Yes, it's just they're further along with their plan than we are. The talks with Salford have been going on for years (albeit not as long as The Rec, but they don't face the same issues), and still haven't actually been signed off. On the rugby side of things there's been a drastic change in attitude since Mike Brewer's reign, but then you could say there needed to be.
Can you imagine the fuss that would be kicked up firstly by rebranding as the Bath Bulldogs (for example), and then finding a new ground and becoming the Keynsham Bulldogs? ERE might just break the internet.
I have been watching Sale in Heywood Rd and Edgeley Park for yrs as I spend a lot of time in the area.
I beleive they have had a lot of bad press in the area from stockport Town supporters. I think they gained a lot of local support initially in the Stockport area, but after the running down of the football team I think they lost the goodwill of the area and the supporter base
Be that a lesson to people who think they can turn Rugby into a franchised sport like the NFL.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/03/2012 17:44 by Lost Soul.
Well Im sure there is plenty of cost effective development opportunity in the industrial wastelands of Greater Manchester, but Im not sure moving away from your spriritual home to stockport then to salford, signing Cipriani and changing your name represents progress does it????
Bath Rugby and its fans insisting that they stay at their spriritual home in a world heritage city throws up its challenges that even people with Bods imagination are finding hard to crack..
Moving to the City of Salford stadium is a great move for the club. I used to play for Sale when at Heywood Rd and as cosy as it was, it was never a good location for a pro club. I've never been to Stockport but I believe the facilities were shocking.
Combining assets with Salford City Reds makes sense for both clubs. Plus a lot of Union support is in Cheshire & the location of the new ground can tap into this a lot easier than before. It's also close to the Trafford Centre so some clever marketing could attract a new audience from there
It may be close to the Trafford Centre, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy to get to. Some serious concerns on the Sale board about the public transport links. I've been going to Stockport for the past eight years or so to watch Bath, and while it's not the league's most luxurious ground, it's only two minutes walk from the train station so at least people can get there.
with an advertised 8pm k.o. (per Diamond) there won't be many 9:30 get aways.
Also, SCR currently attract about 4.5K to a home game and getting in and out is nightmarish (my cousin is an STH) the main problem being one roundabout feeding from the M60. In the weeks approaching and just after Christmas the Trafford Centre is almost a 'no go' area due to the traffic chaos. IF the new road scheme had been approved (and started) and IF there were sufficient public transport, it might have been a good move. However, in conversation, many current fans will not be attending at Barton.
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