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The earliest record of a football match being played in the Huddersfield area is in 1848, when a team of men from Hepworth took on a team of men from Holmfirth near Whinney Bank in Holmfirth. Hepworth won a ...

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From a 'Fans Forum' hosted by Ralph Rimmer last night

KPMG were consulted and, in a nutshell, they said that we need promotion & relegation, and a structured format from SL right across to local community clubs. KPMG's brief was also to design a system to get more bums on seats.

All clubs were invited to discuss KPMG's proposals. The league structure was narrowed down to 2 choices:
3 divisions of 12 with straight relegation at the end;
3 division of 12 with a play-off system at the end [the much vaunted 12/12 -> 8/8/8 format].

The currently favoured solution is the 2nd and would work as follows:

SL1 - 12 teams; £1300K funding each [currently £1225K, or something near].
SL2 - 12 teams; sliding funding from £650K [top club in previous season] down to £150K [bottom club previous season]: the idea being that clubs can plan to 'better themselves' over a number of years, eventually gaining SL1 status.
(3rd Division); 12ish clubs; £75K funding each.

For SL1 & SL2 [or whatever brand name it is given], at the end of the 23 game season [play each other home and away plus Magic Weekend for both divisions], the end-of-season play-offs would be as follows:
top 8 SL1 clubs keep their points and play each other once more with the highest finishing 4 clubs to have 4 home games; after this the top 4 then go on to play for the Grand Final;
bottom 4 SL1 clubs & top 4 SL2 clubs play each other once with the 4 SL2 clubs to have 4 homes games; the top 4 go into SL1 the following season;
bottom 8 SL2 clubs play each other once to decide their final league positions [and next season's money] & to see who gets relegated.
This is designed to have more equal, intense matches. The idea being that every match counts, the higher you finish, the better your chances in the play-off rounds.

Currently the ratio of SL to Championship funding is 12 to 1. This system gives the aspiring SL1 clubs more money to prepare for SL1 status.

The bottom 2 clubs at the end of 2014 will definitely be relegated - unless a team in a higher position goes into administration.

The entry requirements to SL2 would be basically 'would a broadcaster be able to televise a live match at your ground?'. This ensures that clubs can be promoted to SL1 on playing merit.

Mid-week matches are here to stay because Sky say so. We have to live with it. [Gate money is around £20m, Sky money is around £20m. If Sky pull out, we are, well, you can guess the rest!]

Hope this sheds some light on the way the RFL is thinking.

I've got to be honest, I went to the meeting thinking 'give the status quo a longer chance, we're forever tinkering with things'. I came away thinking 'Mmm, this sounds quite good'.

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