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Read on Wakefield Express website that Eric France has closed for the last time and laid off all the staff.

They owe the tax man over £20 million

Looks like we've no sponsor

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Heard on twitter that the Rams will be making a statement regarding this issue soon.

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There will be an interim Statement in the next couple of days.

When the situation has been fully resolved and agreed, a full Announcement will follow.

In the meantime, we need as many people as possible to join the new Lottery, re-join Drema

and support the proposed Independent Supporters Group. The club also needs more people to

attend the Royal Suite after each Home game and help us to increase the Bar sales and keep our

Tetley's Sponsorship.

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Have we got a new lottery? I mean one that doesn't all go to the Bulls? The club should really be pushing these initiatives. Would an email to all from the club be a good idea? As far as the bars go we should be trying to attract visiting supporters to our club pre match. 3 coachloads of Fev fans that went to HHWMC for example.

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The Rams have launched a new lottery - details of this were posted on this forum yesterday at 7.15pm. Information is also available on the web site and will be featured in this week's Dewsbury Reporter and Press. It is on Twitter and is on the newsletter that has been circulated to everyone on our mailing list. If you want to be added to this mailing list please e-mail the club at info@dewsburyrams.co,uk., Unfortunately arrangements were finalised too late for inclusion in the Whitehaven match day programme. Opportunities to join the scheme will be available at the World Cup Tour event at the Tetley's Stadium on Wednesday 6th March from 6.00pm (more on this to follow through the Media Team) and handouts will be pushed out during our next home match against Leigh Centurions. If you can help to promote the lottery in any way the club would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to set up as an agent even better and there are commission payments and other rewards for agents.

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If I could read that would help :wub:

Well u are from dewsbury....... hang on so am I.

Theres proof if ever you needed it!

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This is on Dewsbury Reporter website;

Dewsbury Rams have today (Wednesday) issued a lengthy statement regarding the shortfall the face following the news that major sponsor Eric France Scrap Metal had ceased trading.

The full statement reads “As most supporters are aware the club’s Main Sponsor, Eric France, is no longer trading and is in Liquidation and our sympathies go with those employees who have now lost their jobs through this action.

Consequently, the Sponsorship deal signed in late 2012 has ceased with immediate effect resulting in a significant shortfall in the budgeted income for Seasons 2013 and 2014.

“The Directors and Shareholders of the club have been working with Eric France as well as potential new sponsors of the club for some weeks to try to alleviate the situation and secure the medium term future of the club.

“Unfortunately this has come hard on the heels of the failure of the club’s lottery arrangement with the Bradford Bulls which became unsustainable due to a significant drop in membership particularly from our area. The club has already launched a new lottery to revitalise this part of the business but until this lottery is up to full strength there will be a negative financial impact on the club.

“The Directors and Shareholders are determined that the day to day running of the club will not be affected and have implemented the necessary measures to ensure that this is the case. It is also the view of the Board that the club needs to look to the longer term future and not just short term on the playing side. A number of players have already attracted the interest of potential suitors and the club has reacted to this by starting a programme of tying key young players to the club beyond 2013. Details of these negotiations will be released in due course as will an announcement, as soon as is practically possible, in respect of the possible new Sponsorship arrangements.

“In the meantime the club will be carrying out a review of exactly what income levels will be required to enable the club to become a major force in the Championship. All potential revenue areas will be considered in order to maximise revenue to the club. It is vital that supporters and anyone with an interest in Dewsbury Rams play their part by joining either the club’s lottery or DREMA scheme, buying match day programmes and official merchandise, patronising any of the club’s three licensed bars and by pushing the name of the Rams to potential sponsors. If we all work together on this we can achieve many of the targets we want to set ourselves as a club both on the pitch and around development of stadium facilities. Neither can happen without the income streams necessary to fund this and the club needs supporters to play their part as much as possible.

“Finally the club would like to re-assure supporters that the Eastern Terracing Project will not be affected by this situation and work will commence when the revised construction method and Emergency Lighting Scheme requested by Kirklees Building Control is approved.”

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Ok chaps and lasses, thinking caps on. We need a new main sponsor! Go......

Tetleys...

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Tetleys...

On the brewery idea (however fanciful) would prefer Ossett Brewery. Local and has the added benefit to the club being able to market function rooms with decent, respected, local hand pulled beer!

In reality I expect that if Ossett were in any way interested they would have been in touch and considered before now. One can only hope!

More constructively, I will be signing up for the new lottery etc, as soon as I can. Not exactly gonna fill the gap but its a start!

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On the brewery idea (however fanciful) would prefer Ossett Brewery. Local and has the added benefit to the club being able to market function rooms with decent, respected, local hand pulled beer!

In reality I expect that if Ossett were in any way interested they would have been in touch and considered before now. One can only hope!

More constructively, I will be signing up for the new lottery etc, as soon as I can. Not exactly gonna fill the gap but its a start!

Having thought about this, I suspect Tetley's naming rights and supply deal give them exclusivity over what we can sell. Shame - their products are "poor" (my first word wasn't allowed).

Still does not mean we can't sell a shirt deal though!!

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Having thought about this, I suspect Tetley's naming rights and supply deal give them exclusivity over what we can sell. Shame - their products are "poor" (my first word wasn't allowed).

Still does not mean we can't sell a shirt deal though!!

Sadly correct. Tetley's is garbage nowadays

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On the brewery idea (however fanciful) would prefer Ossett Brewery. Local and has the added benefit to the club being able to market function rooms with decent, respected, local hand pulled beer!

In reality I expect that if Ossett were in any way interested they would have been in touch and considered before now. One can only hope!

More constructively, I will be signing up for the new lottery etc, as soon as I can. Not exactly gonna fill the gap but its a start!

Ossett brewery would be heaven. Given that the only decent ale in the area is at the huntsman, there is a huge catchment arround shaw cross. I'd like to see the bottom bar turned into a real ale pub with grub at dinner time and evening, because good ale attracts customers - but it seems we are stuck with tetleys and sod all chance of much custom. :(

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Ossett brewery would be heaven. Given that the only decent ale in the area is at the huntsman, there is a huge catchment arround shaw cross. I'd like to see the bottom bar turned into a real ale pub with grub at dinner time and evening, because good ale attracts customers - but it seems we are stuck with tetleys and sod all chance of much custom. :(

disagree with the huntsman being the best pint in the area.Hanging heaton do a pint for £1.70 and it will leave em all standing.However main point is the south stand bar and if we could develop it into a fans bar bit more cosier etc.Keep it open for an hour after match we might get a few more punters.The fact is alot of people hate the ques in the main bar after the match.

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You have a very viable point there Equalizer I haven't been in the South Stand Bar as yet but your right the queue for a drink in the main bar is to say the least unreal not enough pumps or staff to cope bet It's bad for a sportsmans dinner with big drinkers a

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You have a very viable point there Equalizer I haven't been in the South Stand Bar as yet but your right the queue for a drink in the main bar is to say the least unreal not enough pumps or staff to cope bet It's bad for a sportsmans dinner with big drinkers.

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I really hope the loss of the sponsorship monies doesn't create Dewsbury to many financial problems. The last thing rugby league needs is the loss of such a traditional club.

Good luck in securing new funding and for the season barring of course this Sunday.

Good fans are the Dewsbury folk.

PS please make sure Roger the Ram comes over to Leigh Sports on Sunday.

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I can't remember how many times I have fancied a halftime pint only to be faced with a queue that sent me back to the terraces. I believe the pro drinkers deliberately miss the last 5 mins of the first half in order to get to the front of the queue. I know we can't all be served at once but surely there's something that could be done. Every pint NOT sold is revenue lost.

Is it possible/legal to pre-pull pints? Surely most orders are for a pint of lager/bitter, you'd soon work out how many to do. How about rounding up/down the prices to make change a bit quicker too (are you really bothered about 6 or 7 pence?)

As for opening the Southstand bar after the game... I agree with equalizer, it would need to be made a bit cosier, but might work - especially in the summer.

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At most theatres you pre-pay your drinks for the interval, so yes it is legal to do it. It is quite simple, just pull 10/20 pints of lager and bitter in advance or pre-sell for half-time and have them all pulled and pre-paid. And for those who insist on a freshly pulled pint they can queue up.

It just takes some initiative, even if you throw a few pints away, you make more overall.

And to those fans who park on the road or have their pre-match pint elsewhere just park in the ground £20 for whole season and drink at the ground. Every bit helps the club.

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Hanging heaton do a pint for £1.70 and it will leave em all standing.

Pint of what though?

And "if it leaves them all standing", for some that's missing the point entirely!! :huh:

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