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Save Don Valley Petition

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The club is making limited statements at the moment, but I'm sure this is high on the internal agenda. I think SUFC would be more amenable to hosting Super League (as they could command a higher price) but I also think that they would need a new surface laying down as currently the pitch has to rest for weeks on end in the summer - this means they probably have to get promoted at least once to justify the cost. So, could the Eagles make a credible SL bid based on a guaranteed place at Bramall Lane whilst playing at a stadium not dissimilar to York's or Skolars?

Is there any hope in going back to Owlerton Stadium?

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Is there any hope in going back to Owlerton Stadium?

No

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Is there any hope in going back to Owlerton Stadium?

What for ? :mellow:

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Tim (WCE as well).....

The smaller stadium won't then qualify for Superleague will it?

Have the club a view on this?

Woodbourn's not suitable at all.

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Could the Eagles make a credible SL bid based on a guaranteed place at Bramall Lane whilst playing at a stadium not dissimilar to York's or Skolars?

Thanks Tim/Griff....

IMHO no.

The crowds are only 1,000 and Mr. Swire fears they may be affected downwards if other CC clubs were seen as only "A" teams. The junior development has to aim to widen the geographical junior base of Superleague, and they need a ground capable of hosting SL where they can get a three year guarantee.

This may kill off the Eagles SL bid and the silence on the situation may be telling. I await to see what is said/happens.

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I agree. The ground is less of an issue than the level of support. If we had the support we had 20 years ago (just under 2500 in the season we had in Div 2, 1991/92), we'd probably have more extensive use of Bramall Lane. Yet here we are after 20 years of development and we have around half that crowd.

Everything else is in place for a $uperleague franchise.

The only point I'd challenge is the club's silence. The closure was only announced on Friday, when the club had a game against York. Give them a chance to research their options. :dry:

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I agree. The ground is less of an issue than the level of support. If we had the support we had 20 years ago (just under 2500 in the season we had in Div 2, 1991/92), we'd probably have more extensive use of Bramall Lane. Yet here we are after 20 years of development and we have around half that crowd.

Everything else is in place for a $uperleague franchise.

The only point I'd challenge is the club's silence. The closure was only announced on Friday, when the club had a game against York. Give them a chance to research their options. :dry:

They can suit themselves as regards researching options and announcing plans. ;)

The closure has been on the cards for some time, not since Friday. The announcement it could happen was as good as confirmation.

You say that (apart from a fan base, the development of SL standard players, an acceptable ground and £3,000,000 a year to balance the books) "Everything else is in place for a $uperleague franchise"

:blink:........... good luck with it then!

Seriously the second division crowds you quote from 20 years ago contrast sharply with todays crowds for a club that are the reigning Championship Champions.

A couple of years back people were saying licensing and Superleague were killing the Championship and i disagreed. Time to review that....

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They can suit themselves as regards researching options and announcing plans. ;)

Indeed.

The closure has been on the cards for some time, not since Friday. The announcement it could happen was as good as confirmation.

It would be totally inappropriate for the club to comment prior to the decision being taken.

You say that (apart from a fan base, the development of SL standard players, an acceptable ground and £3,000,000 a year to balance the books) "Everything else is in place for a $uperleague franchise"

:blink:........... good luck with it then!

Luck ? :wacko: We won't get in without a huge crowd increase so we won't need it.

Seriously the second division crowds you quote from 20 years ago contrast sharply with todays crowds for a club that are the reigning Championship Champions.

A couple of years back people were saying licensing and Superleague were killing the Championship and i disagreed. Time to review that....

Maybe we should relocate. :happy:

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This may kill off the Eagles SL bid and the silence on the situation may be telling. I await to see what is said/happens.

Totally the opposite of what I'm hearing is correct. I'm not at liberty to go into details or even hint, as these are trusted contacts within the club, but this is just the beginning of the story regarding where the Eagles end up playing. I wouldn't write off their Super League chances just yet - not on he ground side of things, at least (feel free to state they'll never make it regardless).

Woodburn Road isn't an option as far as I know.

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Oh, and they won't be relocating either, before anyone suggests that. Well, not outside of Sheffield, at least.

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Totally the opposite of what I'm hearing is correct. I'm not at liberty to go into details or even hint, as these are trusted contacts within the club, but this is just the beginning of the story regarding where the Eagles end up playing. I wouldn't write off their Super League chances just yet - not on he ground side of things, at least (feel free to state they'll never make it regardless).

Woodburn Road isn't an option as far as I know.

This is correct

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Totally the opposite of what I'm hearing is correct.

Eh ? :mellow:

I'm not at liberty to go into details or even hint,

So - why are you hinting ? :dry:

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Where to?

Donny and become South Yorkshire Sharks?

:O

Haven't decided yet. We've been quite successful at Huddersfield though. B)

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Don Valley is a soulless champagne socialist built dump that should have pulled down ages ago with the bill being sent to all the barmy idiots on the council who sanctioned the place to be built for the world student games in the first place:)

Fair comment. :lol:

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Totally the opposite of what I'm hearing is correct. I'm not at liberty to go into details or even hint, as these are trusted contacts within the club, but this is just the beginning of the story regarding where the Eagles end up playing. I wouldn't write off their Super League chances just yet - not on he ground side of things, at least (feel free to state they'll never make it regardless).

Thank you for the positive vibes falling short of a hint :)

Sounds exciting stuff.

I won't say they'll never make it, I just think they have little chance as they currently have been operating.

I like clubs to be realistic and honest about things and in the case of Sheffield (and others) justify their SL ambitions with real achievement, realistic plans or real advantageous events.

Offer the RFL real expansion across south Yorkshire broadening the base of the game and you may have a chance especially if you have a rich investor and a stadium like Brammal Lane.

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Don Valley is a soulless champagne socialist built dump that should have pulled down ages ago with the bill being sent to all the barmy idiots on the council who sanctioned the place to be built for the world student games in the first place:)

CM

Says the man currently living amongst the champagne communists!!!

Nice one CM....

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Eh ? :mellow:

So - why are you hinting ? :dry:

Let me try and be clearer. What I'm hearing is the opposite of what Parksider was saying - i.e the Eagles future ground situation is in hand, but they've not gone public as there are many other partners/people involved, and it's early stages.

That's all, really. I wanted to avoid saying this much, really, but hopefully that's sufficiently vague to cover my tracks.

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Well, all I can say is it's a good job you can keep a secret, WCE. :wacko:

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they've not gone public as there are many other partners/people involved, and it's early stages.

It's alright. We all know. They're merging with Huddersfield Underbank.

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It's alright. We all know. They're merging with Huddersfield Underbank.

Now that is a fine ground...

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What has happened to sheffield fc plan to build a new 10,000 stadium at olive grove could the eagles look at going in with them and ground sharing ?

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Dual reg the Keepmoat :D

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