Vandals hit Whitebank again!

Date published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011

FIRE fighters were called to Oldham Rugby League Club’s Whitebank Stadium on Saturday evening when passers-by saw smoke rising from the far side of the ground.

Vandals had broken into the ground and had set fire to a portable toilet cabin, which was completely destroyed. It was situated next to the stand on the Garden Suburb side of the ground.

The club will have to fork out nearly £1,000 to replace the burnt-out loo, which was on hire.

This was the fourth raid on the ground in the past two months and club chairman Chris Hamilton has talked to Oldham Police about his anger and his concerns.

He said: “Naturally, we don’t want this sort of thing to carry on happening.”

Whitebank is currently closed while turf experts work on improving the pitch, but Roughyeds will stage a fund-raising dinner in the clubhouse on Thursday. Guest speaker will be radio reporter and former Oldham, Saddleworth Rangers and St Anne’s full-back Kevin Fitzpatrick, while entertainment will be provided by comedienne Donna Elson.

With no turnstile income over a six-week period, club officials are urging fans to rally round and support the dinner, tickets for which are on sale at £30 a head from the Roughyeds office on 0161 628 3677.