A pedant writes:
If he didn't get his facts right he wouldn't be a pedant
Indeed Ange, but the thread is about the power of Doncaster (the derailing into dictionary definitions helped avoid the truth) as supposedly proven by a victory over Leigh. In championship terms Donny have indeed risen through the championship, but it is worthwhile looking at how this power comes about and Demon really put his finger on it.
Doncaster are a lovely little club in a soccer city and have been for over 60 years in which they have not grown "organically" at all. They have one good junior club in Toll Bar and Ian Kirke was from there. Their existence as with a number of clubs is based on feeding off Superleague. The coach was one of Hull's great players and he's come into Doncaster and added to a journeyman team from various places, a strong core of Hull players who have either stepped down to Championship to continue a paid career, or have found themselves in Doncaster on dual registration.
Although we are not shouting about it as we did last year it looks like the Championship as Superleague's "A" team league is actually here to stay. If "A" teams are "a power" then that's fine by me.
We've previously had Crusaders bulled up as growing into a power when in fact they adopted a policy of buying up players released from the big Lancashire SL clubs. We've had Featherstone (as you know) hailed as the "Right way to do it" but exposed as just another small club who found some money in the shape of Mark Campbell and then Faisal Nahaboo.
Leigh are clearly the next big championship hope. Full salary cap and 10,000 crowds I am told, with backers getting on board quicker than commuters on a rush hour tube train. Heard it all before, and of course the wonderful Leigh's problem is overcoming their two junior clubs feeding Wigan Wire an Saints first, which leaves them just like Doncaster, having to to build a side with a core of of ex-Wigan & Saints players, and recently Wigan loanees which IIRC they started getting into.
I've no argument with the fine fellows on this thread, but the move to P & R by the RFL hailed as the saviour of the game really does take the biscuit. The RFL know full well - because they accommodated it - that the championship clubs are quasi "A" teams, and in failing to fund them (Remember when the Leigh's and Donny's were hoping for annual lumps of SKY cash?) the RFL's inaction means they are happy for them to stay like that.
Mindst you there's a big prize money bribe for a couple of Championship clubs to make up the number in the new "second tier" leaving the new 8 club Superleague richer. The problem for most championship clubs though is something many clear headed thinkers not over excited into fantasy thinking by the very phrase "P & R" were constantly warning of in that the likes of Keighley, Workington, Swinton, Rochdale, Barrow, Leigh, Doncaster, Batley, sheffield whitehaven and dewsbury, if they ended up being third tier clubs outside the sixteen (of which most will), would be badly damaged. Heaven help those in the new fourth tier.
Do we really think the new P & R will end in a stronger Championship? This is a sport and there will be winners and losers, but in say 3 years time will the "powers" of Leigh and Donny really end up winners by this move?