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In Topic: Update on Letter to CH

10 April 2015 - 08:44 PM


He was aware of the deadline and happily accepted it in his first response.


And....true to his word (and maybe because he was aware of my comment last night) he has responded this afternoon, proposing two possible dates for the meeting.


CH has also agreed to use the points in my initial letter as a general agenda for the meeting.


This, combined with the increase in media relations - particularly from the coaching staff, some (very) minor improvements to the website and Mr Rimmer's presence at last night's match shows a trend of at least attempting to engage since we wrote to him. I find this very encouraging.


Good news.


The section of the letter which will form the basis of discussion is as follows:

As a group of supporters we remain fully supportive of the coaching and playing staff and the volunteers. We do not wish to use this meeting to level personal recrimination at any individual club official. Rather, our purpose is to raise our main areas of interest and concern, which are:
·         Whitebank - the stadium remains unfit for purpose
·         A lack of stakeholder/supporter communication and engagement
·         A lack of marketing, promotion and use of electronic media & social networks
·         The club’s relationship, or lack of one, with Rugby Oldham
·         The potential impact on the club of your professional role at Leigh Sports Village
·         The club’s overall financial position and viability as a continuing business
We believe these are the main contributing factors to a lack of supporter engagement with the club, and would logically form the main topics of discussion.

There are also concerns that the current business model of a single owner/director excludes supporter and stakeholder involvement in the business of the club. This limits potential engagement, funding and recruitment of additional expertise. We would like to discuss the potential for some level of supporter ownership, possibly via the official Supporters Trust, and a realistic timetable for a move to this business model.


Excellent news. Real grounds for optimism.

In Topic: Update on Letter to CH

10 April 2015 - 08:41 AM

No follow up response as yet. CH committed to providing possible meeting dates to me by the end of the week. I will give him a nudge tomorrow.

If I haven't heard from him by close of play Monday, I shall consider he has no intention of meeting supporters reps.

I think it would be fair to allow a bit more time before making that judgement.

It was always a tight deadline.

He will have a fair amount on his plate, we know he is busy elsewhere, it has been Easter, I Janet recently left.


I think deadlines should be a little less strict.

In Topic: Ralph Rimmer

09 April 2015 - 08:44 PM

Did Ralph Rimmer start as COO when CH was President?

In Topic: Proposed Letter to CH requesting a meeting - see Rugby Oldham thread for back...

04 April 2015 - 08:04 PM

Hes made the offer and we are going to take it up and report back on here, lets have the meeting first and in a way keep our powder dry and trust that HOTB has put the right questions in the right manner to enable us to reach a conclusion from what is said on the day

Fingers, everything crossed.

In Topic: Rugby League needs to help

04 April 2015 - 06:09 PM


I recon the old Uppermill secondary modern school site would be pukka for a small stadium development now that the school seems to be relocating to Dobcross/Diggle on the palletworks site, training at Churchill playing fields, where Fordy used to practice his Kicking, and Uppermill would be great for a fully community based facility, with the rangers handy an all! Just needs a bit of council/rfl imagination eh what!

Well, good luck with that!!
THey need all 40 houses to pay for the damned ridiculous move and changes in infrastructure.