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Harrogate RUFC are rumoured to face being made homeless, and RU has always had a big following in the town.

Between them York and Harrogate could support a dual-franchise club.

No they're not. Whilst they have lived on a knife edge for a while, they now have plans for a very decent new facility just outside the town which looks similar to the West Park development and my understanding is that it will happen.

As for a dual franchise club, I sincerely doubt it. Whilst it is fairly fertile RU territory, you see plenty of Rhinos tops out and about and I'm sure if the Rhinos put on a youth training session on the Stray that they would get a very decent turn out indeed.

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No they're not. Whilst they have lived on a knife edge for a while, they now have plans for a very decent new facility just outside the town which looks similar to the West Park development and my understanding is that it will happen.

As for a dual franchise club, I sincerely doubt it. Whilst it is fairly fertile RU territory, you see plenty of Rhinos tops out and about and I'm sure if the Rhinos put on a youth training session on the Stray that they would get a very decent turn out indeed.

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And yet 6 of those teams are still in SL at this moment.

Yes they are. I thought it pretty much a given that above the top six or seven nobody else can sustain Superleague without the help of rich directors. Why don't you get this??

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And the ones at Wigan don't come from Wigan amateur RL ?

Yes they do but enough are produced to sustain a Superleague team. Why don't you get this?

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There is 4 not 3 at Huddersfield first team- Stuart Fielden, Joe Wardle, Luke Robinson, Jacob Fairbank. There another couple knocking around at other clubs like O´Brien at Bradford and then theres obviously Gareth Widdop at Melbourne.

The Grix boys are from Halifax

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The Grix boys are from Halifax

Scott Grix is a Huddersfield regular and is now one of the senior players. He's inked in to play full back this season.

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I lived and worked in Harrogate and the demographics of the town are definitely not the demographics of RL.

But you don't know this do you? The past is history as you say and no indication of the future??

Surely now Rhinos have got Harrogate people on board as fans the game could spread if you put the Union club in Superleague.

York is close to Harrogate there's a direct railway line. Over a quarter of a million potential fans

How do you know if we don't try it?

Am I ringing Mr Barwick or you???

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Very interesting article about the finances of sub Premiership English soccer. Funnily enough no mention of it on the BBC sports pages!

http://www.telegraph...llion-debt.html

£68m v £1billion!

Cardiff City have debts of GBP83million. That's one Championship football club carrying more debt than the entire sport of Rugby League.

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never fear....Riley will be on their case........! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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York and RL have mixed since 1895 or 6. That the club has never set the league in fire in the past is immaterial to what might happen in the future given the right circumstances. After their reformation as York Knights there was a wave of optimisim and enthusiasm and they were pulling in decent crowd in CC1. That this was not sustained is true but the possible potential for the game in York were demonstrated.

You just don't know that I am wrong. I am speculating that York could be a successful RL city you are denying that to be so. Neither of us knows the future.

Swinton and Hunslet were giants of the game but now are struggling A teams but if I was to take on board your theories then, because they were great in the past, this should continue into the future but obviously this is not so. So when you say York has not been a big RL City in the past and so will continue in that vein, this is clearly not a given. it might be but equally it might not.

Were the folk of Perpignan sprinkled with fairy dust or was there some other reason that they went from a struggling, dying club in the French league to a top tier SL club ?

Statistics from the past prove nothing with regards to the future. they may support a particular line of argument but they are not infallible.

If you don't want to debate then don,t. people like you who think they are right all the time are particularly annoying to those of us who are :rolleyes:

Just out of interest what's the population of Perpignan compared to York?

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Both of you wait until Fev have got in first!

Fev are now safe.

I have informed Mr, Barwick that withing an hours drive of POR there are 6,000,000 people

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Its around 85000 + you can add on another 35000 for outlying areas.The combined total of Dragons/USAP fans being around 20000 + means around 1 in 6/7 attend a rugby match (very few no-more than lets say 1000 follow both codes) which makes it very high in terms of % of the population watching Rugby,in fact you can add at least another 5000 + to that figure that follow the local village side on a regular basis that would come within the 35000+ for outlying areas.CM

Very interesting thank you. If USAP are a bigger club surely this puts pressure on Les Cats in terms of attracting juniors and fans.

I saw somwhere they have a tie up with Barcelona FC.

But I mustn't talk about Barcelona, it's all fanatsy stuff.

As Is Italy being a major place to play Rugby.

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But you don't know this do you? The past is history as you say and no indication of the future??

Surely now Rhinos have got Harrogate people on board as fans the game could spread if you put the Union club in Superleague.

York is close to Harrogate there's a direct railway line. Over a quarter of a million potential fans

How do you know if we don't try it?

Am I ringing Mr Barwick or you???

The population of Harrogate is around 60,000, similar to that of Keighley, considered by you to be too small for SL. There is not even one junior team in Harrogate and there is no stadium.

You can try if you want put the town does not compare to York on stadium ( projected), existing club, population or junior game. Now have you finished taking the p#ss?

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Just out of interest what's the population of Perpignan compared to York?

According to another poster the population is 85,000 with 35,000 in the hinterland, atotal of 120,000. the population of York is 200,000. but York is too small and isolated :dry:

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1. There is not even one junior team in Harrogate and there is no stadium.

2. Now have you finished taking the p#ss?

1. You seem to know be grasping the idea that for a real Superleague club you need a big squad of quality professional players and a large amount of paying spectators. Some clubs just don't come up to that mark.

2. I have now you may be starting to get it. Any relapse into fantasy may trigger a relapse into sarcasm.

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1. You seem to know be grasping the idea that for a real Superleague club you need a big squad of quality professional players and a large amount of paying spectators. Some clubs just don't come up to that mark.

2. I have now you may be starting to get it. Any relapse into fantasy may trigger a relapse into sarcasm.

The point is, and I hope you are starting to get it, that these things can be obtained given the right circumstances as at Perpignan or Widnes or Hull KR. Because a club dosn't come up to the mark presently does not mean that there is not potential, which is all I was saying from post 1.

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The population of Harrogate is around 60,000, similar to that of Keighley, considered by you to be too small for SL. There is not even one junior team in Harrogate and there is no stadium.

Knaresborough's only a cockstride away, though.

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The point is, and I hope you are starting to get it, that these things can be obtained given the right circumstances as at Perpignan or Widnes or Hull KR. Because a club dosn't come up to the mark presently does not mean that there is not potential, which is all I was saying from post 1.

You just take it too far, big established clubs with a big name and a record of success and heavy investment can't make it in SL as self sustaining clubs.

The example of Huddersfield under the Ken Davey years is an excellent on. Even after several years of all the money they want they do not produce the players or attract the fans in enough number.

So no York don't have potential and yes looking back over a relevant reference period does show you how hard it would be for small clubs to be SL clubs, given how hard it's been for Fartown who have so much going for them..

And no HKR who don' have the money to match other clubs on the pitch and Widnes who don't produce the players, and both don't get 10K crowds are well short of being self sustaining SL club. Your examples are nonsense.

The game needs every resource it can get pumping into 14 clubs and that's it. If that means the rest go but it's the best thing for the game it'll do for me.

I'll even pay for you to have a Bulls season ticket.

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I lived and worked in Harrogate and the demographics of the town are definitely not the demographics of RL. Just why they have abandoned RU as well is indeed a mystery.

I was brought up there. It's not so much to with being "posh" but the fact that most people who live in Harrogate weren't born there. And if they were then probably their parents weren't. Hence it has never really had a sporting culture as people tend to support the teams from where they came from.

Most "real" Harrogate folk tend to gravitate towards Leeds based teams, most notably United but to some extent Rhinos and Carnegie. I can't see a York based side ever being popular in Harrogate as people tend to commute to Leeds and go clubbing / do their shopping there; they don't do the same with York.

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I was brought up there. It's not so much to with being "posh" but the fact that most people who live in Harrogate weren't born there. And if they were then probably their parents weren't. Hence it has never really had a sporting culture as people tend to support the teams from where they came from.

Most "real" Harrogate folk tend to gravitate towards Leeds based teams, most notably United but to some extent Rhinos and Carnegie. I can't see a York based side ever being popular in Harrogate as people tend to commute to Leeds and go clubbing / do their shopping there; they don't do the same with York.

I never suggested that at all. In fact, I never brought Harrogate into the conversation at all. I think York, all by itself at 200,000, is big enough to support a SL club ( potentially in the future) not next week.

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You just take it too far, big established clubs with a big name and a record of success and heavy investment can't make it in SL as self sustaining clubs.

The example of Huddersfield under the Ken Davey years is an excellent on. Even after several years of all the money they want they do not produce the players or attract the fans in enough number.

So no York don't have potential and yes looking back over a relevant reference period does show you how hard it would be for small clubs to be SL clubs, given how hard it's been for Fartown who have so much going for them..

And no HKR who don' have the money to match other clubs on the pitch and Widnes who don't produce the players, and both don't get 10K crowds are well short of being self sustaining SL club. Your examples are nonsense.

The game needs every resource it can get pumping into 14 clubs and that's it. If that means the rest go but it's the best thing for the game it'll do for me.

I'll even pay for you to have a Bulls season ticket.

So why were any of these clubs given A SL licence. According to your point of view it's a licence to fail.

If the game is to stick at 14 top clubs and that's it and the devil take the hindmost and the rest can go to the wall, then that's nothing but a defeatist attitude.

I think the game should be looking to expand from amateurs all the way to SL. If the SL is still limited to 14 or 12 or 10 clubs in 20 years time, it will have been a serial failure. If it is still stuck with most of it;s teams in the current narrowly defined geographical straight jacket, it will have become a failure.

I have seen you decry York, Sheffield, Oldham and Doncaster, all decent sized or even big cities, on the periphery of the SL archepelago, as no go areas for SL expansion. I am seeing you now in this thread saying " the game needs every resource it can get pumping into 14 clubs AND THAT'S IT ". So much for your ballyhooed support for a Welsh SL club then.

I guess if the new Coventry team slated for next season's CC1, situated in a decent sized rugby mad city, were to ever aspire to SL, it too would be told that there is no money, no fans, no potential, no players etc etc ad nauseam and told to get lost because " The game needs every resource it can get pumping into 14 clubs AND THAT'S IT".

I just don't share your elitist, defeatist, nihilist views. I think the future direction should be a bigger spread for the game with a bigger SL and the wealth should be spread around. I think expansion, not ring fencing, should be the policy. The SL has increased crowds and, despite the recent hiccups, seems to be emerging even stronger for the struggle. I think the pathway to SL should be open to all via p and r or just a plain and simple decision to increase the number of teams in the top flight.

I think the thrust of the game should be expansionary and the league should endeavour to engage with TV companies to move in that direction. You say it can't be done. I say, let's try. I don't say this can be done next season or even ever but the future must by one of expansion, if not there is no future. If a York or a Doncaster or a Sheffield are ever able to grow to the point where they can realistically apply for or get promoted to SL then they should be admitted without a backward glance, as well as Halifax or Fev or Leigh.

By the way, you can keep the money for the Bradford Bulls season ticket, you can buy me one for the Cougars and hope that they survive and that Leeds A, oops I meant Hunslet, don't get them relegated to CC1.

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1. If the game is to stick at 14 top clubs that's nothing but a defeatist attitude.

2. I think the game should be looking to expand amateurs all the way to SL

3. I have seen you decry York, Sheffield, Oldham and Doncaster, I guess if the new Coventry team slated for next season's CC1, situated in a decent sized rugby mad city, were to ever aspire to SL, it too would be told that there is no money, no fans, no potential, no players etc etc a

4. I think the wealth should be spread around. I think expansion, not ring fencing, should be the policy.

5. I think the thrust of the game should be expansionary and the league should endeavour to engage with TV companies to move in that direction.

6. If a York or a Doncaster or a Sheffield are ever able to grow to the point where they can realistically apply for or get promoted to SL

1. If every fan, sponsor and TV pound was in Superleague we'f have profitable clubs able to grow the sport.

2. SL clubs should have all the resources so they can expand the amateur game. The bit in the middle is dragging progress down.

3. Laughable. Doncaster tried to get RL going big style 60 years ago and have gone nowhere in that time and you talk about Coventry for Superleague.

4. This is a joke isn't it? take money off the clubs best placed to be SL clubs who can expand the game and give it to small clubs who will do what with it? Waste it,

5. What does that mean? We're not back to ask the TV companies for money and they will say "OK here you are" back to the silly assumption Mr. Wood does not try every angle to get every penny?

6. why do you post this stuff? York have gone nowhere in over 150 years, Donny nowhere in 60 years, Sheffield nowhere in 25 years.

One league of 14 clubs in the right places, sat on regions, given all the money possible to develop the game in their area and targeting of extra resources where needed and less where not needed. 14 rich men working together to create a solid superleague from top to bottom.

We agreed on an earlier thread no Superleague = no Rugby League to talk about.

It's an easy conclusion to make that we need to engineer every penny into Superleague clubs to make them profitable so they can grow.

You defy all logic talking about clubs who have no record of growth one day being "ready for SL"........

All for the good of the game.

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1. If every fan, sponsor and TV pound was in Superleague we'f have profitable clubs able to grow the sport.

To grow it where, bigger if possible where it already is. The sport is too small and isolated. It needs expansion both numerically and geographically.

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2. SL clubs should have all the resources so they can expand the amateur game. The bit in the middle is dragging progress down.

You hope. The recent Leeds initiative in this area is the very first and we'll see how much actual cash they devote to it. Pro and semi pro clubs don't expand the amatueur game. They feed off of it.

3. Laughable. Doncaster tried to get RL going big style 60 years ago and have gone nowhere in that time and you talk about Coventry for Superleague.

London and Catalans both started from next to nothing and are both in SL, but it can't be done anywhere else. They first started in London in the 1930s

4. This is a joke isn't it? take money off the clubs best placed to be SL clubs who can expand the game and give it to small clubs who will do what with it? Waste it,

Expand the game to where. That is what I am suggesting and you are decrying

5. What does that mean? We're not back to ask the TV companies for money and they will say "OK here you are" back to the silly assumption Mr. Wood does not try every angle to get every penny?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. The RFL need to sell the benefits of an expanded game to Sky, ESPN and whomever. You do not know what Mr Wood asks for. I rather suspect that he asks for a continuation of the status quo rather then any attempt to get a committment to a bigger payday if the SL expands. I just love it when you try to belittle people's ideas with words like "silly" and "fantasy" and "impossible" purely because you don't agree with them.

6. why do you post this stuff? York have gone nowhere in over 150 years, Donny nowhere in 60 years, Sheffield nowhere in 25 years.

London went nowhere in 30 years. Catalans went nowhere in 80 years. Paris went nowhere in 2 years. Various Welsh experiments went nowhere in 100 years. Some suceed,some don't. There is no template that says previous failure to thrive is a recipe for future expectations. Situations and opportunities are constantly changing. One day you are up, one day you are not. look at the roller coaster RL has been on in Bradford since 1895. I dare say if we were having this discusssion in 1905 or 1963, you would be posting about the impossibility of success for RL< in Bradford also.

One league of 14 clubs in the right places, sat on regions, given all the money possible to develop the game in their area and targeting of extra resources where needed and less where not needed. 14 rich men working together to create a solid superleague from top to bottom.

Morrisons was once a one man shop. It didn't sit on it's profits and stay at that location. It expanded and took risks and ended up what it is today. SL needs to do the same thing. Once a club is ready, on the field, in the stadium and at the Bank it should be given a place in SL.

Beta was a better video tape system that VHS but it failed to capture it's market, stagnated in in it's own little niche and lost the war. Union, an inferior product. is there trying to corner the market and if we let them, it will be no consolation that we have the better product. They will obliterate RL

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We agreed on an earlier thread no Superleague = no Rugby League to talk about.

It's an easy conclusion to make that we need to engineer every penny into Superleague clubs to make them profitable so they can grow.

I have no argument there. SL clubs need to be profitable, as do CC clubs, and the money is overwhelmingly already diverted to that end with mixed results. That is not to say that further revenue should not be pursued to enable extra teams to join the club. Don't forget much of the necessary revenue will be engineered by the clubs themselves as at Fev and Halifax, Leigh and Salford.

You defy all logic talking about clubs who have no record of growth one day being "ready for SL"....

Union clubs, Saracens, Wasps, London Irish, Harelquins and the like were one man and a dog operations for 100 years. They had no record of growth. Many of them didn't even have stadia. The situation changed, RU went professional and these clubs with no record at all of growth became very big business indeed. It's you, I am afraid, who are defying logic. . There has never been so much money in RL as at present. There has never been such demand for coverage of the game from TV outlets. There has never been the quality of administration and management ability in the game as there is today and I include many fo the CC clubs in that statement.. As stated already London and Catalan had no record of growth and hey presto......

All for the good of the game.

Indeed, but we have conflicting thoughts on how to achieve this.

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