‘Players will love Bower Fold’ – ScottDate published: Friday, December 18, 2015
THE players of newly-promoted Oldham RL Club will love testing themselves at Championship level in their adopted home of Bower Fold, Stalybridge, said coach Scott Naylor after his first visit to the Tameside venue.
Impressed by Bower Fold’s facilities and upbeat at the prospect of Roughyeds playing home games there in 2016, Naylor described Stalybridge Celtic’s ground as “homely, compact and the perfect fit for us.”
Accompanied by his club chairman Chris Hamilton, League One’s 2015 coach of the year met Celtic staff yesterday and was given a guided tour of the stadium which Naylor hopes will rock to the Roughyeds beat when teams like Bradford Bulls, Leigh Centurions, Sheffield Eagles, London Broncos, Halifax and Featherstone Rovers visit next season.
Covered on four sides and with a capacity of 5,200, including 1,215 seats, Bower Fold will be well received by Oldham fans, said Naylor.
Added the Roughyeds team boss: “I was really pleased as we were shown around. It’s exactly what we wanted — a ground that’s big enough to meet our needs, yet a venue that will create a great atmosphere with 2,000 Oldham supporters in it, plus travelling fans.
“The Celtic people we met were lovely people and I got the distinct impression that we will be made very welcome there.
“The groundsman had reason to be proud of his pitch, which was flat, immaculately groomed and with a fantastic surface. My players are not used to a pitch like that. It will be a pleasure for them to play on it.
“They will love Bower Fold. Changing-room facilities are spot-on and there’s plenty of room.
“Facilities for home and away officials and sponsors are good and, most importantly, the ground is great for supporters. They can sit or stand under cover and viewing is great on both sides and from both ends.”
After three warm-up games at Keighley, Rochdale (Law Cup) and Barrow — on January 10, 17 and 24 respectively —- Naylor’s men begin their Championship campaign at Bower Fold (subject to RFL approval) on Sunday, February 7 with the visit of London Broncos.
Fans are reminded that season tickets at quick-buy prices (cash or cheque) are available until December 23 at Whitebank (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 1.30pm) or by post to Oldham RLFC, Whitebank Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham OL8 3JH.
Adults and concessions (£180 and £144 standing; £200 and £168 seats) are guaranteed at least two games free.
Season tickets for juniors (under-16s) are £20 standing and £30 for a seat — and that’s for 14 or 15 games.