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Terry Mullaney

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I was anti-mergers in '95 (aged 21).

 

I'm now pro-mergers.

 

Circumstances change, people change, over the course of time you sometimes start to see benefit in things that initially didn't appeal.

 

We needed stronger leadership and braver decision makers back then. In some ways the '95 plan was too soon - ahead of its time.

 

The time is now. We need the 4 mergers (Hull, Calder, Cheshire & Cumbria) and IMHO they will happen.

 

The thing is though, What would Cas offer to Featherstone apart from their spot in Super League?

 

We think we can get there ourselves, we think we have better facilities too, we believe we can muster just as much support as they do.  We are a club on the up, sadly the once great Castleford (whom I love to hate!) seem to be in decline.

 

Wakefield should be nowhere near a merger in any circumstances, they should stand alone as a "City" (or biggish town with a cathedral) team.

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cant see the mergers happening DSK , as far as i know they arent even being considered by the RFL and there is too much opposition from the fans , certainly in the calder area and the chances of a combined hull side are zilch , pretty sure that would apply to all the othereas suggested as well

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I was anti-mergers in '95 (aged 21).

 

I'm now pro-mergers.

 

Circumstances change, people change, over the course of time you sometimes start to see benefit in things that initially didn't appeal.

 

We needed stronger leadership and braver decision makers back then. In some ways the '95 plan was too soon - ahead of its time.

 

The time is now. We need the 4 mergers (Hull, Calder, Cheshire & Cumbria) and IMHO they will happen.

The trouble is for an idea, even a good idea to work there has to be the will, ability, energy and lack of self interest to make it work

The mergers then and now could be the best ideas on earth but there are too many obstacles in the way

Featherstone have done brilliantly in reinventing many aspects of their club, deserve all the credit that's going and the original poster is quite right to bring it to people's attention

But what happens in the immediate mid term future to the game as a whole worries me

As a spectator I don't want to see Catalans out of the elite comp on the back of say one bad season for instance, I don't want there to be obstacles in the way to a club like Toulouse

I find the idea of narrowing down the scope of the elite comp disappointing

I do disagree with you about the Cheshire and hull clubs merging though they gave too much going for them and too much potential

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The thing is though, What would Cas offer to Featherstone apart from their spot in Super League?

 

We think we can get there ourselves, we think we have better facilities too, we believe we can muster just as much support as they do.  We are a club on the up, sadly the once great Castleford (whom I love to hate!) seem to be in decline.

 

Wakefield should be nowhere near a merger in any circumstances, they should stand alone as a "City" (or biggish town with a cathedral) team.

In theory they’ve got circa 6K supporters that any merged entity will need if it were ever to make it to SL. They will also increase the pool off juniors that sign up for said new club and concentrate potential sponsors/investors to one club rather than two.

 

However great it sounds in theory though, it will never happen in practice.

 

Trinity need to sort themselves out and have a good few years without being on the brink of financial collapse. If that happens and Newmarket finally gets built then they could go on to be a standalone club, if not then they are just as susceptible to being merged as the other two.

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Featherstone Rovers in an elite league is a joke, sadly it is a joke that the incumbent RFL dinosaurs do not find funny.

 

Finances (or rather, lack of them) within the game will necessitate these 4 mergers. All 4 areas need them and so does the wider sport.

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Featherstone Rovers in an elite league is a joke, sadly it is a joke that the incumbent RFL dinosaurs do not find funny.

 

Finances (or rather, lack of them) within the game will necessitate these 4 mergers. All 4 areas need them and so does the wider sport.

 

You my friend are ignorant and clueless, and you call SL an elite league? Is that an elite league where numerous clubs are struggling and poorly run?

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Featherstone Rovers in an elite league is a joke, sadly it is a joke that the incumbent RFL dinosaurs do not find funny.

 

Finances (or rather, lack of them) within the game will necessitate these 4 mergers. All 4 areas need them and so does the wider sport.

 

Mergers will not generate the finance necessary for a fully pro sport. As I keep saying the truth is that RL in the UK is very much a minority sport that can only support a semi pro existence for all but a (slightly less than) handful of clubs.

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Featherstone Rovers in an elite league is a joke, sadly it is a joke that the incumbent RFL dinosaurs do not find funny.

 

Finances (or rather, lack of them) within the game will necessitate these 4 mergers. All 4 areas need them and so does the wider sport.

what exactly do you mean by a joke or are you just on a wind up or Fev bashing (seems quite a popular sport on here by a certain few)

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Anyone who would deny Featherstonentheir right to win a chance at the big time has lost the plot and no longer understands the nature of sport!

I'm not one who subscribes to 'sport is a business'

Of course a club should be run as a business and wash its own face financially but the purpose of its existence shouldn't be sacrificed at the alter of a business god or even some over ambitious and conceited Chaiman.

Looking beyond clubs at the sport itself, it's members and it's governing body they too need to realise that the business side of sport should be secondary to the ethos of the sport. Recent decisions by the SGB and it's members have been against the very nature and good health of the sport both now and especially in the future, they've forgotten or never knew just why Rugby League/sport exists and why it once thrived. Removing some of the youth pathways, reducing the number of development officers etc in order to streamline the business is self serving, tantamount to incompetence and an abdication of duty.

Those who would seek to deny a club it's place in the big time, whether that's Featherstone in the Super League or Wigan Athletic in Europe have sold out and or been brainwashed by the likes of SKY.

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L'angelo mysterioso please tell me you are taking the mickey with mergers there isnt a single true rugby league(club) supporter who believes mergers are a good idea

 

 Shows how you can be wrong sometimes,  I am in favor of some mergers, and i could live with others, there is of course always the alternitive sometime in the future of being able to say " we had one of the best teams their was before they packed up "

 

Well done to Fev by the way, A club obviously working hard to get where they want to be. I hope they get there myself, Although i hope their owners have a different outlook to some on here  or they will last a couple of seasons.  Think they will get into the real world fast enough, good luck to them.

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Featherstone Rovers in an elite league is a joke, sadly it is a joke that the incumbent RFL dinosaurs do not find funny.

 

Finances (or rather, lack of them) within the game will necessitate these 4 mergers. All 4 areas need them and so does the wider sport.

It isn't a joke at all

You should show some respect for a fine club thatviscdoing a brilliant job

You miss the point completely

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See my previous post

Did you take part in the march?

 

No I didn't take part in the march.

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I was anti-mergers in '95 (aged 21).

 

I'm now pro-mergers.

 

Circumstances change, people change, over the course of time you sometimes start to see benefit in things that initially didn't appeal.

 

We needed stronger leadership and braver decision makers back then. In some ways the '95 plan was too soon - ahead of its time.

 

The time is now. We need the 4 mergers (Hull, Calder, Cheshire & Cumbria) and IMHO they will happen.

by cheshire i presume you mean widnes and warrington??? the first word begins with F and the second word is OFF............it will never happen!!!!!

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he mentioned the M word griff....................merger.

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well done featherstone, any club that invests in youth for the long term is worthy of praise in my opinion. this is to become the norm at long last in RL whereby clubs are looking at home grown talent as opposed to antipodean journeymen....

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Fev. seem to be doing all the right things under the current arrangements. Therefore if they meet exIsting criteria and if they apply and they are awarded an SL i am are they will do a good job.

However, I would hate to see the rules changed in a way that would enter them in SL only to relegated them one season later if they had a shaky start.

This thread though is not the best one for a mergers discussion. might be worth a separate club-independent and rational discussion.

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This thread though is not the best one for a mergers discussion. might be worth a separate club-independent and rational discussion.

ain't that just the case...

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This thread though is not the best one for a mergers discussion. might be worth a separate club-independent and rational discussion.

 

All talk of mergers for any clubs should be assigned to room 101

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This picture sums everything up about my love for Featherstone.

 

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Whether we do or don't deserve Super League is always up for debate. But what the club (as a whole) has achieved since 2006 is quite simply staggering.

 

Over the years, we've seen some incredible highs and some horrible lows, but what we have got is unbelievable sense of togetherness, that has seen  the club grown into what it is today.

 

I'm proud to be a Fev Fan and I love taking the photos for the club. People like Chris have supported me and given some priceless advice and i'll always be grateful.

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You my friend are ignorant and clueless, and you call SL an elite league? Is that an elite league where numerous clubs are struggling and poorly run?

 

It is an elite league as in they control the doors, but half the revellers cant afford a drink

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You have to take your hats to the board at rovers they are certainly putting in the cash in improving the old post office rd in fact although they may be the smaller of the 3 clubs in the area they are putting the other two too shame. As I see it you have got to give them a chance and crack at super league if they win the right. The talk of mergers the ideal ones to merge in the current climate and state of clubs are Oldham and Rochdale to become Manchester mets playing games at spotland and boundary park . Although im personally not in favour of any mergers . 

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All talk of mergers for any clubs should be assigned to room 101

i did say club- independent and rational, so you don't have to join in.

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It is an elite league as in they control the doors, but half the revellers cant afford a drink

an astute analogy.

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