Four-figure crowd in prospect

Date published: Thursday, August 20, 2015

AFTER pulling in 888 fans at their last home game against Keighley — the best for two years — Oldham RL are anticipating a four-figure attendance when Barrow Raiders are at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).

Roughyeds fans were well represented in a 1,000-plus crowd at Newcastle where Scott Naylor’s League One leaders recorded their tenth win in a row.
“We had fantastic support up there, in numbers and in their vocal backing for us, and it really does make a big difference,” said the Oldham boss.
“Each of our remaining three league games will be a massive one in terms of striving for a top-two finish, or even better, and I’m sure our supporters will turn up in numbers on Sunday to help us to get over the line once again.
“Attendances have risen steadily over the course of the season and it would be nice to see that pattern continue against Barrow and Swinton and then in the play-offs.”
Barrow, who need to repeat their 30-18 win at Craven Park in pursuit of a top-five finish, expect to bring about 100 supporters.
Oldham’s average across nine league games at Whitebank is 549, but there’s a big difference between southern and northern opposition, four games against southern clubs averaging 397 and five against northern sides averaging 671.
The last thee home games have risen from 581 (York), to 725 (Rochdale), to 888 (Keighley) —- the best since 1,025 watched a 24-24 draw with Gloucester All Golds near the end of the 2013 season when Roughyeds had a chance of finishing top and, back then, going up automatically. They finished second.
In Oldham’s five and a half seasons at Whitebank ┬áthere have been seven four-figure crowds, but four of those were in year one with none in 2011, one in 2012, two in 2013 and none since.
* Chairman Chris Hamilton will be a studio guest on BBC Radio Manchester’s weekly Rugby League Show tonight, with Jack Dearden and Trevor Hunt, from 6pm.
* Sports Minister Tracey Crouch will present the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup after the Leeds Rhinos v Hull KR final at Wembley on Saturday, August 29, tickets for which will be on sale at Whitebank on Sunday with special offers for Oldham fans (ring Fiona on 624 9630, ext 70552 for further information).