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  1. geoffcooke

    Keighley in trouble once again.

    When I edited the Oldham RLFC programme in 1998 we used to invite a lot of guest writers. This piece from former Oldham Player, Keighley Coach and Great Britain Coach Phil Larder was written from the heart. It highlights for Keighley Cougars fans what might have been if there was justice in the world. Unfortunately, to this day RL continues to move the goalposts half way through a season. The latest ideas are yet another example after the much trumpeted 'every match matters, every minute matters' put in place under Blake Solly is about to be dismantled. The game never learns and leaves a trail of disillusion in its wake.
  2. geoffcooke

    Rugby Oldham

    Rugby Oldham now has a Facebook page with new items posted everyday. It's just an idea to bring back a few memories and, where posible, have a laugh via the incorrigible Iva Slateloose. You can pass comment freely (always assuming it's not malicious or obscene). So go and have a look.
  3. geoffcooke

    Club Timeline

    Love the timeline Dave. Terrific idea.
  4. geoffcooke

    Eric Fitzsimons R.I.P

    In remembrance of Fitz.
  5. geoffcooke

    Terry Flanagan - MBE

    Many congratulations to one of Oldham's finest. And to Brian & Natalie. Always nice to see recognition for RL stars.
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    I fought hard against Super League and summer rugby back in 1995, attending meetings all over Lancs & Yorks to no avail. I still think both are a disaster. Counter-intuitively Sky money has done as much harm as good as it promotes a selfish attitude among the favoured few. Funny how in the USA (the least 'socialist' country you can think of) the NFL promotes an equal distribution of spoils with the result (along with the draft system) that you get a different Super Bowl Champion virtually every year. Can you imagine seeing Featherstone, Dewsbury, Swinton, Rochdale, Keighley or Oldham in the top league or walking out at Wembley? If not, what's the point of the competition?
  7. geoffcooke

    Rugby Oldham Presentations

    These competitions are unique in rugby league and help generate extra publicity for Oldham amateur football. Rugby Oldham are indebted to Mick Cocker at Jos. Parr (Alco) Ltd. for his generous sponsorship. Current tables for senior & junior competitions are attached. In the Man-of-Steel competition Ashley Dixon of Hollinwood (who have completed their fixtures) is the man to catch. RUGBY OLDHAM AMATEUR CLUB CHALLENGE - 2017-18.pdf RUGBY OLDHAM JUNIOR CLUB CHALLENGE - 2018.pdf
  8. geoffcooke

    Eric Fitzsimons R.I.P

    I always got on really well with Fitz. Very sorry to hear of his death. Oldham RU had done a lot to make him welcome in his last few years when he had dementia. A great servant to both codes of rugby and to Oldham schools RL (Failsworth school in particular). Will be sadly missed.
  9. geoffcooke

    Chris Hamilton going into hospital for heart surgery

    All at Rugby Oldham wish Chris all the best and hope for a speedy recovery. As Clifford says good health matters more than anything.
  10. geoffcooke

    Codebrakers - BBC documentary

    Just watched The Rugby Codebreakers: what a great progamme. Listening to the Welshmen describing the prejudice they faced back home was sickening. I'm proud of RL because all that matters is whether you're good enough. Lewis Jones and Johnnie Freeman were particular heroes of mine. That said, having gone to an RU playing school, when I played at Llanelli the people I met all wanted to know how well Lewis Jones was doing so perhaps not everyone shared the establishment view.
  11. geoffcooke

    Proposal put forward to cut SL to 10

    All the real money for rugby (tv rights, sponsorship money from national/international companies) goes to RU. RL can't rival Six Nations or Aviva Premiership etc. Best bet for the SL sides is to go back to 1894 and re-unite the two codes. The rest of us can go back to being semi-pro and compete on a level playing field under RL rules administered by people who really care about traditional values Just a thought.
  12. geoffcooke

    Junior Finals Day

    Sunday 5/11/17 provides a chance to see some of the emerging talent in Oldham. Saddleworth Rangers host this year's event and the new clubhouse will be open for foods and drinks. U12 ko is at 11am when Saddleworth play Waterhead (Sponsored by Rugby Oldham Supporters Trust) U13 ko at 12 noon St. Annes v Waterhead (Sponsored by Rugby Oldham Supporters Trust) U14 ko at 1.15 Saddleworth v St. Annes (Sponsored by Oldham RL Past Players Association) U15 ko at 2.30 St. Annes v Saddleworth (Sponsored by Oldham RL Past Players Association) All Man-of-the-Match trophies sponsored by Linda Mills of Rugby Oldham Supporters Trust in memory of her late husband David, a keen former RL enthusiast. Entry is a donation of £2 pp and is well worth the outlay. It's always a brilliant day and the boys love playing in front of a decent crowd!
  13. geoffcooke

    The Facts

    Rugby Oldham application form as requested. Twitter feed is:- @RugbyOldhamSupp this is largely used to promote games at all levels in Oldham rather than for comment Re further discussion prompted by HOTTB Rugby Oldham's first prerequisite to talks is access to financial information and no progress can be made without this. How many of you would buy a house without knowing the price? Criticise RO all you like but we won't pour money down a black hole. RO App form.pdf
  14. geoffcooke

    The Facts

    I'm very pleased with the way this discussion has progressed: a lot of sincere comments have been made and I hope when the time is right (who knows?) we can all pull together. I still think there are private investors who could come on board but two other possibilities are crowdfunding and a community shares issue. For details of the latter you will need to go to Supporters Direct website. That's the positive side: the negative side is that when I wrote to John Dutton and Karen Moorhouse at the RFL when it was known at Red Hall that CH was willing to talk with RO I did not have the courtesy of a reply.
  15. geoffcooke

    The Facts

    Gentlemen, the RO website has been operational for a decade and could have been referenced at any time until the last few months. Criticism that it might have been outdated explains why this is being addressed now with a new site under construction. roughyed 34,sapere aude, whitworth yed RO would love to 'buy' ORLFC: I'd be interested in where you think we could acquire 500k to do so. You are obviously aware that we have talked several times with CH regarding RO participation and as regulars on this forum will know these make no progress because of the financial position. Would you buy the club with the debts (in whatever form) it has? I asked the question about membership because the easiest way to know of our activities is to be a member although I have posted on here several times when something relevant has cropped up like our offer in 2011 to fund terracing at Whitebank (never taken up). Anyway our members' newsletters are eventually published on our website and will appear again when the new site goes live. We have several times debated calling a public meeting but that would have no purpose without a meaningful proposal. I fear the only time that would happen would be if the club went bust. After all no-one else other than RO has expressed any interest in buying in to ORLFC. We have no axe to grind with, or animosity toward, CH who does a fine job in many respects but needs help. Some volunteers do an amazing job providing help at one level but to achieve more requires active involvement at executive level. That can only happen because CH wants it: RO cannot force help on an unwilling owner. As regards a larger membership and more active Trust that is the reason for wanting people like you to join. After 12 years some of us are getting stale and new blood is needed to shake up our operation. £10pa gets you membership and the chance to become a Board member. We have a Board vacancy or you can have my place with pleasure. Sorry to bang on but fans can't expect someone else always to do the hard lifting: at least HOTTB, eclectic sheep, clifford and roughyed spud tried in 2015 and look where that got them.