Playing against the likes of Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Super League and World Champions St Helens is the dream of every Championship club.
York RLFC still have that dream even though they are currently ninth. This is because they are still gunning for sixth spot and sit just two points behind the play off spots.
Last year they were 80 minutes away from the final.
As they chase Super League, the club have had to deal with a tax charge as revealed by the Business Desk,
Club chairman, Clint Goodchild, said the HMRC action relates to a tax charge dating from well before he took over at the club, which is based at York’s LNER Community Stadium.
He said: “In June HMRC brought to our attention an aged CTSA, CT tax charge of £2,109.95 plus an accumulated interest charge of £294.66 which we would like further details around.
“This charge is dated 30/11/2018 which was years before I took ownership of the club in January, 2022.
“We have requested further information and await response. It is a rather small figure, but regardless I would like some answers and clarity before paying.
“If and when these answers are given, and the taxation charge justified, it will be paid immediately bringing the matter to a close. Until then I will stand my ground on the matter.
“In the meantime, it’s business as usual here at York RLFC as we continue our run towards the business end of the season and continue our growth on and off the field.”
This shouldn’t distract from their Super League goals but their former coach is hoping to lead Featherstone Rovers to Super League and they are the team to beat after finishing top following a win over Bradford Bulls.
Speaking after the game at Odsal, James Ford said:
“Congratulations to the players. They’re the champions of the league, they’ve won it with four games to go.
“It was 2013 since we last finished top so I hope that the the supporters who came in great numbers today and got behind us tremendously well, I hope they enjoy the victory and enjoy us being league champions.
“Regarding the performance I don’t think we dealt well with the field. We trained on a pitch that size all week and too often we tried to play around them, and came up with some really loose decisions and to be fair some poor execution of skill.
“So I’m a little bit deflated but I suppose I’m just a naturally miserable bloke aren’t I?
“The exciting thing for me is that every single bloke in that dressing room is on board with the idea that we’re chasing improvements. We know we can be a lot better than that.
“I know they’re better players than that, I’ve coached against them, and we’ll have a good look at it, do lots of learning and go after those improvement areas for the playoffs.”