Here come the one sentence responses to some (but not all) stupid comments
It's not much of a point to argue that London should remain a SL side because their academy has produced more SL players than a club that has never been a SL side. How would a Fev academy player play SL other than by leaving the Fev club altogether?
by leaving the club after playing for the academy much like Louie Mc' Scars is a London product
But the point is the game needs players to be developed in BOTH Feathersone AND in London.
Wether in Featherstones demise their best locals will just sign at Wakefield, and wether on London Broncos demise the best RL players will give up and go to Union for want of a local professional club to follow a career at is the central point.
It's just up the road from Fev to Wakey. It's 200 miles from London to Leeds academy.
exactly, there are two other existing pro clubs with pro scholarships and academies that can accommodate the best talent from Fev and its surrounding areas
Featherstone entered the professional ranks in the 1920s so I don't know where you get the 100 years from.
1920s, 1910s, it is still a long freaking time for the club to still be a minor player in the grand scheme and this will not change
Without London in SL the players being produced by London amateur clubs would get signed by other SL clubs directly or go to Hemel, Skolars or a non SL broncos and move on to SL clubs from there. I am sure there are not as many SL players from Fev because Fev actually sign them for themselves rather than them all going to SL clubs. If London need support to suceed then fine but why should they get it in preference to any other club.?
This comment has already been countered suitably by another poster.
Baseball has one club from outside the USA but in the three world cups they have held, with the USA competing, Japan has won twice and the Dominican Republic the third, so I would be wary about citing baseball to support your argument because it dosn't.
it doesn't detract from my point that there are much larger sporting competitions than SL that are purely international or have inter-national sides in them.
As usual you picked the bit of a post to support your argument and ignored the rest. There would be three semi pro clubs in the London area with another 30 miles away at Oxford who would be an alternative option for players coming out of London amateur RL as well as the SL clubs from the North.
So some would sign directly for the London clubs and move to SL outfits if they were found to be good enough and some would sign directly for SL clubs and revert to the London semi pro game if they were cut loose from SL. This is just like the scenario in Cumbria and other areas, Oldham maybe.
The fate of the London amateur scene does not hinge on the fate of the Broncos.thank goodness.
who is talking about the survival of the London amateur scene and when in the past have northern clubs signed promising southern youngsters before.
I remain unconvinced that the burgeoning of the amateur game in London over recent years has anything other than a tenuous link with London Broncos being in Superleague. It's not like the kids are watching the Broncos in any numbers is it?
we were discussing the number of youngsters graduating to SL (at any club) that have been trained through the London academies.
a mistaken multi quote click on this one
Edited by John Drake, 09 May 2013 - 09:18 AM.