Will Broncos go completely rather then move down a division?
Yes, The club even back in the mid-noughties when Nic Cartwright allegedly told a BBC hack the club would appeal against relegation has always opposed a drop down. In the south non-Super League Rugby has a ZERO profile.
You might ask then why I advocate getting the Skolars into the 24. well like Gareth Walker I struggle to see how 37 pro and semi-pro clubs fit into 24. IMO the new league structure currently shrouded in smoke and mirrors, may change the dynamic of Rugby League to the detriment of any of the clubs out of the 24. In short, it would make a lot of the debate on this thread about dropping down irrelevant.
I thought Stevo said that was just his opinion and not from Broncos.
Stevo said his belief was that London would be in Super League next year, not having spoken to his great mate DH but to TR instead. If you heard Steve Mascord in the show you will have heard him state how journalists are used by clubs and governing bodies to test public reaction to ideas being debated at club / governing body level. That way if there is an outcry those bodies can claim plausible deniability and to be listening to the views of the fans. This agent provocateur role is performed by Mike Stephenson for DH floating ideas like Gillingham where allegedly the ink was drying on a deal for a move until the outcry following Stevo's statement pre-game v Warrington last year.
Who made the appalling decision to become Quins RL and move to the Stoop?
David Hughes and Nic Cartwright, Ian Lenagan came on board once the deal had been sewn up. Calling the club Quins RL was Mark Evans canny condition which did a lot of for the Harlequins RU brand. Nic thought he had saved the club at the time and in truth ahd little other option given the state of the club's finances. Although like you - but for a competely different reason - for me watching "Quins RL" was like being a muslim being forced to eat pork.
Mark told me that he was very surprised that the Quins RL brand had not taken off and said that he had been hoping for average home crowds (without away) of around 5000,in his opinion it was more to do with an image problem that RL had with potential fans in the south as being a northern sport and he further said he was very surprised how hard it had been to shake off that image.
Honestly reading boards like this and Garry Schofield's RLE column (not to mention recent books) how could he get that impression
Sam Tomkins - Rugby League Week 14.03.12
I was sat on the Underground train, and there was a girl looking at me. She was pretty good looking,too, I thought, "something's wrong here - girls as hot as that don't take an interest in me".
Then she came over and said - in a really strong Cockney acent - "excuse me, are you Sam Tomkins?".
She asked me for my autograph, and I was made up...until she asked me to make it out to her boyfriend. I was gutted, I thought she wanted my number
Benji Marshall discovering about Sydney "fan" loyality (Benji - page 245)
After we were well beaten by South Sydney at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 2010, a coupl;e of kids maybe eight or nine years old took their Wests Tigers jerseys off as I was walking off the field and threw them at me. "What's this" I said "You can have the jersey" one of them said "we don't go for West Tigers anymore". Then they ran back to their parents who were laughing. That was difficult to take, having kids who look up to you do that. I just dropped the jerseys on the ground and kept walking. It's not like we go out and lose by 50 points on purpose