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Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:10 pm
Posted by Huddersfield1895 on Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:10 pm
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Wildcat26 wrote:
Here`s a summary of all Wood`s "Achievements" in his 11 years in his role..

- Reduction of 38% in Sport England grant funding
- A decline in the standard of match officials
- A general decline in the standard of Super league
- The decline of reserve teams within SL / champ clubs.
- The national side has failed to beat Australia under Nigel Wood.
- Bradford bulls entering administration on numerous times after a number of owners was accepted by the RFL.
- A Decline in media coverage.
- The Loss of top English players to NRL and RFU due to salary cap restrictions.
- 2012 ridiculous Stobart sponsorship deal
- 2013 SL starts with no Sponsor
- Significant cuts in junior development funding
- 4 officials resign due to official complaints been "Brushed under the carpet"
- Accepting the first offer put on the table by sky 200m for 5 seasons.

Here is an interesting one -

Charging fans to stream Englands ONLY warm up match before the world cup and turning down the exposure to 1 million plus viewers on BBC who had only reportedly offered 10k as they was only given 6 weeks notice !!! The RFL then refused to release any figures on how many paid for the stream.

Average SL attendance
2007 - 9,855
2016 - ‎9,134

Challenge cup final attendance
2007 - 84,241
2016 - 76,235

Salary cap (Super League)
2007 - £1.6m
2016 - £1.85m

Player Participation
2007 - 131,900
2017 - 44,900

In fact he did such a great job, somewhere in between Aug 2013 and Jan 2017 he got a 110k P/A wage increase from 204k to 314k.

How on earth he's kept his job at the RFL for so long is a mystery to me and probably others.
Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:11 pm
Posted by JTB on Wed Dec 20, 2017 1:11 pm
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'Gone' in the sense that he is infact still Chief Executive of the organisation he has 'left' and still Chief Executive of the RFL. I'll hang off digging out the party poppers...
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Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:42 pm
Posted by wrencat1873 on Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:42 pm
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Wildcat26 wrote:
Here`s a summary of all Wood`s "Achievements" in his 11 years in his role..

- Reduction of 38% in Sport England grant funding
- A decline in the standard of match officials
- A general decline in the standard of Super league
- The decline of reserve teams within SL / champ clubs.
- The national side has failed to beat Australia under Nigel Wood.
- Bradford bulls entering administration on numerous times after a number of owners was accepted by the RFL.
- A Decline in media coverage.
- The Loss of top English players to NRL and RFU due to salary cap restrictions.
- 2012 ridiculous Stobart sponsorship deal
- 2013 SL starts with no Sponsor
- Significant cuts in junior development funding
- 4 officials resign due to official complaints been "Brushed under the carpet"
- Accepting the first offer put on the table by sky 200m for 5 seasons.

Here is an interesting one -

Charging fans to stream Englands ONLY warm up match before the world cup and turning down the exposure to 1 million plus viewers on BBC who had only reportedly offered 10k as they was only given 6 weeks notice !!! The RFL then refused to release any figures on how many paid for the stream.

Average SL attendance
2007 - 9,855
2016 - ‎9,134

Challenge cup final attendance
2007 - 84,241
2016 - 76,235

Salary cap (Super League)
2007 - £1.6m
2016 - £1.85m

Player Participation
2007 - 131,900
2017 - 44,900

In fact he did such a great job, somewhere in between Aug 2013 and Jan 2017 he got a 110k P/A wage increase from 204k to 314k.


The last stat on your list regarding player participation is quite staggering and it has to be said that Wood has offered NOTHING to our sport and we are going backwards at a rate of knots.

Unfortunately we dont appear to be rid of him completely but hopefully we can find another Richard Lewis, a top bloke, with vision and knowledge, of how to move the sport forward.

I assume those participation is junior rugby through to the pro game ?
Do you have information as to where the drop is, I presume we are looking at juniors numbers taking the biggest hit ?
Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:02 pm
Posted by JEAN CAPDOUZE on Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:02 pm
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Wildcat26 wrote:

Challenge cup final attendance
2007 - 84,241
2016 - 76,235

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That figure is misleading. 2007 was the year the new Wembley was opened and the year that the fabulous Catalans Dragons made their first appearance at Wembley for the final. (It was also the first year that an Arab scored a try at Wembley). No wonder the attendance that year was so high.
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Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:09 pm
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:09 pm
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I’d like us to bring someone in from outside the sport otherwise I can see nothing changing, a little too early for Kevin Sinfield, although I can see him taking over at some point in the future.
Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:11 pm
Posted by shinymcshine on Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:11 pm
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Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:
I’d like us to bring someone in from outside the sport otherwise I can see nothing changing, a little too early for Kevin Sinfield, although I can see him taking over at some point in the future.


Bring in someone with a proper business sense to grow the organisation.

Howver I don't recall Richard Lewis (tennis) or Brian Barwick (football) really improving things that much during their time at the RFL.
Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:07 pm
Posted by Fully on Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:07 pm
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Aren't the SL clubs taking control? All the clubs are directors of SLE. The way I see it is that the clubs believe they can secure more corporate income and better broadcasting terms for Super League as an entity than Wood etc can.
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Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:27 pm
Posted by Roy Haggerty on Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:27 pm
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shinymcshine wrote:
Bring in someone with a proper business sense to grow the organisation.

Howver I don't recall Richard Lewis (tennis) or Brian Barwick (football) really improving things that much during their time at the RFL.


Under Lewis, the game really progressed, with a forward vision, professional set-up and decent sponsors.

Barwick has been a waste of a seat.

Nigel Wood has been too erratic. He's clearly tried his best, but ultimately he's been hamstrung by an unwillingness to challenge a small group of top championship/bottom super league clubs whose interests are contrary to the interests of the game as a whole. As a result, far too much of his focus has been on what's come to be known as the Middle 8s, and not enough on the whole sport and its shop window in SL.
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Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:31 pm
Posted by headhunter on Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:31 pm
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Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:
I’d like us to bring someone in from outside the sport otherwise I can see nothing changing, a little too early for Kevin Sinfield, although I can see him taking over at some point in the future.
Why do people insist on giving out high-profile off-field roles solely on the basis that they were good players? Sinfield has zero credentials to do this job.
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Some might look at this as being harsh but I think it's fair. When are the Rugby League going to stop persisting with this fantasy expansion. If it hasn't worked by now, it never will! I'm all for reaching out to a wider audience with our game but not at the expense of historical clubs in the homelands.
Re: Woods has gone - Happy Xmas
Post Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:46 pm
Posted by PrinterThe on Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:46 pm
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headhunter wrote:
Why do people insist on giving out high-profile off-field roles solely on the basis that they were good players? Sinfield has zero credentials to do this job.


Sinfield has a Masters degree in sports business with the aim of being involved in that kind of role.

"What I’d like to do after playing would be more centred around the administration of sport, whether that be [as a] performance director, director of rugby or football manager. Hopefully somewhere down the track, [I could be the] chief executive of a sports club. I felt that I needed to give myself the academic background behind it, so that if those jobs or opportunities arise later on, I’d be in a decent position to apply for them."

Whilst this on its own isn't enough to say he should get a top job in the RFL he certainly isn't someone tipped or suggested to get a job just because of his on field performances alone.
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