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Areas of Grand Final could be improved - Gatcliffe
9:10am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
“IF at the start of the season you had told me we would win the Challenge Cup, make the Grand Final and finish second in the league, I would have taken it.”
And Warrington Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe is aiming to go one better in 2013.
He said while reaching Old Trafford is not as lucrative for the club as a Wembley appearance, it helps with the Wolves’ standing within the game.
He added: “We get six weeks between the semi final and final for us to sell merchandise and we just don’t get that with the Grand Final.
“We are a business but sometimes it is vital for the standing in the game.
“We have won the Challenge Cup but we have now been to a Grand Final as well, and we won the under 20s.
“How exciting is that for the fans - especially with the World Cup coming next year as well with two games at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.”
But Old Trafford was not a great experience for all fans.
Some ended up in the wrong end of the ground with a number if minor skirmishes breaking out while others complained of drink -fuelled problems caused by a later kick off - 6pm rather than 2.30pm - compared to the Wembley showpiece.
Mr Gatcliffe said: “We have already sent a lengthy e-mail to Super League and the RFL about this.
“We totally agree with the fans that there are areas that could be improved. They have had an interim meetings and there will be a further meeting to follow in November.
“Other clubs now need to follow our lead on this.
“We are committed to making the Grand Final a brilliant family occasion and we will continue to do that.”