End of the line?
Will Bradford be lost to Super League?
Last Updated: 28/06/12 8:29am
Bulls on the brink
Jon Wells and Brian Carney discuss whether the once proud and mighty Bradford Bulls will cease to exist.
"This is the third club to go into administration in the last three years. I don't think we are doing a good enough job of scrutinising the clubs when we are handing out the licenses."
Brian Carney Quotes of the week
It has been a sad and depressing week as news that the once mighty Bradford Bulls went into administration. Despite the £500,000 raised by their supporters recently, Bradford are still in dire financial straits and have to secure a new financial backer by the 10th of July or they will cease to exist.
"It's a mess but it's a mess that the whole rugby league community has seen coming for some time," said Jon Wells on Boots 'n' All.
"The fact that the filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month was the first indication that this was going to happen. They could not avoid going into administration though and by my reckoning they have until July 10th to find new owner and new money or that is it.
"There are various permutation as to what could happen now - I was a little alarmed when I head the quote come out from the administrator Brendan Guilfoyle. He basically said that if there is anyone interested in the Bulls then they need to hear from them right now. That is fairly strongly worded quote even from an administrator and goes to show how serious this is."
Brian Carney is not surprised that this has happened but is angry that nothing was done earlier and believes that the fans and supporters should never have been asked to raise the £500,000 if the inevitable was always going to happen.
"The thing that disappoints me is that the club went for the soft touch, they went to the fans who love the club, the players who used to play for the club and got them to donate Grand Final jersey sand memorabilia saying it was going to save the club. Everybody did their bit -Mick Potter was washing cars and flipping burgers. That money is all gone!
"£500,000 was raised by the supporters in March, they were told that was what was needed to keep their club alive. They kept their side of the bargain and raised that money but the club is now in administration. Why could they not have brought in this administration in March and keep that money in the supporter's pockets?
"How far does this go back- they got a B licence last year. Wouldn't it have been great if Brendan Guilfoyle came in last year and looked at the books of all the clubs?
"This is the third club to go into administration in the last three years. I don't think we are doing a good enough job of scrutinising the clubs when we are handing out the licenses.
I do think that if they do go into liquidation they will start up again somehow - they are too big a club to lose from Super League."