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Well, onwards and upwards and back to talking about the game. The lads trained at Salford this weekend.It will be no pushover against Oxford, they've got some big lads and will of course want to do well against most of their old team.I'm hoping TB gets a good reception as he did his best with the old squad they just weren't quite up to it.

 

Oldham by 12 points I think but expect an early rally from Oxford but expect us to come through in the end.Need forwards to hold their own, we've got pace out wide but have been a bit suspect there under pressure in recent games.

 

 

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I go for Oldham by 12 as well Oldham 22 - Oxford 10.

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For anyone interested, we are all meeting noon onwards in The Britannia Inn, Hollins Road, Oldham about 12 noon. All are welcome,

the more the merrier. Lets get behind the boys on the pitch. Uptheyeds !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Roughy, we would lend you all our taxi but we are going to South Wales in it, sorry

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Ha Ha, good luck down there, they are a decent team. Say hello to Stacey behind the bar, a nice girl !!!

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Will do, hope you left a pint paid on for me.

Good luck to your lads as well. Would like to see you have a good season and funish runners up, to us obviously

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We've already lost at home in the league....losing again would put us right in the mire for promotion....the pressure is on us to get a result...

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Another step backwards!!!!!!!

 

I am disappointed, fed up and bewildered with this level of performance.

 

Not good enough. SIMPLE

 

Played two at home and lost two at home, one win in the league is simply unacceptable !!!!

 

SORT IT OUT AND NO EXCUSES !

 

Regards

 

Totally ****** Off!

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Its been a long time since I posted on this forum , and before i get the critiscism from the poor souls who still waste their money on Chris Hamiltons pension fund ,yes I have not been to a game in a while and have no intention of attending a game in the near future but  I have to ask can this once proud club get any lower . Surely this is the last season of Professional rugby league in the town . Sad sad sad sad sad sad  .

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At the end of the day you cannot send out a team of youngsters and only one experienced playmaker and expect miracles. This game, and it's return game, were always going to be difficult because of the sacking of Benson and the signings of ex Oldham players who everyone said weren't good enough. These boys are not going to get us promoted, and the sooner people realise that Hamilton is just keeping the club going on the cheap the better. If he had real aspirations to get promoted he would have made sure that we had more experience in the key positions. He has no such aspirations and that makes me totally cheesed off. We are an embarrassment to the town, the game of rugby league and, most importantly, the memory of what we once had. 

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On a par with Fridays game. No evidence of game plan or structure. Poor decisions on subs and little evidence of either teams coaches being proactive to changing game conditions.

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What's the answer? Seriously were would you start. Hamilton doesn't take the field the players do, are the players not good enough? The coach? Or does Hamilton need to find investment for better players.

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Unbelievable scoreline.

I was an enthusiastic supporter throughout my teenage years in the 1970s,before relocating and establishing career and family elsewhere,but have always looked for Oldham in the results section of news media. So,the decline isn't a huge surprise,as it's been persistent for many years.

It was only a few weeks ago that I read about Oxford,Hemel and Gloucester joining the RL....I remember Hemel when Bob Brown started them in the early 1980s....I was involved in the Southern ARL at the time with Peckham...and was amazed to read Oxford had a club in the same league as Oldham.

Fast forward to today,and I saw the scoreline on the BBC website. Oldham beaten at home,by Oxford. Truly shocking. An all time low?

Fantastic news for Oxford,and developing RL outside the traditional heartland,but a tragedy for Oldham.

Well,I've got my good memories of Bob Irving,Martin Murphy,Tug Wilson,Kevin Taylor,Frank Foster,Mike Elliot, Mick McCone and many other grafters back in the day. Doubt today's supporters will have the pleasure of looking back with a smile on their face when remembering how it was.

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Always the optimist, at least Rochdale lost so in reality today has cost us little. Oxford were always going to be up for this game for obvious reasons. We were short of agression up front today I thought. Naylor and Spanner will reflect on this and maybe shake things up for the next game.Neither will take this defeat lying down.

 

Must keep getting behind the lads and the coach.Nothing else will achieve anything.

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Unbelievable scoreline.

I was an enthusiastic supporter throughout my teenage years in the 1970s,before relocating and establishing career and family elsewhere,but have always looked for Oldham in the results section of news media. So,the decline isn't a huge surprise,as it's been persistent for many years.

It was only a few weeks ago that I read about Oxford,Hemel and Gloucester joining the RL....I remember Hemel when Bob Brown started them in the early 1980s....I was involved in the Southern ARL at the time with Peckham...and was amazed to read Oxford had a club in the same league as Oldham.

Fast forward to today,and I saw the scoreline on the BBC website. Oldham beaten at home,by Oxford. Truly shocking. An all time low?

Fantastic news for Oxford,and developing RL outside the traditional heartland,but a tragedy for Oldham.

Well,I've got my good memories of Bob Irving,Martin Murphy,Tug Wilson,Kevin Taylor,Frank Foster,Mike Elliot, Mick McCone and many other grafters back in the day. Doubt today's supporters will have the pleasure of looking back with a smile on their face when remembering how it was.

 

Know where you are coming from. I don't post on forums as a rule, being content to lurk in the background and read all the informed, and not so informed comment. 

 

But l come from the days of watching Ganley, Davies, Stirrup, Noon, Little, Pitchford, and the like. I cannot imagine the pain that fellow long term / and not so long term supporters are feeling at the demise of our once great club. At least l have my memories from the fifties.

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Just registered on the forum, though I check on it regularly, but I felt that I had to write something about the defeat today and this season generally.

I've followed ORLFC for 45+years, first professional sport I went to with my dad, and then with friends etc, quite often home and away, until approx 8 years ago when I thought enough is enough the club cannot sink any further, and I won't return until significant change happens. Well change has happened, the situation is now the worst I can ever remember. That includes when Oldham folded, I owned a small number of shares, but you always thought someone would move in to resurrect the club. That person was CH and fair play to him, I supported his efforts at the time and thought if we can get going then others will move in to continue the long history and legacy that this town has provided the great sport of RL.

 

But Oldham are now playing in a ground that;

  • Cannot attract decent players 
  • Would not be allowed to be promoted

And with a team of young players who may turn out to be great players, but need experienced guidance both on and off the pitch

 

So what needs to happen? I would say the following;

  • The club need to forget this season for promotion, seeing it as a trial for the young players to see who will make the grade
  • Get some experienced players in, both on and off the park (perhaps ex Oldham players for the latter) to work with the young players
  • Break whatever tenuous links are in place with Salford
  • Instigate immediate negotiations with Oldham Athletic/Council or whoever to get the club back to ground sharing with OAFC at Boundary Park
  • Once the ground sharing is achieved CH to put the club up for sale on the basis of using BP to whoever wishes to own/invest in it, CH to walk away with his head held high for having saved the club when it folded
  • Scrap the under 20s and work with the local clubs (Saddleworth, St Annes, Waterhead) to nurture local talent for feeding into OAFC
  • Players to be paid a % of the gate money, once tax/expenses etc have been deducted, so that they have an immediate incentive to play better/win games to attract larger attendances. This would also mean that the club could never go bankrupt (unless gate money didn't even cover costs with players wages!, in which case the club cannot exist)
  • The official club supporters club to have an elected member on the board working with the new owners and feeding back to the fans
  • Once all the above are in place to apply for automatic promotion rather than go through another season in this poor division, or if that isn't possible then to make sure they are promoted automatically next season 

 

Oldham needs a RL team, and RL needs a team in Oldham given its history and provision of great players both in the past and now.

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Know where you are coming from. I don't post on forums as a rule, being content to lurk in the background and read all the informed, and not so informed comment. 

 

But l come from the days of watching Ganley, Davies, Stirrup, Noon, Little, Pitchford, and the like. I cannot imagine the pain that fellow long term / and not so long term supporters are feeling at the demise of our once great club. At least l have my memories from the fifties.

 

 Totally agree. You are talking about great players many who were international and we were among the best teams in the league. 

 

It is doubtful if we will ever see that standard in an Oldham shirt again.

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For me this was one (of two games ) we just HAD to win at all costs. Afterall, the opposition consisted mainly of players that we (the club) decided weren't good enough to get us out of this division last year, and therefore would not be good enough this year. Are coached by a guy who likewise was not good enough to get us out of this division for the duration of his tenure with us, and was decreed to be not good enough to do the job this year.

 

By default it was implied that the new coaching team and the new playing staff would be good enough, otherwise, why change.

 

At this stage, words begin to fail me.

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Always the optimist, at least Rochdale lost so in reality today has cost us little. Oxford were always going to be up for this game for obvious reasons. We were short of agression up front today I thought. Naylor and Spanner will reflect on this and maybe shake things up for the next game.Neither will take this defeat lying down.

 

Must keep getting behind the lads and the coach.Nothing else will achieve anything.

Once again an half decent crowd by our standards and we shoot ourselves in the foot with a P--s poor performance. We should not even be looking at Rochdale's result its our performance that counts. Can anyone explain why Naylor and Spanner stood on the scaffolding rather than be in the dugout, we are not a Super Dooper League club were they can issue orders from the stand?

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