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The return of Thompson
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 19:59
Dave Thompson reappointed to the board of directors
I am not sure what to make of this, a clean break was good for the club when Semore took full control. Is this a step backwards?


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Re: The return of Thompson
markismith50 (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:04
This isn’t a major change, guys. Semore and Dave have been talking for years and we’d be daft to ignore the help of someone who knows the club and the rugby landscape so well.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:05
Have you been waiting for this thread all day Smithy?

 
Re: The return of Thompson
markismith50 (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:08
No, not at all. I spoke to The Journal on Friday about it and the news has been out since then.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:15
What role will Dave be in Smithy?

 
Re: The return of Thompson
steve1888 (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:31
Well you'll certainly not find anyone with more passion for the club than Dave Thompson and after he dragged the club through some tough times no doubt affecting himself massively its nice he's involved with things going well.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
dick g (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 20:42
Welcome back Thumper.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 21:31
He was one hell of an ambassador for the club as a director of PRL, and also with the RFU. Anyone who has heard his tales of heartbreak when he tried to retire from the club & pass it on to someone who could carry the torch well will know just how much this club means to him.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
markismith50 (IP Logged)
26 February, 2018 21:31
Also worth bearing in mind Dave is still a part owner of the club, of course.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 09:09
Mick Hogan staying on social media last night that he had stepped back from his MD role which Monkey confirmed a few weeks back. Mick was also offering his consultancy services as he has time on his hands it appears
Any connection to the return of Thompson?

 
Re: The return of Thompson
rubyrhone (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 10:07
Hmmmm..........!

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 10:17
Could be connected actually. Mick used to cover one heck of a lot of stuff, and quite sensibly understood that he can't do the new job properly, and also juggle parts of his old job. Thompson was always superb at the RFU & PRL stuff, so hopefully he is taking that back which will free up some of Semore's time.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
.Mick Hogan (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 15:59
Dave having a bit more involvement is great news for the club. One of the sharpest rugby brains there is and although a different style he and Semore complement each other so well. Dave still owns a percentage of the club and has done since Semore took over. He's always attended board meetings in this time and supported the club with advice and analysis. It really is good to see him take on more work as he has the bit between his teeth right now.

As for my change it was something that I discussed with Semore since pre-Xmas. Despite being MD at the club I've always been a consultant and have never been full time. The change now to Event Director for Newcastle 2019 acknowledges three factors

1. The Finals weekend is huge for the club. Newcastle Rugby Ltd (alone) have put up the financial guarantee for the event. Get it right and it will earn us not just significant revenue but a boat load of new fans, sponsors, media contacts etc. Get it wrong and not only will it cost us £'s but it will be a huge missed opportunity. I couldn't do this and be MD.

2. The club now has a senior management team that is of the highest standards so a small organisational change now will have minimal impact. Mel Magee (Community & Marketing), Gary Cairns (Finance), Sharon Howey (Commercial Sales), Jane Shepstone (Conference & Events) and Angela Alderson (Administration & PRL Liaison) are amongst the best around. Throw in Smithy on media, Amy Kirsopp on Partnerships, Andrew Robson on Ticketing/Marketing, Alison Carthy on retail plus a host of others and the off-field team is as good as any I've worked with. I actually do very little (no surprise there!) and any successes the club are now enjoying is down to these people.

3. I'm still with the club and advising on commercial matters as Commercial Director for the Falcons as well as doing the 2019 prep. I'm down ever so slightly in hours but still fully committed and here for the long haul.

As for other consultancy stuff I've always done bits and pieces. Always will as I do often pick up information that I use at the club.

Exciting times and thanks to Semore for his support!

Mick



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Re: The return of Thompson
Falc Dancer (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 16:17
Thanks for clearing that up Mick
In my eyes, you along with Dean have been the face of the Falcons revolution since Semore took full control of the club
Your input has been invaluable and as a falcons supporter I have lots of time and respect for you and what the club has achieved so far under your stewardship
I hope that once Newcastle 2019 has been an undoubted success that you come back to the Falcons in a greater capacity

 
Re: The return of Thompson
dick g (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 17:25
Newcastle 2019 is in the safest possible pair of hands.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
Monkey1 (IP Logged)
02 March, 2018 19:24
I would imagine DT is chuffed to bits with the way the club has gone forward under Semore's trust. I remember chatting to him after the disaster of him trying to find a good pair of hands to pass the club on to, before Semore threw his hat in the ring. He was utterly depressed, feeling let down, and obviously the bogus offers that came to nothing had hurt him deeply. At that time he was willing to give up the idea of passing it on, and back the club for another 5 years or so, despite his age & having had a nasty accident not long before.

Semore has turned out to be exactly the sort of successor he was hoping would take over, young enough to think long term, and not just pushing money into the slot, putting in lots of passion & good management too. I imagine he is enjoying this season even more than we supporters.

 
Re: The return of Thompson
MrDolf (IP Logged)
04 March, 2018 21:52
The 2019 finals will be great, the RWC games here were real successes and this can easily replicate them.

It’s funny but I saw the challenge cup final at SJP as an opportunity for Falcons to perhaps focus on that cup and maybe the club could progress towards a major final in our own city in front of 52000 people.

I am taking nothing for granted but given yesterday’s result and the remaining fixtures I feel confident now that it will be Champions Cup rugby next year. Exciting times and just imagine getting to that final in Newcastle. Big task but you never know.....


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