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Tuesday, 1 August, 2000, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Gateshead and Bramley sweat
Gateahead Thunder fans
Gateshead fans want to see the Thunder back in action
Two reborn clubs are waiting anxiously to hear if they have won the right to compete in next season's Northern Ford Premiership.

Gateshead and Bramley both went out of business at the end of last season but have reformed and submitted applications to join the NFP.

The final decision will be made at an RFL Council meeting in Salford on Wednesday.

Gateshead became merged with Hull at the end of last season, just a year after their formation.

The club performed well on the field, finishing a creditable sixth, but mounting financial problems led to their relocation to East Yorkshire.


But Thunder's new-found fans did not take the decision lightly. They quickly set up a new club with the aim of relaunching the game in the north-east.

Steve Worsnop, who has spent the last eight months devoted to the Thunder MkII, said: "I am confident of everything we have put together but we know nothing can be taken for granted.

"There is a subjective element to this because people are voting - but it would be absolutely catastrophic if we failed.

Nerves will also be frayed in west Leeds as Bramley sweat on the Council's decision.

A lot of hard work and money has gone into this. The people that have put in all this effort cannot be lost to the game of rugby league.
  Lee Spracklen
Rumours have been rife that the club's plans to play games at the home of soccer club Farsley Celtic are likely to cost them.

Lee Spracklen, chairman of the newly-formed Bramley Rugby League Community Club, said: "A lot of hard work and money has gone into this.

"The people that have put in all this effort cannot be lost to the game of rugby league."

Spracklen says the new community set-up is "truly unique" with an all-elected board and shares available to fans and local amateur clubs.

They had been led to believe that their plan to share with Celtic and progressively upgrade the ground would be acceptable, but now they are extremely worried all their hard work may go to waste.

"We have written to all the club chairmen on the council asking them to back us but now all we can do is wait for the decision."

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