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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rabbie Burns Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Sep 2020 at 19:41
Plus they were originally Linton RFC and the bulls were added as mentioned above
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Sep 2020 at 10:33
I know the bulls are based within ten miles of Leeds but back to the matter in hand.

Will whatever Headingley are called actually manage to get a team of any sort out to fulfil their fixtures - if we have any - and if they do what standard is it likely to be?

When I say Leeds I of course mean the Castle.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 09:53
This has been sent out today.  I am pleasantly surprised that we have any players, never mind 22.  The mechanics of overlaying another club on what is already a busy location remain to be made clear, but with no rugby likely in the near future I suppose they can save that for another day!

It has been a long time since we were able to connect with our followers on rugby matters, but there has been a lot going on in the background to rebuild. Enclosed in this newsletter is a summary of progress and more detail will unveiled as we move through the autumn months as we await the return to matches whenever that might be. 

AGREEMENT WITH WEST PARK LEEDS The superb facilities of West Park Leeds in Bramhope will be the Club’s new “home” it will provide the administrative base and training and medical facilities for the squad and match day venue for all home games bar one which, will be staged at Emerald Headingley Stadium. The agreement has been signed off today and Phil Davies commented “The forth coming season sees the re-set of Leeds Tykes and the move to West Park Leeds wonderful facilities is a crucial part of our future. We are looking to re-capture the spirit, camaraderie and work ethic of previous generations of Leeds Tykes players and supporters and West Park Leeds is the perfect place to successfully achieve our aims and ambitions. Huge thanks to all concerned at the club, from the President, Chairman, committee along with the club’s supporters we really look forward to being a positive influence at the club over the coming seasons.” West Park Leeds Chairman Graham Chadwick commented “We are delighted to welcome Leeds Tykes to the Sycamores to host their training and matches over the coming years. We have worked together closely in drawing up an agreement that will benefit the players, members and supporters of both clubs.” 

NAME CHANGE From Yorkshire Carnegie to Leeds Tykes! This has now been formalised with the RFU and the new website will be launched very soon together with other social media channels. 

CHANGES TO THE BOARD of DIRECTORS of LEEDS RUFC LTD By way of reminder, the Club is owned by the shareholders of Yorkshire Tykes Ltd (YTL) who have a Board of Directors, but this is a non-trading company simply focussed on raising shareholder funds to help fund the operating company Leeds RUFC. Chris Gibson who was the full time Managing Director of Leeds RUFC has stepped down after many years of service to the Club and Rob Oates and Suzanne Oakes (Company Secretary) have also resigned. I was the only Director to remain and I will now assume the Chief Executive responsibilities. Phil Davies has been appointed to the Board as Director of Rugby with overall responsibility for the entire rugby operation and Alistair Da Costa has taken over as Chairman, Alistair has served on the YTL Board for many years. And Mike Bidgood, who was involved in the formation of the Club returns as Company Secretary. Other appointments are likely to be made in due course. 

SERVICES AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH LEEDS RHINOS For the past 13 years Leeds Rhinos have provided a range of training and matchday facilities at Kirkstall and Headingley along with staff support and resource from Commercial Sales, Marketing, PR/Media, HR, ticketing and matchday etc, and this arrangement has now come to an end. The Rhinos organisation will continue to provide some support and help to promote fixtures and events at Emerald Headingley Stadium but essentially Leeds Tykes are now dependant on their own resource. 

RUGBY PARTNERSHIPS Phil Davies has concluded a ground-breaking partnership with both Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University. Both university rugby departments and staff will be closely aligned and integrated with Leeds Tykes who will provide opportunities for elite players and staff members.

RUGBY SQUAD AND STAFF STRUCTURE The staff roles will soon be finalised and 22 players have been contracted for this season, including 10 retained from last season’s squad. More details will be announced soon. 

BUDGET National League Clubs receive only £3,000 from the RFU and the club will be operating on a break even budget. And so the Club can only spend the same amount as it can generate and for next season this is forecast to be £320,000, of which the shareholders will collectively provide £125,000. So a great incentive to generate as much income as possible from members, sponsorships and special events. 

COMMERCIAL PLAN This responsibility rests with me and my focus will be to encourage everyone connected to the Club to contribute whatever they can and also actively encourage friends to offer support. I would like to hear from you if you feel you could help by contacting me at gary.hetherington@leedsrugby.com 

SUMMARY We are about to embark on a reset of the Club. The lofty ambitions of Premiership rugby are for another day and for now we have to create a culture and spirit reminiscent of the former Leeds Tykes days when Phil Davies and then Stuart Lancaster were at the helm. Phil is back and will provide energy, experience and direction and the Club is very dependent on its small but loyal band of stakeholders to embrace this new beginning and play an active role in its future. I trust this update is of interest and I hope to hear from you soon with any thoughts and suggestions you may have.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PiffPaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 10:43
Ok anyone else feeling a bit uneasy that a "club" mired in financial issues over the last few years have just confirmed they need a tad under £200K to "break even" and are asking sponsors and fans to offer "support". Out of interest I presume all the creditors of the previous regime have had whatever pittance they were due?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Lowther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 11:04
I struggle to see the logic of running two independent clubs out of the same complex, especially where one is struggling and presumably won't make that much, if anything, from bar revenue etc to cover thier overheads and will have to pay rent etc for use of the facilities. 

 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Albert Fishwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 11:39
Presumably, the rent will be somewhat less than whatever the latest offer was for Headingley. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RedPete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 12:28
Originally posted by CJB1 CJB1 wrote:

Originally posted by Novocastrian Novocastrian wrote:

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I'm not greatly in favour, especially when it replaces an established nickname that just wasn't part of a club's name.  RL has seen a proliferation of these, withe Widnes becoming Vikings rather than the Chemics, and Warrington are now Wolves rather than the historic Wire.  Happily Hull FC dropped the "Sharks" moniker...
And Leeds' nickname was the Loiners (and never the Rhinos)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 17:15
If Leeds Tykes think they can fulfil a Nat 1 season with 22 players they are sadly deluded.

For a half season, I would imagine they would need around 30-35 players bearing in mind front-row requirements.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Sep 2020 at 19:29
I believe they intend filling in with Leeds Beckett students - who will be National 2 standard at best.
At least I hope they have 22 players plus the Leeds Beckett students.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote greeneyed Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2020 at 10:13
If you want a shockingly bizarre name change for a club, look no further than Wharfedale, who were founded as 'Upper Wharfedale'. Just fancy that.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Basher2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 Sep 2020 at 10:44
I hope not!! As this will impact the University team as they are in Super Bucs and the 2XV we’re promoted to the Premiership last year.
I just can’t see Leeds Beckett players playing Bucs on a Wednesday/Nat 1 on a Saturday it would be to much for those young players.
I could see it happening if league Rugby kicks off in November as I’m led to believe the Bucs doesn’t start while January.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 16:57
Caldy go by the name of Caldy which is the name of the hamlet/village nearby where the club is located and also reflects the name of the school many of the 'Old Boys' went to Calday Grange GS.

However Caldy are known throughout the rugby fraternity as the 'Ravers' .....nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with the fact they really know how to party and enjoy themselves..........they will do that with gusto if this season ever starts
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote CJB1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 18:53
Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Caldy go by the name of Caldy which is the name of the hamlet/village nearby where the club is located and also reflects the name of the school many of the 'Old Boys' went to Calday Grange GS.

However Caldy are known throughout the rugby fraternity as the 'Ravers' .....nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with the fact they really know how to party and enjoy themselves..........they will do that with gusto if this season ever starts
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FHLH Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 Sep 2020 at 20:18
Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

However Caldy are known throughout the rugby fraternity as the 'Ravers' .....nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with the fact they really know how to party and enjoy themselves.

Seems to be a local tradition .........

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Big Eddie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2020 at 17:21
Originally posted by FHLH FHLH wrote:

Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

However Caldy are known throughout the rugby fraternity as the 'Ravers' .....nothing to do with marketing and everything to do with the fact they really know how to party and enjoy themselves.

Seems to be a local tradition .........

CHAMPAGNE flowed as Caldy - the pride of Wirral cricket - lifted the Alliance and Leicester Giro National Village Championship for the second year running at Lord's on Sunday.

Caldy cricket club share a clubhouse/shack with Caldy Rugby Club and also make use of half of the 1st xv pitch for summer cricket..........they have had a decent side over the years..........they don;t spend much on grog though and nobody would ever call them the 'Ravers'
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pen 15 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2020 at 14:05
don't mention that the Rugby lads defeated them at cricket a few weeks ago ,however the cricket turned them down on a return fixture as it was rugby .
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Puli. Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Sep 2020 at 17:27
Originally posted by pen 15 pen 15 wrote:

don't mention that the Rugby lads defeated them at cricket a few weeks ago ,however the cricket turned them down on a return fixture as it was rugby .

I hear that you turned the cricket section down on a “boat race” challenge, knowing you would most probably sink Wink
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