Tonight’s meeting

Date published: Thursday, July 22, 2010

HEAD coach Tony Benson and the Roughyeds’ players are backing plans for the formation of a fund-raising supporters’ association.

Lifelong fan Paul Whalley has called supporters to a meeting at the Whitebank Stadium tonight (8pm).

“I’ve told Paul the players and I will be there after training to offer our support,” said Benson.

“We are also inviting fans to arrive at Whitebank early and to come into the ground to watch both first-team squad and reserve-team squad in preparation for their important games this weekend.”

Reserves are at home to Keighley Cougars on Saturday (1pm) while Benson’s men go to Blackpool on Sunday (3pm) in a key second-v-third clash in Co-operative Championship One.

Whalley, meanwhile, has again urged fans to get behind his move to form an independent supporters’ group for the purpose of raising money for Roughyeds.

“Now we are in our own ground,” he said, “we have a fantastic opportunity, as supporters, to help the club to progress both on and off the field.

“I’m optimistic about the outcome of tonight’s meeting. Hopefully, we can get off to a good start and then build from there.

“I’m determined to make this work. Genuine fans want to help the club — the work they did at Whitebank proved that — and tonight I will be seeking from them a commitment to the cause.

“It’s all about working in partnership with the club, with fans actively supporting the operation not only on match days through the turnstiles but in various ways throughout the year.”