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Been so busy haven't had time to reply to this thread until now.
The fact that you are all so over the moon is an indication of how low our expectations have become. We are like an abused spouse. He deliberately abuses us to make us expect the very worst. Then we act all grateful when we are given the second worst.
It's not in Oldham. It's probably very expensive. It doesn't negate the fact that we have been lied to and ignored for months.
There is more to the failed ground share at BP than is being told in my view. it has been widely rumoured and reported that SC wanted to run the rugby club. Maybe it was all or nothing for SC, and CH wouldn't/couldn't go for the 'all' option.
Gorski was formally contacted just two weeks ago? Unless the 'back-up position' was agreed with Celtic in July, the RFL have questions to answer.
The RFL also have questions to answer regarding their treatment of Rugby Oldham. As does CH.
Having said all that......It's a great little ground. It's not that inaccessible, and Mr Gorski is saying all the right things.
I hope he doesn't live to regret it. If this relationship fails then we are truly screwed, because the truth of CH's statement, with all the bull ###### removed is, 'No other ground in the area that meets the RFL requirements is willing to do business with us.'
And because of that, Mr Gorski has probably been able to name his price. Meaning two things:
1) 25 per cent price increases plus added travel costs and increased merchandise costs, meaning, that despite the club getting MUCH more money from central funds and charging more for sponsorship, it will in total cost around 50-60 per cent more to support the club this year.
2) There may be no money left for the PROMISED redevelopment of Whitebank.
I offer my sincerest best wishes to all the players and fans for the coming season. I hope it's an exciting and successful one and you enjoy playing at a decent stadium.
Is it written as someone not going to attend HOTTB? becasue it reads like a supporter of another team posting, lots of "you".
It's a nice looking ground, and I don't want to put a dampener on it but...... how long before the " I'll pay you next week Mr Gorski" scenario rears it's ugly head. A lot of the problems finding somewhere to play relate to past experiences of CH reneging on his agreement to pay his rent. Funding a Championship team, rebuilding Limeside and paying rent will take a fair bit of cash.
I was going to post something along similar lines...! I hope Mr Gorski got a sunstantial deposit..!
Without commenting on whether Stalybridge is a good choice the interesting part of the Celtic Chairman's statement is that CH rang him a couple of weeks ago.
Does this mean that there was nothing in place before then and how does that square with RFL requirements being met?
As regards the RFL I contacted the two people most concerned with ORLFC affairs some months ago to discuss this and other matters on behalf of Rugby Oldham Supporters Trust. I had an acknowledgement that my letters had been received but despite the promised follow up no-one has come back to us. Basic courtesy demands some contact even if it's only to say they can't discuss anything.
So the outcome of efforts by Rugby Oldham to help/ get involved is:- Christopher Hamilton-not interested; Simon Corney-not interested; the RFL-not interested. Only Jim McMahon had the decency to explain things clearly.
Just thought I'd let everyone know so we're not accused of being hostile/uninvolved/indifferent.
The best thing that RO can do is build up a significant war chest of funds, and watch CH squirm.
So is somebody jumping the gun and just basing those entries on rumours, or is the truth out there. (Cue dramatic music).
I wouldn't get to carried away.
In wiki you can see who has edited.
In the case of the new stadium in the Roughyeds page it is the user with the IP address 188.8.131.52 and here is his history, he updates all the transfers for Rugby LEague, plus some Scottish stuff. Just someone who is using another source and copying, definately not in the know. So your initial hunch about not trusting wiki was correct.
Remember, CH may have several businesses listed with 'Oldham Rugby' in the title, and THOSE businesses may owe many different people.
So, people may claim CH owes em money or 'Oldham Rugby' owes em money.....and they may well be right. BUT, that is very different from 'ORLFC 1997' owing them money. And as fans that's the only debt we care about.
"And as fans that's the only debt we care about." Nonsense. Plenty of fans care that the club operates in an ethical and honourable manner.
Do you know the date hes coming back ?? ( if at all ) as this will probably be the date when everything breaks ......... October 2018 ???
Nah, no one really aware that I know, fans wise . I guess the Directors or CEO may do. He does come over fairly regularly though. I'd be guessing at the frequency.
Maybe every couple of months.
Of course they can email.
Maybe CH has become an expert on Skype...!