After yesterdays disapointment, and having time to to reflect on all things Oldham RLFC, maybe it could be a blessing in disguise in not going up.
With the shake ups and make ups of the divisions next season, it will look like 4 teams will be relegated back down to Championship 1. Like fellow posters have put, the step up to the Championship is a big one, and one that would need massive investment on and off the field. Personally, I see many clubs will struggle with performance on the pitch, but in order to survive in the league, having to make a massive gamble financially - which will break some clubs AGAIN. If Oldham had of gone up, we would of coped, and confident that we would of recruited well, and with our small budget would it be enough? In addition without over relying on players coming in for a week at a time from Salford, similar to what some clubs have done, thus losing your clubs identity?
Add to the factor that the RFL have history on changing the golaposts for the game, no one can be sure exactly what will happen in both divsions outside SL.
For me its simple. You get behind your home team, win, lose or draw, and if we had the following of yesterday at Whitebank every home game, then things would be so much different. But its easy to blame one person, and a person that most have never met, or even have spoken to.
Not one player nor one club member wanted to lose yesterday, and everyone is gutted beyond belief, none more so than CH. We were beaten by a better side on the day, and even though it was our dear old rivals, Rochdale, I wish them well for next year.