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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tyke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 8 hours 43 minutes ago at 17:38
Rugby were also transferred in 2012-13, the year of their problems and were unable to take up their place. N2S had only 15 teams that season as a result.
If only Webb-Ellis hadn't given them the ball back!
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For a Midlands club, being level transferred to N2S is most often the kiss of death, and it's not hard to work out why.  Consider B and S next season. Had they been in N2N they'd have had Stour, Hinckley, South Leicester and Leicester Lions within an hour and 15 or so - that's a quarter of their away trips. Now their shortest trip will be over double that. Many players don't want that extra commitment and will jump ship unless they are either:
a)  totally loyal local boys who have come through a club's junior ranks (not too many of those around at N2)
b)  being paid shed loads of money. 
In addition, their gate and bar takings will suffer as few south teams bring significant numbers of spectators with them. Certainly fewer than the north in my experience of being in both divisions.
They are also losing out on bumper local derby matches, especially against Stour. They won't have anything remotely resembling a derby next season. 
When we were in N2S in 2010 we entertained some fantastic sides - Ealing, Richmond and Jersey- but many of our local supporters knew nothing of them and were less interested in watching them than seeing grudge matches against the likes of Lions and Nuns. We had no history at all against any of the N2S teams whereas over the last 120 years we'd played most of the sides in the north at some stage.
Our gate numbers actually dropped after being promoted.
Plus in my experience the south is a better standard of rugby in a pure sense. The back play and speed of the game is definitely superior to the north, although the north edges it on physicality. Brains trump brawn though as we all know.
It's a no win situation on and off the field.
Good luck B and S but it'll be tough.
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Originally posted by French Connection French Connection wrote:

For a Midlands club, being level transferred to N2S is most often the kiss of death, and it's not hard to work out why.  Consider B and S next season. Had they been in N2N they'd have had Stour, Hinckley, South Leicester and Leicester Lions within an hour and 15 or so - that's a quarter of their away trips. Now their shortest trip will be over double that. Many players don't want that extra commitment and will jump ship unless they are either:
a)  totally loyal local boys who have come through a club's junior ranks (not too many of those around at N2)
b)  being paid shed loads of money. 
In addition, their gate and bar takings will suffer as few south teams bring significant numbers of spectators with them. Certainly fewer than the north in my experience of being in both divisions.
They are also losing out on bumper local derby matches, especially against Stour. They won't have anything remotely resembling a derby next season. 
When we were in N2S in 2010 we entertained some fantastic sides - Ealing, Richmond and Jersey- but many of our local supporters knew nothing of them and were less interested in watching them than seeing grudge matches against the likes of Lions and Nuns. We had no history at all against any of the N2S teams whereas over the last 120 years we'd played most of the sides in the north at some stage.
Our gate numbers actually dropped after being promoted.
Plus in my experience the south is a better standard of rugby in a pure sense. The back play and speed of the game is definitely superior to the north, although the north edges it on physicality. Brains trump brawn though as we all know.
It's a no win situation on and off the field.
Good luck B and S but it'll be tough.


Did gates drop when promoted because you were winning fewer games?

The year we were in N1 crowds up north were normally lower than down south (Coventry excepted)

Have to agree with your other points as being possible reasons.
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