Are things really this good?
Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:00 PM
“In the first year, we made a small loss but have then gone on to break even, and make a four figure profit, just through living within our means.
“The old club went bust despite selling its ground all those years ago, so we want to make sure we stay within those means and don’t buy anything we can’t afford.
“The supporters owned model doesn’t hold us back, if anything it works to our advantage, as sponsors and partners know that any money is going in to the club, and not being taken out.”
A disappointing 2012 meant that Rochdale missed out on one of the four promotion places available to the Championship, and given the form of North Wales Crusaders so far this season, the play-offs look like their best chance of going up.
With the re-structuring of the game planned for 2015 and beyond, the Hornets are eager to ensure they aren’t left stranded in a regional league.
Bradley added: “A lot of clubs went all out to get promotion last year, and we couldn’t afford to do that. We won’t break the bank. It’s match payments only. We’ve got a pay structure and we stick to it, anything else goes against what we’re trying to do.
“We want to go up this year, and finish 7th or above the year after so we make it in to that second 12 of Super League clubs.
“We don’t want to be stuck in a regional north league, it doesn’t seem right. The re-structure still has a bit of work to be done to it, but it doesn’t seem to have been thought up right at the bottom.
“With the addition of the new teams this year, we love the fact we’re playing in a truly national league, and it has helped to get more sponsors in, because it’s opening them up to new markets. Going to a regional league would be a step backwards.”
One success for the Hornets this year has been the forging of a new partnership with St Helens, which has given them access to the Super League side’s training facilities at Cowley.
“It’s the perfect way for us to get extra quality. We jumped straight in to the partnership.
“Last year, we had players missing games after suffering from midgie bites following training. The only local facilities we had weren’t great, whereas now we can go to Cowley, use their rugby gym, masseurs and it’s the best possible environment for the players.
“We’re breaking old habits, and changing the attitude and professionalism of the club.
“Ian Talbot (head coach) comes from a St Helens set-up used to winning everything, and he’s brought a bit of that Saints swagger to us – we’re in it to win it.
“Working with a top Super League club gives us something to aspire to, and we work with Saints on and off the pitch to help improve our club and learn what that top level is all about.”
For Rochdale, promotion to the Championship is the focus this year, but if their club becomes a long-term success story, then their supporters-owned co-operative model could well be a trailblazer within professional rugby league in the UK.
Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:58 PM
3 B's springs to mind ! BULLS'#* BAFFLES BRAINS !
Andy 'Ghosty' Rogose is Ghostbuster
(Vice Chairman Rochdale Fijian Association) (Member Rochdale Mayfield A.R.L.F.C)
Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:18 PM
No matter how many times you polish it it's still a you know........