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Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

London Welsh had lots of ambition 

So did Exeter.

They backed up their ambition with a long term strategy, investment into facilities/supplementary income streams and most importantly a substantially larger fan base than any club currently in the championship. There are no clubs in the championship who have anything resembling the plan they had.


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Conrad Cade - Prop (Newcastle Falcons), Gus Warr - Scrum Half (Sale Sharks) & Will Vaughan - Prop (Bath Rugby) to be dual registered with the Knights for the season. And that's our lot (I think) for this season with an average age 24.67 years. 31 players so hope we do not have any lengthy injuries or suspensions.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bedfordian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2021 at 14:43
Conrad Cade - Prop (Newcastle Falcons), Gus Warr - Scrum Half (Sale Sharks) & Will Vaughan - Prop (Bath Rugby) to be dual registered with the Knights for the season. And that's our lot (I think) for this season with an average age 24.67 years. 31 players so hope we do not have any lengthy injuries or suspensions.

Strong squad you have there, interesting to see how it goes!

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Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

London Welsh had lots of ambition 

So did Exeter.

They backed up their ambition with a long term strategy, investment into facilities/supplementary income streams and most importantly a substantially larger fan base than any club currently in the championship. There are no clubs in the championship who have anything resembling the plan they had.
Can you think of any other premiership sides with a business plan which doesn't largely depend on someone with deep pockets?
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Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

 Can you think of any other premiership sides with a business plan which doesn't largely depend on someone with deep pockets?

Would Exeter Chiefs members have had a business plan without the significant support from Tony Rowe and SW Communications?
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Originally posted by Bedfordian Bedfordian wrote:

Conrad Cade - Prop (Newcastle Falcons), Gus Warr - Scrum Half (Sale Sharks) & Will Vaughan - Prop (Bath Rugby) to be dual registered with the Knights for the season. And that's our lot (I think) for this season with an average age 24.67 years. 31 players so hope we do not have any lengthy injuries or suspensions.

Strong squad you have there, interesting to see how it goes!


Here is hoping they do well, top 4 and I would be happy. I think there are a number of teams who have signed well this year.
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Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

London Welsh had lots of ambition 

So did Exeter.

They backed up their ambition with a long term strategy, investment into facilities/supplementary income streams and most importantly a substantially larger fan base than any club currently in the championship. There are no clubs in the championship who have anything resembling the plan they had.

I think that all depends where you start your timeline from. I went to university in Exeter in 99/00 and watched them at the County Ground when the average gate was about 1050. Teams that season with a larger average gate *then* were Coventry, Moseley, Leeds, Rotherham, Worcester, Rugby Lions (seriously) - and Henley and London Welsh were within 100 of them.

I would argue that their performance and their plan grew the gate - and if you're saying that they had Devon to play with as a *potential* fan base if their plan came off then I'd agree with you. But the fan base came along later. I know levels 2 and 3 are in danger of withering on the vine, but there're still clubs that expect to get 1000 through the gates - otherwise all Moseley need is, er, every other element of their plan and the potential fanbase of well over a million just in Birmingham will see us leave Exeter for dust...



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Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

London Welsh had lots of ambition 

So did Exeter.

They backed up their ambition with a long term strategy, investment into facilities/supplementary income streams and most importantly a substantially larger fan base than any club currently in the championship. There are no clubs in the championship who have anything resembling the plan they had.

I think that all depends where you start your timeline from. I went to university in Exeter in 99/00 and watched them at the County Ground when the average gate was about 1050. Teams that season with a larger average gate *then* were Coventry, Moseley, Leeds, Rotherham, Worcester, Rugby Lions (seriously) - and Henley and London Welsh were within 100 of them.

I would argue that their performance and their plan grew the gate - and if you're saying that they had Devon to play with as a *potential* fan base if their plan came off then I'd agree with you. But the fan base came along later. I know levels 2 and 3 are in danger of withering on the vine, but there're still clubs that expect to get 1000 through the gates - otherwise all Moseley need is, er, every other element of their plan and the potential fanbase of well over a million just in Birmingham will see us leave Exeter for dust...


The catalyst for Exeter was that were able to sell their ground at a good time in the property boom. That financed the new stadium and they have been very savvy ever since.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Sep 2021 at 15:17
Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

Originally posted by No 7 No 7 wrote:

Originally posted by Bluesman11 Bluesman11 wrote:

London Welsh had lots of ambition 

So did Exeter.

They backed up their ambition with a long term strategy, investment into facilities/supplementary income streams and most importantly a substantially larger fan base than any club currently in the championship. There are no clubs in the championship who have anything resembling the plan they had.

I think that all depends where you start your timeline from. I went to university in Exeter in 99/00 and watched them at the County Ground when the average gate was about 1050. Teams that season with a larger average gate *then* were Coventry, Moseley, Leeds, Rotherham, Worcester, Rugby Lions (seriously) - and Henley and London Welsh were within 100 of them.

I would argue that their performance and their plan grew the gate - and if you're saying that they had Devon to play with as a *potential* fan base if their plan came off then I'd agree with you. But the fan base came along later. I know levels 2 and 3 are in danger of withering on the vine, but there're still clubs that expect to get 1000 through the gates - otherwise all Moseley need is, er, every other element of their plan and the potential fanbase of well over a million just in Birmingham will see us leave Exeter for dust...


The catalyst for Exeter was that were able to sell their ground at a good time in the property boom. That financed the new stadium and they have been very savvy ever since.

yes, they called that perfectly - but they were also lucky that the city itself was right at the start of a great boom. The Exeter of 1999 was an incredibly sleepy backwater, and just nothing like it is now.

Anyway, back to signings/departures.
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"yes, they called that perfectly - but they were also lucky that the city itself was right at the start of a great boom. The Exeter of 1999 was an incredibly sleepy backwater, and just nothing like it is now."

True, and the rise of the rugby club contributed to that in a big way. The council were always very supportive as they could see the benefits premier rugby would bring to the city - unlike the council here in Cornwall!
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So, do predict which club will be the next Exeter?
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Originally posted by isleonian isleonian wrote:

So, do predict which club will be the next Exeter?

Take it to its own thread! This one is to inform about comings and goings this season.
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Originally posted by AmpthillRUFC AmpthillRUFC wrote:

https://www.ampthillrufc.com/three-warriors-to-join-the-mob/


Looks like it's been pulled from the site.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Halliford Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Sep 2021 at 13:49
Amused to read the Ampthill announcement shortly after reading the Guardian Premiership Review which mentions Fin Smith as. “Prodigiously talented” fly-half, implying that he will start for Worcester! Presumably they preferred the pragmatic approach.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bluesman11 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Sep 2021 at 14:52
Was never formally announced by Bedford but can only assume Jamie Elliott has signed for the club given he started against Jersey last week.

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And he starts again tomorrow night - probs making up the numbers until a better offer comes in like last time.
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Can we adjust our match predictions in the thread now this news has been released Ermm Wink
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