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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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