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Home games at Bower Fold — official

OLDHAM Rugby League Club has confirmed that, as expected, home games next season on promotion to the Betfred Championship will be played at the Bower Fold home of soccer club Stalybridge Celtic.

This neat, tidy and compact little ground, covered on all four sides, was the Roughyeds’ temporary ‘home’ in 2016 and 2017 when they were last in the Betfred Championship.

They can’t play at their permanent base, the Vestacare Stadium in Limehurst Village, Oldham because it doesn’t meet the Rugby Football League’s minimum standards for a club in the sport’s second tier.

Visitors to Bower Fold in Oldham’s 13 home Championship games next season will be Featherstone Rovers, Widnes Vikings, Sheffield Eagles, Bradford Bulls, Leigh Centurions, Swinton Lions, York City Knights, Batley Bulldogs, Dewsbury Rams, Whitehavem, Halifax, Toulouse Olympique and London Broncos, who were in Super League last year.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Bower Fold is a great venue and one our fans enjoying going to.

“While its unfortunate that we have to move out of Oldham , that is the price of success and, having played there for two seasons in 2016 and 2017, we know we can make it a difficult place for opposing teams to visit.

“That’s the intention again as we meet the challenges of being in the Championship and we are again grateful to Rob Gorski and Stalybridge Celtic for their support in allowing us to play there.”

Gorski, the Celtic chairman, said:

“Chris (Hamilton) and I have developed a close personal friendship over the years and I was thrilled for him when Oldham won promotion.

“He’s put an immense amount of time and effort into achieving his success and I’m so pleased for him.

“We at Celtic are continuing to look for much-needed revenue streams and we’re delighted to see the Roughyeds’ return.

“We will again make every effort to make Oldham fans feel fully at home.”

(Season-ticket prices, including Early Bird offers, will be announced at 5pm today).



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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