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Newcastle RU confirm bid to buy Gateshead Thunder


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#1 markismith50

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

Premiership rugby union club's owner goes on the record about Gateshead Thunder bid. http://bit.ly/1oA2oc5



#2 TheDuke

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 06:17 PM

Good news surely



#3 longboard

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Posted 20 March 2014 - 07:34 PM

So, potentially another foreign born business man without the RL/RU historical baggage interested in investing in a RL club.??



#4 keighley

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:43 AM

So, potentially another foreign born business man without the RL/RU historical baggage interested in investing in a RL club.??

 

So that's Doncaster, Featherstone, Gateshead, Leigh and Swinton.

 

Then there's the plans for new grounds at Keighley, Swinton and York.

 

There's new stands at Dewsbury, Featherstone and Hemel.

 

Move on  then, there's nothing to see in the Championships. There's no chance ever of improvement or new money there.

 

We should just concentrate on the good news coming out of Bradford, London Broncos and Wakefield and the brave new world of an 8 team rump Super League.



#5 Vikingstorm

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 05:33 AM

When you think of Potential you only have to see what Batley are producing- players going to Suoer League- Its a Conveyer belt almost, Walton, Walmsley, Johnson, England
[QUOTE]“THE enemy should be in no doubt that we are his Nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of Hell for Saddam. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. But those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.

#6 longboard

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 01:16 PM

So that's Doncaster, Featherstone, Gateshead, Leigh and Swinton.

 

Then there's the plans for new grounds at Keighley, Swinton and York.

 

There's new stands at Dewsbury, Featherstone and Hemel.

 

Move on  then, there's nothing to see in the Championships. There's no chance ever of improvement or new money there.

 

We should just concentrate on the good news coming out of Bradford, London Broncos and Wakefield and the brave new world of an 8 team rump Super League.

 

Interesting times. Let's hope a progressive momentum spreads through the game.....



#7 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:03 PM

I would rather this was seen as, and was in reality, the same man buying both rather than the RU lot buying the Thunder.

#8 keighley

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 12:36 AM

I would rather this was seen as, and was in reality, the same man buying both rather than the RU lot buying the Thunder.


Maybe they are envisaging a joint venture as at Leeds Rugby. The Falcons club/owner must see some merit in the Thunder though as they were not any threat to the U club playing before 300 in Gateshead. Maybe they think they can replicate the Thunder SL days but this time with Sky money thrown in to assist.

It throws up many questions and the jury is out but there is certainly a potential success story for RL on Tyneside if it works out.

#9 Vikingstorm

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:01 PM

Union is Our RIVAL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Simple......they cannot Buy league Clubs,....Its like Coca Cola buying PEPSI


[QUOTE]“THE enemy should be in no doubt that we are his Nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of Hell for Saddam. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. But those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.

#10 keighley

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:29 PM

Union is Our RIVAL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Simple......they cannot Buy league Clubs,....Its like Coca Cola buying PEPSI

 

I agree wholeheartedly BUT if the sale is executed, then the reasons for it need to be looked at to see if there are positives. The RU club could of course just shut down the RL club to eliminate competition. On the other hand maybe the owner sees an opportunity to maximise use of his stadium and enhance his revenues.

 

The devil is in the details and true intent and reason for the takeover.

 

What are your thoughts on the reasons for the purchase ?



#11 John Rhino

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 01:50 PM

I agree wholeheartedly BUT if the sale is executed, then the reasons for it need to be looked at to see if there are positives. The RU club could of course just shut down the RL club to eliminate competition. ?


I assume, I don't know, that a new owner needs the final nod from the RFL to buy the club.
He could of course lie, but I would have thought they would at least ask for his plans for the club.

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#12 willy

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 04:07 PM

Sport is a business, you don't buy sports clubs to make money but the idea is you don't lose much either. Nothing to see here, good idea, lets see what happens and move on



#13 gutterfax

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:42 PM

Union is Our RIVAL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Simple......they cannot Buy league Clubs,....Its like Coca Cola buying PEPSI

 

Union isn't League's "rival" nor visa versa either......and if you're going to compare them (as business models) then it's more like Coca Cola buying happy shopper cola...... :tongue:



#14 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:45 PM

Union isn't League's "rival" nor visa versa either......and if you're going to compare them (as business models) then it's more like Coca Cola buying happy shopper cola...... :tongue:


God, you're off again.

#15 yipyee

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 10:49 PM

Union is Our RIVAL,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Simple......they cannot Buy league Clubs,....Its like Coca Cola buying PEPSI

 

Why are they rivals? Should wigan not have both been owned by whelan? Huddersfield is a similar situation?

 

They dont even play the same season!

 

FWIW i dont think they should be the same club...Newcastle could quite easily have a second tier 2 club in the north east, that would make for a good derby!



#16 gutterfax

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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:56 PM

God, you're off again.

How so?



#17 Vikingstorm

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 12:24 AM

Union isn't League's "rival" nor visa versa either......and if you're going to compare them (as business models) then it's more like Coca Cola buying happy shopper cola...... :tongue:


Im not a Union Fan....it has bored me since Union Sides with the Nazi's in France in world war two.
[QUOTE]“THE enemy should be in no doubt that we are his Nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction. There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of Hell for Saddam. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity. But those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send. As for the others, I expect you to rock their world.

#18 Evil Homer

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:01 AM

When you think of Potential you only have to see what Batley are producing- players going to Suoer League- Its a Conveyer belt almost, Walton, Walmsley, Johnson, England

You mean former Salford player Walton, former Huddersfield and Wakefield player Johnson and former Castleford junior and Featherstone player England, who AFAIK has never even played for Batley?



#19 gutterfax

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 04:53 AM

Im not a Union Fan....it has bored me since Union Sides with the Nazi's in France in world war two.

YEAH.......it decimated French RL that.....Bastards....I mean, real bastards. Other than actually buy the RLWC TROPHY for the next few years and compete........the French game since then has flourished :buba:



#20 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:14 AM

VS - he's got a collection of Apartheid era Lions Tours on his shelf at home - you'll not change his mind.






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