Oldham to return home

OLDHAM are to return to the town, pending RFL approval, with the Roughyeds playing at Bower Fold, Stalybridge during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

The club is set to take up residence at their home ground, a place where they played from 2010-2015. It was known as Whitebank, however it has since been renamed The Vestacare Stadium and is occupied by Avro Football Club.

On the decision to move back home chairman Chris Hamilton said: “We hope to be back playing in the borough in 2018. Talks with Oldham Council, Avro FC and the RFL have been ongoing for a considerable period of time.

“Everything for our return to The Vestacare Stadium is agreed with the Council and with Avro. There are still one or two final details to be approved by the RFL but we hope to get those sorted reasonably quickly. We are waiting for them to get back to us so that we can then get final approval and dot the ‘i’s and cross the‘t’s.

“It will be good to be back in Oldham, significant investment has gone into The Vestacare Stadium which, among other major improvements, now boasts a first-class artificial pitch. The old slope has gone.

“Our lads trained on the new surface at the end of last season. They liked it and they are looking forward to training and playing on it next season. We want it to become a Roughyeds’ fortress as it was when we played there previously.”

In other news the club have signed 21 year old winger Dave Eccleston and Coventry Bears centre Matt Reid on one year deals for next season.


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