If I'm right ( tell me if I'm not ), the club is not in debt just because of 'DES'S ERA' at the club. I'm sure there is a statement on the forum saying the debt's the club has got is through mis-management over the years.
I really don't want to speak for GUS, but what I think he is trying to say, nearly every club is doing what we used to do, illegal or not. How can a club survive on 300-500 supporters and thats been generous. Something is going on and you would be nieve to think otherwise. I don't give a sh i t e what people said after the fact, We all went away and supported the club in the cup matches.
To be quite honest I only started going to the rugby again in 2008 because of all the hype the club you used to get. And still I'm going with my Wife and Daughter and my Son sometimes,.
People will know better than me but I'm sure the club has been through harder times.
If all the supporters who drink visit the the Raiders Bar or Outside Bar or the Food outlet an hour before the game instead of going to the pubs next door, the club would be a little better off.
thanks Livo, you kind of helped me back what i was trying to say up.
if were struggling financially and have crowds of around 1000 per home game, how do the teams with 300 survive.
also, the excuse of us being in cumbria cant be used as haven and worky are further out than us and surely must have higher players wages to pay than us and their crowds are lower than what we get.
this season has been strange, the only real big signing we have made is Kurt haggerty, who is class and i'm sure will be back in SL before long. BUT going back to the des era, we constantly made big signings, yeah a lot of these let us down, one of the biggest letdowns had to be Fletcher, in the team of the year for widnes in 2009, signs for us for the next season and was dump. BUT when he signed he was an exciting signing and signings like him created the buzz that des seemed to bring. success draws crowds and we certainly had decent crowd levels.
des also got barrow a lot of attention (which is what i believe was his downfall) articles in papers, interviews on boots and all, you dont see that happening much now with chairman of any club even SL sides.
i cant see us making any finals in the forseeable future as were just not good enough. unless we get relegated and make the championship 1 final next year (strong possibility). In the des days, i expected us to get to the finals, i even went to ST Helens and after about 20 mins i thought we had a chance ((a few too many probably helped that) but we did have some classy players then.
I think by not signing Brett Carter in the summer when we had the chance just about sums our ambition up. one of the best fullbacks outside of SL and a position were struggling to find someone to fill, campbells doing ok but hes not the answer.