Call to arms

Date published: Monday, March 29, 2010

ROUGHYEDS have issued a rallying call to the town’s rugby league supporters at the start of a week which could prove to be the most momentous in the 13-year-history of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd.

Proposals for the club to move into its own ground at the White Bank Stadium, Limeside go before an Oldham Council cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

By Thursday, Roughyeds hope to hold a club media conference at the ground followed by a ‘getting to know you’ meeting with local residents.

Friday sees Tony Benson’s boys aim for their fourth win in a row — and their third consecutive away victory in the league — when they take their unbeaten Co-operative Championship 1 record to Rochdale for the traditional Easter derby clash with Hornets at Spotland.

And next Monday, the Roughyeds entertain Workington Town in their first home league game of the season at Sedgley Park (3.00pm kick off).

Despite having to play a home game out of town by necessity for the fourth time this year, Roughyeds hope fans will turn up in force to kick-start the home league programme, having been buoyed by recent events on and off the field.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “Given the likelihood of an imminent announcement about the ground and the way things are moving forward at the club, we believe fans will be in an upbeat mood and ready to demonstrate their support by getting behind the team this Easter.”

Having lost money on each of the three previous occasions they have played at Sedgley Park this year — two of them on Monday nights — Roughyeds are looking for a significantly increased attendance on the last day of the Easter weekend break.

Added Chris: “The club’s long-term future looks a lot rosier now. If all goes according to plan next Monday’s game will be our first home game after the big announcement about the ground and it would be nice to see the new wave of optimism reflected in the size of the gate at Sedgley Park.”

Admission prices will be £12 adults, £8 concessions, £5 under-16s plus a £2 transfer to sit in the stand. Season-ticket holders can sit for no extra cost.

A family ticket at £25 for two adults and two children is available by booking in advance at the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (0161 628 3677), but these will not be available on the day and must be acquired by Thursday.

Fans are also reminded that bookings are now being taken for seats on the supporters’ bus to Neath for the game against South Wales Scorpions on Sunday, April 11. They also need to be booked by Thursday, cost £18.