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Newcastle Falcons RU trying to buy Gateshead Thunder


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#1 markismith50

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:57 AM

Story in the Newcastle Journal today revealing Premiership rugby union club Newcastle Falcons are pursuing a takeover of Gateshead Thunder. http://bit.ly/NTzXZs



#2 Futtocks

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:01 PM

This would be the first ever RU club to own a RL club, right?


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#3 markismith50

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:03 PM

There was the Harlequins link-up for a while, but in terms of outright ownership I am not aware of a precedent.



#4 Futtocks

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:09 PM

There was the Harlequins link-up for a while, but in terms of outright ownership I am not aware of a precedent.

I can't recall whether Harlequins RU owned any part of Harlequins RL or not.


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#5 dhw

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:15 PM

I can't recall whether Harlequins RU owned any part of Harlequins RL or not.

Not as far as I am aware. More a case of an attempt at expanding the Harlequins brand.



#6 Futtocks

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:23 PM

Not as far as I am aware. More a case of an attempt at expanding the Harlequins brand.

That's what I thought, but I wasn't 100% sure.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Moderation note:  I will leave this here as it has genuine importance as a rugby league story.  The first whiny or over-critical post about union sees it moved to the purgatory that is the cross-code forum.


Arguing with the forum trolls is like playing chess with a pigeon.  No matter how good you are, the bird will **** on the board and strut around like it won anyway


#8 Davo5

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:50 PM

The falcons owner seems to have plenty of money so it might be a good move for Gateshead,Kingston park is also a cracking stadium with good facilities.

#9 Futtocks

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:56 PM

The falcons owner seems to have plenty of money so it might be a good move for Gateshead,Kingston park is also a cracking stadium with good facilities.

A stable home base would be a good thing for the Thunder.


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#10 Northern Sol

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:22 PM

I'd welcome this.



#11 gingerjon

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:25 PM

I can't recall whether Harlequins RU owned any part of Harlequins RL or not.

 

They didn't.  It was up to Harlequins RL to prove their value and at some point Harlequin FC might then have taken an interest.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:41 PM

Andy Wilson mentioned something about this a week or two ago. I'm not sure what to make of this - would appear it might be good news in the short term, I shall remain suspicious beyond that though! Time will tell..



#13 nadera78

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

I have an inherent distrust of RU, but even so I still can't see what Newcastle get out of this.


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#14 Ackroman

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:49 PM

Direct reference to P&R being a factor in the decision.



#15 Mushy

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:51 PM

I used to be a share holder in Thunder Mk2 and would welcome this move. The Newcastle Journal article is typical of the local media - supportive of all sports clubs in the area and quite balanced.

The Thunderdome is a dire venue for football or league and Newcastle's ground is pretty tidy too. Brings back memories of 1999 and Thunder having larger crowds and media profile than the Falcons, as well as the more recent promotion winning team playing in Newcastle on occasion too.

#16 Futtocks

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:54 PM

Kingston Park looks, from what I can tell, like a pretty decent place to put down roots. it appears to have its own Metro station, too.


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#17 gingerjon

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:55 PM

Direct reference to P&R being a factor in the decision.

 

It's an interesting reference in that they then say they've got no plans to mount an assault on Super League!  I suspect they think the level would be as a solid Championship club and can see that being helpful in getting year-round use out of the stadium.


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#18 Mushy

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 01:59 PM

Northumbria University own the ground I think, and might even be in with the Falcons too. Regardless there are great RL links with the University that would be strengthened from this takeover. Although the Falcons are not being altruistic with all this, there's nothing sinister either. League and Union co-exist ok in the North East from what I recall.

#19 Ponterover

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:00 PM

This has to be good news for Gateshead

 

Very interesting that the return of P&R is one of the factors that make it attractive to The Falcons.



#20 Ponterover

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Posted 05 March 2014 - 02:01 PM

It's an interesting reference in that they then say they've got no plans to mount an assault on Super League!  I suspect they think the level would be as a solid Championship club and can see that being helpful in getting year-round use out of the stadium.

 

It says they will not mount an instant assault on Super League, which is quite different from your statement.


Edited by Ponterover, 05 March 2014 - 02:02 PM.





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