FEATHERSTONE Rovers have informed us that the 100 tickets allocated to Oldham fans for tonight’s Betfred Championship game at the Millenium Stadium (formerly Post Office Road) have all been sold.
They went on sale last night, with the approval of the RFL and of Wakefield Council, on a first come. first served basis.
Rovers have now told us the allocation has all gone.
As far as the match is concerned (8pm kick-off) we are regarded by Rovers, according to their website, as a ‘potential banana skin’.
Said Rovers captain James Lockwood, who will be making his 250th career appearance:
“This is no different to any other game. In the Championship any team can win any time, so we’ll be preparing for every game this season in exactly the same way.”
Coach James Webster said:
“Oldham have shown they can produce good performances with wins over Halifax and Swinton.”
He and his new football manager, Ian Hardman, will be without several injured players, as will Oldham.
Injured and out of the Rovers line-up are Frank Halton, James Harrison, Joe Summers, Jake Sweeting, Ben Blackmore, Kris Welham, Brett Ferres and Dale Ferguson.
Webster has named a 19-man squad: Hall, Hardcastle, Gale, Holmes, Chisholm, Kopczak, Brown, Day, Lockwood, Jones, Davies, Bussey, Minns, Cooper, Field, Parata, McConnell. Spence, Moors.
Rovers will have about 1,500 fans there; Oldham 100.
Players have got used to playing behind closed doors, so it will be ‘different’ to have fans there — and ‘different’ again because fans are being discouraged from verbally supporting their teams in order to reduce the risk of spreading Covid.