URBAN Angels and the tag-rugby children from Hathershaw College’s primary school cluster group won’t be the only youngsters at Bower Fold tomorrow for what should be a cracking Oldham versus Leigh Centurions game, kicking off at 3pm.
Led by former Oldham half-back Craig Barker and his fellow coaches Kevin White and Kristian Constantinou, Waterhead under-10s will play a curtain-raiser against Newton Storm in the North-West Counties youth league.
Last week, at the Warrington game, the same Waterhead squad and the even younger players from St Anne’s under-7s were the mascots for the Oldham team.
Fans will remember Craig as a very good stand-off who played for the ‘new’ Oldham club when it was in its infancy between 1998 and 2000.
Recalling those days, he said: “It was always my boyhood dream to play for Oldham and a lot of the present-day lads feel just the same.
“The youth teams at all the Oldham amateur clubs get invites from Super League clubs, but there’s nothing quite like getting associated with your home-town team.
“David Johnson, who runs St Anne’s under-7s, is a pal of mine and he’s of the same opinion as me — it’s great to see the kids walking out with the Oldham players . They love going to Bower Fold; it’s like a mini-Wembley to them.
“We have a couple of lads in the Waterhead under-10s who are big Oldham supporters with their families and their interest is rubbing off on the other lads, especially as we have now started going to Roughyeds games.
“It’s our hope that they’ll grow up to become Oldham fans of the future.”