Newcastle To Fold? Well, Kind Of.

It never rains but it pours in the north-east. This morning, we are back in Tyneside with the news that Unibond League Division One North side Newcastle Blue Star could be set to collapse over the next few days or so. This, however, is a story of a sudden financial collapse which leaves a slightly sour taste in the mouth, as it seems to involve a rugby club benefiting from a grant from the Football Foundation and then leaving the – considerably smaller and poorer – football club to pick up the bill. Blue Star made minor headlines last season when they offered to resign from the Unibond League and take up a place a division below in the Northern League due to spiralling travelling costs. That resignation was later withdrawn but, one year on, the club now finds itself with a bill for £65,000 that it doesn’t have the means to pay. The story starts with a change of stadium. In 2007 they moved from their Druid Park home to share the lavish Kingston Park home of Newcastle Falcons RFC, a club which their chairman Dave Thompson also owns. The club’s secretary explains that the club was invited to join the then newly-formed Unibond League Division One North because there were no other clubs from the Newcastle area competing in it and that, because Druid Park didn’t come...

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