So the RFL would refuse membership to a club playing at a £40 million leisure complex with a stadium capacity of 8000 seated with access to training facilities and ambition but allow a club with no ambition to continue playing at an amateur club with seating on fold up dining chairs for about 40 people.
All about opinions, but can't agree in any way shape or form that Swinton are a poor side - seen both games against them now & they look a very good side to me
Massive well done to Fordy & the lads - few of us all said Jack Aldous should have got MOM, but loads of outstanding efforts, Jordan Howden is class in everything he does & apparently loves playing down here
Thanks again to Heworth for looking after us so well, got a bit better view this week by standing on the bank
Spoke to JG after the game, he seemed fairly positive to me, and the other directors are still working hard to get stuff sorted
I see you edited out your comment about not many staying away, Colin. As I have said Heworth excellent venue, for watching amateur rugby league, but York City Knights are supposed to be a professional club, although so far this year the off the field activities have been far from professional and while the club is owned and influenced by the current regime I cannot see that the situation will change.
All credit to the players and coaching staff they deserve better.
Sorry to admit that last year Mr G fed me questions to ask of James Alexander as he wouldn't do it himself , I was taken in at the time but thankfully I have seen the light , the man is an embarrassment to Rugby League & to OUR club more than anything , he is doing all this for his own infamy & families monetary gain , I paid for my season ticket last year & love watching this great young squad Fordy has put together but it leaves a sour taste knowing that any monies spent on anything related to the match day are going in his grubby pocket !!! If he has any integrity which I doubt ! He will sell up & disapear & allow this great club of OURS to go forward & thrive before he completely destroys it !!!! I find it difficult that some people are still taken in by the man , that fact he hasn't responded to any requests to go on the radio be it BBC RADIO YORK or MINSTER FM says it all for me
I too was taken in by him, and was fed questions to ask council officials, when the petition was given to the council in January and he was not there and his daughter (also a director) declined to be photographed. I started to ask questions of my own which led to the public meeting at New Earswick in February. From the moment that meeting was announced my family has been lambasted by that man.
I have decided that I will go on Friday night, I had made a decision that after being abused by Guilldford and his directors at Clifton Park that I would no longer support the Knights until Guildford and his fellow directors resigned and the club was in the hands of people with honour, integrity and business acumen.
However, why should they stop me enjoying watching the club I fought so hard to save and re-establish. I am NOT supporting the Guildford regime.
I am supporting York RL as I have done for 53 years. I will continue to raise money with the rest of the KISS commitee for the benefit of the players and coaching staff.
Now 6 days - surely the bl**dy council could give us clue...or don't they have any?
This is not of the councils doing, they offered a deal which you have seen. The owner of YCK turned down the deal, the new directors are now trying to reopen negotiations.
An analogy. Imagine you are buying a car from Coopers BMW and you agree the deal and then you go go back the following day and ask them to put mud flaps on they agree, then a couple of days later you go back and ask for floor mats and they decide enough is enough and say take it or leave it and you leave the negotiation.
Is it up to the vendor to open the negotiation again?
Posted by GaryHall
on 03 September 2014 - 05:45 PM
Apologies Barlby Knight, I wouldn't want to offend genuine fans of any club. I was referring to the rabble that turned up at Skolars, and pretty much embarrassed themselves. I love banter as much as the next guy, but I've never heard fans sing for another team before, or boo the opposition's head coach.....
I was at the Skolars v Hunslet game at no time did I hear anyone from York boo Barry Eaton, the only booing was for the Hunslet "fan" who walked kept walking in front of the stand putting up two fingers at the Knights and Crusader fans. Every one of the York fans who were at the Skolars game were genuine RL fans who have supported York home and away for decades.
In 1989 York RL invested the proceeds of the sale of Clarence Street into the partnership with Ryedale Council to build Huntington Stadium, at the time admission to the ground was £3 it is now £15 so based on the inflation of admission the contribution from rugby is £3.75 million in todays terms.
As someone who has lived in York all my life and has supported York RL for over 50 years I find the this topic interesting.
The population of York according to 2011 census is 202,000, The sparsely surrounding area as described by Futtocks includes Huntington pop 9,000 New Earswick 2500 Strensall 3000, Haxby 9000 and Wigginton 3000.
Which other rugby league town/city has two radio stations, and a daily newspaper which exclusively reports on ONE RL club ?
The main reason often given for the lack of support for RL in York is the location of the stadium, which is just 2 miles from Clarence Street, but Clarence St was sold 25 years ago to pay back debts due to the lack of support.
In fact the first seasons at Huntington stadium the attendances actually increased.
Our problem is that a lot of the increasing population of York are not York born and bred, so don't have any sporting loyalty to York. Castleford, Leeds, Wakefield Hull,Hull KR and Bradford are within easy travelling distance from York, and people who watch RL on TV will go to the super league clubs in close proximity.
The Knights have worked hard in promoting the game in schools and have a good working relationship with both Universities and York College.
This all bodes well for the future.
The coaching staff have developed some fantastic talent since the Knights were formed for example Tom Lineham now at Hull, Ian Kirke at Leeds, Danny Brough, now at Huddersfield, Peter Fox now Halifax and in the current squad we have Ben Dent, James Morland Greg Minikin, Harry Carter, Pat & Ed Smith, Kris Brining, Adam Dent, George Elliott all who have come through local teams and/or the scolarship. We need to build around these players to ensure we are towards the top of the championship when we move back to the new stadium at Huntington in 2016 and push towards Super League.