New home

Date published: Friday, March 26, 2010

PROPOSALS for Oldham Rugby League Club to move into a new home at White Bank Stadium, Limeside — thus ending a nomadic existence stretching over 14 years — will go before a Cabinet meeting of Oldham Council next Wednesday (March 31).

And in a statement sent out today (Friday), Roughyeds say they are confident they will get a “positive response” from Cabinet and that club and council will be in a position to stage a joint press conference at the White Bank Stadium on Thursday, April 1.

Later that day the club plans to hold a meeting of local residents at the ground, details of which will be circulated by leaflet to houses in the vicinity of the White Bank Stadium.

The club said the proposals were going to Cabinet for approval only after long and protracted negotiations and talks with Oldham Council and also with other parties.

The statement went on: “Although the matter is listed on the Cabinet meeting agenda it will be discussed in private due to its complex and confidential nature.

“However, the club is confident it will get a positive response and confident also that it will be staging a joint press conference with the council the following day.”

Club chairman Chris Hamilton, the only man at management level to have had an unbroken association with Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd since it was launched 13 years ago, said: “It has been a long, hard and rocky road to get to this point.

“Having made it, and given the way the talks with the Council have gone, we feel sure that next week will provide a very important day in relation to the future of Oldham Rugby League Club.

“Unfortunately, the negotiations have taken so long that our first home league game against Workington Town on Easter Monday, April 5 will have to be played at Sedgley Park (3.00pm kick off).

“Given the likelihood of an imminent announcement about the ground, however, we firmly believe that supporters will be delighted with the way things at the club are moving forward on and off the field and that they will demonstrate their support by getting to the game on Monday.”

More details about that game will be announced next week.