Sheffield started in Division two and worked their way up th promotion ladder to the first division, now SL and stayed there. They famously won the challenge cup beating the mighty Wigan.
They drew at least three 9 to 10,000 crowds to Sheffield to watch Rl an they averaged around 4,000, a crowd London, Crusaders mark 1, and Salford would be happy with.
Like a myriad of RL teams, Wigan, leeds and Bradford come to mind, they got into financial difficulties and their ownership thought that the panacea would be to take the million pounds on offer for mergers and entered into the infamous Shuddersfield venture. this seems to have mostly benefitted the Giants and Sheffield
ceased to exist.
Mark Aston refused to let RL in the city die and reformed a team. They were scandalously almost refused membership of the League but prevailed and started the season with scarcely any players and ni money.
Since then they have once again worked their way up the promotion ladder to the point where they are the defending Champions of the Championship, are the the Northern Rail semi finals and have a home game against the woeful Broncos to get to the challenge cup semi final.
They trade at a profit. Theirr crowds are a sore point. There is the prospect of a purpose built 10,000 capacity ground for their use being built at the Don Valley Stadium site.
To me it seems RL in Sheffield has been a success twice. I think you should be lauding the progress of RL in Sheffield not running it down
Are the Eagles capable of being a SL club? Who knows but compared with at least one of the current SL incumbents, they would seem to be a better prospect.
Something gone wrong with my reply: This is not by Keighley,
Their fans suffered the same fate as Hunslet's when Parkside was sold. Let down by the BOD and the RFL, so many of them turned away and will never return. You could use it as an argument, but if the team they have now can't draw the crowds in, what chance would new clubs have at places like Coventry? ..............Steve Slater
Edited by Steve Slater, 17 June 2013 - 07:39 AM.