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a.n Other

Member Since 13 Jul 2006
Offline Last Active Jan 27 2015 09:29 AM

#2848653 Bradford Bulls - not sounding good

Posted by a.n Other on 07 December 2013 - 09:56 AM

Apparently KPMG and their champions are saying that the 2x12=3x8 is a vibrant re-structure in which fans will respond in their thousands to the fantastically close fixtures in the cliffhanging late season tussle to gain entry to the following seasons Elite Super League that you are saying Bradford should avoid competing in???

First things first and it looks like Wakefield's recruitment drive, and Bulls invitation for their better players to all leave may put Bradford and London favourites for the drop. Bulls and London face a full superleague next year and on skeleton squads they'd face what Halifax got in 2003.

On a meagre playing budget Halifax won the first game against London then lost the rest - 27 consecutive defeats with 10 of them over 50 points. The opening crowds averaged c.4,000 the closing crowds averaged c.2,000 fans. What Bradford face is the halving of crowds and the loss of the majority of the £1.2M SKY money. Halifax on relegation finished second bottom of the championship one place off relegation to the third tier, which could have caused further devastation. They have been treading water waiting for that rich man for 13 years. It's not as simple as popping down a division whilst something turns up.

There'll be no "growing the club from a sound base" there's nothing sound about being a player nursery for Huddersfield Giants, or leaking fans in the direction of their rival club. Same for Wakefield. This goes further than one clubs struggles as you intimate. Half of Superleague were in big big trouble as close up north reported (accurately as it now seems) a year ago. Only Salford have been rescued.

Halifax have consistently been in the top 5 of the 2nd tier apart from that first season. They are stronger now than In many a year having won the league and the cup in the past few years. The sponsorship on the shirts this year is at record levels this year. That isn't treading water. Yes the crowds haven't increased and intact dipped lady year but this is down to playing at the level we have been for years without the chance of promotion for what happens on the pitch.
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#2744430 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by a.n Other on 12 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

You are saying things should be decided on the field. And yes perhaps long ago they were, but not any longer. You seem to be implying that RL should act as if it is the 1890's or something. The fact is, CEOs have a huge bearing on a sports clubs success yet you are sneering about them.

I am in no way sneering at them, a good one is worth their weight in gold.

#2743442 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by a.n Other on 11 July 2013 - 11:09 AM

there are different sports with different issues
if you want a steadily contracting small time parochial sport well good for you.

I don't. However, it does seem to me that you only want a sport where a team you used to support has no chance of playing in the higher league.

#2743362 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by a.n Other on 11 July 2013 - 09:45 AM

Spot on. None of the CC teams are worth having in the top flight. They are small-town 'park football' teams. It would be like the NRL saying the winner of group 9 Country RL can be promoted to the NRL the following season because they won the grand final.

Do you know anything about these towns and cities in the Championship?

#2743106 The never-ending League Restructure debate (Many merged threads)

Posted by a.n Other on 10 July 2013 - 10:37 PM

A quick question for hopefully someone with more information: does the P&R option have minimum criteria for promotion to the top level or is it just straight P&R regardless of whether it's a fully pro setup or a council field with man+dog capacity?

"Whatever the new competition structure looks like, clubs will still have to meet minimum standards in key areas in line with commercial and broadcast agreements, although greater emphasis will be placed on playing performance. "

The above is quoted from