Connor McNamara

  • Vikings CEO Becomes Part-Owner

    James Rule, the Widnes Vikings chief executive, has become part-owner of the club and will now join the board of directors. Rule took over much of the day-to-day running of the club from Steve O’Connor in September 2012. He now becomes a major stakeholder alongside Matt Beech, Brian O’Connor, Steve O’Connor and Roddy Sneddan.and is delighted to have become part-owner of a club that he believes has a bright future. "When Steve proposed me taking an ownership stake, I didn't hesitate. I be...

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  • O’Connor Steps Down As Vikings Chairman

    Widnes owner Steve O’Connor has stepped down from his role as the club’s chairman and a new board of directors will now be appointed as part of a change of business model. O’Connor, who bought the Vikings after they went into administration in 2007 and has helped them to return to Super League, will still be one of the main directors on the board but the club wants new directors to help and provide “fresh skill sets and investment”. Chief executive James Rule, who has previously held t...

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  • Milton Keynes Chairman Quits In Racism Row

    The chairman of the amateur club whose No8 was banned for 12 weeks for calling an opponent a “black c---” has resigned in protest at the Rugby Football Union’s disciplinary process, according to The Daily Telegraph. Milton Keynes chairman John Theobald also wrote to RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, accusing the governing body of taking “blatant sides” in the racism case involving forward Stuart Tomkinson. Tomkinson was found guilty by an independent RFU panel of racially abusing Slough...

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  • First Live Terrestrial Broadcast For Premiership

    ... It’s relationship with the rugby authorities has led to the development of ref-cam and TMO decision-making. Channel 5’s coverage will be presented by Mark Durden-Smith and former England prop David Flatman, with “Flats” also supporting broadcaster Connor McNamara on commentary duties. David Flatman said “There’s always a huge buzz during the festive period when the fans turn out in big numbers at Twickenham. It’s a privilege to see in the New Year with some of the top performers i...

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  • Beech Becomes First New Director In Vikings Reshuffle

    Widnes have announced that the owner of a global logistics firm is to be the first of a new board of directors to join the club. The Vikings revealed that owner Steve O’Connor was stepping down as chairman back in April as the club sought to change its business model and look for “fresh skill sets and investment” and Matt Beech has been named as the first new director. The owner of Maltacourt, which specialises in international shipping and freight forwarding, grew up in the local area and...

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  • Bradford in profit

    Super League club Bradford Bulls have bucked the trend among sports clubs and posted a profit. In the year ended December 31, 2007 group operating profit was up 363 per cent at £258,594 and profit before tax was up 16 per cent at £257,605 on turnover slightly down at just over £5.1 million. Chairman Peter Hood commented: “These results reflect a solid performance and are a credit to our excellent management and staff. With no wealthy owner to cover any shortfall, generating profits is essen...

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  • Saving the Vikings

    Widnes, one of the great names in rugby league, were on the verge of extinction three months ago. JOHN LAWLESS reports on their rescue by local businessman Steve O’Connor   BEWARE the enthusiast. That seems to be the message from the new chairman-owner of Widnes Vikings rugby league club, Steve O'Connor, after he took charge in October 2007. O’Connor is avowedly ‘not an enthusiast’ and sufficiently comfortable with that assertion to admit to a packed audience of Widnes fans that he know...

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  • James Grant Group Acquires Waterton Limited

    James Grant Group (JGG), the UK-based TV, music, sport, literary and social talent management company, has acquired leading rugby union agency Waterton Limited, which is owned and managed by Derwyn Jones. The acquisition will see some of the biggest players in world rugby, including the likes of Sam Warburton and James O'Connor, join the James Grant stable of clients. JGG is based in Chiswick and the acquisition of Waterton Limited will enhance the their geographical reach. Derwyn Jones will joi...

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  • Rule Appointed at Vikings Despite Ban

    From This is Hull and East Riding: DISGRACED former Hull FC chief executive James Rule has been appointed to the same role at Widnes Vikings – despite currently serving a suspension imposed by UK Anti-Doping. Rule was handed a two-year ban last December, back-dated to June, for his part in a cover-up after former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson tested positive for the stimulant methylhexanaemine. Rule was barred from any involvement with rugby league players, but the Rugby Football League...

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  • Clubs Raffle Off Shirt Sponsorship

    Wakefield Wildcats’ away shirt will be sponsored by K9’s & Posh Paws Pet Centre after the club put the main sponsorship of the shirt up as a prize in a raffle. Businesses paid £1,000 + VAT to join the Wildcats’ business partnership and be in with a chance of winning. For that they also received some advertising at Belle Vue and an executive box for 10 guests at a game of their choice. K9’s & Posh Paws Pet Centre took the main prize, while Quantiam Ltd took the second prize of a...

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