Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Dark Days at Old Deer Park

London Welsh has confirmed today that it is to seek voluntary liquidation, finally bringing an end to its occupancy at the bar of the Last Chance Saloon.

Unable to pay the £250,000 it owes to HMRC, the club is set to go out of business next week.

Liquidation need not necessarily spell the end for the iconic London Welsh name, although a newly-formed club would have to start life at the bottom of the English rugby pyramid, following the previous examples of London Scottish and Richmond.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s a sad way for such a well renowned club to go. It does, however, reinforce my view that English rugby simply cannot support 2 leagues of 12 professional teams. Less, as they say, is more.

London Welsh aren’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last, club to suffer such a fate.

(UPDATE 8th December: apparently London Welsh will be docked 20 league points and drop to the bottom of the Championship when they go into voluntary liquidation. If they manage to avoid relegation they could stay in the Championship by coming up with a business plan acceptable to the RFU and paying a six‑figure bond. If he plan is not acceptable or the bond not paid they will have to start again at the bottom).

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