I can assure all that read my post that it certainly was not meant to be sarcastic it was merely pointing out the massive task that remains. As for anyone thinking that I am negative over the future of the club then you are certainly wrong. I am proud that I have rolled my sleeves up on 4 occasions since the start of 2011 to ensure the survival of the club. I have also invested hundreds of hours and thousands of pounds to see the Barrow Rugby have a chance to continue. I have had many bad comments from many fans and supporters over the pat 2 seasons which would have turned many others away from assisting further.
I remain proud of what I accomplished and the BoD all know
exactly how much time and effort I put in on the 2 occasions when the club faced certain closure. Meetings with creditors debtors, accountants, solicitors and many meetings with the RFL provided the pathway forward. I left my position last year as Chief Financial Officer due to the majority of Board members that blew hot air yet never came up with the goods. Those Board members that remain on the board that have stepped up and started raising the required money for the future of the club deserve a medal.
I stand by my post , every member and supporter that attended the meeting in 2011 heard Alan Stoker announce that the club needed to Raise (not borrow) £100,000.00 for its long term survival. Unfortunately the realism for floodlights and not only staying up in championship for next season but financially being stable is far off. I would love to see the club fighting its way up the league table in championship without spending money it can ill afford but IMO the club needs to step back and rid the remaining debt before moving forward.
Good luck to the Directors for Friday. And as a couple of them already know should they need my help then I would not turn them down.
I think everyone is more than aware of the task ahead. If this money is to be raised it will be in done, taking into account the board as it stands at the moment, In small denominations. There is not anyone out there to give the club £100k ( yet) and the club should not borrow in its current state.
I do not doubt the hours you put in between last September to when you resigned, I may be wrong but as far as I am aware there is no record in the club of thousands of pounds that you claim to have donated? Maybe you could clarify?
As far as bad feedback, I think every board member has to deal with that ( some more than others) but it is important to remember that negativity breads negativity.
Having to to step in and help the club in crisis is far from new, and a lot of feeling from supporters stems from this. The club was living from hour to hour on numerous occasions and many good men stepped up then to do exactly the same as you have done also.
With reference to 'board members blowing hot air' can you clarify which board you refer to? I know for instance that recently left board members did a lot of hard work for the club and were also concerned over the current fundraising situation.
Unfortunately, until this fundraising situation is sorted at the club, borrowing and loaning seems to still be one of the only options just as it has been in the past. Would you agree? Obviously it is a last resort but I feel that some of the current loans could be better managed and structured to allow some fluency in this situation.
As I've previously said, there needs to be a fundraiser/promoter at the club with experience. Without this as in the past we will just keep surviving day-to-day.