Sheffield Game at Sedgley Park

Date published: Monday, February 15, 2010

by Roger Halstead

Subject to approval by the Rugby League and by Sheffield Eagles, Oldham will play the Championship side next Monday night, February 22 at Sedgley Park with an 8.00pm kick-off.

It will be the second Northern Rail Cup home game in a row that Roughyeds have had to move from a Sunday afternoon to an out-of-town venue on a Monday night because their proposed new base in the borough is not yet available for occupation.

Roughyeds’ owner/chairman Chris Hamilton had an urgent meeting with Oldham Council leader Howard Sykes on Saturday to explain why it was necessary for the club to address its fans and to make a statement on the ground issue.

Said the Roughyeds’ chief: “I fully understand and appreciate the overall scenario and the council’s position in all this, but I need to say something to our supporters and to that end a statement will be issued by the club tomorrow (Tuesday).

“Once again we will lose money by playing Sheffield on a Monday night out of town. It will be inconvenient for a number of reasons and for a lot of people, both fans and club, but hopefully the situation will become a lot clearer to everyone when we say what we have to say tomorrow.”

As was the case with the previous home game against Hornets RL, Oldham have requested a switch from Sunday afternoon to Monday night because a rugby union game is taking place at Sedgley Park on the Saturday, while Swinton Lions play at the same venue the following day.

Friday night is also out because it would not be practical in the logistical sense for the groundstaff to change the pitch markings twice in the space of three days.

Admission prices will be the same as those for the Rochdale game — £12 adults, £8 concessions and £5 for under-16s — while there will also be a £2 transfer to a seat in the stand.

Also like last time, the club is trying to organise free transport to the game, details of which will be given later.