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Bower Fold Events Centre is the place to be

Fans attending our opening Betfred Championship game against Widnes Vikings on Sunday (3pm kick-off) will see a major change in facilities since we last played at Bower Fold in 2017.

The Indian Restaurant has gone and in its place is the Bower Fold Events Centre where fans of both clubs can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat before, during and after the game.
It was opened just over a year ago when, according to Tameside press reports, business woman Wendy Mackie spent £60,000 on refurbishing the former Indian restaurant.

Wendy, who is also Stalybridge Celtic’s chief executive, was reported at the time as saying: “There was a need in the area for a function room and we hope to have plugged it.”
On Sunday it will open at 12.30 pm and access will be off the car park.

From 12.30 to 2.30 there will be a special offer available — a pint and a bacon sandwich for £5.

Around 2.45pm the Centre will be cleared and anyone still in there will have to leave to enter the ground via the turnstiles. There will be no entry to the ground via the Events Centre.

Once cleared at 2.45, there will be no access via the car park and the doors will be manned by stewards.

Once the game is underway, however, the inner doors that front on to the ground’s spectator areas will be opened, thus allowing entry to the Events Centre from inside the ground during and after the game.

Within a few minutes of the game ending presentations to the Oldham man of the match and the winner of the Champagne Moment award will be made in the Events Centre.

In addition to the facilities in the Events Centre there will be pop-up bars around the ground .

We feel these new arrangements will merely add to and improve what were already good facilities at Bower Fold and will add considerably to the game-day experience in the coming season, starting with this Sunday’s visit of Widnes Vikings.

Vikings fans enjoyed their first visit to Bower Fold last season in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup which attracted a crowd of 1,247 — the biggest attendance of the year.

It narrowly beat the 1,204 that watched Roughyeds’ beat Newcastle Thunder in the Promotion Final; the big difference being the number of fans Widnes took to Bower Fold compared with the much smaller support for Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium.

Vikings will have another black-and-white army behind them on Sunday, thought to be between 500 and 800, so Oldham fans will be well advised to arrive in good time and sample the hospitality in the Bower Fold Events Centre.



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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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