Revenge is a dish best served cold.The 2001 semi final at Spotland "That Game" when we went down in the last minute, has been repaid. Pat Rich 9 out of 9 penalties awarded by Ganson.
I couldn't agree more Mick. I remember Mrs Shoelaces and myself leaving the main stand and just sitting in our car. We sat there for a good quarter of an hour with speaking ! Quite an achievement for Mrs Shoelaces. Then we went back into the bar for a good drink. I had nightmares about that game for years after. It's the only time in professional sport that I've thought something fishy was going on. I remember years later speaking to a guy who played for Oldham that day and he said he couldn't understand the penalty count that day either.
It wouldn't have done for one of the finalists to have been playing at home would it ? When the venue was decided upon we were nowhere in the running but then we went on a fabulous run of form.
I did go to the final and Pat Rich was as bad against Widnes as he had been good against us.
Anyway on to happier issues. How good was that on Sunday. Every element of our Club was on top form in the run up to the Final. I was at the handing over of the players shirts during the week and you could see from the players attitude and demeanour they meant business. A little thank you here to Kevin Sinfield for taking the time out to give our guys the benefit of his experience of big games. Could you see a footballer doing that ? The players, the coach, the behind the scenes team, all of them never put a foot wrong. It was great to see. The after party at The Flying Horse showed an unbelievable level of togetherness and team spirit. No wonder we played so well on the day.
Tol, Houghy and the other members of the coaching staff must take credit for this, the level of respect and affection shown towards them after the game was inspiring. Our much maligned Board should also take a bow for unconditionally sticking with the coaching staff through some thin times when we were continually on the road mid season. This issue needs to be grasped if we're to give ourselves a sporting chance next season.
I've just been down and paid for two season tickets, roll on the Law Cup.
Finally just a word of sympathy to our rivals. It takes two teams to make a great game and their boys gave it their best shot, we just had a bit more in the tank at the end. You'd have to a heart of stone not to feel for them after another final defeat. As I was leaving the stadium with my wife and grandson an Oldham fan came over, shook our hands and congratulated us. That couldn't have been an easy thing to do,
Let's hope we're both playing at our recently achieved higher level before too long.
Edited by Tyrone Shoelaces, 01 October 2013 - 06:21 PM.