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Being a relative outsider as far as Hunset are concerned i find Bowes comments in very poor taste, I wouldn't go as far as saying Sour Grapes but what little i have seen regarding the ambitions and running of the club the board have done everything in their power to get the club back to where it was a few years ago, the players are doing the business on the field and getting there wages paid promptly.The ground has very good facilities but for me lacks any atmosphere what so ever and would be the first thing i would change if it were possible.As far as the supporters go the ones that go are very very loyal and for me are being let down by the local media not giving the club enough support by promoting the club, and it seems they regard one club in the city as sufficient but I'm sure with a little effort from the likes of look North. Radio Leeds. and the Yorkshire and evening News the missing 500 or so that once frequented the club might be persuaded to return.

So Mr Bowes before trying to kill a club off which has a great past and like york is a Yorkshire side you should welcome their endeavours or would you prefer to see the French and Welsh take your place i for one would not but I've only been watching and playing rugby league in this great county for sixty years so what would i know.

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Being a relative outsider as far as Hunset are concerned i find Bowes comments in very poor taste, I wouldn't go as far as saying Sour Grapes but what little i have seen regarding the ambitions and running of the club the board have done everything in their power to get the club back to where it was a few years ago, the players are doing the business on the field and getting there wages paid promptly.The ground has very good facilities but for me lacks any atmosphere what so ever and would be the first thing i would change if it were possible.As far as the supporters go the ones that go are very very loyal and for me are being let down by the local media not giving the club enough support by promoting the club, and it seems they regard one club in the city as sufficient but I'm sure with a little effort from the likes of look North. Radio Leeds. and the Yorkshire and evening News the missing 500 or so that once frequented the club might be persuaded to return.

So Mr Bowes before trying to kill a club off which has a great past and like york is a Yorkshire side you should welcome their endeavours or would you prefer to see the French and Welsh take your place i for one would not but I've only been watching and playing rugby league in this great county for sixty years so what would i know.

I'm not a York supporter, though thought the way they were shafted when they'd made lots of improvements by having the rules changed on them was very damaging.

The thing is every year we see clubs going into administration on promotion and it really isn't in Hunslet's best interests to be the next one, whicht eh 2-up-2-down will certainly cause. The Hunslet chairman as good as said if the crowds don't go up with the better team then that's it, whereas to me rather than one damaging season in the Championship it's better to work towards a more sustainable set up at the appropriate level for the support of clubs.

French sides in the Championship wasn't the best idea, but if they're additional to English sides it's not so bad, South Wales can probably support a Championship side at some point, just not SL. The game is due a restructuring soon and which division the likes of Hunslet and York go in depends on how big the Championship is intended to be, but would expect the likes of Skolars, Gateshead, Doncaster etc to be in a National 1 with the best of the NCL.

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I'm not a York supporter, though thought the way they were shafted when they'd made lots of improvements by having the rules changed on them was very damaging.

The thing is every year we see clubs going into administration on promotion and it really isn't in Hunslet's best interests to be the next one, whicht eh 2-up-2-down will certainly cause. The Hunslet chairman as good as said if the crowds don't go up with the better team then that's it, whereas to me rather than one damaging season in the Championship it's better to work towards a more sustainable set up at the appropriate level for the support of clubs.

French sides in the Championship wasn't the best idea, but if they're additional to English sides it's not so bad, South Wales can probably support a Championship side at some point, just not SL. The game is due a restructuring soon and which division the likes of Hunslet and York go in depends on how big the Championship is intended to be, but would expect the likes of Skolars, Gateshead, Doncaster etc to be in a National 1 with the best of the NCL.

you have to speculate to accumulate and that's what the Hunslet board are trying to do and i really wish them well.My old club Featherstone are a shining example of what can be done from a lot of endeavour and a little good fortune and long may these clubs who are steeped in rugby league history be allowed to continue with more help from the rfl and sky tv the championship could be a success in its own right.

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Whatever happened to promotion and relegation being settled by points won and lost on the pitch ? If promotion is to be denied to certain clubs as Bowes suggests, we may as well scrap the whole points system for good, and play the fixtures in an office at Red Hall !! Were almost at that point now anyway.

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Whatever happened to promotion and relegation being settled by points won and lost on the pitch ? If promotion is to be denied to certain clubs as Bowes suggests, we may as well scrap the whole points system for good, and play the fixtures in an office at Red Hall !! Were almost at that point now anyway.

Because of the salary cap difference relegation is already decided before a ball is kicked that it will be the promoted sides, unless as in this season a side hits financial troubles. If it weren't for Whitehaven's financial problems Dewsbury would be going back down after their 100% record in C1 last year, to be replaced with a worse side that will go back down in worse financial state. Who does that benefit?

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Whatever happened to promotion and relegation being settled by points won and lost on the pitch ? If promotion is to be denied to certain clubs as Bowes suggests, we may as well scrap the whole points system for good, and play the fixtures in an office at Red Hall !! Were almost at that point now anyway.

Why do people go over the top? Teams in a competition can be picked in many ways. They don't have to be picked on the basis that they finished in a certain position in another competition.

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Because of the salary cap difference relegation is already decided before a ball is kicked that it will be the promoted sides, unless as in this season a side hits financial troubles. If it weren't for Whitehaven's financial problems Dewsbury would be going back down after their 100% record in C1 last year, to be replaced with a worse side that will go back down in worse financial state. Who does that benefit?

that is exactly why the RFL and sky should help the clubs who get promote perform on a level footing with the clubs already in that division as does the FA with the likes of Blackpool at least Blackpool are getting their stadium completed as well as team building and then they have a great season playing the likes of Man U Liverpool and Arsenal.Then if they do get relegated dont they get an umberella payment for it.

So why deny a club the honour of playing at a higher level and being helped to do so by the people elected to promote all rugby league at profesional level and not just the super duper league.

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that is exactly why the RFL and sky should help the clubs who get promote perform on a level footing with the clubs already in that division as does the FA with the likes of Blackpool at least Blackpool are getting their stadium completed as well as team building and then they have a great season playing the likes of Man U Liverpool and Arsenal.Then if they do get relegated dont they get an umberella payment for it.

So why deny a club the honour of playing at a higher level and being helped to do so by the people elected to promote all rugby league at profesional level and not just the super duper league.

OK. The team going down into the Championship gets a massive "umbrella" payment, which means it doesn't start on an equal footing with the teams below. How is that fair?

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Because of the salary cap difference relegation is already decided before a ball is kicked that it will be the promoted sides, unless as in this season a side hits financial troubles. If it weren't for Whitehaven's financial problems Dewsbury would be going back down after their 100% record in C1 last year, to be replaced with a worse side that will go back down in worse financial state. Who does that benefit?

But how did Haven's financial problems come about bowes? That wasn't through being promoted or relegated it was through a club trying to get to Grand Finals to get in to SL and failing twice. Bills were left unpaid in order that players wages got paid and the chickens have come home to roost.

The franchise or licence system does give the one club that might go up to SL a 3 year stability period but it also drives other clubs who are not successful in their applications in to financial problems. The system means that every 3 years clubs have to start again to earn ticks in boxes to be able to make another application so clubs like, say, Barrow, Halifax, Leigh, etc, if Widnes get promoted, need to pay top dollar for players if they are to attract the quality of players capable of achieving a grand final appearance or NR Cup win.

So, it isn't only clubs promoted and relegated that go in to, or get close to, administration it is nearly all those clubs who are chasing the dream through a system that has been created to protect 14 other clubs.

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But how did Haven's financial problems come about bowes? That wasn't through being promoted or relegated it was through a club trying to get to Grand Finals to get in to SL and failing twice. Bills were left unpaid in order that players wages got paid and the chickens have come home to roost.

The franchise or licence system does give the one club that might go up to SL a 3 year stability period but it also drives other clubs who are not successful in their applications in to financial problems. The system means that every 3 years clubs have to start again to earn ticks in boxes to be able to make another application so clubs like, say, Barrow, Halifax, Leigh, etc, if Widnes get promoted, need to pay top dollar for players if they are to attract the quality of players capable of achieving a grand final appearance or NR Cup win.

So, it isn't only clubs promoted and relegated that go in to, or get close to, administration it is nearly all those clubs who are chasing the dream through a system that has been created to protect 14 other clubs.

Whitehaven got problems chasing promotion when it was there I'll agree, not sure how it weakens my argument of the damages of P & R though.

I'd have flexible numbers of teams in the Championship so any club meeting a certain standard could enter (but obviously not the Blackpools, Gatesheads, Skolars etc. at least as those clubs are)

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Im a confirmed P&R fan and I think licenses/franchising has failed to do it's job and should be scrapped.

However, I do feel minimum standards should be in place at all levels.

What would the minimum standards be for Championship sides.

For mine, you'd want:

5,000 capacity grounds with 2,000 seats

1,000 av. crowds

Corporate & Tv facilities.

Reserve and junior teams (or junior partnerships with local amateur teams)

Turnover figure (600K?)

A CEO, marketing manager, development officers.

I reckon there's a good dozen teams who could get that now, and with a bit of work, you could get a viable 16 team comp.

Do the same with reduced numbers for Championship 1 rebranded The Conference (including top NCL and RLC teams) and you're sorted.

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Im a confirmed P&R fan and I think licenses/franchising has failed to do it's job and should be scrapped.

However, I do feel minimum standards should be in place at all levels.

What would the minimum standards be for Championship sides.

For mine, you'd want:

5,000 capacity grounds with 2,000 seats

1,000 av. crowds

Corporate & Tv facilities.

Reserve and junior teams (or junior partnerships with local amateur teams)

Turnover figure (600K?)

A CEO, marketing manager, development officers.

I reckon there's a good dozen teams who could get that now, and with a bit of work, you could get a viable 16 team comp.

You'd have to take into account C1 clubs having lower crowds, but yes something along those lines, though turnover may need reducing.

Do the same with reduced numbers for Championship 1 rebranded The Conference (including top NCL and RLC teams) and you're sorted.

I'd call it National 1, but same sort of lines. Believe the aim is 2 National divisions below the Championship then it splits West, East and South. But the South part of that needs working towards

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Whitehaven got problems chasing promotion when it was there I'll agree, not sure how it weakens my argument of the damages of P & R though.

I'd have flexible numbers of teams in the Championship so any club meeting a certain standard could enter (but obviously not the Blackpools, Gatesheads, Skolars etc. at least as those clubs are)

With licensing being by way of ticking boxes over a 3 year period it means that clubs are spending probably more than they should chasing getting to a grand final or winning the NR Cup in that next 3 year period. That is different to a club chasing promotion over the length of 1 season. At the end of the 3 year period any ticks that may have been achieved on the playing field are cancelled for the next licensing period and so the 3 year race starts again.

A few years ago Barrow's achievement last season alone would have got them in to SL but all it has achieved now is a tick in a box. If Barrow are not the chosen "one" after keeping the playing staff at the top end of the salary cap scale over this past 3 years then they have to then make a decision as to whether they can do it again for another 3 years but with no guarantee that the result will be any different. It is the same for all the other clubs at the top end of the Championship. If that system were to be introduced between the Championship and Championship 1 then it would definitely kill off the game at the lower level and maybe that is what many would like to see.

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With licensing being by way of ticking boxes over a 3 year period it means that clubs are spending probably more than they should chasing getting to a grand final or winning the NR Cup in that next 3 year period. That is different to a club chasing promotion over the length of 1 season. At the end of the 3 year period any ticks that may have been achieved on the playing field are cancelled for the next licensing period and so the 3 year race starts again.

A few years ago Barrow's achievement last season alone would have got them in to SL but all it has achieved now is a tick in a box. If Barrow are not the chosen "one" after keeping the playing staff at the top end of the salary cap scale over this past 3 years then they have to then make a decision as to whether they can do it again for another 3 years but with no guarantee that the result will be any different. It is the same for all the other clubs at the top end of the Championship. If that system were to be introduced between the Championship and Championship 1 then it would definitely kill off the game at the lower level and maybe that is what many would like to see.

It needn't be the same setup, but I don't see how sides going into administration on promotion every year is doing anyone any favours. Should be one bigger division open to all sides meeting criteria, not the lets put 2 or 3 clubs into administration a year setup

Barrow would never have gone up, they'd fail ground criteria.

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It needn't be the same setup, but I don't see how sides going into administration on promotion every year is doing anyone any favours. Should be one bigger division open to all sides meeting criteria, not the lets put 2 or 3 clubs into administration a year setup

Barrow would never have gone up, they'd fail ground criteria.

On what basis? Their ground looks better than Wakey's for a start, and has more cover

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On what basis? Their ground looks better than Wakey's for a start, and has more cover

Not big enough

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Not big enough

Why not give them 3 years in SL to sort it out then? Better that then leaving clubs in there who have already had their 3 years.

In fact I think any club who has managed to win through to SL on the pitch should be given a 3 year stay of execution to sort it out

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It needn't be the same setup, but I don't see how sides going into administration on promotion every year is doing anyone any favours. Should be one bigger division open to all sides meeting criteria, not the lets put 2 or 3 clubs into administration a year setup

Barrow would never have gone up, they'd fail ground criteria.

I think you are being deliberately evasive bowes. How is it any different whether a side goes in to administration on promotion or trying to win a tick in a box to try to get the chance to apply for a SL franchise?

Administration is the same surely no matter what the circumstances that cuased it. Clubs in the top half of the Championship are all chasing the dream of getting a tick so that they can apply for licence, not guaranteed promotion. That tick only lasts for the 3 year period that they are in for licences and then they have to try all over again. That to me is more destructive to clubs financially than the old P & R system.

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