Update: London Welsh deny formal talks on Kassam Stadium sale

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RUGBY bosses have denied they are in formal negotiations to buy Oxford's Kassam Stadium.

London Welsh have just issued a statement after their vice chairman John Taylor, who was managing director until January 1, said talks on a possible sale had begun. 

Chief executive Tony Copsey said: "There is no doubt that we as a club have enjoyed a very successful start to playing our home matches at the Kassam Stadium.

"We have worked hard to begin bedding into the local community in Oxfordshire.

"Achieving an over 10,000 crowd at the recent Wasp's match, supports our belief that there is a good appetite for Rugby in the Oxfordshire area.

"However any talk of us as a club buying the Kassam, is premature at best.

"Our immediate focus is on Premiership survival and developing our club as a business to compete within the top echelons of English Rugby.

"Certainly any purchase of the Kassam in the future, if we remain in the Premiership, would be something we would consider, but not without consultation with many stake holders including Oxford United Football Club."

The statement was released after stadium owner and businessman Firoz Kassam earlier said the site was not for sale, adding if Oxford United were interested the situation would be different. 

Earlier, when asked if the club would consider buying the stadium, Mr Taylor said: "We are certainly exploring the possibility. Conversations have been had with Mr Kassam and we are also looking at ways we can raise the money to do it.

"It's a big investment but in some ways it's a good one because it's bricks and mortar."

Oxford United supporters have also since reacted with concern over the news and say they would like to see a joint bid between the U's and London Welsh to buy the stadium. 

 

 

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2:43pm Fri 4 Jan 13

hokuspokus says...

So basically the Oxford Mail made the whole story up.
So basically the Oxford Mail made the whole story up. hokuspokus
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2:54pm Fri 4 Jan 13

adlibber says...

Odd story that appears to have no substance but clearly OM are a bit over excited by the thought. I have concerns though that Kassam who has never forgiven fans for driving him out of the club and who enjoys a good living from the rent he charges. His dagger in the heart to fans would be to sell the ground to a rugby club (navigating the 25yr promise of it remaining a sports ground?) and I don't think he's a man to turn down an attractive offer. I hope the story ends here.
Odd story that appears to have no substance but clearly OM are a bit over excited by the thought. I have concerns though that Kassam who has never forgiven fans for driving him out of the club and who enjoys a good living from the rent he charges. His dagger in the heart to fans would be to sell the ground to a rugby club (navigating the 25yr promise of it remaining a sports ground?) and I don't think he's a man to turn down an attractive offer. I hope the story ends here. adlibber
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3:23pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

So which is it, bad reporting or a clever strategy by the rugby club to appear not interested ?
So which is it, bad reporting or a clever strategy by the rugby club to appear not interested ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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7:18pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

They haven't denied *informal* talks though...
They haven't denied *informal* talks though... Andrew:Oxford
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8:22pm Fri 4 Jan 13

H.J.Harris says...

BBC Radio Oxford were banging on about this today, claiming it was their exclusive news.
BBC Radio Oxford were banging on about this today, claiming it was their exclusive news. H.J.Harris
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9:35pm Fri 4 Jan 13

scorer says...

hokuspokus wrote:
So basically the Oxford Mail made the whole story up.
I think it is probably more accurate to say they have leapt on some ill thought out commnets from John Williams and seen who they can get to react. This is where journalism goes wrong so often unfortunately. Do not let the real state of affairs get in the way of a good story as that is how to sell papers. Let's hope no damage is done and there may even be positives if ways are found to move OUFC's ideas on this forward. Still please be more careful OM.
[quote][p][bold]hokuspokus[/bold] wrote: So basically the Oxford Mail made the whole story up.[/p][/quote]I think it is probably more accurate to say they have leapt on some ill thought out commnets from John Williams and seen who they can get to react. This is where journalism goes wrong so often unfortunately. Do not let the real state of affairs get in the way of a good story as that is how to sell papers. Let's hope no damage is done and there may even be positives if ways are found to move OUFC's ideas on this forward. Still please be more careful OM. scorer
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2:13pm Sat 5 Jan 13

EricTheRed says...

Iwill say it again, niave OUFC fans seem to think that owning the Kassam stadium is their god given right, is it because they have played in it the most? who knows. all I know is that it is NOT Their god given right to own the stadium, it is Mr Kassam's right to sell the stadium if he wants to to the highest bidder, OR seek what ever income from whoever he wants from anyone that can make use of the stadium. This can be anything from Rugby, football, Hockey, Dog racing, GridIron, Baseball, you name it..

For gods sake OUFC fans, get over it and live with it.
Iwill say it again, niave OUFC fans seem to think that owning the Kassam stadium is their god given right, is it because they have played in it the most? who knows. all I know is that it is NOT Their god given right to own the stadium, it is Mr Kassam's right to sell the stadium if he wants to to the highest bidder, OR seek what ever income from whoever he wants from anyone that can make use of the stadium. This can be anything from Rugby, football, Hockey, Dog racing, GridIron, Baseball, you name it.. For gods sake OUFC fans, get over it and live with it. EricTheRed
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10:13pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Bogdan The MeerKat says...

Yawn!!!!!!!!
Yawn!!!!!!!! Bogdan The MeerKat
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