Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:56 AM
Several people have mentioned that Salford cannot play at Barton if they are not in Super League, and I am hearing the same about Sale, if they get relegated - why not? Irlam Hornets are not in Super League but they are playing there. It is a council stadium and I am sure they would rather have "somebody" playing there for a reduced rent than nobody at all, although knowing Salford council as I do nothing suprises me.
Oldham and Salford merging to become Manchester would, in my opinion, be a disaster. I believe they would lose far more existing fans than they would gain new fans. One poster has already pointed out that Oldham don't have anything to bring to the merger any more and I don't think that Salford are much better off now anyway, but the the main problem is, and I have lived in Salford for 57 years - Salfordians don't consider themselves to be Mancunians. In any case, Super league fans, in my experience, are not generally Rugby League fans, they just want to see their team win 60-0 every week, and I reckon a good 50% of any clubs fans would stop watching the game if their club ceased to exist. There is life after Super League. North Wales Crusaders are doing a brilliant job and the atmosphere at games is excellent. I stopped watching Salford, only because they were in Super greed, about 13 years ago, so I have never supported a team called "City Reds". I could possibly be enticed back to the club if they started again as Salford RLFC.