NEWS of the financial worries at Bradford Bulls will strike a familiar chord with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats supporters.
The Bulls say they will go out of business if they don’t raise £1 million, with at least half that sum required before mid-April.
They’re calling on supporters, players and sponsors to pledge money, at least £100 per head, to help the Super League club pay off its debts and avoid going bust.
And it comes just over a year after Wakefield were faced with similar financial problems due to an unpaid tax bill believed to be in the region of £300,000.
Wildcats directors issued a plea to fans to raise £500,000 in order to secure the club’s future at the time - an appeal that fell well short. It forced the club into administration to avoid a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs.
The club were eventually saved by Andrew Glover on the eve of the 2011 Super League season and Wakefield have gone from strength-to-strength since the takeover.
The same problems are now facing the Bulls, who’ve warned that the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds Rhinos on Good Friday could be their last-ever game at Odsal if £500,000 isn’t raised to save the club.
Their problems are so serious that chairman Peter Hood has said the club may not be able to fulfil its fixtures in Super League XVII.
The Bulls’ Odsal ground has already been sold to the RFL to allow the club to repay money owed to the sport’s governing body.
The RFL said today: “[We] would urge everyone who cares about the Bradford Bulls to support the pledge scheme.
“We have been providing and will continue to provide what practical assistance we can to help Bradford through their present financial difficulties.”
The club have written a letter to every season ticket holder, member and club sponsor to help raise the funds and are hoping that help will come from people and businesses outside the club.
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