From The London forum
Posted 02 December 2013 - 06:47 PM
TaRL PaRL wrote:Nigel Woods on Sky Sports News this morning
"The RFL are supporting the people who are interested in promoting rugby league in London as much as we can."
###### they are!
Has Knock-down Nigel found us a new owner?
Has Knock-down Nigel bought us an "iconic" ground?
Has Knock-down Nigel secured major national sponsors who in turn would attract further investment?
Has he love!
Fat boy will dine out on the PERCEIVED success of the RLWC (less than 1% increase on the average attendance BTW....but that's another matter) and secure himself a job for another 4 years at least. I suspect a sponsor for SL will be rolled out during this meeting in an attempt to ambush Lenagan et al, but in reality, papering over the cracks will do little for the domestic game other than let it (at best) continue to tread water whilst other sports snap up the sponsorship revenue that is available.
The NRL can see the benefit of a team in the capital but a few small minded owners of pit town clubs can't......and there lies the problem. If you want a prosperous NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL game, then support the break away...if you like things the way they were in the 80's, then vote for Nigel.....he'll drive the game forward and by 2016 you'll need to subscribe to Premier TV to watch Superleague......as a semi-professional HKR take on Wigan in front of 4,000 fans in the Brains Faggots Superleague!
I really really hope London go bust.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 07:47 PM
Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:21 PM
What's happened to London is an insult to the club that had to step aside and make way for them back in '95. If you are going to artificially promote a side "for the good of the game", you also have to artificially make them a success, but while the likes of Leeds, Saints, Wigan etc thought it was a good idea to have them in Super League over the "small pit towns", they didn't like the idea of giving them any other favours that would actually make them a success, and reduce their own chances of trophies. No, they wanted them in Super League as long as they didn't become more successful than themselves!
The big clubs could have made it work if they had all taken a little less of the Sky money to let London have more, but the only way they would have increased the Broncos' share would have been at the expense of the Championship clubs.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 10:45 PM
Edited by Andrew Vause, 03 December 2013 - 11:17 PM.
Posted 04 December 2013 - 03:07 PM
Will be most surprised if they let London fade away. It is now a matter of pride and obstinacy. Might just as well thrown the money of grass roots supporters on the fire.
Posted 04 December 2013 - 05:34 PM
Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:36 PM
Posted 04 December 2013 - 11:10 PM
Bradford back in the mire now i see, did the RFL bother checking anything at the last licence farce they should be made accountable for this mess. We were called flat earthers for suggesting that the RFL would just pick the 14 teams they wanted in the top flight and would do no checks at all, we have been proved right. What was it Caisley said around 1995,?? you were spot on Chris
Posted 05 December 2013 - 04:11 PM
The admin are completely over their heads.Stumbling from one crisis to another. Making and amending rules as they see fit.How on earth an organisation can carry on, and/or exist like this, is beyond belief.
Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:05 PM
Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:38 PM
Sadly they dont, and havent since Fulham emerged years ago and in all their various guises since.
Theres little interest down there despite the apparent surge in the junior game in the south.
Time to stop flogging this particular dead horse and let it rest in peace.
As for the game as a whole, only a handful of clubs can sustain being full time, even with TV money, and I can see a return to the "good old days" of mainly part time RL with promotion and relegation back before long - people will complain and say its a backwards step, but what we have now isnt working, and I bet my bottom dollar it brings the crowds back in their droves to a lot of the smaller clubs.
Edited by buford t justice, 11 December 2013 - 12:40 PM.
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