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What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?


By TigerR
August 14 2012

Eight Premiership Finals in a row makes Tigers the most consistent team in England over the last eight years but only three wins hints at a glass ceiling that is limiting the success of the team. Results in the European Cup also show a marked decline over the eight year period.

In the second part of this article I will discuss this glass ceiling. Is it real. If real, what causes it and what changes might Tigers make to break it. If changes are made, what risks might that bring (think Wasps)? Is it all a phase whilst the French run out of money (think Italy and soccer)?

However, before I plot world domination for Welford Road, it is worth wondering why a team from the 10th largest city in the UK and from one of the smaller counties of England, has come to dominate rugby in England in the way that Tigers do (just ask a fan of any other premiership side). Leicestershir CCC are spectacularly failing to dominate the county chnapionship and Leicester City seem stuck in the second tier, so why do the Tigers dominate?

The answer lies in a strong historical tradition of playing rugby in the city and county, the visionary appointment of Chalkie White as coach, some astute decisions when professionalism was introduced to English rugby and the maintenance of a club ethos which is down to many but the man at the top was Peter Wheeler.

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What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
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14/08/2012 12:15
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2012:08:26:19:14:56 by Tiggs.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Tiggs (IP Logged)
14/08/2012 12:20
Many thanks to TigerR for this piece that keeps the messageboard alive for another 2 weeks. CHEERS !!

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Stopsy (IP Logged)
14/08/2012 12:27
Many thanks TigerR, I look forward to reading more.

You raise an interesting point about decisions taken around the move to professionalism. A massive credit must go for the things we decided not to do.

Our key issues are around our expectations and caused in the main by an even playing field in England, uneven in Europe.

You are wise to point out the folly of thinking all change is good.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Rich W (IP Logged)
14/08/2012 13:31
Thanks Rex - I take the point re the reasons for 'domination' but I look forward to your thoughts on what has inhibited a better return on that dominance in terms of metal.

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
15/08/2012 09:01
Familiarity breeds contempt

A once in a lifetime opportunity concentrates the mind

... perchance?

'Lions led by donkeys' .. Lest we forget

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
TigerR (IP Logged)
23/08/2012 12:17
Part 2 coming very soon. It's been written.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Stopsy (IP Logged)
23/08/2012 12:26
There was me thinking, this looks like the last one!

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
TigerR (IP Logged)
23/08/2012 13:32
Part 2 is coming very soon (but is not yet here). It has been written and sent to the moderators who have not yet posted it.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Tiggs (IP Logged)
23/08/2012 22:38
Any day soon, apologies for taking the family on holiday for the month of August !!!

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
TigerR (IP Logged)
24/08/2012 15:18
Tiggs,

There has been no major delay you came back almost as soon as I sent it to you.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Tiggs (IP Logged)
24/08/2012 19:08
Only kidding !

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Rich W (IP Logged)
25/08/2012 11:55
It is interesting, given this weekend's big sporting event, to compare our concerns with those of Leeds Rhinos in the other code.

I have a colleague who is a Rhinos fan and is fearful of what may be imminent (yet again) but views the play-offs with glee.

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Tiggs (IP Logged)
26/08/2012 19:14
Thanks again Rex.

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Johns (IP Logged)
26/08/2012 20:31
There use to be boards in the Tiger Room with Internationals, Captains etc. I thought the most significant was the one the fewest names, that was the Secretaries (today's equivalent is Chief Executive)

They have generally been in office for ling periods which delivers the stability that has encouraged the club to develop and grow.

Tom Crumbie seems to have set the standard, Wheelbrace is IMHO the modern day equivalent, the man part of a great team that has driven the club during the professional era to date.

Just may be we should name a Stand after him.

 
Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Tiggs (IP Logged)
26/08/2012 20:37
The new club house stand will need a name, but I suspect that it will be sponsored by a Company ?

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Re: What is Limiting the Success of this Tigers Team?
Stopsy (IP Logged)
26/08/2012 20:37
We also owe a lot to John Allen's views regarding shamateurism and professionalism.

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