id=851

#3 gingerjon

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:16 PM

Positive news. Hope it all goes ahead.
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#4 jpmc

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:20 PM

Will this mean people can stop waffling on about salford and manchester being one and the same

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:27 PM

Will this mean people can stop waffling on about salford and manchester being one and the same

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#6 walter sobchak

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:35 PM

Great news, its been a Long time coming for a professional/semi-professional team in Manchester, looks like I've got a potential second favourite team.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

man city are building a 7,000 capacity stadium for their kids & reserves.....maybe a better option than belle vue?

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#8 Northern Sol

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:08 PM

That would be fantastic if true. How do you know this?

#9 Methven Hornet

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:10 PM

Why not Belle Vue Rangers? Historic name, and it would fit in more with the stadium.
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

Until the merger talks start...


Ah yes ,merger talks.
Will they play in manchester or salford?,does manchester have stadium that big enough but not to big?,perhaps they can play a few games in salford to keep em sweet.Ya can see it now cant you :P

#11 Northern Sol

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:23 PM

Why not Belle Vue Rangers? Historic name, and it would fit in more with the stadium.


Manchester sounds better.

#12 Rascal Bongo Stork

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

sorry, didnt put in the source. It's in today's League Express. Also promising quotes from the deputy leader of the council.

#13 Tonka

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:35 PM

They'd be my nearest club...I'd go along

#14 Rascal Bongo Stork

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:36 PM

man city are building a 7,000 capacity stadium for their kids & reserves.....maybe a better option than belle vue?


while the stadium probably wont be as good plus it'd have a sodding speedway track I think it'd be down to them having security of tenure there while I doubt City would want a semi pro rugby club playing on the pitch where their pampered young men are learning their trade. And the rent would no doubt be a lot less.

#15 Northern Sol

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

sorry, didnt put in the source. It's in today's League Express. Also promising quotes from the deputy leader of the council.


Sounds good then. Talk of new teams is cheap, most never kick a ball but this sounds like it might have legs.

#16 Middleman

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Positive news. Hope it all goes ahead.

There's already a Community RL club Formed ( East Mcr Rangers )

Reds are delighted to welcome another Community Club to the local rugby scene. Lots of work being going on in Manchester (as well as Salford & Trafford) through SCR Foundation and its great to see a new club on the scene, which will no doubt go far!! Please do the honours and like the page!

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SCR Manchester Development Officer, Andy Connaughton ..has been coaching in Manchester for almost 2 years and he said “after almost 2 years of developing Rugby League in Schools throughout Manchester, it’s great to see a club being developed at Belle Vue and I’m happy to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead and I hope that some of the players will be Salford City Reds Super League stars of the future”.

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#17 Marauder

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:15 PM

Will they be another nail in the Oldham coffin?
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#18 Northern Sol

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

Will they be another nail in the Oldham coffin?


Why should they be? Oldham is not Manchester.

#19 Ponterover

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:29 PM

Why should they be? Oldham is not Manchester.


If anything, it's more likely to benefit them and Rochdale, assuming they are both still in C1.

Another nearby (ish) team to have as a "derby" rival and much more scope for travelling support, it's probably only 1/2 an hour's drive away.

#20 Rascal Bongo Stork

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 07:29 PM

Why should they be? Oldham is not Manchester.


try telling that to the many thousands of MUFC fans there - and now suddenly (wonder why?!!) MCFC fans!
Saying that though - I dont think a new semi pro club in Gorton would impact on Oldham rugby. Be another local derby if they're still scuffling along in C1 for starters




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