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Big Doug

Member Since 16 Nov 2007
Offline Last Active Yesterday, 06:41 PM

#3133015 Scorpions away.

Posted by Big Doug on 01 June 2015 - 06:58 AM

This league is a joke. The attendance today was 172.
There were more at Mayfield yesterday.

#3089098 Well done, Oldham!

Posted by Big Doug on 15 March 2015 - 04:07 PM

Well done. A result that I did not expect.
Looking forward now to meeting you on Good Friday at Spotland.

#3088666 A new home ?

Posted by Big Doug on 14 March 2015 - 12:09 PM

It pains me as a Hornets supporter to try to help Oldham but here goes.
Having read posting after posting over the years about your ground how about Thomas's suggestion.
I have just heard that the 2nd and 3rd team at Oldham Rugby Union have just folded leaving them with just one team. If that is the case they might be looking for income to replace what previously can in. An approach by you lads might be looked on as an answer to what will be a financial problem for them.
I will leave you with that idea. It would be nice if it happened and helped both clubs.

#3082086 The Next Round ?

Posted by Big Doug on 03 March 2015 - 01:10 PM

Just found out that we are away at North Wales on the 15th March kick off 2.30.
It could have been a better draw for us but if you are going to win it you have to win these away games.

#3053474 Attendance Numbers

Posted by Big Doug on 08 January 2015 - 07:15 PM

Question 4 was "How maqny players got a hot shower before the water ran out and the answer was 6"

#3007985 Grand Final heartbreak!

Posted by Big Doug on 05 October 2014 - 06:10 PM

Hard lines guys. In all truth I thought that Hunslet just shaded it but you gave them one big fright. You needed to respect the ball a little more and you might have been the winners.
Look forward to playing you next season.

#3007561 Good Luck

Posted by Big Doug on 04 October 2014 - 10:23 PM

All the best in your final on Sunday. If you do manage to win next season will be an even bigger increase in standard than we at Hornets had to face last season. And we found it a massive leap.
If you are not victorious we will have the prospect of renewing old rivalries.
May the best team win.

#3000598 Match Day 2015...

Posted by Big Doug on 22 September 2014 - 04:03 PM

If the club want to try Saturday so be it. The choice between going to watch Mayfield or Hornets on a Saturday would see me and my mate choosing Mayfield every time so that would be two lost for a start. Remember Mayfield are playing in the tier below Hornets next year after gaining promotion all for £2.


The club needs to set out good reasons for making a change not just asking what people think. Even the Scots were given the pros and cons.


If you took the trouble to look round at the supporters at Mayfield and at Hornets you would find a large number of the same faces. These people are trying to support the continuation of Rugby League in Rochdale. With Hornets getting around 500 per home game we can ill afford to risk loosing any more supporters.


The statement that we might attract more players to sign if we played on a Saturday is just not a credible argument.


For part of the season we would also have to fit in with the Dale which would no doubt mean that we would be chopping and changing the days. Another reason to stay as we are.


The only good reason would be that the players would have a day longer to get over the knocks before work on Monday. It would not appear to be a problem for all the other clubs.

#2952106 Fronting up

Posted by Big Doug on 29 June 2014 - 10:57 PM

I could not agree more with you (Ormskirk Net and Bettlebum)
It was only after 70 minutes that we put Handforth on his back. He run the show just as every 7 has done against is this season. Our attack is so predictable. Our restart never changes. If we are unable to defend on our own line lets play a territory game and play in their half.
We have a possible young talent in Sheridan let's play him on his true position. If I was him I would not play if it was going to be on the wing.
We all knew that this season was going to be hard but our displays have not been good enough. I will tolerate getting beaten every week so long as our tactics are right and 100 % is given.
I have no doubt that I will be shouted down by those who support the team but do not allow criticising the team or coach.
It's now time for the Board to make changes starting with the coach. We should have appointed Mat Calland when we had chance.

#2921644 Standard Cup Final

Posted by Big Doug on 26 April 2014 - 10:02 PM

The standard of whitebank is not the point. Building links with the local amateur scene is a must!

If the standard of Whitebank is not improved quickly it will be part of the local amateur set up

#2896640 Verdict so far?

Posted by Big Doug on 10 March 2014 - 03:51 PM

We have now played three games and been defeated three times. In each game we have gone down to expected defeat's.
I think most fans expected it. The team are giving their all and in my opinion we should support them and not start getting on their backs.
If we had been loosing and playing badly in Championship 1 then I would be critical. We are in a completely different ball game. Faster teams bringing more physicality to each match. I will support the lads all the way if I see 100% effort np mater what the result.
As Hornetto says there will be clubs who are going to end up in the bottom 5 who will be bricking it.

#2882331 promotion

Posted by Big Doug on 17 February 2014 - 11:35 AM

Not wanting to shoot down your hopes of promotion but would you get promoted with the ground as it is. I think the RFL would have a standard and you would not meet it.

#2842362 Wembley

Posted by Big Doug on 25 November 2013 - 04:33 PM

Is it about time that we kicked Wembley into touch. The Stadium was only three quarters full. It costs everyone a fortune to travel there and then we are exploited by everyone once there.
£4.50 a pint £8.50 for a beef sandwich. Etc.
I have got to agree with everything that Anita posted.
The interviews with the players after each match whichever country it was had one constant theme. Everyone spoke with an Australian accent.
England blew it big time. When disciplin was needed the lights went out with Burgess and then Sinfield shot out of what was a thin right wing defence.

#2774950 Cup Final

Posted by Big Doug on 25 August 2013 - 08:14 PM

What did you think about BBC's coverage of the final. I thought it was just one cock up after another. They had more presenters than Wigan and Hull had players. I would imagine that the guy in charge of the Audio was given a bollocking.
Premiers coverage of the Hornets game was much better by 4 people.