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I don't regret it either but if there were to be a "referendum" today I'm genuinely not sure what I'd vote for.

Kenny - who would be allowed to vote in the referendum?

The 16,941 fans who go to Fev/Cas/Wakey.....

Or would it also include several thousand fans in the area who would go if there was a club that could compete for trophies inSL

And do you think 8172 Wakey fans would vote stuff Cas/Fev why do we need them?

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Widnes had been on the edge for a while, they had been having money trouble continually. Lindsay pulled Widnes out of it by buying Lydon for £100,000, Wigan later again got them out of the financial mess when they bought Offiah for £440,000. Widnes had to off-load Davies on a free transfer to Warrington to save them from getting in it once again.

At the time there was nobody on a white charger riding in to save them, Warrington were playing in a dilapidated stadium bumping along at the time with once again no sign of anyone coming to the rescue.

If we had carried on would these two clubs have found a saviour, we don't know, we do know they were both heading for trouble (more so Widnes), did the creation of SL spark an interest from well financed backers for the clubs, maybe, but in reality we don't know.

What I think we do know is that we couldn't carry on as we were and where we were wasn't in a place that a lot of clubs were going to survive in.

It doesn't really matter whether clubs merged or not, in the brave new world those that sort themselves out will survive, others may be lost. The clubs voted for a fight to the death when they rejected mergers. Lindsay didn't want that but the clubs did.

nothing to disagree witb there, and it wasnt really my point.

Parksider is giving Lyndsay all sorts of credit for him suggesting Oldham and Salford wouldnt handle it as standalone clubs in SL. By that rationale he suggested Warrington couldnt hack it either (at the time I wouldnt disagree!).

He cant just have credit for those he got right and ignore those he got wrong - which was my challenge to Parky.

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It could be Wakefield leave you well behind??

And become eventual winners of the fight to the death.

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Maybe they will maybe they won't I don't know. But what I do know is whatever happens to our club in the future whether we're in SL or not I will know our BOD and coach will have done everything they had to and can do to get us in SL. But what I will say is if we do get into SL with this BOD and our investors we will stay there.

I think you need a bit of support here Gaz.

You are debating with 2 people who do not and will never get the way you feel. Parky it appears to me has waived the white flag with regards his Hunslet club and Padge can only see Wigan as the one and only saviours of RL.

Fight to the death - if that's what it is bring it on. I would rather go down fighting than cower to the so called mighty.

If you quizzed the people who attend Fev matches now they would be against mergers by a massive majority, I know it you know it but Parky and Padge who know naff all about Fev rovers need proof. I think they believe that by merging all of a sudden thousands of fans will flock to see the new club, well like usual they are well and truly wrong. The new club would struggle to get 5k and would be in no better position than the 3 clubs are now. The only difference is that RL would have lost 3 great clubs which is something they can't afford to lose.

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I think you need a bit of support here Gaz.

You are debating with 2 people who do not and will never get the way you feel. Parky it appears to me has waived the white flag with regards his Hunslet club and Padge can only see Wigan as the one and only saviours of RL.

Fight to the death - if that's what it is bring it on. I would rather go down fighting than cower to the so called mighty.

If you quizzed the people who attend Fev matches now they would be against mergers by a massive majority, I know it you know it but Parky and Padge who know naff all about Fev rovers need proof. I think they believe that by merging all of a sudden thousands of fans will flock to see the new club, well like usual they are well and truly wrong. The new club would struggle to get 5k and would be in no better position than the 3 clubs are now. The only difference is that RL would have lost 3 great clubs which is something they can't afford to lose.

I honestly think that is a very very short sighted view. As an example, My twitter feed is absolutely full of early 20 something's who are fanatical about Cas - these folk were only just about born when there was talk of mergers - if a "super club" had been formed in the Wakefield region who is to say that they wouldn't follow that team - plus all the others in the region.

I live out of the area now and when approx 1% of all friends and colleagues have heard of Castleford (even less Featherstone) you realise how low profile our wonderful clubs are. I'm not saying I am an out and out believer in mergers but I will admit to being much more open about it these days than I was about 10 yrs ago

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Kenny - who would be allowed to vote in the referendum?

The 16,941 fans who go to Fev/Cas/Wakey.....

Or would it also include several thousand fans in the area who would go if there was a club that could compete for trophies inSL

And do you think 8172 Wakey fans would vote stuff Cas/Fev why do we need them?

Who would be allowed to vote? You and Keighley to go along with the trend on this board

I would imagine that there would be a mixture of replies from the 8172 Wakey fans

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RL's strength is also it's greatest weakness - it was born from the passion of its local communites, some of those have seen massive negative change in the past 25 years but still at the heart of many is THEIR CLUB and that's why merging Cas and Fev or Widnes and Warrington will not and would never work - it is culturally unacceptable.

Burnley and Blackburn woulkd make a decent premier league club - that will also never happen

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So by that reasoning he thought that Warrington and Widnes were not big enough to survive in SL. Doesn't Warrington's growth rather prove him wrong and lose him a point?

here here dave, and watch this space for the rise of the chemics................

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nothing to disagree witb there, and it wasnt really my point.

Parksider is giving Lyndsay all sorts of credit for him suggesting Oldham and Salford wouldnt handle it as standalone clubs in SL. By that rationale he suggested Warrington couldnt hack it either (at the time I wouldnt disagree!).

He cant just have credit for those he got right and ignore those he got wrong - which was my challenge to Parky.

I get your point, but you can only go on the data you have at the time, the unpredictable is unpredictable.

The mess the game was in at the time meant that the logic was pool the resources. What if the knights in shining white armour hadn't turned up for either, one or both clubs could be Oldham or Salford.

It wasn't a case of getting it wrong, it was a case of if you carry on like this you are doomed. Neither Warrington nor Widnes carried on like this, which was just lucky for both clubs.

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Posted · Hidden by Martyn Sadler, December 30, 2012 - No reason given

have you asked the fev, c@s and wakey fans this? Your having a laugh are you not? I'm in no doubt that if the question of us 3 merging came up again the same answer would be given as it was back then NO CHANCE.But why would a merger be asked? As wakey are making great strides at the minute and so are we. The only team out of the 3 that may need to merge in the next 5 years is c@s because something is wrong there for a lot of their staff to be jumping ship and joining the fevolution.

this is a serious thread about a clubs future in the game not a featherstone w@nkfest!!!!

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i was talking to ashley gibson last night and he was saying that some of the players have taken to twitter to ask for any fund raising suggestions, that seems a long way from players looking for plan B, if anyone has any sensible ideas contact ashley on twitter.............SOS save our salford.

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Why won't Mr. Wilkinson and Mr. Clague put up the money for the club to start the season Mr. Hound?

Well Parky the three Directors have no more money available to put in.

John has a Hotel next to Man U and only poor bids have been received. His other businesses are OK but not thriving and he needs every penny to support them. He is 68 - would like to pack in - and his wife is unwell and needs care. Howard is retired and cannot support the club financially. Ian Watson's Building Company is in a similar state to Johns and thus the club come second.

I still dont know whether HMRC have joined the petition. If not I would guess the Directors will try & seek an adjournment to settle Patten & Anderson out of Court but that is just a short term option. The Company is insolvent (as most clubs are) but that fact brings terrors to would be saviours.

The Balance Sheet needs to be changed. Loans to be swapped for shares for the Directors and Council - then we would be solvent and have a chance to strike a deal. Not much time is there?

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I honestly think that is a very very short sighted view. As an example, My twitter feed is absolutely full of early 20 something's who are fanatical about Cas - these folk were only just about born when there was talk of mergers - if a "super club" had been formed in the Wakefield region who is to say that they wouldn't follow that team - plus all the others in the region.

I live out of the area now and when approx 1% of all friends and colleagues have heard of Castleford (even less Featherstone) you realise how low profile our wonderful clubs are. I'm not saying I am an out and out believer in mergers but I will admit to being much more open about it these days than I was about 10 yrs ago

The 20 somethings more often than not follow there fathers and grandfathers footsteps. If mergers happened then many of these fathers and grandfathers would have stopped going, so the interest in this new club would not be there in my opinion.

I agree about people not knowing a thing about Cas or Fev but would they know about a club called Calder if the clubs merged? I would say no so this point is irrelevant.

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Posted · Hidden by Martyn Sadler, December 30, 2012 - No reason given

this is a serious thread about a clubs future in the game not a featherstone w@nkfest!!!!

And still your bitter about the 50 point drubbings, you need to get over it. :D :D :D

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Posted · Hidden by Martyn Sadler, December 30, 2012 - No reason given

i thought this thread was about salford city reds? not a calder sparring match!!!!

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Several people have mentioned that Salford cannot play at Barton if they are not in Super League, and I am hearing the same about Sale, if they get relegated - why not? Irlam Hornets are not in Super League but they are playing there. It is a council stadium and I am sure they would rather have "somebody" playing there for a reduced rent than nobody at all, although knowing Salford council as I do nothing suprises me.

Oldham and Salford merging to become Manchester would, in my opinion, be a disaster. I believe they would lose far more existing fans than they would gain new fans. One poster has already pointed out that Oldham don't have anything to bring to the merger any more and I don't think that Salford are much better off now anyway, but the the main problem is, and I have lived in Salford for 57 years - Salfordians don't consider themselves to be Mancunians. In any case, Super league fans, in my experience, are not generally Rugby League fans, they just want to see their team win 60-0 every week, and I reckon a good 50% of any clubs fans would stop watching the game if their club ceased to exist. There is life after Super League. North Wales Crusaders are doing a brilliant job and the atmosphere at games is excellent. I stopped watching Salford, only because they were in Super greed, about 13 years ago, so I have never supported a team called "City Reds". I could possibly be enticed back to the club if they started again as Salford RLFC.

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The 20 somethings more often than not follow there fathers and grandfathers footsteps. If mergers happened then many of these fathers and grandfathers would have stopped going, so the interest in this new club would not be there in my opinion.

I agree about people not knowing a thing about Cas or Fev but would they know about a club called Calder if the clubs merged? I would say no so this point is irrelevant.

I could also state that a lot of people with no previous connection to the game see a game on TV either at home or down the pub and decide they want to go and see it live. Students move to an area where RL is played and decide to go down to a match because they have never been and they are hooked.

Clubs marketing departments spark an interest in people who had never really considered going to a game and hey we have a new supporter.

I have lots of anecdotal evidence to counter yours.

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I could also state that a lot of people with no previous connection to the game see a game on TV either at home or down the pub and decide they want to go and see it live. Students move to an area where RL is played and decide to go down to a match because they have never been and they are hooked.

Clubs marketing departments spark an interest in people who had never really considered going to a game and hey we have a new supporter.

I have lots of anecdotal evidence to counter yours.

There you go again, knowing more about my local area than I do. You must spend your whole life gathering evidence to prove people wrong.

Must go now back to the real world.

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I could also state that a lot of people with no previous connection to the game see a game on TV either at home or down the pub and decide they want to go and see it live. Students move to an area where RL is played and decide to go down to a match because they have never been and they are hooked.

Clubs marketing departments spark an interest in people who had never really considered going to a game and hey we have a new supporter.

I have lots of anecdotal evidence to counter yours.

Students are a good point the clubs who could take advantage are Sheffield, Hull, Leeds, London and Manchester - the key would be a good RL set up at that Uni and a sales capability to exploit it.

I can't see a bloke in a boozer in Cheltenham travelling to Hull on a weekly basis, these fans would attend events like CC finals, GF's, Ashes etc and have always done so we just need more to do so now.

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Why the hell has this changed into yet another thread about Cas/Fev, mergers and Maurice Lindsay? What has this got to do with news at Salford?

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You don't get News out of the Salford club Wellsy, just lies, rumour and false hope - for the last 40 years I know of anyway. There are loads of rumours going about the City, and everybody knows somebody who is in the know, like Sean Long's brothers dogs vet, except its usually wrong. I have as good a contacts as anybody else in the game round here but I don't know anything worth posting, and probably wouldn't if I did, because that way you never get to know anything again! If a saviour comes in all will be revealed quickly enough, otherwise, don't think anything will be announced before 7th January. The fans have raised something like £30,000 but most of them don't seem hopeful of staying in the top flight. I just hope that they keep a team playing at Barton in one form or another.

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The thing I just cannot get my head around in all this was how the Salford fans were sold such a white elephant as Barton? I mean what was so terminally awful about The Willows? I just can not believe that the ground was so bad, I have been several times before the closure and It was In my view a fine venue for RL, the shed had a certain "Raw Uniqueness" (not for the faint hearted) and the Willows end had a certain old school charm!

All you need at Barton is an East Wind, as many residents of Davyhulme would declare...and the metaphor would aptly describe both the decision making and leadership/budget control that has been in place since they arrived back in SL.

As for the RFL all I can say is that they simply have to act with consistency...And wonder aloud what the lease for Barton would cost them?

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Why the hell has this changed into yet another thread about Cas/Fev, mergers and Maurice Lindsay? What has this got to do with news at Salford?

Well said Wellsy. I'm getting sick of the 'we know best brigade' hijacking every thread and trying to tell people they know more about their local clubs/areas than they do.

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