Les Tonks Sidestep

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  1. Possibly disturbing is the report elsewhere from someone claiming to have some knowledge of what has been going on is that the reason for the delay between Friday's announcement and yesterday's press release was the lack of funds to satisfy a reported demand for money upfront by hmrc. They also claimed that this shortfall has been loaned by the RFL with Chalmer's house as security. One can only hope there is no truth in that.......
  2. According to The Guardian 'The Rugby Football League, which approved Chalmers and Lowe’s bid last Friday, have now switched their focus to securing the old club’s intellectual property rights from the administrator who liquidated the club earlier this month." Why The RFL and not the new owners?
  3. Although David Thorne appears to be broadly in agreement with him.... http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/bradford-bulls/bradford-saga-rfl-under-fire-over-handling-of-bidding-process-1-8337510
  4. Could always be of similar value to those offered by Sheffield last season.....
  5. Guess you've not seen this info then (some taken from a post on RLfans): 01/01/2009 Director Vinnie Weir demonstrated the concerns of a growing anti-Chalmers faction when he told the Sunday Star-Times he would demand a full financial statement at that meeting from Chalmers after claims the NZ league was more than $1m in debt. 06/2009 Harvest Pro, a Silverdale-based company, run by two directors – Zane Cleaver and former NZ Rugby League chairman Andrew Chalmers – was contracted to do a pre-harvest survey. The company produced an inventory and it is understood that on the basis of that report and advice from a company in Whangarei, The Council (now Auckland Council) decided to proceed to harvest even though the trees were still relatively young. 05/01/2013 Former Kiwis coach Graham Lowe is involved in a bid by racehorse owner Marwan Koukash to take control of financially troubled Super League club Salford. Lowe has flown over from New Zealand at the request of Koukash, who has spent the last week negotiating to buy the City Reds. He is also working closely with former New Zealand Rugby League chairman Andrew Chalmers and Ed Farish, a former finance officer of Australia's National Rugby League. Both are associates of Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood, who has helped broker talks with both long-serving Salford chairman John Wilkinson and Salford City Stadium owners Peel Holdings and Salford Council. 02/05/2014 Harvest Pro ceased trading last year, owing more than $25 million to creditors, although the joint venture was not listed as one of the 150 unsecured creditors. 31/01/2015 New Zealand league legend Graham Lowe's former recruitment company has been put into liquidation owing the Inland Revenue almost $1 million.The 10-staff business that Lowie Recruitment Ltd operated is still running and was sold to another firm before the insolvency, liquidators said yesterday. Although the business - still trading as Lowie Recruitment - continues to use Lowe's nickname, the former Manly, Queensland and Kiwis coach is no longer involved in it, a staff member told the Weekend Herald. The business is now run as a division of Pounamu International, a company co-directed by former New Zealand Rugby League chairman Andrew Chalmers. .
  6. 2013, Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston says: “We don’t have any such dual-registration agreement with a Super League club and we won’t as long as I am here,” he told News & Star Sport. “Do we really need dual-registration players? I won’t sell my soul to anyone.” Maybe AC could ask his mate Mark how much he got for his soul, or has he left the Eagles?
  7. We are Bradford, we are the special ones......
  8. So only 12 short for the 17 needed on match day then.......
  9. If it can be done by Gloucester, Coventry, Hemel, London Skolars and Oxford it can surely be done in Bradford! If it really can't, then maybe the City doesn't deserve a pro RL club.
  10. That's the reality of starting a club from scratch, which looks increasingly likely to be the case for a new Bradford - it should be remembered that many existing clubs below SL rely heavily on volunteers to survive. The (really) big advantage Bradford have over, say, the Coventrys and Hemels of the RL world is that there is a strong tradition of RL in the city, and more importantly an existing fan base. Sadly, from reading posts elsewhere, I get the impression that (many) Bradford supporters are only interested in a new club if it comes, as a minimum, as a ready made strong Championship club. Maybe when/if a club comes about and reality sets in this will change.
  11. You're disgusted at clubs offering employment to recently made redundant, unemployed players? Maybe those players should have gone begging on the streets to pay their mortgage/ rent and feed their families?
  12. And Shaun Pick......
  13. Reported on RLfans that the Administrator's report is out. Total debts £2.2m of which unsecured creditors £1m. HMRC £400k, ISC £215k and MG the biggest creditors. Also rumoured that one of the bids has links to Green which the RFL have uncovered. One has a playing budget of less than 350k. One was dismissed and one wants to play in League One.
  14. Some info here courtesy of Mark Las Palmas http://marklaspalmas.blogspot.com.es/2014/11/terry-ramshaw-and-jason-ramshaw.html
  15. Re No 2, I'm struggling with 10 worse......