Oldham confirm return to Bower Fold

James Gordon

Oldham will once again play at Bower Fold, home of Stalybridge Celtic football club, following their return to the Championship.

They played there in 2016 and 2017, and also hosted a Challenge Cup fixture with Widnes at the ground earlier this season.

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 criteria for a club in the sport’s second tier.

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said: “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.”

Bower Fold has a capacity of 6,500, including 1,200 seats.