RFL steps in to secure Odsal's future
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Wednesday 25 January 2012
The Rugby League has bought Odsal Stadium to safeguard its future. The former council tip has been the Bradford club's home since 1934 but the Bulls have recently been under pressure to sell to housing developers. They will now pay a market rent to the RFL to use it, with the League having paid an undisclosed price.
"This arrangement is absolutely the right thing to do, because it safeguards the future of one of the sport's most famous stadia," said the RFL chairman, Richard Lewis.
The new association representing Super League players, 1eague3, has applied to the RFL to be recognised as a body to be consulted over decisions on the game. There is already a players' union, run by the GMB trade union, but the new body says that it has 80 per cent of Super League players signed up.
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