Now is the summer of our discontent


Eloquent
By The Bard of BD23
May 16 2019

Now is the summer of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of Leeds; And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths; Our bruised arms hung up for monuments; Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures.

Which is bollox when trying to adapt Shakespeare to our current predicament. Culture apart we (the supporters) are discontented and rightly so. For the first season since Lanny was in charge we have had a decent  DoR. The squad that Stirlo assembled excited us  more than any in recent seasons. The mountain that his squad climbed was immense. At the pinnacle they conquered the eventual league champions, London Irish, at the Emerald stadium in a game  which showed the true potential that they were capable of. Then, in an instant, it had all crumbled into memories.

It is just eight years since we dropped out of the top flight of English rugby. I thought that, when we eventually got back into the Premiership, I would look  back on that time as the wilderness years but now I fear that they are only just beginning.

With hindsight I can see that our position has always been precarious ( as is the case with many other rugby clubs). I am no accountant but the financial model which the club adopted has never made any sense to me. An enterprise without a major income stream, relying on the largesse of a handful of wealthy backers is always one step away from insolvency and so it has proved for our club.

We all have ideas of who to blame for our current predicament and they are being well documented elsewhere. My concern is what happens next? Scenarios range from: At worst the club folds before the new season - to- At best we get a new financial backer in the next few weeks and continue the progress made by Stirlo albeit without him. I cannot countenance the former and the latter seems highly improbable in the current climate.

So is the future of the club going to be somewhere in between these extremes? Probably. If we are still in business in September then  the first hurdle is to survive next season without getting relegated. Nine months ago we were bottom of the league and had to spend money to extracate ourselves from that position. Next time around we will not have that money to spend. Much will depend on the next coach ( Scott Barrow, Dave Docherty?) being able to perform on a shoestring budget.

If we get relegated then I think that would be the end of the club. In the last 8 years our attendances have dropped by more that half. Survival in the Championship would see a  small group of hardcore fans rattling around in the new stadium with little prospect of promotion. We are paying a reduced rent of £100K next season. Is that sustainable? I cannot see our long term survival, if we are to survive, being tied to the Emerald Stadium no matter what  the rationale for staying is.

Whilst we are discontented at the moment many of us will also be very nervous about the future. The prospect of life without the Tykes, in whatever guise, is a bleak prospect indeed.

 

 

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Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: TykesRugby.co.uk (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 08:17

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Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 08:32

Sorry WW (sorry Bard of BD23) but this has gone right over my head.

Who is the player pictured? I think possibly a prop forward who came through our academy?

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: JDH1 (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 11:39

What a nice piece of writing.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 15:32

Quote:
almostatyke
Sorry WW (sorry Bard of BD23) but this has gone right over my head.
Who is the player pictured? I think possibly a prop forward who came through our academy?

Played a few county games for Staffordshire but retired after being accused of confusing the forwards with overly elaborate line-out calls.

Fancied himself as a bit of a writer but wasn't up to much as no one knew what he was on about.

Started flogging fishing tackle after that and made a bit of a go of it

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: RothwellTyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 17:20

Well written Bard, sums up well how many of us are feeling (although we wouldn’t put it across so eloquently)

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 18:27

Yeah, good peice WW, forgot to say earlier.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 19:41

As a Warwickshire lad, I now recognise our "prop forward" as a fellow Warwickshire person.

I think he played prop for Nuneaton rfu.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 20:26

The repeated broken promises certainly bring to mind a line from Macbeth - full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 20:49

I always suspected you were dead posh, Albert.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: Albert Fishwick (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2019 21:08

Nay lad, a son of the heavy woollen district.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: leemingtyke (IP Logged)
Date: 19/05/2019 19:32

Quote:
almostatyke
As a Warwickshire lad, I now recognise our "prop forward" as a fellow Warwickshire person.
I think he played prop for Nuneaton rfu.

Whatever, just another nondescript county that isn't Yorkshire ;-)

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 19/05/2019 20:30

Not biting.

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Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: AdminBTCov (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2019 11:06

Quote:
almostatyke
Not biting.
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I might.
And he never played for Staffordshire.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: headingleytyke (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2019 11:31

AdminBTcov. I think with that hairstyle he could have played for Piney or Kersey a few years ago

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2019 12:42

George Eliot was even better, though back row I think.

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Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: AdminBTCov (IP Logged)
Date: 24/05/2019 21:32

My mum thinks her house is great. We have to take her there for lunch on a regular basis. Personally I think Mary would have better taste than the muck they serve up there.

Piney or Kersey?

I can only guess at Pinley or Keresley, otherwise you have stumped me.

Re: Now is the summer of our discontent
Posted by: almostatyke (IP Logged)
Date: 25/05/2019 13:58

I agree Mary/George would have done better than a Beefeater/Premier Inn.


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