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Simon Hall

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#3130668 246?

Posted by Simon Hall on 28 May 2015 - 11:29 AM

The only way your "method" could work would be for every single fan to desert, the club to fold and a new club to be started as happened with the Knights.   We would lose all credibility.   Over its existence York City Knights has been a good product: great in the community and well thought of in the RL world.   Despite present difficulties, who would want the uncertainty, time, hassle and expense of starting another new club which might or might be accepted?



So what do you suggest then? Keep going and putting money into the club, go home and away every week, buy merchandise, try and encourage our friends and their kids down to games, help get sponsors on board as well as sponsoring the club myself and do professional quality work for free? Tried that, look what thanks I got.


If everyone keeps doing what they are doing we'll get no-where other than a League 1 team on the field and crowds of 700 at best. 


I'd rather spend my time and money elsewhere if that's the level of the club's ambition to be honest, I'm bored of having no hope and being fed up as I have been after 75% of matches since the end of 2005.

#3130615 Stadium news

Posted by Simon Hall on 28 May 2015 - 10:36 AM

Lot of incorrect bits in that Simon - still stick by what I said regarding the people involved in trying to find a solution and their 'supposed' motives, personally reckon the RFL & Council will see through and not allow any 'ulterior motives' to come to fruition



If you're right there Col, I'll be delighted.


Sadly I can't help but feel there is something underhand going on though when 51% of the shares in YCK Ltd are handed by John Guildford to a holding company in which the three Knights directors are directors which isn't even a normal Ltd company but one which is an "unlimited company". One which is set up "when secrecy concerning financial affairs is desired, effectively shielding and protecting its financial affairs".


Why would they do that if everything was above board? Why not just hand the shares to the directors if they were all so confident in their capability to sort this properly?


Looks to me, and people far more knowledgeable about company make-ups (bear in mind I've consulted 2 different accountant about this) that it's simply a ruse to get around Guildford giving up any control. And remember, the council won't deal with the club while John Guildford has control of it, which we all know he always will as he pulls stunts like this.

#3130603 246?

Posted by Simon Hall on 28 May 2015 - 09:16 AM

Of course, like most Knights supporters, I'd be absolutely delighted if the McGills could take over.   Unfortunately, it's not yet within their power.   


It's in our power though, all it takes is the fans to stick together.


But they won't, most just want to watch a game of rugby without the hassle.

#3130078 246?

Posted by Simon Hall on 27 May 2015 - 10:03 AM

  Would the McGills have been prepared to take over if they had seen apparent apathy among the fans?  


Seems the McGill's are still interested in taking over the Knights, despite the apathy among the fans. Even those ones who are considering staying away!


So there.

#3129082 246?

Posted by Simon Hall on 25 May 2015 - 04:24 PM

To those who say "I'm / we're not going coz it's not in York!" my message is simple...................


Stop whinging! If you're a fan, you're a fan!  This is your first experience of not being in the Minster City, but.............


We've not played at home for 23 years!


As I've said before, if we played on the dark side of the Moon, I'd phone NASA to see what time the next rocket was leaving!


Get a life, and support your team!







It's not the fact we're not playing in York that has got some people's backs up, it's the reason we're not playing in York that some are bothered by.


That reason being the actions of the owner of the club who runs it like a lifestyle business, when it could be so much more. Added to the fact there's other people who are far more financially and commercially capable interested in taking over the club whose overtures he won't even entertain and you've got quite a few totally fed up fans.


Imagine if Swinton had the owner of a League 2 football club interested who could get you back playing in Swinton and competing in the top 6 of the Championship, I think you'd be pretty upset if there was someone stopping that happening just so he could keep hold of the club for himself.


We'll be playing back in York in the next month or so, he's done a bit of subterfuge so the council can't avoid him any longer, but that won't alter the fact that the club is being held back from what it could be.

#3126839 Stadium news

Posted by Simon Hall on 22 May 2015 - 08:06 AM

No idea what the final outcome will be, but 3 people are working very hard (as well as coping with running their own business) to sort this mess out, they are Knights supporters and obviously have integrity and business acumen so lets just wait and see what happens.

My own purely personal opinion is that some of the comments from social media regarding the people involved may well prove to be extremely wide of the mark


Sincerely hope you're right Col, I just want the club to be as good as it can be. If the current board manage that, I'll gladly support everything they do. If it's just going to be like before I'll do something more worthwhile with my time and money.

#3125631 Future ?

Posted by Simon Hall on 20 May 2015 - 09:32 AM

I've just merged the 2 topics as I think the post from HeworthKnight answers David's question.


In my opinion, if you can go and you want to see a game of rugby you should, the players and coaches don't deserve all this. If you've already bought a season ticket and aren't going to ask for a refund, you may as well get your money's worth. The players are playing a superb style of rugby, there's a lot of local lads, what's not to like about the playing side of things?


I personally would love to go, but I've already given close to £1000 in sponsorship this season (an ad board at Bootham Crescent, programme advert & player sponsor - I've had none of those, no refund either despite asking via a solicitor and the RFL), only to be basically told to f*** off by John Guildford as I don't agree with how the club is run, as has anyone else who disagrees with him - including one of the new directors who has since resigned.


I simply cannot allow myself to give another penny to his club by paying £15 to get into a ground we shouldn't even be playing at.

#3124821 Laughing stock? - you're having a laugh !

Posted by Simon Hall on 18 May 2015 - 04:58 PM

Decent hot dogs at Fev. 

#3124673 Gloucester away - SATURDAY 3pm

Posted by Simon Hall on 18 May 2015 - 12:23 PM

Agree 100% - sick of waiting now


That's all I want. Don't care who's in charge as long as it's someone who does the right thing by the club, its players and fans. The people in charge at the moment certainly aren't doing that.

#3122282 Gloucester away - SATURDAY 3pm

Posted by Simon Hall on 14 May 2015 - 08:07 AM

Better ask Simon about the pies Andy - I was simply just trying to find out where the next 'home' game was going to be played



It'll be played at Clifton Park, as will the rest of this season's "home" fixtures. There'll be a few games moved to away games when they clash with other events at Clifton Park such as the Apollo Festival at the end of June, but the "club" will scrape through the season playing there because the RFL will let them as they have almost as little ambition for the club and lower leagues as the owner.


I hope everyone has a lovely time. 

#3121983 Gloucester away - SATURDAY 3pm

Posted by Simon Hall on 13 May 2015 - 09:15 AM

I'm off to Egypt next week we could always have a game of beach rugby, think they have plenty of sand.


Could use the pyramids as terracing? 

#3121496 Gloucester away - SATURDAY 3pm

Posted by Simon Hall on 12 May 2015 - 08:10 AM

Only got back last night, but am I right in saying that it said on Radio York that the South Wales home game will NOT be at Clifton Park?


Gutted for you Col. Although I hear Wilson's Butchers down Brockfield have added two new lines of pork pie so you could always just nip down there instead?

#3121136 matty james

Posted by Simon Hall on 11 May 2015 - 12:39 PM

just heared mattys

gone to sheff

any body else

 heard owt??


That doesn't even rhyme.

#3117191 Swinton away Sunday 3pm

Posted by Simon Hall on 05 May 2015 - 08:11 AM

All in all, a really good game, but the terrible news afterwards really makes you think, maybe a week of no 'disagreements' on here for me as a mark of respect


Please donate to this as a mark of respect: https://www.justgivi...om/dannyjones29

#3114800 Laughing stock? - you're having a laugh !

Posted by Simon Hall on 01 May 2015 - 11:12 AM

On the field, we're one of the best teams we've ever been (although we haven't been fully challenged yet - wish we were still in the Champ) 



The 2004 & 2005 team would have put 60 on the current one, as would the side from early 2013 when we were sitting top 6 in the Championship after about 8 games. We're not a bad team by any means but we're only a top 4 league 1 side at the minute at best and a young one at that. Sunday's result will show how close we are to being a top side in this division, lose that and we've lost to 2 of the main contenders. 


Now, if we get some training and playing facilities sorted we might just kick on for the rest of the season and show the undoubted potential.