Don't really want to get into a row over summer-winter or the decline and fall of the amateur game but just thought I could pass on a statistic from when I was chairman of Tameside Borough (1982-1997) and all the games were played in winter.
The Oldham and District League - and the Standard Cup - included such clubs as St Annes, Waterhead, Saddleworth Rangers, Salem Hornets, Heyside Eagles, Tameside Borough, Watersheddings Wanderers, Royton Tigers, British Aerospace, Hollinwood, Chadderton, Seddon Atkinson, Abbey Hills Welcome, Fitton Hill, Higginshaw. Of course, not ALL necessarily at the same time but I may even have forgotten one or tow.
But how many are there in the Oldham area now? Incidentally, Tameside Borough were struggling for players in 1998 and were persuaded to switch to summer and change the club's name to Manchester Knights. The Knights survived for about three years as nomads playing at Oldham RUFC, Dukinfield RUFC, and Ashton on Mersey RUFC before interest disappeared completely and the club folded altogether.
Don't know if the switch of seasons had anything to do with it but draw your own conclusions.