Bev Meadows

  • Huddersfiled Man, Andrew Watson Joins Giants

    ... Ken Davy’s chief executive at Huddersfield Town when he rescued the club in 2003, and also as a director of the Giants, and have a long friendship with Ken and Richard Thewlis. “We have a fabulous commercial team in Brian Blacker, Eorl Crabtree and Bev Meadows, and I am looking forward to sharing an office with them at this great club.” Managing director Thewlis also commented: “Andrew Watson will be a superb addition to the commercial team here at the club. “Not only is he a lifelong...

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  • RFU Funds Artificial Pitch At Shelford

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is investing £750,000 in a new 3G artificial grass pitch at Shelford RFC as part of a legacy project. The club’s members voted unanimously in favour of the plans at an EGM last week after the RFU approached the club with the idea, which involves the facility being available for community use for schools, colleges and other sports clubs as well. A planning application for the scheme, which is one of four across the country being funded by the RFU, has been submit...

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  • Working Week - Lyndsey Irwin, Ulster Rugby

    Lyndsey Irwin is a senior manager at Ulster Rugby, overseeing the day-to-day activity of three of Ulster Rugby’s off-field departments, sales, marketing/communications and reporting on activity and performance to the chief executive. She has been working for Ulster Rugby for over five years initially joining the club in a communications role. With a remit that covers three departments, Lyndsey says there is no such thing as a typical week but here she charts seven days leading up to Ulster’s...

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  • Making the most of your clubs assets

    RUNNING RUGBY looks at a company who have a programme designed to check out the financial health of clubs                                                          Are you making the most of your club’s assets? Are there untapped resources you’re not using or savings you could be making? It’s not always easy to take a deep, critical look into your own organisation, which is why the sponsorship consultancy Clear have come up with an ide...

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  • The importance of Catering

    Corporate hospitality is such a crucial part of any club’s business that it’s important to get it right. In the first of a new series ALISTAIR TURNER looks at the trends in food and drink   The average stadium will serve food to more people in one day than a Gordon Ramsay restaurant will in a week. On a match day, or even a non- match day event, a stadium’s business model can cross those of hotel, caterer and entertainment venue; hundreds of covers are served across multiple areas of the...

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  • The Bosses - From Red to Black

    On the eve of Super League XII, former investment banker Eamonn McManus tells David Lawrenson how he took champion club St Helens from loss to profit   As a new rugby league season kicks off, St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus can afford to reflect on a job well done. His team swept the board last season, finishing top of the Super League and then winning the Grand Final at Old Trafford to go with their Challenge Cup triumph at Twickenham in August. They achieved wider recognition when the Saint...

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  • Saints new stadium on track

    St Helens brand new 18,000-capacity stadium is expected to be completed for the end of October, in time for the new Super League season. The Super League giants moved out of Knowsley Road in 2010 which had been their home for over a hundred years! They then moved into The Stobart Stadium Halton, the home of The Widnes Vikings for the 2010/11 season. Their new £26 million project originally went in for planning permission in 2007 and the first steelwork was erected in March of this year.   ...

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  • Books Look to The Future

    The run-up to Christmas is traditionally critical for rugby book publishing. Yuletide sales can make or break a title and the market has never been tougher with the competition from newer forms of media eating into margins. Figures supplied by Nielsen, the UK’s ISBN agency, show that sales have been sluggish this year with only one title selling more than 4,000 copies.   “The book trade has been going through a period of turmoil,” admits Toby Trotman, commercial director of Vision Sports...

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  • Six Nations Produces a Mouth-Watering Feast

    Roy Keane was famously not a fan of the “prawn sandwich brigade” but to the governing bodies of the Six Nations the frequenters of the ubiquitous glass-fronted hospitality boxes are a vital source of income. “Behind ticket sales, broadcasting contracts and sponsorship, hospitality is the fourth biggest revenue earner for the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). It’s a big factor delivering significant numbers,” Craig Maxwell, the Millennium Stadium head of sales and marketing, tells Running Rugby...

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  • Ospreys Announce Innovative Ticket Deals

    The Ospreys have announced their season tickets deals for the 2012-13 season. The Welsh side have frozen prices from last year as well as introduced a 'buy one get one free' scheme in a bid to increase attendance at the Liberty Stadium. Prices start at £165 for an adult season membership when purchased before the early-bird deadline of June 11th. This breaks down to just £9.70 per match, which is a saving of 54 per cent on match-day admission. The Ospreys are also offering every single...

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