Fax Super League dream in tatters

Fax chairman Michael Steele
Fax chairman Michael Steele

FAX’S Super League dream lay in tatters yesterday as the club missed out on a licence for the second time.

The news has been met with bitter disappointment across Calderdale.

Roger Harvey, vice-president, sponsor and long-term supporter, said everyone at the club was staggered to have missed out to Wakefield after Welsh club Crusaders pulled out of the running.

Mr Harvey said: “I’m disappointed for the directors, supporters and players.

“It is disappointing for the whole area.

“For a town the size of Halifax that is a rugby league heartland, it is just mystifying.”

Fax lost out on a place to Widnes in March but were told at the time they had ticked all the right boxes for promotion.

But the club’s hopes of a second chance at promotion were dashed yesterday.

The news is a bitter blow for the town, which will now lose out on the extra footfall from big Super League crowds on match days.

Promotion could also have boosted the club’s community outreach efforts such as the Calderdale Community Coaching Trust’s work to get young people into employment, education or training.

Close to 3,000 people signed a Courier-backed petition calling for Fax to be promoted and dozens of famous faces lent their support to the I’m Backing Fax campaign.