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When the sport resumes after the current hiatus, how to fit all the ‘lost’ games into the available time left in the calendar is going...

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When the sport resumes after the current hiatus, how to fit all the ‘lost’ games into the available time left in the calendar is going...

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On at least thirty occasions Oldham have played three games in four days of which the most outstanding is probably the occasion in the 1956-57 season when they played Swinton at home on 19 April, followed by Hunslet away the next day and then were at home to Rochdale on 22 April.

Not only did they win all those three games but the victories were required to finish at the top of the RL table .. which they did and then went on to win play-offs to become RL Champions.

In the 1946-47 season they played away on two consecutive days against Swinton (4 April) and Keighley (5 April) before having one day's rest and then being at home to Barow on 7 April.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day of 1912 saw Oldham at home to Hull KR and Warrington before being away at Broughton Rangers on 28 December.

Earlier that year on 5 April 1912 Oldham were away at Halifax and then at home the following day to Salford before travelling to play at Coventry on 8 April.

In 1911 they played three homes on 23, 25, 26 December against Leigh, Hull KR and Bradford.

On New Year's Day 1910 Oldham were away at Hull before being at home to Ebbw Vale on 3 January and travelling to play Broughton Rangers the next day while later that same season they were at Swinton on 25 March, at home to Widnes on the 26th and away to Haliufax on 28 March.

1909 saw Oldham at home to Welsh side Barry on New Year's Day and then Leeds the following day before going to Swinton on 4 January.

In 1907 they entertained Hudersfield on Christmas Day before going to Swinton 24 hours later and then playing the return fixture against the Lions on 28 December.

They also played Leeds away on 30 December 1905 and were then at home to Hull and Runcorn on 1 and 2 January 1906.

In the 1902-03 season Oldham played away at Salford on 11 April and at home to Swinton and Batley on 13 and 14 April.

They did the same in the first season of the Northern Union (1895-96) when they were at home to Broughton Rangers on Christmas Day; travelled to Leeds on Boxing Day and were then back at home against Warrington on 28 December .... and didn't condede a point in any of those matches.

Edited by RL does what Sky says

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However even better than all the above facts about Oldham playing three matches in four days ....

On seven occasions Oldham have played three matches in three days ........

In 1913 they played ...

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),   26 Dec  Warrington (Away),    27 Dec  Leeds (Home)

.... and won all of them !!!!!!   (11-0,  5-3,  10-2)

Their fixtures in 1919 included ...

25 Dec  Swinton  (Home),  26 Dec  Broughton Rangers  (Home),  27 Dec  Rochdale Hornets  (Away).

Again in 1924 ...

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),  26 Dec Broughton Rangers (Away),  27 Dec  Halifax (Away)

Also in 1930

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),   26 Dec  Wigan Highfield (Away),   27 Dec York (Home)

Then  in 1947

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),   26 Dec  Salford (Away),  27 Dec  Belle Vue  (Away)

In 1952 they played ...

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),  26 Dec  Liverpool City (Away),  27 Dec Wigan (Home) .... Won all 3 !!!

1958 saw them play ..

25 Dec  Swinton (Home),  26 Dec  Hunslet (Away),  27 Dec  St.Helens (Away)

 

Edited by RL does what Sky says

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In 62/63 A massive fixture backlog following the big freeze  had to be cleared.

Game less "intense" then but players part time and no subs.

Maybe a bit of emergency rule tinkering to allow today -5 yard defensive line and  2 subs only to be used in case of injury.

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Why cram ? Take a sensible approach to ensure an equitable and meaningful League campaign for all 3 divisions

Ensure player, official, spectator safety, first and foremost

Keep the Challenge Cup Final and Grand Final dates as scheduled, and subsequent Kangaroo Tour

7 / 14 / 21 June next rounds of the C Cup and Final 18 July (large assumption here !!!)

All league fixtures start 28 June.

Top two leagues either 

6 homes games and 6 away, the first round counting as the final full round of fixtures pre lockdown (play one team twice)

Or 5 /6 home away games, so play everyone once (but mis match in home / away)

Last round of fixtures 13 September. Top 5 play off in SL and no relegation, Grand Final as planned

Top 3 auto promotion from Championship plus additional one from  4 v 5 for fourth spot.

League One full home and away programme with no promotion but heavier emphasis on prize money.

2021 realignment year, only two divisions (16 team SL and amalgamated second division)

End 2021 3 teams relegated from SL and one promoted from Championship. Championship / League One splits to similar set up to now with Ottawa and NY possibly.

Strange times demand adaptability and reason, and most of all, simplification.

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