Oldham RLFC on TV

Date published: Thursday, April 15, 2010

RESURGENT Roughyeds are currently enjoying a fair bit of television exposure which included a feature on the club’s move to Whitebank Stadium shown on last night’s edition of the weekly Sky Sports rugby league magazine show Boots ‘n All.

There were interviews at the ground with club chairman Chris Hamilton, the leader of Oldham Council, Howard Sykes, and our coach Tony Benson.

You can tune in to the feature on the Sky Sports website

For those supporters who don’t have access to that we will give a short resume here of some of the things that were said:

Chris Hamilton: The move to Whitebank is both ‘monumental’ and ‘massive’ for the future of the club which could have been in jeopardy when it was told it could no longer use Boundary Park.

Howard Sykes: As far as the Council is concerned this represents ‘unfinished business’. It would enable the club to put down roots; attract former supporters back to the club; and perhaps pull in new fans from the opposite side of town to its traditional and historical base at Watersheddings.

Tony Benson: It will have a huge and positive impact on the players and coaching staff and enable fans, directors, sponsors and players to mix and mingle and to build links with the local community.

Sky pundit Paul Cullen: Good on ‘yer Oldham. The town is a hot-bed of the game, with lots of young players joining Super League clubs through their scholarship schemes. The Roughyeds’ new home would not necessarily change that, but it would give the club an identity and it would represent a fresh start. As a coach himself he could totally understand how difficult it must have been for Oldham when they were having to play and train at different venues all over the region.

A camera crew and reporter from BBC Wales were at the game last Sunday between South Wales Scorpions and Roughyeds and some of the highlights from the game will be shown tomorrow (Friday) night on BBC 2 Wales, starting at 9.00pm.

It will form part of a weekly Sport in Wales programme which can be seen on Sky Channel 102 in Wales and Sky Channel 991 outside of Wales.

The focus will be on Scorpions and their plans to establish a real rugby league community in the Union stronghold of Neath, and while that will be of general interest to rugby league supporters there might also be specific highlights of the game to interest Roughyeds supporters if they show all the tries.

Finally, the BBC will also be at our Carnegie Challenge Cup tie at Hunslet Hawks on Sunday as part of their Challenge Cup coverage which goes out on their Super League Show.

The BBC ‘adopted’ Roughyeds after our win against Blackwood Bulldogs in the last round and they will stay with us throughout our interest in the competition or switch to Hunslet Hawks for the subsequent round, as the case might be.