MOVING to play at Bramall Lane is paying off for Sheffield Eagles with the club reporting a ‘small profit’ for the 2010 campaign.
The club went into the black to the tune of £8,278 compared with a loss of £29,913 the previous year. It is the first profit for five years.
It comes after the Eagles switched from Don Valley Stadium – their home for more than 20 years – to playing the majority of their home games at Sheffield United’s ground.
Chairman Ian Swire comments in the annual report: “The directors are pleased that a small profit had been achieved during the year, the partial move to Bramall Lane had a positive effect on the finances but the economy continued to have an adverse effect on corporate sponsorships.”
This season the club will again play eight games at Bramall Lane with three at Don Valley.
At the midpoint of the current season the five Championship games at Bramall Lane and two Rail Cup games at Don Valley have attracted a total of 8,455 for an average attendance of 1,207 running slightly behind the 1,228 average for the whole of last season. Shareholders have the chance to review the accounts at the annual general meeting at Bramall Lane early next month.
It is the first time for two years the club has held an AGM. Last season was one of the club’s most successful on the field. The team reached the Championship play-offs semi-finals.