THE shock waves from the news that Widnes Vikings have been placed into administration are still reverberating around Rugby League.
In recent months several clubs have fired financial distress signals as the sport as a whole comes to terms with the realities of balancing the books in this day and age.
Here at Oldham our chairman Chris Hamilton has 22 years of experience behind him and is one of the longest-serving club administrators in the game.
He has battled for two decades, much of that time bearing full responsibility on his own, to keep our beloved club in business so when he has something to say it’s worth listening to.
In his programme notes for the Whitehaven game tomorrow he describes the last 12 months as the worst he has ever known in terms of financial problems at clubs generally and says there is an urgent need for the game as a whole to look at issues involved.
Outlining how Oldham are tackling the situation, and revealing how plans are in place and steps are already being taken to meet modern-day challenges head-on, Chris reveals the names of those fans who form a new management board in a two-page article that gives the club’s blueprint for battling on and moving forwards.
You can read all about it in “How the chairman sees it”, published in our second issue of “Roughyed Review” this season which will be on sale at the Whitehaven game tomorrow (Sunday), priced at £3 for 24 pages of news, views and pictures from around the club.
A lot of club are no longer publishing programmes or are doing an online version, but we believe there is still a demand among many of our fans for the written version so we’ve retained ‘Roughyed Review’, and will do so for as long as we can justify it financially.