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Standard Cup Final

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Excellent game at Oldham RU's Manor Park today as Rochdale Mayfield retained the Oldham Amateur League's Standard Cup. Close game until Oldham St. Annes ran out of steam in the last 15 minutes.

 

The Standard Cup Final continues to be among the premier amateur club final days even if its Watersheddings home is long gone. A good and enthusiastic crowd present today. Oldham RU do a great job staging the game and provide their facilities for free, happy to settle for takings from the bar and provision of food.

 

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Its a real shame that this could not of been held at Whitebirk. I know the place is a shitip but Watersheddings was the home of the Standard Cup Final and Oldham RL should be trying to maintain as much of the past traditions as possible!

 

A missed opportunity to get people back at Oldham Rugby and build some bridges with the local RL community.

 

Shame!

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So you play your showpiece Final at a worse venue than the competing teams home pitch? Not much incentive to competing teams.

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A good game this morning. Oldham Rugby Union Club provided an excellent venue. I have got to agree with D1041 why on earth would they want to play at a worse venue than they both play on. Whitebank has put enough rugby supporters off already.

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So sad but true at present. Oldham Rugby league are striving to improve every aspect of the club but limited resources are hampering this. For Oldham to put this event on, how much would it cost the club? would they need stewards etc? at Manor Park because they are an amateur club  at  the need for stewards etc are more relaxed as they are at amateur rugby league clubs. And yes sadly the facilities are poor at Whitebank but isn't it in the interest of all Rugby in Oldham for the Professional club and it's facilities to become somewhere all players strive to play. I think Rugby Oldham have a part to play in this. But i don't know or understand the politics involved. I would add that as a life long long rugby fan and having been involved in Amateur, professional and ( yes this is true) a rugby Union player in Oldham, i would be willing to be involved in discussions with all parties . I have no agenda, just a love of the game and its people. 

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The standard of whitebank is not the point. Building links with the local amateur scene is a must!

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The standard of whitebank is not the point. Building links with the local amateur scene is a must!

So lets turn it on its head and let Oldham play at St Annes or Saddleworth instead.

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So lets turn it on its head and let Oldham play at St Annes or Saddleworth instead.

Wouldn't that be brilliant! That the amateur game bails out the pro team. I've never thought about it that way before.

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What a load of TOSH (excuse the pun).

 

ORL should be trying to build the club. The Standard Cup used to be a big day out, packing Sheddings and the Waterhead Club after! 

 

CH should be trying to build some traditions with HIS new Club, and this would be a good way of getting people to Whitebirk. Actual local rugby followers - not supporters though as was recently outlined by some other lunatic on here recently!

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Hi Superrude, I thought i said that ORL are trying to build the club? I also have some idea as to the history of the Standard cup having played in it and having been as a speccie for many years. I don't know why it is being held at Manor park, but have recently read that Manor park are happy to receive bar and food money. But i still don't think ORL could hold the Standard cup without stewards but may be wrong. If they do, someone needs to pick up the tab. I also wonder why Amateur teams should want to play on a ground that is worse than the Amateur clubs own ground. Slightly confused as to what is tosh, unless it's the fact that i'm agreeing with you for a change. 

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CH should be trying to build some traditions with HIS new Club, and this would be a good way of getting people to Whitebirk. Actual local rugby followers - not supporters though as was recently outlined by some other lunatic on here recently!

what is the difference between the two ?

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Keep up big doug. One of our esteemed posters has declared you must attend the matches to be a fan everyone outside this elite 400 is just a follower!

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What i said was you need to go to matches to be a supporter otherwise you just follow the game/team.Pay your money you are entitled to criticise, otherwise STFU, Superrude find another way to get a bite, its getting boring now.

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No you are wrong here  I lived in Malta  for two years, I was a supporter from age 5 just because I couldn't attend games does that make me less of a supporter. 

 

I have probably over the years contributed more to the cause than you have ever done.

 

Ridiculous Statement

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I do feel there are supporters who do not or cannot attend. Then there are those who just moan without any idea of what is going on or what the truth is. Can understand 34s frustration as someone who supports week in, week out, home and away! If you have given up on the club then please walk away! if you really support them then do so by attendance or by other means. But please don't just undermine those who are doing their best for the club.

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The standard of whitebank is not the point. Building links with the local amateur scene is a must!

If the standard of Whitebank is not improved quickly it will be part of the local amateur set up

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The Standard cup not the same as it was, pro rugby has almost vanished in the town. Such a shame when superleague clubs are jammed with oldham lads. We can at least take some pride in FOLLOWING or supporting our local talent whatever roughyed 34 decides!

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I have always enjoyed following my team and supporting them financially. What else is there.

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Never said anything about local talent or pride in it, in fact if Oldham U20s aint playing you will find me at Saddleworth  Rangers! Super League clubs may be packed with Oldham lads, i think you are missing the point that Oldham could never compete with those clubs for local talent due to full time contracts, money etc. When you run a 20s side like Oldham do its difficult to bring lads on because they are snapped up by the lure of super league at a later stage (if they are good enough). Oldham RLFC have a few local lads in the first team that have come from the amateur ranks, they want to play for Oldham at this time, if they are good enough then i hope they all get into the Super League. There is a difference in players learning the trade at amateur level then coming through the 20s, then first team rather than being taken by super league clubs at 16/17 in their academies and maybe maybe not making it. Its always good to see an Oldham amateur/pro make it at a higher level, but always better to see them develop with their home town club!

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You won't find many young lads on full time contracts, it is surprising how little some of these youngsters get at SL clubs the lure of course is hoping they make it and get the rewards, the biggest problem with SL since it started is that not enough money is actually spent on developing youth and retaining young players that is why many chose to drop down divisions and stay part time, I think a good idea for SL would be to have 6 subs but a certain number say 4 of the 19 man team must have come through the clubs academy and be under 21,

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Agreed Cluedo, I know of several players who make more money playing Championship RL than they would of by signing and taking the Full Time academy route.

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