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David Shepherd

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  1. The chairman has quite a lot of property. They'll all be together in one of his HMOs, so they'll not lack company.
  2. That's public service broadcasting though, to help all the insomniacs out there.
  3. Do you think the planned development will ever go ahead as it's been sold to Cas? I can't imagine physical retailers are remotely interested in acquiring new square footage anytime soon. Surely that land is more valuable if it can be re-zoned as housing. This pie in the sky shopping development might just be a stepping stone plan.
  4. Went there once. Stayed all of 10 minutes. Quite possibly the most depressing place on earth.
  5. Shame. Maybe the year after. Unless we actually have the event in summer, rather than late spring.
  6. Have you seen the price of accommodation in Blackpool? At least accommodation that you'd actually want to go within 15 light years of. If we're trying to project an imagine of a P!$$ poor sport that's played exclusively in northern Shiiitholes, then let's carry on with a scruffy dump like Blackpool. If however we want to take the sport to a world famous city playing at a brand new stadium, with oodles of culture and visitor attractions for everyone to enjoy, let's go to York. Christ knows what our Canadian and French cousins think when they rock up in Blackpool and see the groups of knuckle draggers roaming round, wearing inflatable man parts, spewing ale and vomit everywhere etc..
  7. Nowhere near enough money in the game to support that many pro clubs. None of your Lancashire teams are in Lancashire, indeed there are no professional, or even semi professional teams left in Lancashire. Hull, Cas, Fev and Wakey are all in Yorkshire, not "The East". York is further east than three of them too. Here's a radical plan: Let's have 3 divisions, numbers to be decided as and when required. Promotion and Relegation between all three divisions every year (without fail). Stick with this basically forever and stop messing about. Also, never ever consider imposing an alien format from foreign sports. Let's keep it simple, stick with what's familiar and concentrate on the sporting action.
  8. Will you be sending a proxy vote? I think there's a real danger that enough folk will vote for A to scupper the plan and leave us in a spiral of decline.
  9. I'm not sure it's a bombshell. The published accounts are there for anyone to look at and it's not like the wolves are at the door, we appear to be servicing the debt. I think the most important point is that if we are paying £10k a month in interest and debt servicing, that's £10k a month we don't have to spend on players wages. Get rid of the debt and we've got money for the squad and other improvements. I'd vote for option C (I'm going to try and buy an A share tomorrow to enable me to do it). The land is doing nothing now and the way the club is structured probably puts potential investors off. If I had the brass, I certainly wouldn't want 628 other folk chiming in with an opinion on what I was doing with the club's assets. Option C lets us develop our asset and alter our structure to be more attractive to future investors.
  10. The Warrington fans I saw both before and after the game were great, aside from some gentle ribbing about owning a whippet and have a ferret down my trousers (i was wearing a fev shirt). Can't comment on the bottle throwing as I'd nipped off to the loo. The only trouble I saw was about 6 or 7 drunks wearing Wigan shirts scrapping among themselves after the game in the concourse under the stand.
  11. RE points 4 and 5 of Maureens post: Makes sense that a deal would need to be structured this way and not through the club directly. A project like this doesn't need to have 600 opinions and I can totally see why this would put investors off. As long as our tenure in the stadium part of the land is secure, what have we got to lose? That land is providing zero benefit at the moment.
  12. He's Isle of Man based If it's an IOM company, it won't show at Companies House
  13. I'm with you. SL by any means necessary. Even if that meant fielding the ghosts of Jimmy Saville and Harold Shipman as our 6 and 7.
  14. Be interesting to know what the projected income is, and what kind of development we are looking at.
  15. Just a point of order. Apart from a few noisy outliers on this forum, the majority of Brits think that an invitation only closed shop is a weird thing to have in a professional sports league.
  16. So I assume that this private equity firm is Colm Corran, the recently appointed director of the club. Seems like a decent enough bloke, I sat next to him on the way out to Toulouse. Hopefully MC has done his homework on the man and he's not another fake sheikh. Assuming our tenure at Post Office Road is assured and that the proposal generates a decent income for us, I say go for it. However, I only hold B shares, so my opinion doesn't really count.
  17. Think we're stuck at the moment. We've enough income to be one of the best part-time sides, with maybe a few full timers. But we're a long way off being able to go completely full-time. Which I'd say is necessary to achieve Super League, even after the structure changes.
  18. Hats off to whoever organised the shirts being ready on Sunday. Bet they sold a fair few. I know I woke up on Monday with a raging hangover and about two hundred quid worth of Fev gear lying around the house. The hinges on my wallet are always loosened by Strongbow.
  19. I like the way London have gone about their business since they were relegated. It's hugely encouraging to see so many locals in the team. Hope they continue along this path and don't go for the Aussie journeymen again.
  20. Don't know why people are so hung up on London's ground. It's a wonderful place to spend the afternoon watching rugby league, especially in the sunshine. With the proposed addition of another stand it will be more than adequate for next season. Even the beer prices are decent.
  21. Really pleased for London. Bet Parky's keyboard looks like a plasterer's radio.
  22. getting rid of the million pound game? OK, it was never a classic, but for drama and thrilling entertainment that was superb. Rugby League will be poorer for not having it next year.
  23. Total clusterf#@k. That fat oaf at Leigh has pretty much destroyed the club, with his ego, stupid decisions and general douchebaggery. A good number of his disciples thoroughly deserve the situation they find themselves in. As a group they took their lead from the sun deck king when it came to social niceties and looking down on "those less fortunate". I have zero sympathy for them. There were however, always a minority who found the Degsy era an embarrassment, they have my deepest sympathy. Fev are not much better either. Our reliance on Leeds and failure to run a reserve has lead to us fielding less than a full team in at least the last 8 games. I'm thoroughly embarrassed and think both clubs should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. The end of this season can't come quickly enough.
  24. No matter how many players both teams manage to muster, I hope it's a decent, hard fought game. Wouldn't blame any fan of either team for not bothering.
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