Whitebank Latest

Date published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

THIEVES have raided Oldham Rugby League Club’s home base at the Whitebank Stadium in Limehurst Village three times in the past month.

In one instance they smashed their way into the bar and clubhouse and in the other two they broke into the ground, caused damage and made off with materials.

During the latest break-in they got away with armoured cable which provided power to the away team’s dressing room, boardroom, sponsors’ suite, first-aid room, refreshment trailer and public address system.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “We are striving to build and develop a facility for the local community as well as for rugby league fans and Roughyeds supporters.

“At a time when money is generally tight setbacks like this make it more difficult than ever to get to where we want to be. We will continue to move forward and make progress, but to say that incidents of this nature are frustrating is about as big an understatement as you could get.

“We would be delighted to hear from anyone with any information, and so would the police.”

Roughyeds have planning permission to put up a double-storey cabin inside the ground as club offices, but first they have to have the site examined by a qualified ecologist to check for the possible presence of badgers, a protected species.

The next first-team home game is on Sunday against London Skolars (3pm kick off) when under-16s accompanied by an adult get free admission and adults and concessions who buy a ticket in advance can get a second one at half price.