Richard Lamb hoping to build on initial trust from Bradford Bulls fans

London-based businessman Richard Lamb, who is hoping to buy the Bulls

London-based businessman Richard Lamb, who is hoping to buy the Bulls

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Prospective Bulls owner Richard Lamb began conversing with supporters on Twitter earlier this week.

“Stability is the key… great club… fantastic fans,” were among the soundbites he tweeted in reply to his new Bradford-supporting followers.

The London-based businessman is scheduled to meet Rugby Football League director of licensing and standards Blake Solly and chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer in Leeds tomorrow.

Lamb has already passed the governing body’s ‘fit and proper’ test and is currently wading through the figures provided by administrator David Wilson before possibly making a bid to buy the club.

“Throughout the next few days I want to be as open as I can be with fans with regard to what the challenges are that the club face, although there are some legal restrictions placed upon me by the administrators,” said Lamb.

“The feedback from fans generally has been positive and I hope that I can build upon that initial trust as the process goes forward.”

Lamb, the chairman and co-owner of Lucid Direct – a 13-year-old business which incorporates marketing consultancy, events and was responsible for the hospitality at last year’s World Cup – believes he can make the Bulls “a successful club” again.

There appears to be substance to his desire but Lamb is not the only prospective new owner scheduled to meet the RFL hierarchy tomorrow.

A handful of other parties have made their interest known, although how much credibility or cash they have remains to be seen.

Meanwhile, Bradford Bulls 2014 – the company currently running the Bulls on a temporary 28-day licence – have a deal in place to buy the club from Wilson if no better offer is put on the table within that time frame.

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7:12am Thu 13 Feb 14

Mike Strutter says...

There's only one thing any perspective buyer is after, think about it
There's only one thing any perspective buyer is after, think about it Mike Strutter
  • Score: -11

7:25am Thu 13 Feb 14

Blotto says...

Well its not your body is it!! Getting hold of Odsal means getting the leasehold back from Red Hall and then the even trickier one of getting the BMDC to sell the land with development permissions! Lamb is probably genuine in wanting to improve the Bulls lot compared to a couple of the unnamed prospective buyers who are possibly land grabber at best!!
Well its not your body is it!! Getting hold of Odsal means getting the leasehold back from Red Hall and then the even trickier one of getting the BMDC to sell the land with development permissions! Lamb is probably genuine in wanting to improve the Bulls lot compared to a couple of the unnamed prospective buyers who are possibly land grabber at best!! Blotto
  • Score: 1

7:35am Thu 13 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then
The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then bradfordbronco
  • Score: 8

8:22am Thu 13 Feb 14

Arhmen Noleg says...

Mike Strutter wrote:
There's only one thing any perspective buyer is after, think about it
Or even prospective.The level of debt reported in November at £1.2 million will probably now have reached great deal more

I would imagine ALL the stakeholders in this sorry situation will have plenty of influence and control over Odsals long term position.
They include
1 Bradford Council
2.HMRC
3.RFL
4Other creditors
5.God
6.Bradford Bulls fans and citizens of the City Of Bradford many of whom do tireless unpaid work for the Bulls in ensuring kids are happy and not left to the streets.The largest and most important stakeholder of the lot.Long suffering.Just behind God.

The more I analyse this the more one realises what a complicated mess it is.
One thing is certain.
Odsal will not be getting the 6 million pound revamp OK and Sutcliffe promised the fans.

God we can only hope will help if the faulty Coral Stand roof is to be saved as wind and winter starts to bite.As it is right now.

Let us hope all the stakeholders do what is best for the Bulls and all who stand to lose.

Does not look very healthy at Leeds Utd or Leeds Carnegie at the moment either.
Professional sport is incredibly difficult to manage fans expectations without coming to this
[quote][p][bold]Mike Strutter[/bold] wrote: There's only one thing any perspective buyer is after, think about it[/p][/quote]Or even prospective.The level of debt reported in November at £1.2 million will probably now have reached great deal more I would imagine ALL the stakeholders in this sorry situation will have plenty of influence and control over Odsals long term position. They include 1 Bradford Council 2.HMRC 3.RFL 4Other creditors 5.God 6.Bradford Bulls fans and citizens of the City Of Bradford many of whom do tireless unpaid work for the Bulls in ensuring kids are happy and not left to the streets.The largest and most important stakeholder of the lot.Long suffering.Just behind God. The more I analyse this the more one realises what a complicated mess it is. One thing is certain. Odsal will not be getting the 6 million pound revamp OK and Sutcliffe promised the fans. God we can only hope will help if the faulty Coral Stand roof is to be saved as wind and winter starts to bite.As it is right now. Let us hope all the stakeholders do what is best for the Bulls and all who stand to lose. Does not look very healthy at Leeds Utd or Leeds Carnegie at the moment either. Professional sport is incredibly difficult to manage fans expectations without coming to this Arhmen Noleg
  • Score: 1

8:25am Thu 13 Feb 14

Bowlingboy says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then
The RFL has failed miserably on every front with regards to the last sale,

As someone mentioned earlier in the week it would be ideal if Lamb could link up with the existing directors.

And if they did want to develop odsal by adding to the stadium again it would be a bonus, hopefully they can freshen it up a bit while in the process,

It was looking tired to say the least when I was there for Hull match.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then[/p][/quote]The RFL has failed miserably on every front with regards to the last sale, As someone mentioned earlier in the week it would be ideal if Lamb could link up with the existing directors. And if they did want to develop odsal by adding to the stadium again it would be a bonus, hopefully they can freshen it up a bit while in the process, It was looking tired to say the least when I was there for Hull match. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 1

8:58am Thu 13 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The Bulls are in the mess they are in because of their owners in the past, not because of the RFL. Infact it was leaked in a story this week the RFL have given the Bulls money up front to continue trading.
The Bulls are in the mess they are in because of their owners in the past, not because of the RFL. Infact it was leaked in a story this week the RFL have given the Bulls money up front to continue trading. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 1

10:31am Thu 13 Feb 14

Reading Bullette says...

Lamb needs to stay off Twitter. Very unprofessional. We've just got rid of an owner who couldn't keep his big mouth shut.
Lamb needs to stay off Twitter. Very unprofessional. We've just got rid of an owner who couldn't keep his big mouth shut. Reading Bullette
  • Score: -1

10:36am Thu 13 Feb 14

graz smith says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The Bulls are in the mess they are in because of their owners in the past, not because of the RFL. Infact it was leaked in a story this week the RFL have given the Bulls money up front to continue trading.
I totally agree with the voice, the RFL have been working tirelessly alongside the BULLS for quite some time now to try and resolve the issues at Odsal.
In my opinion, when all the dust settles at Odsal the work the RFL has put in will be recognised by all.
COM'ON YOU BULLS
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: The Bulls are in the mess they are in because of their owners in the past, not because of the RFL. Infact it was leaked in a story this week the RFL have given the Bulls money up front to continue trading.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with the voice, the RFL have been working tirelessly alongside the BULLS for quite some time now to try and resolve the issues at Odsal. In my opinion, when all the dust settles at Odsal the work the RFL has put in will be recognised by all. COM'ON YOU BULLS graz smith
  • Score: -2

11:02am Thu 13 Feb 14

Bowlingboy says...

I meant that they had failed by selling to Omar Khan who obviously
Didn't have the finances to run the club.

They also agreed to retain the sky money which didn't have a benefit to anyone other than the other clubs.

Any how only time will tell what the next chapter holds!
I meant that they had failed by selling to Omar Khan who obviously Didn't have the finances to run the club. They also agreed to retain the sky money which didn't have a benefit to anyone other than the other clubs. Any how only time will tell what the next chapter holds! Bowlingboy
  • Score: 5

11:16am Thu 13 Feb 14

The Man From the Pru says...

" In a leaked story" meaning you never said it, oh woe, TVOR missed telling us ALL.

To the point of monies from RFL, it was WELL documented that they advanced the SKY payment, to pay the salaries last season. notice SKY MONIES, not from RFL coffers. ( Sky monies paid in stages ) I agree they have been working alongside the Bulls to sort the mess out, so they are aware where the problems came from, ie not from this board of Directors.

As I've said previously, the RFL may have been, involved in the decision of SSG, to put OK Bulls in admin, to move the ownership on and if I remember correctly the owner of SSG, was given A share in the company, to cover the loan and brought on board. So, the Admin scenario looks to be contrived by ALL parties. The SSG involvement, was in the T n A, YP and other papers.

Taken from Sports Daily, T n A 3/2/2014

Khan "stepped down from the helm of the club at the end of September, but continued to hold 99 of 100 shares" in OK Bulls Ltd., with the remaining share held by Leeds-based business Safeguard Security Ltd.

This tells me that the Admin was put in place to move the sale along. As to the RFL in all this, they were Involved in meetings with the club, re purchase etc by current board. So the RFL must have known what was going to happen. Owner of SSG was given a place on the board to cover his loan.

Monies given to Bulls by RFL, last season, early payment of Sky monies so salaries could be paid.

The sooner the matter is settled, the better, wether it be the current board, R Lamb, posed as a FPP, the other offers, if they pass scrutiny from the RFL., who end up buying the Bulls.

As to Lamb keeping his mouth shut, why, Reading. He's got a lot of supporters on his side through his comments. This is a " another string to his bow " plus he has a strong connection with the RFL. Did Nigel Wood, as him to step in, as he did with Kashcow at Salford. Makes you wonder.
" In a leaked story" meaning you never said it, oh woe, TVOR missed telling us ALL. To the point of monies from RFL, it was WELL documented that they advanced the SKY payment, to pay the salaries last season. notice SKY MONIES, not from RFL coffers. ( Sky monies paid in stages ) I agree they have been working alongside the Bulls to sort the mess out, so they are aware where the problems came from, ie not from this board of Directors. As I've said previously, the RFL may have been, involved in the decision of SSG, to put OK Bulls in admin, to move the ownership on and if I remember correctly the owner of SSG, was given A share in the company, to cover the loan and brought on board. So, the Admin scenario looks to be contrived by ALL parties. The SSG involvement, was in the T n A, YP and other papers. Taken from Sports Daily, T n A 3/2/2014 Khan "stepped down from the helm of the club at the end of September, but continued to hold 99 of 100 shares" in OK Bulls Ltd., with the remaining share held by Leeds-based business Safeguard Security Ltd. This tells me that the Admin was put in place to move the sale along. As to the RFL in all this, they were Involved in meetings with the club, re purchase etc by current board. So the RFL must have known what was going to happen. Owner of SSG was given a place on the board to cover his loan. Monies given to Bulls by RFL, last season, early payment of Sky monies so salaries could be paid. The sooner the matter is settled, the better, wether it be the current board, R Lamb, posed as a FPP, the other offers, if they pass scrutiny from the RFL., who end up buying the Bulls. As to Lamb keeping his mouth shut, why, Reading. He's got a lot of supporters on his side through his comments. This is a " another string to his bow " plus he has a strong connection with the RFL. Did Nigel Wood, as him to step in, as he did with Kashcow at Salford. Makes you wonder. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 4

11:20am Thu 13 Feb 14

The Man From the Pru says...

My apology for what appears to be two posts in one. The first one vanished from the T n A " comments " square. So I wrote another and sent that. But the original was still on the system, somewhere.
My apology for what appears to be two posts in one. The first one vanished from the T n A " comments " square. So I wrote another and sent that. But the original was still on the system, somewhere. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Viking the main reason why OK Bulls was placed in admin is because a winding up order was placed on the company by HMRC.
Viking the main reason why OK Bulls was placed in admin is because a winding up order was placed on the company by HMRC. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 0

1:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

StevieLad says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Viking the main reason why OK Bulls was placed in admin is because a winding up order was placed on the company by HMRC.
Yep that has been kept fairly quiet hasn't it. The gazette notice immediately prior to admin.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Viking the main reason why OK Bulls was placed in admin is because a winding up order was placed on the company by HMRC.[/p][/quote]Yep that has been kept fairly quiet hasn't it. The gazette notice immediately prior to admin. StevieLad
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Videoref says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then
Wonder whatever happened to the 'Superdome' plans that were DEFINITELY going ahead a while back?!?
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then[/p][/quote]Wonder whatever happened to the 'Superdome' plans that were DEFINITELY going ahead a while back?!? Videoref
  • Score: -3

2:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

StevieLad says...

Videoref wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then
Wonder whatever happened to the 'Superdome' plans that were DEFINITELY going ahead a while back?!?
The drawings for that looked amazing. They're still knocking round in the internets somewhere, council planning website or something iirc

Hard to see anything like that happening now, especially since the club itself isn't necessarily a going concern
[quote][p][bold]Videoref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: The only way to ever develop the ground is to build something else there alongside the ground. Hotel, Gym, Sops, Houses or offices. The club has a long term lease and there's still plenty of room for other activities on the site. If only thr RFL hadn't put all the restrictions in place last time when all the prospectives buyers were put off because nobody could guarantee what they were buying till the deal had been done. Looking back this was dtupid and has caused most of problems since then[/p][/quote]Wonder whatever happened to the 'Superdome' plans that were DEFINITELY going ahead a while back?!?[/p][/quote]The drawings for that looked amazing. They're still knocking round in the internets somewhere, council planning website or something iirc Hard to see anything like that happening now, especially since the club itself isn't necessarily a going concern StevieLad
  • Score: -2

3:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Reading,
It is to be hoped Mr Lamb does not read many of the comments on the T and A forums.He will soon be off if he thinks some of the posters on here are supporters of the club.Talk about the lunatics running the asylum.
Reading, It is to be hoped Mr Lamb does not read many of the comments on the T and A forums.He will soon be off if he thinks some of the posters on here are supporters of the club.Talk about the lunatics running the asylum. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 6

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