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In Topic: Attendances holding up

04 May 2015 - 08:07 PM

Great to hear it, Ron. It's on a par with  Oldham, Swinton, Rochdale, York - all heartland clubs. If you get yourselves a winning team then a regular four-figure turn-out is not an unreasonable aim. A third division of any league in any sport  has a problem with attracting crowds so look on the bright side. 

In Topic: headguards

18 March 2015 - 10:27 AM

Don't want to sound ant-headgear but it isn't quite as simple as it seems.  In fact after lengthy research Amateur Boxers are to be banned from using headgear at international level - in a bid to reduce cases of concussion. As a side issuefurther research suggests that headgear also reduces peripheral vision and therefore diminishes the chances of taking evasive action.

Also where does it end - crash helmets? American Footballers suffer more than most and promising players are quitting early because of the threat of permanent brain damage.

And on Sunday wasn't there an Oldham player taken off after a high tackle.  He had been wearing  headgear.

It might be a lot easier - and safer - to outlaw head tacklers by giving them hefty bans .. not the token game or two. It used to be an eight-match ban. 

In Topic: "Proper Rugby" Tests.

09 March 2015 - 08:08 PM

RU did not hijack the word "rugby" - we gave it away via our major broadcasters.  Super League.... Boots 'n' All .... SuperLeague Backchat.  Where is the word rugby mentioned in any of those.  There is nothing wrong with the title Rugby League - just let's use it. As for "proper rugby" ... if that's the best advertising wheeze available then we are in trouble.

In Topic: 425 crowd and Hamilton at Leigh again

03 March 2015 - 02:12 PM

The plight of professional rugby in Oldham is one of the saddest stories in the decline of Rugby League outside an elite group.

As somebody who regularly attended Watersheddings and occasionally Boundary Park - I was even very briefly the media manager of The Bears (for my sins) I have always had a soft spot for the club (my "second" team).

When I retired as RL reporter of the Daily Star and chairman of Tameside Borough (who became Manchester Knights) I moved away from the area so I only get to see the team a couple of times a season - the next will be up here in Barrow a week on Sunday.

I have no knowledge of Chris Hamilton or his methods but I read these pages regularly to keep in touch and I find it hard to believe that the club - any club - could sink so low while still continuing as members of the League. Can it be that ORLFC really is a one-man band.  No chairman, no secretary, treasurer, no directors? Surely there must be something in the rules of the RFL that forbids this state of affairs. 

I don't see how all this sniping at CH is helping matters either.  When Barrow were in a mess a few years ago and the then chairman was banned from the game, the club was in a pretty mess with an uncertain future.  A public meeting was held - some 350 supporters turned up and 12 new directors were co-opted on to the board via debenture holdings.

It showed that if there's a will there's a way.  Barrow clawed their way back from the brink and debts of some half a million to a state of stability.

No club can run even the cheapest semi-professional squad on gates of 291, even with the annual handout from the RFL (something like £90,000 I understand). It is clear from postings on here that Mr. Hamilton, as a former President of the RFL, is reluctant to hand over reins of the club (though I have only views of angry forum members to support this view) but unless people get round a table to actually talk to each other  to sort this out there will be no future for the professional game in the town. And if Whitebank really is as bad as everybody says and Mr. Hamilton has no interest in improving it or bringing help on board then it's just a question of time before the club disappears altogether. Not an original thought, I know, but one that gains strength will almost every posting on here.