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And lets not forget there are fans who were quite adamant (on this forum) that they would never pay to watch Oldham rugby play at Boundary Park.
That may or may not be the case Bedford but I am certain there are more who are not attending *hitebank. Don't forget it is only a few who are actively staying away as some kind of protest. Most are staying away because it is not an enjoyable experience. It is obvious that not many away fans come back for more than one visit. I don't go often now because I just find it depressing and embarrassing to be honest.
I would hope people do care Tangle. Losing supporters is not a clever idea. Especially a season ticket holder. Casual supporters don't buy season tickets. I am also more likely to attend away games where there will be a stadium and facilities worth using. Whitebank is like a millstone around the clubs neck. Away fans will look at the fixture list and think that's the one to miss and understandably so.
Sorry to say but after watching a fantastic effort from the team yesterday I suspect the answer to where do we go from here is most probably downhill unless we can miraculously secure both of the following. 1. Someone willing to invest a lot of money and 2. A stadium which will attract supporters rather than put them off attending. In particular I reckon not too many away fans turn up more than once to Whitebank and understandably so. The place is simply not fit for purpose. I would happily have travelled to Sedgely Park or LSV for home games next season if we had gone up. but a home match at Whitebank has no great appeal I am afraid. The fact that York ,Gateshead and the 5 relegated teams will be in the same league next year makes even qualifying for the play offs a big ask. More so if as I suspect key members of this years squad move on. I hope we don't lose the coaching staff and key players but at the minute I am not too optimistic. At least if I start off expecting the worst I won't be disappointed when it happens.
Whitebank for me is a non starter. I don't see any way that it can be developed to any kind of sensible standard and without doubt it is reducing attendances. The loss of revenue through the turnstiles must at least match the cost of rent at BP. I have watched Oldham since 1967 both home and away but since the second season at Whitebank I have attended very few matches at home. The place is quite simply an embarrassment and I don't think the rugby league should ever have sanctioned it for more than one season if no development was going to take place. What makes it worse is that I do believe that the coaching staff and players all deserve much better. I don't criticise their efforts at all and I will be at Headingley with my 8 year old son because at least there he will be able to see the match from a good viewpoint.
Higgy has it spot on and it is exactly what i have said in previous posts. The league structure in Championship one is appalling and the lack of regular home/away alternating fixtures is a factor in people getting out of the habit. In my case the switch to summer has also been a negative both because my own sporting activity conflicts with the time and once out of the habit there are more alternatives on offer in the summer. Of the remaining four home fixtures I can make two at most and they are both against the same team. Not exactly inspiring.
I agree with those who are criticising the nasty comments about CH on here. I have a lot of questions about the way the club is run and how sponsors/investors seem to fall out with the club. However I do not think for one minute that CH is just in this to make money. If that was his aim I am sure he would be disappointed at the returns for the effort put in. I admit to being one of the long standing fans (45 years) who has now got out of the habit of going to matches but this is not a protest about the ownership of the club or some kind of anti CH stand. I just find the experience of attending matches at the millstone round our neck known as Whitebank both depressing and embarrassing. The bickering on this site and the slagging off of those who give genuine reasons for no longer attending makes me feel less inclined to go back. It's a pity because I am sure Scott Naylor and the players deserve support for their efforts. So does the club for continuing to run an under 20s team in difficult times. The likelihood is, however, that the benefit from developing young talent is more likely to be reaped by other clubs whilst we wallow around in the lowest tier of professional rugby for the foreseeable future.