Big match updates

Date published: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OLDHAM RL Club are looking to their fans to be their 18th man in Sunday’s Co-operative Championship One Grand Final showdown with York City Knights at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

All season Tony Benson’s men have enjoyed bigger home-and-away support than any other club in the division, but officials expect the Roughyeds faithful to give their team more backing in the final than at any of the previous 27 cup and league outings in a memorable campaign.

There are even indications that Roughyeds will have a bigger army of fans for this one than they did in previous finals at Headingly in 2007 or at the Halliwell Jones in 2008 and 2009.

“It’s looking good,” said office manager Janet Yewdale when reporting that in the last 48 hours there has been a run on match ticket sales and on bookings for club coaches.

With the exception of one £10 concessionary ticket, Roughyeds have cleared out their allocation in two sections of the main-stand, priced at £20 and £16.

The only tickets available from the club now are behind the posts — seats in East Stand at £15 (£8 concessions) or standing in West Stand at £14 (£7 concessions).

Three coaches are fully booked and at mid-morning today (Wednesday) there were only about a dozen places remaining on a fourth coach.

Cost for travel is £10. Fans are urged to book quickly by ringing the club on 0161 628 3677. The office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton is open until 5pm tonight; from 9am to 7pm tomorrow (Thursday); and from 9am to 5pm on Friday when it will close for the weekend.

The club’s first batch of specially-designed Grand Final T-shirts has sold out and fans who have not done so already will need to order by 5pm today to guarantee delivery by Friday.

For the first time in four consecutive Grand Finals, Rougheyds will be classed as the home team. They will wear their home kit and they will use the home dug-out to the right of the players’ tunnel for the first time in three finals in a row on this ground.

Club officials are urging fans to gather at Whitebank from 11am, when the club opens, in order to give the team a rousing send-off. They leave at 12.30pm, to be followed at 1pm by supporters’ coaches. Bacon sandwiches will be on sale from 11am.

“We want the whole world to know that Oldham people are proud of their club, proud of their team, proud of the boys who make up that team — and proud to wear red and white,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

The match will be refereed by Gareth Hewer of Whitehaven.

++The Halliwell Jones Stadium has a strict no-smoking policy and the area around the stadium is a no-drinking zone. There are no passes to leave and re-enter the ground and supporters taking babies or small children should note that prams will not be allowed into the stadium.

Fans must not park on the Tesco car park next to the ground. The store applies a strict time policy on parked cars which will be clamped if store regulations are broken.

There is a large public car park approximately 100 yards past the ground as you approach it off the M62.