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Wests Tigers trying to lure $400m car baron Neville Crichton to Concord

Discussion in 'Wests Tigers' started by Hoofhearted, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. Hoofhearted

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    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...d/news-story/0ab010c72b872b53ee75daba187e8429

    Forget getting on the bus — down in Leichhardt they want to get on the Maserati, as Wests Tigers aim to secure the backing of a New Zealand car tycoon worth $400 million.

    Dean Ritchie, The Daily Telegraph

    Meet the Wests Tigers’ answer to Nick Politis.

    New Zealand businessman Neville Crichton, a New Zealand car tycoon worth $400 million, is ready to rescue Wests Tigers’ financial concerns and guide the club to rugby league’s promised land.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal the Tigers have been working for the past three months to convince Crichton to join the club as a key sponsor and business associate.

    Crichton, 74, is close friends with Balmain legend Ben Elias.


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    Neville Crichton could lend the Leichhardt club some new glamour.

    Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe has confirmed the club’s interest in luring former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s next-door neighbour at Point Piper to Concord.

    A passionate All Blacks rugby union fan, Crichton enjoys a strong friendship with Politis, who also made his $1.5 billion wealth through cars.

    “Neville could be Wests Tigers’ new Nick Politis,” Elias said. “I’m trying to woo him from the All Blacks to Wests Tigers.”

    A meeting between Pascoe, Elias and Crichton was postponed last week and rescheduled for the first week of November.


    Rich lists value Crichton’s worth at $400 million, although other business analysts estimate his wealth could be close to $2 billion.


    Wests Tigers already boast a high-profile network of businessmen and supporters including Lee Hagipantelis, principal of Brydens Lawyers, billionaire real estate developer Harry Triguboff, former NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell — who is club chairman — and John Coates, well-known lawyer and administrator.

    Crichton has run and developed major automotive and property companies while also being a world class yachtsman who skippered a Sydney to Hobart win and a motor racing driver who competed at Bathurst in 1986.

    His amazing wealth came through founding the Ateco Group, which imports highbrow car brands including Suzuki, Audi, Volkswagen, Citroen, Alfa Romeo, Kia, Fiat, Ferrari and Maserati.


    “We hope to sit down and lure a very passionate rugby man across to a rival code,” said Pascoe. “Benny and I have been working on this for a couple of months now. We are always interested in high network, but more importantly, influential and passionate people.

    “Neville has obviously been very successful in everything he has done and does. Certainly, having someone of his stature and accomplishment associated with our club would give us a lot more power.

    “It’s not just financial. Neville has an exceptional record of success and success breeds success. We are always interested in seeking counsel and advice from people that have been successful.

    “If we can get learnings from them or get into their network, that’s just as important — sometimes more important — than any financial contribution. Neville would add to what already is a pretty influential network at the club. We value them.

    Elias added: “We are trying to broker a deal with the great Neville Crichton. We may have another car baron in rugby league. He is a rugby union fanatic but we want to woo him to rugby league. He and I have been friends forever. Justin and I have been working overtime to make this happen.”

    In Australia, Crichton distributes Maserati while remodelling Ram Trucks into right-hand drive for sale in New Zealand and Australia. In 2017,

    Crichton used Tigers legend Steve Roach to advertise his company during the mid-1980s.

    “I’d be over-the-moon if he helped Wests Tigers. It’s about time the club started using Benny’s contacts. Who Benny doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing,” Roach said.

    In 2012, Crichton was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to yachting and business.
     
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  2. Vic Mackey

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    So the dude doesn’t even follow us or rugby league, and is going to start chucking at money at us?

    This smells like another ‘we thought we had him’
     
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    Plus he's a mate of Benny Elias, ouch.
     
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  4. The Charlatan

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    How is it we have so many high profile business people that are fans or invested in our club and we are such a steaming pile of shit.
     
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    Backdoor Benny is a rent a quote for the off season.

    What has Harry Triguboff done for the club recently? (not saying he has any obligation to) but you'd think he'd be the one they'd want back in the fold.
     
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    If this is even 10% possible why on earth would anybody say anything about it now?!...all it does is embarrass the guy professionally.. nobody operates this way....they get it done THEN let it out... hilarious
     
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    We aren't in any financial trouble, its just our recruitment and retention is dogshit and we have no set homeground.
     
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    The home ground probably doesn't even matter. I suppose our recruitment and retention is also dogshit because we don't have dodgy under the table support as well.
     
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    Anything that Back door is involved in needs to be avoided. Being the grubby lowlife he is it could only end in tears.
     
  10. sensesmaybenumbed

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    Elias drove Balmain into the ground. Now he's trying to finish the job.

    f**k off.
     
  11. Shredder

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    I call bullshit on this.

    If its not a done deal, why is it in the paper ffs?
     
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    On top of what everyone has said, the guy is already 74! If by some miracle we pull of some sort of deal (not even clear what it is, being a sponsor?) with this guy he will probably keel over the next day anyway
     
  13. Hoofhearted

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    Looks like you were spot on the money
    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...d/news-story/0ab010c72b872b53ee75daba187e8429

    Wests Tigers fail in bid to lure $400m car baron Neville Crichton

    “We were approached a number of weeks ago by a representative of Wests Tigers regarding an opportunity,” Crichton told The Daily Telegraph.

    “We looked at the opportunity and decided not to pursue it — a decision we then communicated to the club.

    “For clarity, their approach did not concern our Maserati brand,” Crichton said.

    “I wish the club all the best in their future sporting and sponsorship endeavours.”

     
  14. Vic Mackey

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    I’ve generally defended Pascoe, but complete and utter amateur hour this was. Literally bragging to the media about getting a millionaire on board before a deal was done. It was only going to go one way after that. Get rid of this clown
     
  15. Hoofhearted

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    The only saving grace I'll give Pascoe on this one is that it has a Benny smell about it. It wouldnt surprise me at all if it was Benny that spoke to the media and Pascoe was forced to answer questions when approached once the cat was out of the bag.
     
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    "close friends with Balmain legend Ben Elias"

    Bullet dodged
     
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    Exactly, this is like that guy who thinks that because a girl smiles at him she wants to f**k him

    Plus Elias is involved. Hard pass on that alone.
     
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    Benny white anted the Balmain side of the JV, how the WT even bother to listen to that grub astounds me if reports are correct.
     
  19. The Charlatan

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    I'm more than OK with this going ahead. Anyone aligned with that Judas merkin Elias should be avoided like a plague.
     

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