Having had the misfortune to have been born in a small Northern town and of being a loyal supporter of the local team, I am, apparently, a small-minded, self-interested, flat earth believing, banjo playing, flat cap wearing, bigoted dinosaur responsible for holding back Rugby League from it's rightful place in the sporting hierarchy.
If the sport does not meet expectations, it is not our fault. If those who make the decisions have to make changes because they are worried about the progress of the sport, it is not our fault. When London finally fail, when the Salford euphoria comes to nothing, it will not be our fault. When SKY reduces its money, it will not be our fault. When Bradford, Hull KR, Huddersfield and others, find themselves in financial trouble, it will not be our fault. Failure to generate an appetite for the sport in new areas is not our fault. And when the 12 team Super League reduces to 10 and then 8 teams, it will not be our fault.
Disappointingly, some of us may have a smile if any of the above crises occur; small-minded self interest is quite unpleasant. But big-minded self interest is much more destructive.
If you are not a voting shareholder at your club then of course you have no power or influence on the way the game is run. I think we work on the idea this is a free country, and if any RL club wants to offer members of the public the chance to watch a rugby league match in return for a small sum of money that's between them, and once the game is done the deal is over.
How you feel anything is "your fault" I dunno, how you manage to allow others to make you feel that way I dunno.
If I ever took exception to "supporters" views I suppose it was the protests against mergers in 1995/6. Whilst I'm not against protest at all I am against minority groups overbearing influence on the "silent majority" but then again who knows what supporters want if the views of everyone whose ever paid for a ticket to an RL match are not fully canvassed. The protesters may have represented the vast majority of fans at that time.
So it was those who owned the clubs then and those who own the clubs now that carry the burden of being part responsible for the health of the game, certainly not you. The collective responsibility lies with all the clubs for the professional game belongs to them. If they choose to do what they do it's their choice, and if we all end up with no clubs to support it's not any of our faults.
As for Featherstone, or Wakefield or Castleford the situation is fluid and the clubs make their own decisions as to how to progress and none of the non shareholding with voting rights supporters have any influence and therefore no responsibility for those decisions. If merger was the way to go then I assume there's been no vote and I assume you therefore have not effectively voted against it?
Besides it's a dead policy, and the collective policy is for clubs to fight it out for the fans sponsors investors and players needed to run a profitable SL club, rather than a liability, if that's what they want to do. Featherstone have just as much right to do that as Cas or Wakefield and who knows where this will go but events may see Rovers succeed in the way such as Huddersfield came from behind to succeed over Halifax and Bradford.
If that happens, I trust on the basis things are not your fault, you won't personally claim any kudos for such a success!
Edited by The Parksider, 14 July 2013 - 06:58 AM.