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"Interestingly, while Hornets were acquitting themselves admirably against Super League competition, newly promoted Oldham were going down 16-8 at ‘unpromoted’ Keighley. Indeed, Hornets scored more points against a Super League side than Oldham did against a team in the league below them.
Did anyone mention that it’s the Law Cup next week? On this showing, it could be very interesting."
Same reason so many pubs are closing, people stay at home and drink. People stay at home and watch Sky. There was a time when homes didn't have central heating to keep you warm, a fridge to keep your beer cold, and they had a black and 12" TV with two or three channels. They had lino on the floors and an outside toilet.
People used to go out because it was often more comfortable than staying at home, it was often cheaper to go sit in the pub than pay to burn coal in a house with ill fitting windows and no electricity because you'd run out of shillings for the meter.
Then we all got fridges, carpets, 30" flat screens, super fast high speed broadband, inside toilets, bathrooms and lots and lots of credit (or to give it it's real name...Debt) hey presto every body stays in and got out of the habit.
Now if you want to go out you jump in the car and the Worlds your oyster, dozens of sporting venues with in an hours drive, country side and other leisure activities
And people moan about poverty, I wouldn't want to go back in time to be honest even though there were very few burglaries when I grew up (that was only because people had f### all to steel). I prefer it the way it is now.
What to do about falling attendances? God himself only knows, but I suspect if clubs don't identify and work with the trends then they wont be around for long, and that's not having a pop at Oldham, thta's all clubs.
Posted by PooingDog
on 20 September 2014 - 09:51 AM
Why would the players prefer Saturday to Sunday? Is it just so they can go out on the lash after the game?
The players are part time semi pro's Col,
Most hold down full time 4o hour a week jobs, add to that training and another days work on match day and it it works out at a lot of hours each week. It's not like being a soccer player, train in the morning, golf in the afternoon, play on Saturday with plenty of time for families and children.
Most of the Hornets players just want a day that they can spend with their families. Sundays is that day.
Also some have jobs that a physically demanding, construction work and the like, playing on a Saturday will give them an extra day to recover from a game and when you've been tackled by three 16 stone men twenty time in a game you ache a bit the day after.
As a club we can't offer the best money but maybe we can offer better terms to attract better players or retain the ones we have.
There's a risk to attendances, some fans may not be able to go to games on a Sunday, but then again there may be some may find it easier.
It's worth looking at even if it never happens. Forward thinking
Whilst Col Dale may have the interest of both clubs at heart, I think it would have been more honest of him to inform the Dale fans that Hornets have paid their rent , and I believe upfront, for every season since their inception. He could also do us all a favour and inform the Dale fans that the RFL. received the shares as collateral for the loan the old board took out from them, if the loan is not repaid then the shares are kept by them.
Was the money for Dale to buy the shares from the RFL and the Council coming via a Council loan?
To be fair to Col his priorities, opinions and attitudes may differ from yours and mine but I've never known him to misrepresent, omit or deny any relevant facts to an argument.
It's true that there are a number of Dale supporters that would like to see Hornets fail. Unfortunately for them though, unlike Hornets, the Dale is not a Co-op and so they have very little influence on the BOD, and I don't think Mr Dunphy or the rest of the board are idiots.
Posted by PooingDog
on 11 February 2014 - 09:58 PM
gogledd....Friendly results would suggest that we are going to struggle when the season kicks off for real. Especially so since there's five going down.
A 54 points to 4 kicking at keighley and a 62 points to 6 drubbing by a mixture of the academy and fringe players from St Helens doesn't bode well, the only preseason game we have won was against Leigh under 20's and then only by 4 points.
Having said that friendlies are are about ironing out problems before the real season starts are I think Talbot is a very capable coach, the link up with St Helens is still place and the lads train there and have access to the physio etc.
There's been some good additions to the squad, most notably a couple of Fijian international who have played in the NRL, if Talbot can mold a team (and I think he can) then we may stay up.
Anyway good luck with your season, I enjoyed my trip to Wrexham last season (apart from the the fact it was full of them Welsh types) and will be there again this season.