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Posted by Superdude
on 08 September 2014 - 06:37 PM
Wow Bandage - what has happened here.
These are the exact reasons why there are < 450 "TRUE SUPPORTERS" (forgot which Lumatic said that now) left.
Forget the standard of rugby, its the lack of respect shown by CH that is what has galled me for the last 5 years plus. He treats us like ###### and charges us for the privilege and then swans round like the fat controller!
If the die hard CH lovers like the bandage have seen the light there may be a chance for this club!!!
It's a shame we're still having these conversations. For my part as long as there's a Rugby League Club for my home town, I'll continue to support it.
That doesn't mean I'll pay 2.50 for a 60p can of bitter because there's never any draught beer on (we can all speculate as to why that may be). It doesn't mean I have to agree with the way the club is handled, promoted, staffed and managed. It doesn't mean I'm happy to be playing at a ground that is a laughing stock - even to the rest of the bottom tier of the 'professional' game.
But, until CH makes the whole financial situation at the club public, or at least available to potential investors, we will never know the how much it will cost to remedy the situation. Clearly CH will also never relinquish control of the club unless there is a signifiant financial inducement for him to do so. This would effectively mean that any prospective purchaser would have to pay more for the club than it is actually worth.
It is too risky to let the club fold...look at Bramley. So those are some of the barriers and without a sugar daddy there isn't a an instant, big-bang solution.
I know some fans will say 'Right then smart-*rse, instead of identifying problems we all know about, why not come up with solutions'.
Now, I (and most of us) am not in a personal financial position to march into the club with a blank cheque and offer CH a golden handshake, pay all the club's debts, appoint experienced people and get us back to a firm foundation from which to launch a new business model.
However, I would put SOME money into a supporters Trust...IF that Trust were able to then purchase a stake in the club (subject to due diligence) AND the Trust's appointed representatives were to have a real say in the day to day running of the club and it's strategic forward planning. This model could see a continued senior role for CH which could safeguard much of his income and influence (and maintain some stability and important relationships), while offering new investment, new ideas and reassuring/engaging the stay away supporters and other would be investors.
I suspect there are a few dozen fans who would be willing to contribute to such a scheme/proposal.
This is exactly what spud tried to organise, and was ambushed by all the lunatics at the George!
You lot are ridiculous, I gave your pal credit for savjng the club in 97. Its what hes done since that makes me sour. Hes p#$$@& off All the people who understand rugby in the town, and relies on the brainless lunatics left to keep him in lambrini and donuts!
ORL is only run to keep one man in a job. The thing that amazes me is that the majority of the lunatics on this forum work hard all week to keep this man in gin and Primark suits and condone the misery he charges us to be a part of. He has no interest (or the ability) to take us forward - He a failed businessman who would not get another job anywhere else - so he spins the plates week to week to keep his grubby little show on the road.
Yes I agree he saved the Club back in the day but how long can he still take credit for that.
I put a shift in back in 1997 once as well!!!
Over the last 10 years have seen a steep steady decline in our standing in the game. Look at the clubs we were on par with mid 90's (Cas, Salford, Hull KR etc) and look at us now.
The Standard cup not the same as it was, pro rugby has almost vanished in the town. Such a shame when superleague clubs are jammed with oldham lads. We can at least take some pride in FOLLOWING or supporting our local talent whatever roughyed 34 decides!
Tosh the people on here are not the people to be discussing the future of the club with - Despite several posters believing that they should be. There have been many people interested in buying a % of ORL over the last god know how many years. All of which have been shunned by your beloved CH.
CH will not give up the media attention that he loves so much - I have heard the Chron are investing in a helicopter so they can take aerial photos of the ever expanding megalomaniac.
Just catching up on this post as I've been travelling over the last few weeks.
Very dissapointed with the outcome of the George meeting and treatment of Spud. This guy really cares and is prepared to help. I gave up on the shambles that is Oldham rugby years ago, due to the general malaise. Looks like attendances are still falling and more people are feeling the same. Hopefully this will lead to the business failing and another group having the possibility to take over from administration. That's the only way to progress now.
CH has made a total mess of the club and should be lambasted for the that he is. Fair play he put some money in and kept a club in the town. However this was a business decision not the action of a philanthropic Oldham rugby fan. No one had heard of this guy before. He though he could make some money and tried his best. Well many years later this is where we are and all these pro Hamilton supporters are to blame. If the next three home games were boycotted the club would be insolvent and things could change very quickly.
The club has been starved of investment, sponsors and help solely because of this and it has to end!