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The Damo Bit - 10th March 2010
Posted by southstander on March 10 2010 - 17:27:48


Hull rugby league has prospered in the two-top-flight-clubs era and Damo has put on his thinking cap about whether Leeds would also benefit from such a situation.

An expansionist (within Leeds) Damo is here....

We Need Another Leeds Side In Superleague

When Hull KR became the second team from Hull in Superleague it improved things and it is now hard to visualise a top tier without them. The crowds (We all know the long running joke about the two million Hull KR away fans) are up, as is the standard of Superleague thanks to their inclusion.

A while back, on a messageboard thread, I did I suggested that Leeds Tykes should apply for a Superleague licence but you know as well as I do that will not happen. A strong rugby union presence is needed in this city and taking away Leeds Tykes will just wipe out anything thatís left of Union in the city apart from the university teams.

I wouldnít mind seeing Bramley Buffaloes being the second Superleague representation in this city. The stadium is located at Stanningley Sports And Amateur Rugby League Club of which the likes of Ashley Gibson, Jamie Peacock and Mark Calderwood emerged, to name a few. However you look at that place and its facilities it is what says - Amateur. I would not want that place to go down like the nearby Farsley Celtic just because of ambition and Iím sure others are thinking the same.

Bramley Buffaloes traditional nickname was The Villagers and thatís what the area is. Iím afraid that Superleague in the future isnít a place for small village clubs. If it isnít broken then donít try to fix it.

Just look at what happened to the nearby Farsley Celtic.

Probably a more realistic club this city could get behind to get into Superleague is Hunslet Hawks. They were badly done to by the RFL who denied them their rightful place in the games elite after winning the NFP Grand final. What made this rejection more frustrating is that this was in a franchise-free era when the quality of the stadiums didnít all that matter.

Whilst South Leeds Stadium at the time would have been one of the worse stadiums in the Superleague competition things would have improved. For example in 2008, the average attendance for Hull KR's home games was over 8,500 supporters. This is a significant rise from 3,300 in 2006 in the national league.

Hunslet never got that chance that Hull KR, did despite doing as good as them on the field in the national leagues the respective years when they won.

However hereís to not dwelling on the past and moving forward.

Fingers cross one day weíll have a second Leeds team in the city whenever thatís Hunslet or someone else. If Hull can sustain two top flight rugby league teams then so can Leeds.

Thanks for reading.




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