Working with the RFL

ROUGHYEDS announced today that they are working closely with the RFL to deal with a winding-up petition from HMRC, due to be heard on September 8.

The petition relates to historical debt and the club reiterated its statement of a few weeks ago that, despite the recent move to a new home at Whitebank Stadium, 13 years of losses were never going to be cleared in the time span of half a season.

The club said it was working hard to get into a debt-free situation and that it was in close liaison with the RFL to make sure all debts were paid, as they always had been.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton: “We have been aware for some time, and so have the RFL, that this was on the horizon, but we are working closely together to deal with it.”

Roughyeds, meantime, are looking forward to their big game at Whitebank on Sunday, September 12 when York City Knights are the visitors in a Co-operative Championship One play-off semi-final which will see the winners go straight through to the Grand Final at Warrington on September 26, with the losers having a second chance.

Added Mr Hamilton: “It’s a shared gate, but York expect to bring about 300 fans and we are hoping to get a crowd that’s close to capacity for such a big and important game.

“Occasions like this one will help to get the club back on an even keel financially. Income on match days is absolutely vital and we hope rugby league fans in Oldham will really get behind us on September 12.”

He said there had been a steady stream of supporters buying tickets in advance since they went on sale yesterday (Monday) from the club office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton (tel: 0161 628 3677), which is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Normal league match prices apply, for standing that is £10 adults, £8 concessions, £3 under-16s. The match is all-pay, as it is a split gate with York.

The only seat tickets currently on sale are for season-ticket holders, priced at £12 adults and £10 concessions. Season-ticket holders requiring seats must produce voucher E.

Non-season ticket holders who might require a seat can upgrade on the day for the usual transfer of £2. Roughyeds hope fans will take the opportunity of buying tickets in advance.