IT is always interesting, ahead of a big and important game, to look at how the opposition view you, and that definitely applies to the comments of Bradford’s interim chairman Eric Perez in his regular column in the Yorkshire city’s evening paper, the Telegraph and Argus.
“Our biggest game of the year is upon us. It’s just an hour or so away and across the border into Red Rose territory. (Stalybridge is in Cheshire but we won’t hold that against him).”
He goes on: “To say this is a ‘must win’ match would be calling it like it is.
“It is a massive turning point for us. It won’t make or break the season but matches against newly-promoted sides are pivotal and to say we need the points is an understatement.
“The Bulls have been unlucky not to take points from our first two league games this season (narrow defeats by London Broncos and Featherstone) and anyone who caught Oldham’s hard-fought away victory against Whitehaven on the OuRLeague app know this won’t be easy.
“A major factor could be high winds and difficult conditions. These are the great equaliser.
“A strong travelling contingent by the Bulls army might be what we need to put us on top”.
Oldham fans are advised to get to the ground early as they did when we were anticipating similar away support for the Widnes Vikings game on the opening day of the season.
The Bower Fold Events Centre opens at noon and from then until 2.30pm you can take advantage of a special offer — pie and a pint for £5.
The Events Centre, newly refurbished, is smart, hospitable and welcoming. Well worth a visit and an ideal venue for sharing the anticipation of a big game – and the banter — with both home and away fans. Rugby League at its best and how we know and love it.
After the game Oldham’s man-of-the-match presentation will also take place in there.