Fax boss urges: make it happen

FAX’S campaign for Super League promotion is hotting up with just two months to go until the RFL makes its decision.

The club is competing with Widnes and Barrow to join rugby league’s elite from 2012 – but it needs your support to do it.

Today the Courier launches its We’re Backing Fax campaign and we want to know what you plan to do to paint the town blue.

Club director Mike Riley is urging the whole of Calderdale to get behind the bid.

“We think Halifax is deserving of a Super League team and we’ve been doing a lot of things behind the scenes to make it happen,” he said.

“On the field the team have been proving they are worthy – it’s our right and our time.”

Fax are the highest-placed of the three contenders, but since the sport adopted the franchising system in 2008, clubs have to bid for promotion, which depends on a variety of factors.

Widnes are favourites to go up, with an advanced junior development set-up and the backing of transport multi-millionaire Steve O’Connor.

But Fax are also serious contenders, with influential businessman Feisal Nahaboo and last year’s Grand Final win on their side.

The club chartered a helicopter to deliver its bid to RFL headquarters last month. The team played in the Super League from 1995 to 2003, when they were relegated.

Promotion would be a massive coup, bringing in more than £1 million per season in funding from Sky.

It would also boost the town’s economy, with high-profile fixtures attracting bigger crowds to the redeveloped Shay stadium.

Mr Riley said: “Having a Super League club will create a real buzz with all the fans coming in and spending money. So it will be good for the club and good for the town.”

Matt Turner, Halifax RLFC’s marketing manager, said: “The RFL’s decision is a huge deal for the club, the officials, the fans, the history and the people of Halifax.”

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