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 Post subject: OSSETT TOWN - OSSETT ALBION MERGER
PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:58 pm 
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http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/ossetttow ... 76408.html

after decades of speculation, name calling and one thing and another, it looks like the big 2 in Ossett are going to join up, presumably before the start of next season.

I would hope the new club will be called Ossett United, I would be less than impressed with AFC Ossett or FC Ossett or Real Ossett or any other continental rubbish.

I don't know why it's been announced now while negotiations are ongoing, perhaps the media found out and were going to leak it.

Obviously there are issues with the grounds, which one to use and so on. Will the new club be based at Dimples Wells? if so, that means Ingfield gets sold, in which case, sold to who? the good burghers of Ossett got very uppity about the proposed sale of Ingfield to Tesco a few years back. If the new club use Ingfield, what happens to the Albion ground? I seem to recall it's on a 99 year lease from the cricket club and that was negotiated only in the last few years.

If Ingfield does get sold, what happens to the money? will the members get a share or will it all go the new club? I've not been a member for years and I know there were some changes to the rules after I left so I don't know what the rules are now.

I saw a tweet on the official club site saying the juniors are separate from the senior club, which is why they are not included in the new club merger. One way of looking at that is if the new club fails for whatever reason, the juniors could probably revive the Ossett Town name at some point in the future. I'm sure there's all sorts of legalities about that and everything else.

If the new club does start next season, I wish it all the best. There will be folk at both clubs not happy about this but it's going to happen by the looks of things so for the critics, you've got a choice, either get behind the new club or just accept you're going to spend Saturday afternoons shopping in Wakefield. No point complaining about it and certainly don't be complaining about it to me when you see me in the co-op on a Saturday morning. :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: OSSETT TOWN - OSSETT ALBION MERGER
PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:55 pm 
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I've read the report in the non league newspaper, the Ossett Town members voted 34-6 last Wednesday to support the merger. Everything needs to be in place by March 31st to meet the FA deadlines but the FA and the NPL are supportive of the merger.

I hope they use Ossett United as the name, there was a club in the 1970's who had that name, but I think they shut down long ago, West Riding FA should be able to confirm that, they usually approve the names of clubs. Club colours are easy enough, just think Partick Thistle, red & old gold stripes. Badge should stay the Ossett Town badge as that is actually the Borough of Ossett badge, Ossett Town had permission from the Borough of Ossett to use it from the early days of the club.

There will be all sorts of legal issues to sort out, but the FA and NPL have plenty of experience of that so they can advise both clubs on what to do.

When mergers take place, the new club tend to take the place of the higher placed club. So if Albion finish in the relegation zone at the end of this season, "Ossett United" will probably take Ossett Town's place in NPL Division 1 North (that's if we don't make a late dash for the play offs :mrgreen: ).

Naturally people are going to be upset or disappointed about what is happening, but we can do without the unseemly squabble that occurred today on twitter. That does not help anyone. Everyone at both clubs need to show a united front to make sure the new club gets off to good start, because you can be sure there will be some real opposition to what is going on from people outside football, especially if the plans involve selling Ingfield, though hopefully the new club will get support from Wakefield Council to ensure all necessary planning permissions go through. I seem to recall the Council were very keen on the Tesco's sale 12 years ago and I'm sure they would back any sensible plan to redevelop Ingfield if that is the way it is going to go.

And there endeth the lesson, amen :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: OSSETT TOWN - OSSETT ALBION MERGER
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http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/ossetttow ... 81330.html

some more details have been announced, Ingfield will be the first team ground for Ossett United, Dimple Wells will be used for reserves, juniors, ladies and training.

And blue is the colour. :|

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 Post subject: Re: OSSETT TOWN - OSSETT ALBION MERGER
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http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/chel ... olour.html

a song for you all to learn in readiness for the dawn of a new era. obviously the lyrics need to be adapted.

and if you're a season ticket holder at Town, you can now watch the Albion for free! isn't life grand. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: OSSETT TOWN - OSSETT ALBION MERGER
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the season ticket offer extends to supporters of both clubs, Town get free admission to Albion, and vice versa. A nice gesture but I suspect not many will take up the offer as by the nature of things, season ticket holders tend to be the ones who also go to all the away games.

For those of you may be wanting to see both clubs at home before the impending marriage, here's a list of fixtures I've taken from both clubs websites.

ALBION (at home)
Feb 24 v Prescot Cables
Feb 27 v Tadcaster Albion
March 13 v Hyde United
March 17 v Clitheroe
March 31 v Skelmersdale United
April 7 v South Shields
April 21 v Bamber Bridge

Albion's last scheduled match will be at Scarborough Athletic on April 28th.

TOWN (at home)
Feb 20 v Glossop North End
March 3 v Tadcaster Albion
March 24 v Trafford
April 2 v Brighouse Town
April 14 v Atherton Collieries
April 28 v Goole

this will be Ossett Town's last scheduled match, as things stand at the moment.

I'm sure all the programme dealers will be out in force for the last home matches, last ever programmes (like first ever programmes) are a niche market for programme collectors and dealers do bump up the prices in their catalogues for these games.

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