I was down at training last night and the lads and staff were busting a gut in dire conditions. That's where my support goes! We have a team, lets get behind them. Simples. Rudey dudey you are the one missing out!
Hi Harry, I didn't say i'd have expected him to announce it. But the atmosphere and fans, players and staff alike were all positive and looking forward to another exciting season of good quality Rugby.
I hope the players do read this forum.If you remember the aftermath of the York and Gateshead defeats they came in for a lot of stick to the effect that they were only good on the narrow home pitch.Yet when I saw them at Hunslet after the poor start they were really good.At the time I wondered if The coaches used what was being said to motivate the lads.Naylors lines after sunday would have been more or less what I would have said Good effort dumb rugby
In the life of a professional sports team owners,players coaches come in for stick sometimes.Listen to football phone ins especially when England are playing.
Mr Hamilton is bound to come in for a lot of stick from the paying punter due to lack of communication and no apparent plans re stadium.
This forum is like our phone in.
Businesses do need to listen to their customers sometimes .
I think i have agreed with you above but i don't agree with some of the personal attacks made on CH by superrude and a few others. Of course he will get some criticism and some is well justified.
It's crucial we keep Nobby & Spanner and build on what we've got. To start from scratch again would be disastrous. As far as i'm aware very few players have re - signed for next year and who is coaching is going to have a huge bearing on their decision to sign or not.
Having been to the Grand Final yesterday, and not getting to games this year due to other commitments in the junior game, one thing struck me straight away. Since the revamp of the leagues and they allowed Gloucester, Oxford etc in, the standard of rugby and it's personnel has dropped remarkably. For example, look at our first GF against Featherstone when we had the likes of Byron Ford, Tony Tonks, Adam Hughes, Rob Roberts etc - quality players that could of still played in SL. The same goes for other grand finals when we have had the likes of Mick Nanyn, Gregg McNally, Marcus St Hillaire, Tommy Goulden, Paul O'Connor etc. The standard of rugby is nowhere near as good. It's not Oldham's fault, but the fault of the systems in place.
Now for what I see, the BIG problem is going to happen three years from now. With the scholarships at 15 and 16s still in force, and playing an extended programme next year, what happens when they hit 17 years of age? What is happening now, is that these pro clubs are offering contracts at 16 ONLY if they subscribe to their college scheme (again a money spinner for the SL clubs, but not for the players). Nowadays, rugby players are more intelligent, and see the need for education and that rugby will not provide a long term income - as the money offered is poor, as the clubs are strapped. Most want to further their studies and go to university. Now, do they sign a contract for two years and study for what is a meaningless diploma (not good enough for university) or ditch the offer, and go to further education and study to get them into university? This year alone, has seen many kids reject contracts and go to college or sixth form- I know on major SL club that have lost 5 from one team due to this, and another SL club, a few more. Now these kids either go back to playing league for their local Under 18s, or they stop playing at all, as they see the end result not worth it. Therefore in three years time, the number of players exiting the system is going to be damaging to the sport. Where is the money going in our sport, when they cannot offer the cream of English talent a reasonable contract to try and entice them to stay at the club? Or is it they want the commiment from the player, yet won't provide the same commitment to them?
I have to disagree with your comment about the quality of players. I think a lot of the players on show yesterday are on their way up and could well play at an higher level. I do though agree that game is becoming less and less attractive as a career. Many of the promising young lads at Oldham have been dropped by SL Clubs and it's then Semi pro, amateur or nothing.