Oldham Council Statement

Date published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Oldham Council has sealed an agreement to end Oldham Rugby League Club’s 13-year search for a permanent home in the Borough.

Talks have been ongoing with the local authority since the Championship One club learned they could no longer remain as tenants at Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park in November 2009.

Complex negotiations have since led to Cabinet now agreeing today (March 31) an arrangement to conclude the club’s search for a new base.

The deal – struck between Oldham Council and two landowners – means Oldham RL are now set to move into the Whitebank Stadium, Limehurst Village.

Oldham Boro – formerly Oldham Town Football Club – have also been kept fully informed of the negotiations and the club has the option to continue playing home games at this venue.

Elaine McLean, Executive Director for Economy, Places and Skills, said: “We are pleased to have been able to deliver a solution to this long-running problem for Oldham RL and this decision should enable the club to look forward with new confidence.”

“We hope this will now enable them to plan for the future of the club in the long-term and to expand their fan base and income.”