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Peter Hood: Trying to re-energise the pledge

Peter Hood: Trying to re-energise the pledge

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Bradford have reached the halfway mark in their initial bid to raise half a million pounds to save the club, but time is running out.

And chairman Peter Hood admits the momentum is slowing a week on from the launch of their appeal.

"Our task now is to try and re-energise the pledge and really get people's attention onto it."
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The club has revealed a total of 1,832 people have made pledges totalling £248,486 towards the £1million they need in all to secure the future of the Super League club.

They say they need to raise around £500,000 by 5pm on Friday in order to pay an overdue tax bill to avoid the threat of a winding-up order and subsequent administration.

"You can work out from the maths that the momentum has slowed a bit from the way it kicked off last week pretty strongly," said Hood, who attended a joint press conference between the Bulls and Leeds, who meet in a Super League derby at Odsal on Friday night.

"Our task now is to try and re-energise the pledge and really get people's attention onto it."

Budget

Bradford have received a second cash boost from Steve O'Connor, the chairman of Super League rivals Widnes, and Hood is hoping a 20,000-plus crowd on Friday could fill the coffers by an extra £40,000.

"When we set this year's budget, we looked at the Leeds game historically in recent years and set a conservative budget accordingly," Hood added.

"But my feeling is that we might blow that budget out of the water, which means we could be £40,000 above the budget that we set from all sources.

"That's an extra £40,000 perhaps from bar revenue, retail sales and ticket revenue.

"What the Widnes chairman has done is worth potentially £10,000 to us. His further gesture on behalf of the Widnes club shows just what being part of the rugby league community can mean.

"We are making progress - we just need to make sure the momentum is kept up. We've got to be certain that, if we're going to take money via these pledges, that the quantum is sufficient to put us in position where we can address these very short-term issues.

"I don't want to be taking money not to achieve the objective. At the moment, we're pushing it hard and we might get close to that £500,000 figure if we keep focused."

Disappointed

A bumper auction of sporting memorabilia, including Cup final medals and shirts donated by former players Brian McDermott and Jamie Peacock, is expected to raise several thousand pounds on Thursday.

But Hood admits he is disappointed with the response of the Bradford business community and was hoping for more pledges from the club's 10,000 members.

"When you look at 1,800 pledges, it's not a huge percentage," he said. "There might be some people waiting and seeing and we need to encourage those people to jump on board rather than waiting to see.

"They need to commit. There have been a few business pledges and some in four figures but, when you consider the size of the Bradford district and the sheer number of small and medium enterprises, it seemed to me that that was something that that community could potentially do."

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