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#1 Gregory

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:32 PM

With the London Broncos leaving their Stoop ground at the end of this season, it would be great if they could return to their spiritual home, Craven Cottage. Perhaps such a move would revitalise the club?



#2 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:36 PM

That would be wonderful, but may be impossible for a number of reasons. Not sure how much of a leaguie Al Fayed is...

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:39 PM

That would be wonderful, but may be impossible for a number of reasons. Not sure how much of a leaguie Al Fayed is...


Big Al has sold Fulham.

#4 GeordieSaint

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 06:40 PM

Not sure how much of a leaguie Al Fayed is...

 

He's sold the club.

 

The Broncos will be ore than likely moving to The Hive with Barnet at Stanmore; much talk of the club getting sole ownership within 10yrs when Barnet move back to the Barnet area.


Edited by GeordieSaint, 16 July 2013 - 06:40 PM.

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#5 oldrover

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:44 PM

He's sold the club.

 

The Broncos will be ore than likely moving to The Hive with Barnet at Stanmore; much talk of the club getting sole ownership within 10yrs when Barnet move back to the Barnet area.

hope this is true


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#6 GeordieSaint

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 07:49 PM

hope this is true

 

It is already on wikipedia but I have heard it in person from someone relatively close to the Broncos hierarchy.


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#7 Manx RL

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 08:42 PM

It is already on wikipedia but I have heard it in person from someone relatively close to the Broncos hierarchy.


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#8 Doghead

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:18 PM

The Bronco's Chief Exec is on BBC text saying the RFL, need to be very careful who they drop down to the lower league.

#9 PhilCarrington

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:11 PM

The Bronco's Chief Exec is on BBC text saying the RFL, need to be very careful who they drop down to the lower league.

Presumably "careful" for him means not the Broncos. 

Should be fun once the format for 2015 is set, having yet another set of debates about how the teams are dropped out of the top league.

Of course there's nothing to say they couldn't drop 3 clubs from the existing 14 and bring a side in from the Championship.



#10 thirteenthman

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:23 PM

It is already on wikipedia but I have heard it in person from someone relatively close to the Broncos hierarchy.

 

 

Was it Buck or Dusty? ;)

 

No, it'll be Stevo. :tongue:



#11 Henson Park Old Firm

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:55 PM

its starting to all make sense now



#12 JonNgog

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:57 PM

Barnet would be a disaster, especially competing with Saracens in the same area.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:01 PM

Barnet would be a disaster, especially competing with Saracens in the same area.

My thoughts too.


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#14 GeordieSaint

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:04 PM

Barnet would be a disaster, especially competing with Saracens in the same area.

 

 

My thoughts too.

 

It's not Barnet. Stanmore is in Harrow. If it also allows the Broncos to have their own ground in the future, is that not a good thing?

 

No, it'll be Stevo. :tongue:

 

How dare you! ;)


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#15 nadera78

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 11:10 PM

It's not Barnet. Stanmore is in Harrow. If it also allows the Broncos to have their own ground in the future, is that not a good thing?

 

 

How dare you! ;)

Barnet / Stanmore no difference. The problem I have with it is that it's stuck out of the way, nowhere near any other RL clubs (except for Hemel and they're much better off doing their own thing), and has huge competition from other sports. Saracens, in particular, would prove to be a massive obstacle to the Broncos in terms of two codes of rugby moving to a new area and looking for fans, corporates, sponsors, etc. Only, one of them would have millions to spend and the other tuppence ha'penny.

 

I just don't see it working.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:48 AM

Barnet would be a disaster, especially competing with Saracens in the same area.


You think that Saracens would be more entertaining?

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 06:51 AM

The presence or otherwise of Saracens really shouldn't make any difference to London, the fact that there's soccer would probably be more damaging - but at least it provides a handy excuse for failing to engage either sponsors or the community.

 

I remain to be convinced that even with a move to The Hive that there's enough nous, finance and will at London to make it work.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:16 AM

The presence or otherwise of Saracens really shouldn't make any difference to London, the fact that there's soccer would probably be more damaging - but at least it provides a handy excuse for failing to engage either sponsors or the community.

 

I remain to be convinced that even with a move to The Hive that there's enough nous, finance and will at London to make it work.

 

Moving to the Hive could be a great move for the Broncos, but it's difficult to see the current lot at London making anything a success. If you gave them £20m, their own ground, a huge catchment area and no competition from other attractions, they'd still cock it up.



#19 GeordieSaint

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:18 AM

Barnet / Stanmore no difference. The problem I have with it is that it's stuck out of the way, nowhere near any other RL clubs (except for Hemel and they're much better off doing their own thing), and has huge competition from other sports. Saracens, in particular, would prove to be a massive obstacle to the Broncos in terms of two codes of rugby moving to a new area and looking for fans, corporates, sponsors, etc. Only, one of them would have millions to spend and the other tuppence ha'penny.

 

I just don't see it working.

 

No matter where they go, they will be competing against other sports. As the crow flies, the distance fromm Stanmore to Sacracens ground is anything from 6-7 miles away, which 6-7 miles further away from a RU club than currently. It's not perfect but nowhere ever will be for the Broncos. Two positives from this in my opinion could be:

 

1. Access to being sole owners of their own ground in the future.

2. A real schools development policy linking in the Broncos to the Hemel and St Albans areas rather than just appearing in random places on the Greater London map. There is an argument that the development policy is too disperate and this could help alleviate those issues. Considering London Skolars are 12 miles away, you could develop a chain running from there all the way up to Hemel.

 

Only ideas of course and as GJ notes, they'll no doubt balls it up and make excuses anyway!


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:58 AM

I've heard Barnet is currently a no go.. for the most ridiculous of reasons.. have heard an offer was on the table but the Broncos have said no. 


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