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I have an uncle that has recently passed away. He was an avid ORLFC fan and has quite a bit of memorabilia.

He has a signed ORLFC shirt from when he toured Australia with ORLFC supporters club in 1984.

 

A member of my family has recently emailed the club (ORLFC) to donate the items for auction to raise funds, but has had no reply.

 

Does anyone have any ideas of who best to contact?

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I have an uncle that has recently passed away. He was an avid ORLFC fan and has quite a bit of memorabilia.

He has a signed ORLFC shirt from when he toured Australia with ORLFC supporters club in 1984.

 

A member of my family has recently emailed the club (ORLFC) to donate the items for auction to raise funds, but has had no reply.

 

Does anyone have any ideas of who best to contact?

 

 

Your best bet is Oldham Rugby Heritage Trust. They have a website with contact details. The Heritage Trust is arguably the finest organisation of its kind in the country, has a wealth of Oldham RL memorabilia and has staged extremely successful exhibitions at Gallery Oldham.

Post again if you make no progress and I'll give you individual details of who to contact. 

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I have an uncle that has recently passed away. He was an avid ORLFC fan and has quite a bit of memorabilia.

He has a signed ORLFC shirt from when he toured Australia with ORLFC supporters club in 1984.

 

A member of my family has recently emailed the club (ORLFC) to donate the items for auction to raise funds, but has had no reply.

 

Does anyone have any ideas of who best to contact?

The e-mail system at the club's offices have been down since they moved. You may get a reply now as they are back online.

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Its interesting how someone can come on here to offer something to the club, and they are pointed in another direction. Its not hard to envisage why the club is in debt.

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In defence. You have to take into account that the club were contacted on a personal level first - Over a week ago - No reply from them - Came here to ask for advice.

I think the heritage trust is a great idea - At least the collection of memorabilia etc will be kept together.

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In defence. You have to take into account that the club were contacted on a personal level first - Over a week ago - No reply from them - Came here to ask for advice.

I think the heritage trust is a great idea - At least the collection of memorabilia etc will be kept together.

I agree it is fantastic there is a body which helps us remember how the club was. Lets hope that the memory is not all that there is. I fully understand it is up to you where you choose to put your memorabilia.

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Its interesting how someone can come on here to offer something to the club, and they are pointed in another direction. Its not hard to envisage why the club is in debt.

 

 

That's just petty, S10C

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That's just petty, S10C

I don't think so. If the it had have gone to the club to auction off, the club could have benefited by the auction proceeds, and who knows the heritage trust could have been the successful bidder. That way everyone is a winner.

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Totally agree Saints,ebay would be a good option too

I don't think so. If the it had have gone to the club to auction off, the club could have benefited by the auction proceeds, and who knows the heritage trust could have been the successful bidder. That way everyone is a winner.

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As I said the Heritage Trust is the finest organisation of its kind in Rugby League and frequently bid for items at auction to enhance their collection. The club has frequently benefitted from a share of their proceeds eg from the books they have published. There is no reason to think that this would not have been the case this time, particularly in view of there having been no reply stating interest by the club (at least that was the case when I first posted before it was said the club's e-mail system had been out of action). 

 

By all means stick the stuff on e-bay: and who gets the funds then?

 

I still think it was unnecessary carping but then that's par for the course on this forum.

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The e-mail system at the club's offices have been down since they moved. You may get a reply now as they are back online.

 

 

How long was that for then? And what professional organisation allows itself to be without e-mail for any length of time?

And to clear up the S10C/Don Quixote debate did NineTeenEightyOneMascot ever get a reply?  

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Its interesting how someone can come on here to offer something to the club, and they are pointed in another direction. Its not hard to envisage why the club is in debt.

 

Its interesting how someone can come on here to offer something to the club, and they are pointed in another direction. Its not hard to envisage why the club is in debt.

 

I don't think a few auction items would make a big impression and while it's true that 'every little helps' it's not the fault of anyone posting on here that the club has debts.

And as a matter of interest Don Quixote was a regular sponsor of the club in the past and, for all I know still is. Should not be condemned for trying to help both organisations.

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I think there is a lot of carping about ORLFC on here, but I am shocked at the suggestion of shoving it on eBay, it would be a travesty, it might go for next to nothing.

It is clearly of great sentimental value to his uncle, and who knows what else is in the collection.

 

Clearly attempts had been made to contact the club, and it speaks volumes that no one officially has even contacted via this board, for all its faults it is still the main online communication by fans,

 

Its not all about raising funds, its also about building a history of this one great club.

 

We are veering to knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing territory.

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How long was that for then? And what professional organisation allows itself to be without e-mail for any length of time?

And to clear up the S10C/Don Quixote debate did NineTeenEightyOneMascot ever get a reply?  

 

No. Still no reply from ORLFC.

It is the wish of the family for the collection to be kept together and given to the Heritage Trust.

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No. Still no reply from ORLFC.

It is the wish of the family for the collection to be kept together and given to the Heritage Trust.

I have no problem with your decision. Like you say, it is the best way to keep things together and enhance the already considerable collection held by the heritage trust.

My original gripe is how quickly some posters will try to deflect anything positive away from the current regime running the club. This if we are not careful, will be the demise of the club. Then all we will have is the memorabilia and the memories left. 

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Its interesting how someone can come on here to offer something to the club, and they are pointed in another direction. Its not hard to envisage why the club is in debt.

The original post was not offering the collection to the club. They had already tried that and been ignored.

The lack of response from the club is a sign that the administration is shambolic and this may just be a reason why funds are hard to come by.

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The original post was not offering the collection to the club. They had already tried that and been ignored.

The lack of response from the club is a sign that the administration is shambolic and this may just be a reason why funds are hard to come by.

And unnecessary posts like yours are probably why they don't bother to respond to things on this message board. read the OP again.

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S10C I appreciate your heart is in the right place but you have to appreciate that people get frustrated with ORLFC and its failure to communicate effectively. 

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This is only loosely related to memorabilia. I was clearing out some cupboards and drawers the other day and came across some old newspapers that I had saved with ORLFC related items in them. The most interesting was dated January 20th 1997 and was all about the closure of Watersheddings. It was the day after the last game ever to be played there, but what I found most interesting was a small piece in the bottom left corner of the inside page headed "Rallying Call"

 

Jim Quinn is quoted as follows:

"History is for reading. The future is all about planning and doing. We are proud of our past but must look forward to the new world that awaits us. With the help and total backing of John Battye and Oldham Council we faced up to our financial crisis, moved out of the second division into the old first division and earned a place in Super League where we held our own in 1996 and will do so again in 1997"

 

Councillor Battye is quoted as follows:

Plans for a 15000 all seater stadium are to go before the Council on January 29th following high level talks with ORLFC and OAFC. If Sheffield and Huddersfield can have a new stadium then why not Oldham. This has been a Rugby League town for over 100 years and the Council want to make sure it continues. 5000 fans watched today's game and if similar crowds will watch Oldham in Super League next season Oldham's fortunes will start to turn a corner"

 

It really makes you sit up and think doesn't it when you look at our new no seater (well almost)stadium and crowds of only 500. What ever happened to all those promises?

 

Of course besides the broken promises there was a certain NIMBY who took on the Council about the plans for the new stadium and won. I hope he is really proud of himself when he looks at what he achieved and what has happened to Oldham since those days. I firmly believe that if the new stadium had been built we would be in a far better position today. What a great guy eh? Of course if the Council had really been serious in their intention to make sure both clubs had a new home I'm sure that they could have found alternative sites but it strikes me they were just as relieved that the plans got dropped as the guy who lived near Clayton Playing Fields.

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Ex scrumhalf that is an excellent post though I disagree that the council wasn't serious as I can't imagine any site in the town having the same potential.  It was the change of administration from Labour to Lib Dem which killed off the Sports Park 2000 project and in my opinion that was a disaster for the two professional clubs in the town.  The location was perfect for transport access and would have been excellent for concerts etc.  What we have now is what you describe as our new no seater (well almost) stadium.   One of the most telling posts I have seen on the forum in the last few years was from a Fev fan whose comments are always well considered.  After a visit to Whitebank for a Northern rail Cup match he posted that some "heads need banging together in Oldham".  " There is an adequate stadium in the town and the two clubs need to both be using it" or words to that effect.  If Sports Park 2000 had happened he would not have been talking about adequate he would have been jealous of what we had.

 

Interesting point about attendances.  You quote 5000 fans watching a game.  It is unlikely that the aggregate attendance for the league season will reach 5000.  How sad is that?

 

A lot to answer for the Lib Dem Council in 2000.  Well at least I can drive by Clayton playing fields and marvel at ... exactly what?

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Clayton Fields is a piece of prime real estate, which was made worthless overnight by the decision to award it Town Green status.

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I believe that john battye was sincere but was apparently let down by some councillor voting against. I heard a tale that they changed their mind at the last minute because of a dream they had the night before the vote. Whether this is true or not I can't say. As for the nimby, Well he really has an enhanced area now hasn't he, what with boundary park falling to bits. Well done him!!

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You are 100% correct TAOHAF. I believe the councillor in question was a lady from Uppermill after JB had been promised her vote which would of swung the decision. It can only happen in Oldham.

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