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  1. I think this is an excellent idea, a great initiative and show of solidarity from us if carefully managed ( possibly via the Bulls Supporters Club/Trust. ) Our Head Coach is the former Assistant at the Bulls, and we have welcomed their supporters at the Mount over the past few seasons.
  2. .......or maybe it is time for the supporters, via the Bulls Supporters Trust, to take control of the Club. Following part of article from the T&A 23/11/2016: "Rather than the Bulls just disappear off the face of the earth, the club would be turned into a community trust which is owned and run by supporters. "This model has been very successful in football in Germany and Spain – but it has also seen significant success in this country with the likes of FC United of Manchester, which is in conjunction with Supporters Direct. "It depends if there is an appetite for it from the supporters but it would be as a last resort if it doesn't work out with any of the interested parties. "It would be one member, one vote and therefore whoever took part in it would be in control of the club.
  3. It is a sad day for the loyal fans of the Bulls, who have turned out in their numbers during these difficult past 5 years. It is certainly not their fault if they, along with the players and coaching staff, have trusted in owners ( various over the past 5 years, including a former Sports Minister) whose motives and knowledge of the game have been questionable. The degree of this 'incompetence', either deliberate or otherwise, I am sure will be outed by the liquidators, especially if HMRC are one of the major creditors. Moving on from this betrayal of the Bull's supporters and playing set up, the RFL should also look at themselves and their due diligence process on the new ownership of any Club. They have been stakeholders in Bradford Bulls by the very fact of leasing Odsal Stadium to them, and privy to the financial situation of the Club. There is already discussion about a Bradford team starting in the Championship. I think all true RL supporters would wish them well, and prefer to see a Bradford club that builds steadily from well within their means, even if that means starting in Championship 1.
  4. Some positives from today's match. We never seemed to get out of 2nd gear, and came up with a comfortable win. Macauley Hallet - Looks a good find, with a strong debut. A good crowd for the first of the friendlies. With a depleted squad today, it looks like very strong competition for the starting line up when everybody is available. Some good quality youngsters on view today in our squad.
  5. As I understand it, he is still on 'garden leave' at the Bulls, officially starts his duties with us first week in November.
  6. Absolutely. In the context of the Fax boom & bust decades, we have had a responsible Board who have built the Club slowly and shrewdly, and are now where we are, the top Part Time team in rugby league at the end of last season, with a fan friendly stadium and facilities. Having said that, I believe we need to employ additional resources/personnel to our commercial/marketing structure, to continue our growth as a Club, and especially to cover the potential eventuality that next years' war chest may be less than this years' massive injection.
  7. Well spotted Nine Oyle. I guess the Middle 8s experience woke them up to the commercial realities of the game, and to the financial 'what might have beens' if they had suffered relegation. We also need to be proactive in this area, not resting on lastseason's laurels but building on our success both on and off the pitch. Maybe time for a commercial manager/director to support IRO, even on an initial part time basis, and reinvest part of last season's war chest to bring some additional commercial gains and continue the building of the Club.
  8. Halifax have been in and out of financial crises since 1999, coincidentally since they vacated the old Thrum Hall ground and went into bed with the football side of the town and the local authority in the form of the redeveloped Shay Stadium. They had a healthy boost from the Thrum Hall trustees of £1.1m in 2001/2 from the sale to Asda, 'for the development of Rugby League', and no one seems to know where this money actually went. Since then at areas of financial responsibility regarding the main stand and the rent share of the ground have been very blurred, and over the years legal threats and counter threats have been common in this sad scenario. I am surprised that Michael Steele, the Fax Chairman and former lawyer, has been unable to unravel this situation and resolve a legal and financial 'straight edge' on behalf of his Club, as he appears to be a decent individual, as indeed are the majority of Fax supporters.
  9. Halifax have been in and out of financial crises since 1999, coincidentally since they vacated the old Thrum Hall ground and went into bed with the football side of the town and the local authority in the form of the redeveloped Shay Stadium. They had a healthy boost from the Thrum Hall trustees of £1.1m in 2001/2 from the sale to Asda , and since then at eas of financial responsibility regarding the main stand and the rent share of the ground have been very blurred, and over the years legal threats and counter threats have been common in this sad scenario. I am surprised that Michael Steele, the Fax Chairman and former lawyer, has been unable to unravel this situation and resolve a legal and financial 'straight edge' on behalf of his Club, as he appears to be a decent individual.
  10. Yes, Colin was a fullback and played around the time we split into the old second division in 1973-4. RIP Colin, condolences to his family.
  11. The idea of a War Chest was excellent when motivating our players when resources are limited. We currently have the War Chest and BISSA, one organisation excellently supporting the purchase of players, the other to fund the motivation of players once signed. We also have the Supporters Club raising funds via the sale of replica kits and merchandise from the Dog House on match days. I believe that it is time to amalgamate all these worthy organisations into one body, and form Batley Bulldogs Supporters Trust, with a view to assisting the Club in the funding of players, and other worthy projects around the Club, also coordinating the voluntary activities. As in other sporting Clubs, it is worthy of a presence on the board by a representative from the Trust, which would ideally fit as Paul Hull has announced his resignation, and we are one hard working Director down ( along with his hard working wife Dawn) .
  12. We do need to continue bringing through the younger players, and I agree with PM that young James Harrison is certainly one to look for this coming season, and has a good footballing brain. I am sure that Matt Diskin believes in youth, and has had good success with the Bradford Bulls U19s, so will be aware of the capabilities of these young lads he is bringing in. To maintain a balance in the squad however, we do need to sign some additional quality and experience to maintain our position in the top 4, thus securing long term financial stability and progression as a Club. Having had a top 3 finish, I would suggest that we are in more a competitive position to sign these types of players than many of our rivals.
  13. ..........and good luck to your guys next season at the top table. You deserve to be where you are, and came up with the goods when it mattered in the Middle 8's. Good to see a traditional club with great heritage thrive again.
  14. [quote name="DOGFATHER" post=" Now Leigh have defied all odds and done it, they don't like it, this wasn't supposed to happen. Good on them it's a remarkable achievement. Maybe this might make the penny drop, that piling most of the money in to the top tier is very short sighted and will not help the game to flourish long term, and maybe if the SL clubs weren't so greedy perhaps this situation could be avoided in the future. I bet they don't look at redistributing more money to the CH to put it right though.. On the subject of the Middle 8's promotion/relegation the RFL have got it absolutely right. They have added a jeopardy and sporting dimension, at the same time bringing back some credibility into our game, that was becoming an exclusive SL 'old boy's club.' It is because of this 'exclusive' mentality that many of the SL Clubs became complacent, relying on funding they thought they would never lose, with structures ( and personnel ) within their Clubs that were top heavy and unused to strict budgeting , not allowing for the possibility of relegation. Our Club has long been a model blueprint for financial responsibility and management, and Leigh have built over 3 years an infrastructure from bottom up that has responsibly utilised Derek Beaumont's funding to produce an on field and off field system that has bought them into SL, and probably will sustain them in there. Should relegation occur for them next season, I am sure their budgeting and forecasting will facilitate this without too much turmoil within the Club. It is therefore the responsibility of all SL teams to budget more responsibly with the possibility of relegation at the end of the season, and build their Club infrastructures into stronger units, so relegation and the Million Pound Game would not mean total Armageddon for them. Even the mighty Rhinos were at one stage facing life in the Championship, and this warning shot should be heeded.
  15. Yesterday JP possibly playing for his livelihood as rugby manager & also trying to redeem himself after those ill thought comments on SL show. In accord with Kevin's comments, the Robins will be welcomed at the Mount next season, with or without JP, as they showed us a great welcome and degree of respect at the KC Lightstream in the Middle 8's. Just a word of congratulations for Salford, who have survived the hard way by sheer guts and tenacity after the points deduction which totally deflated them mid season. Good to see 2 former Bulldogs helping their cause, Josh Griffin had a stormer & Greg Johnson scored the equalising try on the hooter.