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LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Eli (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 06:32
The Mrs S.L. rumours were true then!?

Steve Lansdown buys Bris

 
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bristolblue (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 06:38
Good to see that he is aiming for sustainable growth. Interesting times!

 
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nick chard (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:03
well,there is the money man we all wanted,,,got loads!!,,so the next step is playing at ashton gate then,,,when the rovers move to the UWEs new stadium,dont care really about that,,,it means BRISTOL RUGBY ARE SAFE,and that is what matters.ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.

C"MON BRISTOL

 
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Chris holi (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:20
I heard another rumour about him that he would be interested in outbidding sainsburys for the Mem (heard at the same time I'd heard the rumour he was behind us) That for me would be the perfect solution. Stay in OUR true home & just upgrade parts of it. Exciting times indeed

 
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bris4life (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:25
Great News! So now we know, and all the whispers about secret backers etc were more than just rumour.

So stability at last, and for the long term I hope, not just a short raising of expectations.

With his track record at Bristol City, his obvious wealth and the squad playing "Bristol Fashion" and hopefully on the verge of promotion things are looking healthier than they have done in years.

Let the good times roll - without getting carried away!!!

C'mon Bris!!(Sm134)

 
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nick chard (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:28
all we want now is the other rumour to be true as well,,,davi lemi returning!!!

 
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Slaphead (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:35
Great news!!! Made my day.(Sm13)

 
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T J (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 07:37
For those that don't know (and Big Dave will back me up on this) SL has effectively been bank-rolling us for a long time already.

Definitely the best news this club has had for a long, long time & exciting times ahead for us.

 
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bristolblue (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:06
Probably best not to get carried away with stadium rumours whether they have any foundation or not. Like all good businessmen I am sure that the chairman and CEO have agreed a 5 and 10 year plan with the major shareholder. Let's just enjoy the ride.

C'mon Bris!!

 
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gran (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:14
Excellent news, despite my negative previous postings about the influence of sugar daddies on other clubs. Lets hope that SL accepts one or two fundamentals

1 That there should be no ring fencing to protect investment, as promoted by other sugar daddies.
2 That the new investment is used to quietly promote local players, and a local club spirit, and is not simply ego driven.

It seems that SL is certainly moving in the right direction on point 2, unlike some other clubs where they buy in any old saffer.

Bristol rugby and football has needed someone like this for over 50 years of under achievement.

 
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SBOB.RFC (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:18
This is fantastic news!!

I like the way that even with SL's backing this season and perhaps other seasons, we have not been wasting money on overpaid has beens and have been bringing in players that want to play for the Club.

Let's hope the rumour about the Mem is also true as I'm not too keen on us playing at Ashton Gate or the propsed new stadiums in Long Ashton or UWE.

Onwards and Upwards.....



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Mikey Boy (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:20
Excellent news. Let's hope this backing will now allow us to keep our homegrown talent instead of watching other clubs benefit.

 
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alcoholic (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:24
Heard the rumour about the Mem as well, but it probably stems from the same source.

Great news for sustainable rugby in Bristol. A great positive step forward for the club.

 
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Edb (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:36
Great news, nice to know a bit more about the business plan everyone has been talking about.

Mem rumours if true would be icing on the cake.

I wonder what Rovers think of it all.

 
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venik (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:38
Fantastic news!(Sm128)

 
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elegia (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 08:44
sounds like he has a good plan & like the perfect role model for any backer targetting a sustainable premiership team within 3 years

thanks for helping in the past mr white knight & welcome aboard!



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BigO (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:01
FANTASTIC news!

The sleeping giant awakes again.

Thanks Steve, and well done to CB & SC for the great way this has all been managed. Respect!

 
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shaunp (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:13
I cant see Mr Lansdown out bidding sainsburys for the Mem, the last thing he wants to do is upset them, remember who is buying Ashton Gate if City get the go ahead for their new stadium.....

 
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WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:16
Sugar daddies are never a good idea......unless you've got one! I think Mr Lansdown neither wants to be, nor seen to be, a sugar daddy. What is more sensible is that he combines his undoubted acumen as a successful businessman with the other essential component of any business and that is exceptional knowledge, judgement and skill in the field of rugby.

One without the other just wouldn't work. And we owe a huge debt of thanks to a long line of men of Bristol who have wrestled with the intractable challenges of making a rugby club, let alone a football club, pay, or at least survive.

Most have had either fatal heart attacks (2 in Bristol's case), near nervous breakdowns (1), no names!, or simple retirement with exhaustion in seeming disgrace and dishonour, alas.

Messrs Chris Booy as previous majority shareholder and his Chief Executive, Mr Steve Gorvett, along with the Board that emerged from the Consortium, including the evergreen Mr Malcolm Pearce, bless him, are therefore to be thanked and congratulated for their fortitude and valour on the Road to Damascus (substitute for Damascus either Ashton Vale or the University of the West of England, (UWE) Sports Complex, Stoke Gifford three miles north of the Memorial Ground, Bristol or our present home.

These are gentlemen of both distinction and honour and deserve our thanks, applause and continued support, each as best we can. Myself I couldn't run a sweet shop.

Perhaps instead I might be able to express as eloquently as I can on behalf of everyone at Bristol Rugby Club our heartfelt thanks to all who have served and continue to serve our great club and a great big welcome to Mr Steve Lansdown our new owner.

Proud Men of Bristol and Bristol Rugby Club.

further debate in the Evening Post...

[www.thisisbristol.co.uk]



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 07/02/2012 09:51 by WilliamBlessing.

 
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shaunp (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:20
Well said Bill

 
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Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:24
I don't think Sainsbury's would get 'upset', they are a business after all. What they are prepared to do is buy land and thenwait for a much longer time than most other landowners. More to the point, Bristol/SL afford or justify the expense of attempting to outbid Sainsbury's. Not sure. It might be worth a punt at engaing some forensic accountants and investigators to look at the original sale of 'our' share in the Memorial Ground or, more likely have a look at the original deed for the land and see if there were any restrictive covenantes about its future use.

In any event, welcome to Mr Lansdown and I hope he can build us up in a similar way to Worcs(but more sucessful(Sm14))/Saints et al. And if I can ask him to involve the supporters in that task in a role other than gate-fodder, then that would be nice too.

 
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Bristol Cornish (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:25
Well done Mr Lansdown, it's great to know that we are secure.

Hopefully the people of Bristol will continue to do their bit by turning up and supporting the lads!

The beeb cover the story here:

[www.bbc.co.uk]

 
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Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:29
'Mr Booy said the club would continue to play at its "spiritual home" for at least the next season but would look at future options.

Both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers are planning moves to new grounds at Ashton Vale and the University of the West of England (UWE) respectively.

"Both the UWE site and Ashton Vale are subject to planning permission so we need to see how that goes over the next year before making long-term plans," said Mr Booy'

Hmm

 
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Big Dave (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:32
Brilliant.

I can back up what TJ has said in that 3 different people have told me in the last year or so that SL was putting money in. However I've never been privy to any inside information. It's just that whenever there's a rumour about Bris that you hear more than once, usually their true.

And, just this once, it was good news.

 
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Brian Griffin (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 09:57
Lansdown was secret 'White Knight' backer three years ago - and continued to invest on the quiet:

[www.thisisbristol.co.uk]

Great news that he's effectively bought the club - although can't see anything changing re the Mem.

 
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For Brizzle (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 10:33
Quick question

does this mean that the fates of Bristol rugby and Bristol city are now tied together? So if bristol rugby are doing well then bristol city will also benefit (through more investment etc..)

 
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Bristol Cornish (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 11:06
I wonder what SL's relationship with Rovers is like?

Does he really want to be indirectly funding them through Bristol Rugby, or would he rather be independent from them? I guess from a business perspective it would make sense for City and Bristol Rugby to be playing at the same place?

 
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WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 11:16
Could Mr Lansdown buy Bristol Rovers if they go broke?

 
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Billy No Mates (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 11:26
Great news for Bristol Rugby. Glad to see that Chris Booy and Steve Gorvett are remaining on the bridge to steer this great ship. Lets all get behind the present team!

 
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kill the mill (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 11:28
People are never happy are they? We have this great news this morning and people start banging on about moving to Ashton Gate. ITS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. If they had read related articles they would see SL's position on this.

We hear Slick announcing every week where Bristol Rugby's home is and always will be.

As to buying Rovers (presumably a joke WB?) i'd imagine fingers burnt once with the cash black hole that is football is enough to take.

 
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ba3bris (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 11:32
Quote:
WilliamBlessing
Could Mr Lansdown buy Bristol Rovers if they go broke?

Not if he still owns the City. I think that there is legislation to stop someone owning more than one league club.

 
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gran (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 12:17
Well said, WB, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who have kept Bris on the map. As for your comment on Rovers, I imagine that the owners of BRFC must have qualms about their major tenant potentially moving to Ashton Gate/Vale in the longer term.

Maybe its time for BRFC to think about allowing BFC to jointly own the ground, thus with security of tenure, rather than be merely a lodger and subject to renewal of lease every year?

It begs a further thought, and that is that with the possible move of Bris to Ashton G/V in the long term, it makes the financial viability doubtful for a new stadium at UWE based on lower division football revenues alone.

SL and Bris now have significant leverage over the owners of the Mem/BRFC if only they wish or need to exercise this.

 
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Slaphead (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 12:42
Interesting to hear SL's comments on BBC Radio Bristol this morning about Bristol accepting mediocrity, which is so true.

With respect to SL, successful Premiership football teams require billionaires these days. Rugby clubs are different - a fully funded club, up to the salary cap, stands a very good chance of being competing for honours in the rugby Premiership.

There is no reason why this club can bring real success to Bristol, in a way next to impossible for City and Rovers.

 
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Stumpers (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 12:52
Fantastic news, has made my day! I would like to say a huge thanks to SG and CB for all their hard work and its up to all of us to make this work at Bristol Rugby !!! THANKYOU SL!!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/02/2012 13:34 by Stumpers.

 
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Devereux3 (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 12:54
This is the most exciting news i think i have heard for a long, long time. SL can finally give us what we have been lacking ever since the advent of professionalism.....stability.

I for one hope this will mean we can find a way of being masters of our own stadium, either through buying them Mem (I know very unlikely) or sharing with City (effectively indirectly having a share in the stadium through SL).

I have never liked the idea of us being subservient to a League 2 soccer team for something as major as our stadium.

SL has to be my hero now...he owns City (my football team), Bris (my rugby team) and he lives in Guernsey (my place of birth!).

All he needs to do now is buy Somerset CCC and I/he has the full house!!!

 
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Simples innit... (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 13:05
NOW THIS IS THE PLAN...

SL Pays Rovers the same price for the Mem as Sainsburys are going to pay. Rovers go off and build their new stadium as planned with the money. BRFC stay at their spiritual home and SL gets a damn good long term investment in the Mem.

 
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Tythingrun (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 13:12
Made my season. See you lot next year !
I don't begrudge Bath winning the LV cup now ...as long as wuss, Falcons and wasps finish above them in the league (Sm14)

 
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edb (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 13:14
Quote:
Simples innit...
NOW THIS IS THE PLAN...
SL Pays Rovers the same price for the Mem as Sainsburys are going to pay. Rovers go off and build their new stadium as planned with the money. BRFC stay at their spiritual home and SL gets a damn good long term investment in the Mem.

Also, if he outbids Sainsbury's for the site, does this also give more leverage to BCFC over the Ashton Gate site?

 
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Brizzle (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 13:22
Excellent news!! Thank you Steve, a history of backing his teams and I think Bris can now go on from here get promotion (the most important thing we need to do) and then look to establish ourselves as top 4 Prem and then a regular fixture in the HC !!

 
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Tiny George (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 13:30
This is excellent news, and his given that he's been bankrolling the Club anonymously for a while his intentions must be good with regard to the long term future of the Club we love.

Thanks Steve L, and also thanks to those who have worked so hard in recent years to keep things going.

Onwards and upwards.

C'Mon BRISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

 
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Rinkadink (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 14:26
With a different backer I could be concerned, in this case not as it's almost perfect.

Thank you SL!

 
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Bristol Cornish (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 14:53
you must check out this interview on the BBC - he talks about how close we were to going bust...

[www.bbc.co.uk]

 
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Slaphead (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 15:17
Worth watching the interview

 
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sharpie (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 15:31
brill news,just got up from a night shift to this,need more coffee to take it in.
C'M0N BRIS.

 
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Rich. (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 15:41
Kill the Mill - I think you need to read the posts again as I can't see anything anyone's said to make you say that some People are never happy and they are banging on about Ashton Gate. All seem very happy on this thread, including me!!!

Great Stuff SL - the city and region owe you a great debt of gratitude.

 
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WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 15:52
This posting on the Bristol Evening Post Forum is rather good..I wonder who it is?

From Mendip Tuesday, Feburary 7 2012, 11:42PM


“Until the professional era Bristol RFC was one of Englands's top clubs, year in and year out. In football parlance it was a Manchester United or an Arsenal. Professionalism dawned and Bristol was unable to get itself a sugar daddy, or even a sugar mummy, unlike the Baths and Gloucesters and several other clubs and has become a West Bromwich Albion or Birmingham City hopping between tier 2 and tier 1.

Steve Lansdown said on Radio Bristol this morning that Bristol as a city is too easily drawn to accepting the second rate and this is certainly illustrated within the professional sports scene. The city lacks the passion in many fields to go that extra step or two to achieve real success whether in football, rugby, sports stadia, arenas, transport and facilities generally. He also rightly pointed out that the city lacks leadership.

Whenever someone offers to plough money into something for the benefit of the city they are invariably stopped by a tiny minority of self-interested people or groups. Sadly, the majority of us lack the desire to sideline these negative, parochial, provincialists.

For all its supposed prosperity Bristol is desperately short of Steve Lansdowns. There are very wealthy people around the city but they don't want to help. It's entirely their prerogative and I imply no criticism but it does illustrate the state of mind that exists.

The money needed to turn Bristol into a top Premiership rugby team will be far, far less than the cash needed to keep Bristol City in the Championship so I hope that Steve Lansdown is able to achieve some deserved glory for his untiring efforts on behalf of Bristol sport.

Before anyone mentions Guernsey I would just say that Steve Lansdown has spent more of his own money for the good of this city than most of us do with our taxes, and I don't blame him for not trusting his tax money with the British Government that is intent on helping undeserving countries at the expense of running down our own services.

If Ashton Vale prevails, as I believe it will, the business case for both Bristol and Bristol City to play their games there will be unarguable, and Steve Lansdown is still a top businessman.”


[www.thisisbristol.co.uk]

 
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is it me? (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 17:15
Fantastic news. Financial security at last and a Board, Management/Coaching team and squad to take us forward.
I feel more positive about the club's future than I have for some time and if we can continue to play at the 'mem' I will be delighted, because I really don't like sitting to watch rugby.
Congratulations to everyone involved!!

 
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Ernie Ball (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 18:12
For me it's particularly pleasing to see a successful man like Mr Lansdown putting something back in to Bristol. Very much appreciated!

 
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Billy Wizz (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 18:16
Fantastic news! Well done and thank you Mr Lansdown. Onwards and upwards!!

 
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JAZ210 (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 18:28
Well done Chris Booy - your stewardship through some very tough times is the stuff of legends!
You should be made a free man of the city....as for Mr Lansdown - simply thank you.

I'm not expecting miracles and I certainly do not want us to buy success with a bunch of over rated and over paid 'names'. Just a solid foundation and steady progress. i would take prem rugby and finishing 8th for a few years every time!

 
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hooker 72 (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 18:51
just like to add my good vibes to this amazing news, well done to the board and thank you to mr lansdown, this really could be a turning point in bristol rugby history and that the long sleeping giant finally wakes up))))

 
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07 February, 2012 19:02
Really fantastic news. I could even kiss Nogs with his lergy (second thoughts.... maybe not). Thank you Mr Lansdown.

 
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Wyn (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 19:49
Truly excellent news.

Thank you Chris Booy, thank you Steve Gorvett. Thank you Liam Middleton. Thank you Tom, Suzanne and everybody behind the scenes that has made the club viable and stable and an attractive investment.

Thank you to the players for an excellent season to date and thank you to my fellow supporters for being there through thick and thin.

And finally, at not least, thank you to Steve Lansdowne. It's become clear that you were there when we needed you and you're there for a great future.

The future is bright,
The future is blue and white.

 
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EC Boy (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:01
Well said Wyn.

A truly marvellous day. Thanks to so many people, but most of all the previous Board etc for making us investable.

I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

 
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Big Dave (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:24
I take it that John Laycock and the other shareholders sold their shares to Steve Lansdown, and Chris Booy may have sold some too? Have a feeling that John Portch was a shareholder (?) and some bloke who owned care homes was too.

Do we only have two shareholders now?

 
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grumpyfrog (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:33
Has Steve Lansdown's 'loan' been converted into new equity thus gaining him a majority stake?

Why has the announcement been made now? There's normally a lot of thought behind timing.

Reading Nick Higgs' statement, it was good to see him refer to the Memorial Ground. Was that a slip of the tongue or not?

 
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BIG AL FAN (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:35
SO PLEASED THAT THE CURRENT MANGEMENT TEAM ARE STAYING AS THERE COMMITMENT DURING THE ROUGH TIMES SHOWS THEY ARE THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO CARRY ON THE GOOD WORK. AND OF COURSE A HUGE THANKYOU TO SL WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED HUGELY AND WITH OUT THE NEED FOR SELF PUBLICITY.

 
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comedowner (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:46
I'm a bath fan so pleased for you lads over there Bristol is a big big rugby city miss the local Derbys.alot must be said to you loyal supporters who have been there to through hard times COME ON BRIS GET BACK WHERE YOU BELONG se you soon lads and girls x

 
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JW Taljaard (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:58
Blimey!


Come on Bristol!

Taljaard

 
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Covo72 (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 20:59
Yeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss!

 
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Beer Matt Japan (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 21:02
A fantastic day for Bristol.

For me, maybe because I'm getting older, this announcement feels completely different from when Malcolm Pearce became our owner.

I don't dream any more about rugby stars coming to play for us. I don't dream about winning the Heineken Cup. I don't dream about winning at all costs.

I hope we can have good crowds. That we win more than we lose. That we can play against Bath. That there might be a lad that comes through the academy and goes on to play for his country - and stays with us.

I think these might now be possible, but most importantly we can enjoy our rugby knowing that we can concentrate on the matches rather than worrying about our future.

 
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Flipperisgod (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 21:17
I really don't think we could have done much better than Steve Lansdown for an investor.

A local bloke with experience of owning a professional sports team (obtaining sponsorship etc).

From what I have heard about his firm Hargreaves Lansdown it is a very well run business which certainly doesn't waste money.

I think we're in for some slow but solid and sustainable progress.

I'm excited.

 
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Bristol Bald Eagle (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 21:25
wyntngley's comments say it all for me, to have this backing as reward for toughing it out through the most difficult times imaginable is just fantastic.
From top to bottom this is a quite fantastic day to be a Bris supporter and anyone associated with the Club.
If I had not been in my car when I heard the news I would have jumped for joy [:wor kid:]

 
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groovybaz (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 22:02
Great news, the interview on the radio this morning seemed to indicate staying at the Mem was his preference. As we've seen with Cardiff Blues, keep it old school - Rugby at football grounds (unless sold out) just aint the same.

 
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Vorny (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 22:03
I know the seasons are changing but xmas has come at the beginning of February this year

Do not underestimate the significance of this in retaining talent and signing new players if and when we need to regardless of how much money he is or isn't putting into the club

I wonder how significant the timing of this is given the time in the season and what might come next.

but after all we've been through Beer Matt Japan's comments pretty much sum up my thoughts... well said

Rugby, Bristol Fashion

Honesty, Integrity , Work Ethic....and what was the other one?

 
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JJ63 (IP Logged)
07 February, 2012 22:45
ROVERS MOVE TO NEW GROUND AT UWE, SL BUYS MEM ,CITY DONT GET MOVE TO VALE,SO REDEVELOPE ASHTON GATE,WHILE PLAYING AT THE MEM UNTIL COMPLETE,THAT SOLVES THE PROBLEM OF HAVING A GROUND WHILE THE WORK AT ASHTON GETS DONE ALL WORKS FOR ME, AND HOPEFULLY THE MEM GETS A SOLID FUTURE WITHOUT TO MUCH ALTERATION AT THE END.

 
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Jack123 (IP Logged)
08 February, 2012 01:01
On holiday at the moment. this is amazing news for the club. Great . . . .

 
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Chris_N (IP Logged)
08 February, 2012 07:02
Dear Steve - please please fix it for us to stay at the Mem and make this boys dream come true.

kid regards

Chris Nash aged 34

 
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ashers144 (IP Logged)
08 February, 2012 21:03
Absolutely superb news...surely one of the biggest rumours over the past several months so great its actually happened - been in a very good mood since the news broke yesterday morning..although now we have a man with money lets try and get in place a sustainable business model and make sure we dont end up in financial difficulty again!!

oh and ppllleasssseeeeee lets just remember that we still have to keep winning this season and cant take anything for granted whoever owns the club...

COME ON BRIS!!!!! (Sm128)

 
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EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
09 February, 2012 15:04
I second all the thanks and praise expressed far more eloquently than I ever could. Just brilliant.

Interesting post on Cornish Pirates message board, from Dicky Evans, their 'money man':-
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Re: Bristol RFC
Posted by: rgre (IP Logged)
Date: 08 February, 2012 19:05


Financial resources pooled make life easier for benefactors to stay the course.

Longer term-More funds= better players= stronger squad= bigger problem for clubs like us to win this league.
Bristol gates are excellent and now Chris (Booy, I assume) has even more clout-he is a good pal and arrives Kenya tomorrow for a holiday-if I didnt know him well I would surmise he waited to announce this on purpose to nail us/me over a beer at Hemingways.

Anyone know any millionaires in Newlyn?

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I expect Mr Booy wants a sun tan to look his best for the Rugby Club dinner



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/02/2012 15:06 by EverOptimistic.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
bill n ben (IP Logged)
10 February, 2012 19:31
Gray_Lensman Are you for real where would bristol rfc be if rovers didnt buy out the ground at the agreed price bear in mind that if rovers had gone bust then the rugby club would have bought the ground for the same price.
As for mr lansdown do you really believe that the club is anything but an investment to him, do you really think he will allow rugby at ashton gate or ashton vale, it wouldnt suprise me if he bought clifton rfc's ground and moved you there,

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Big Dave (IP Logged)
10 February, 2012 20:04
Our first angry Gashead . . .

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Bris Supporter @ Home (IP Logged)
10 February, 2012 21:19
I'm amazed a Gasshead managed to find this website!!!

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
airdog (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 07:24
known as gasheads presumably because of the empty space between their ears

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 07:40
The near hatred of Bristol for damaging the Rovers pitch is quite incredible on some of the Rovers messageboards and the paranoia thait is all some mysterious plot from Mr Lansdown to somehow undermine Rovers, amazing.

As for b n b above, I shall assume that he is attempting to ask two questions. I shall attempt to answer them:

Where would Bristol be? We went bust after our major shareholder called in his loans to the club. He refused to let other shareholders see the accounts at the AGM, he was directly responsible for inserting the clause about the sale for £10k and he was a preferential shareholder in Rovers, and he ended up recovering all his money (perhaps even making a profit). So where we would be is a reconstituted club (as we are now, but actually owning a share of our own ground, that was built as a memeorial to the city's rugby players who lost their lives for their country, that Rovers have made no contribution to other than sell land for an inadequate bit of car-parking and a quick buck, some fencing to restrict the movement of people who don't need to be restricted and a pathetic bit of roofing at one end. Oh and a pitch that was able to hold up to rugby whatever the weather and in times when reset scrums inches from the line were a freequent feature of the game; dug up, replaced by one that cannot support either rugby or football and is damaged by the very team that complains about it.

And as for Mr Lansdown, I'd be surprised if he regards us as an investment because as you so kindly point out we don't actually own anything. on the other hand you may be right about either Ashton G or V. In which case you're stuck with us. Unless we go and pinch someone elses ground. Clearly that's something Rovers think is perfectly acceptable. Maybe we'll just put some money into the UWE stadium and we can both rent from the university (as you will be anyway if you look at the deal).

Any more questions? If so, please use punctuation so that an old person like me can more easily understand them.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Stumpers (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 09:53
Well put Gray.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
get a gripper (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 10:34
The pitch was the worse it has ever been when we played Rotherham and interestingly Bristol rugby had not played on the pitch for three weeks prior.

So that sums up what we already knew about Rovers supporters (not all of them of course) - plonkers

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
airdog (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 10:38
football.......a simple game for simple people

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
bill n ben (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 13:55
gray
take off the rose tinted specs, you say what have rovers done for bristol rugby, well for one they kept the ground open and rugby there, now place the boot on the other foot if rovers had called in the administrators, then the rugby club would have been the owners for what ever amount, would the rugby club have still aloud rover to play there , i think not. you say rovers pinched the ground see i was under the impression that they bought 1/2 of it the rugby club still couldnt manage and called in the administrated invoking the buy out clause, if rovers hadnt stepped in then where would the rugby club be playing now, as if i remember correctly wasnt the land being chased by an investment company. so what have rovers done for the rugby well its kept rugby in horfield for the last 14 years or so and allowed the club to reform amd grow, Where was lansdown then, why is it he only appears at the time both football clubs have planning applications in. And after all his money is dirty money, living as a tax exile.
For the record rovers supporters are known as gasheads due to the smell from the gasworks at eastville.
Oh and im an angry gashead(as someone posted), not at all i hate football can never understand why someone would chase a ball when it can be carried.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
bill n ben (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 14:17
Oh n just read this
[www.otib.co.uk]#

even the city fans seem to think is not ideal for you

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
EverOptimistic (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 15:21
please don't feed the troll - not worth the energy

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Bris Supporter @ Home (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 15:21
bill n ben - If you aren't a Rovers Supporter or a Bristol Rugby Supporter then why are you taking part in this conversation? What is your gripe? You say you aren't an 'angry gashead' but you are definetly angry!

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Gray_Lensman (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 15:25
Of course we'd have let Rovers play there. We already were! Or have you forgotten that? They rented before they bought a half share.

You don't appear to "remember correctly" at all if you think the term Gashead comes from a gasworks at Eastville. Some of us can remember a gasometer there though.

I'm not entirely convinced SL is a good thing for us long term, but in the short term he has given us some stability and probably saved us a couple of years back, so good on him!

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
bill n ben (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 16:53
I did remember correctly there was a works and 2 gasometers on the site known a either eastville gasworks, or stapleton gasworks, which was bombed during the war,
gray im glad your not entirely convinced, far from being the saviour bristol find themselves back where they were in the 90's , one man with a major stake in the club, to other Troll nah not me , im not a rovers supporter but spent many years of my youth watching rugby at the memorial stadium (late 70's early 80's). So i guess unlike Bris Supporter @ Home just because i dont attend games all the time im not alowed to comment(how eletist is that).
Personally i would love nothing more that to see bristol rugby club own the memorial ground (with no strings attached) and if lansdown was a knight in shining armour as some of you think he would gift it back. After all all that tax he hasnt paid over the years could possibly buy the ground a few times over. Angry yeah kinda i hate to see honest working people who pay thier taxes to the government(whether you like the government or not) paying thier hard earned and taxed cash to someone who lives in guernsey and is laughing all the way to the bank

 
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Rinkadink (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 18:29
Angry Gashead feels the need to lie.

Ell oh ell.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Bristol Welsh (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 20:47
Well I might start liking SL if he bothered to move back from his tax exile and start paying taxes like his new found fans. Whatever his motives for Bristol Rugby, him and his tax avoiding ilk feel nothing for this country.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Joking Right? (IP Logged)
11 February, 2012 23:22
@Bristol Welsh

SL has probably paid more tax in his lifetime than yourself, your family, all your friends.... and your cat, all added up together ever will.

His company employes around 650 people in the city of Bristol.

Remind us what you have done for Bristol or this country?

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
12 February, 2012 05:33
"what have rovers done for bristol rugby, well for one they kept the ground open and rugby there, now place the boot on the other foot if rovers had called in the administrators, then the rugby club would have been the owners for what ever amount, would the rugby club have still aloud rover to play there , i think not. you say rovers pinched the ground see i was under the impression that they bought 1/2 of it the rugby club still couldnt manage and called in the administrated invoking the buy out clause, if rovers hadnt stepped in then where would the rugby club be playing now, as if i remember correctly wasnt the land being chased by an investment company. so what have rovers done for the rugby well its kept rugby in horfield for the last 14 years or so and allowed the club to reform amd grow,"

Bill and Ben is perfectly correct in what he says. Part of the agreement was that the party that became owners accepted the debts of the party going into liquidation. Thus the Rovers accepted a debt owed by the Rugby club to various creditors including the Inland Revenue of about £2.4 million at current price levels possibly about the equivalent of £5 million pounds or more.

There were no takers in the Rugby Community. Mr Holmes recovered his £1 million interest free loan to the Rugby Club by selling the land used by the combination just to the right of that big duck pond used by British Aerospace on the other side of the runway before Filton College.

Ownership was disputed by some but not in court.

As for Mr Lansdown having to live in exile, I felt genuinely very sad for him, in that clip on ITV, standing alone on a deserted sea front.

Seaside resorts are the loneliest places imaginable, especially in winter. I suspect he wouldn't mind just spending his fortune so that he could just get to going back to the terraces like you and I.

If I see him at the ground I will say hello, as I do to most people.

I was talking to a young chap, Bob, who collects the trolleys up at Tesco, Golden Hill. He always helps me put on my rucksack of goods and I help him collect the trolleys.

He said he was in his pub one day and Mr Lansdown came in and they talked, just the two of them, about Bristol City.

"For how long, Bob?" I asked.

"About two hours" said Bob.



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Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
airdog (IP Logged)
12 February, 2012 08:37
I really dont understand the cynicism from some regarding the take over of our beloved club by mr Lansdown . If the reports of his personal wealth are correct he has so much money it becomes largely meaningless so if he wishes to invest a small amount of it in local sport then good for him . Everone who knows him well says he is a genuine bloke who is not investing to make money ( clearly ) or is on an ego trip .
The one thing I do find a bit strange is as I understand it Channel island residency rules mean the amount of time he can spend on the mainland , and therefore watching his teams is severely restricted which strengthen the view that his actions are altruistic .
As for those who would condemn him as a tax dodger joking right is right he has more than paid his share over the years . I only hope his generousity extends to buying back the Memorial Ground so that it can once again be used solely for the purpose it was meant for back in 1921

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Bristle George (IP Logged)
13 February, 2012 21:33
Agree with beer matt Japan, would love for us to keep a generation of players and for the club to grow and compete. To compete in the elite again! To look forward to playing glos and barf and Leicester and London south Africa - Luke Eve's on Owen Farrell! Then maybe Europe, welcome back stade Francais, remember when we nil'd you? To play the Irish or the scots or Italians!
C'mon bris, now's the time to get behind the team, c'mon c'mon c'mon!!!

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Hercules Spoons (IP Logged)
19 February, 2012 10:31
Just back from 3 weeks away and although I could receive news from these boards I couldn't send

just to add my delight at this news

Steve Lansdown for Mayor?

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
19 February, 2012 11:34
Hercules,

Anywhere nice?

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
Hercules Spoons (IP Logged)
19 February, 2012 12:11
Kerala (SW India) William

Its been a wonderful trip, a beautiful country with equally beautiful and gentle people (even if they have yet to learn not to throw all their plastic everywhere.

But it does make you realise how relatively well off we are here and that poverty has different values in different countries

It will be a while before we visit the local Indian restaurant tho. Am looking fwd to a roast dinner this eve (and maybe celebrating a good bristol performance?)

I hope you are on the up William and that Bristol's fortunes and the outset of the cricket season will assist in lifting your spirits, although you have been doing very well in difficult circumstances recently it seems, no black dog.

 
Re: LANSDOWN BUYS BRISTOL RUGBY
WilliamBlessing (IP Logged)
19 February, 2012 17:43
HS,

Thanks HS I'm fine. It's a nuisance but I'm learning to live with it. It means I've got plenty of time on the message boards and watching tv next door. Just watched a superb game between Saracens and Tigers. Down to the last play.

I missed listening to Radio Bristol. Who was doing the reporting on the Pirates game?

Also must start my latest book, "The Buddha on My Mantelpiece" by William Blessing (904 pages "could not put it down..."gripping page turner" etc etc)


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