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.
Lads i'm so proud of you. You have struggled to hit your peak all season but done it at the business end of the season, which is sheer class. We'll be with you every second of the game tomorrow and win or lose we are still proud and Roughyeds. But i'm confident, not just that you'll do well but win because when you have your heads are focussed you are the best. Be focussed and win not for us but for a great squad of lads who have worked so bloody hard to achieve this and for Nobby and Spanner.
I'm am old fan and a current fan and a future fan. Win or lose Sunday. But would love to see these players and coaching staff given every opportunity to take the club forward. Surely all fans want a win and Championship Rugby next year and so lets get behind the lads this Sunday and lets hope things are in place re the ground for next year. But without the win on Sunday, it's all irrelevant. Come on you Yeds!!!!!!!!!
Excuse me but have i missed something here? Who says Oldham don't have plans for a ground that meets the criteria for next season in the Championship? I can't wait to see the lads win on Sunday and then watch them at a higher level next year. All this negative speculation doesn't help anyone.
Posted by TOSH1960
on 28 September 2014 - 08:19 PM
As an Oldham supporter, i really feel for you all. Champions should be promoted and whether we have suffered the same fate or not it's still wrong! Wishing you all the best for next season. Whether we are still in the same league or not.