Oldham set to secure new home


Oldham are hoping to end uncertainty over their future with a move to White Bank Stadium, Limeside.

The Roughyeds have been without a home since leaving Boundary Park at the end of last season and were forced to play their opening home game of their Northern Rail Cup campaign against Rochdale at Sedgley Park RUFC, also home of Swinton Lions.

However, the tireless efforts of owner and chairman Chris Hamilton has resulted in speculation linking the club with a move to White Bank, home of Oldham Borough FC, speculation which Hamilton has confirmed on the club’s official website.

He said: “We have been trying for a number of weeks to bring to an early conclusion our attempts to find a suitable ground within the borough. This has not yet been possible, and that underlines the unique problems we face at the club.

“With the dawn of a new season, however, and having already had to play one game outside Oldham with another one coming up when we play Sheffield next Monday at Sedgley Park, we have to let our supporters know what is happening.
“It is an open secret that we wish to play our matches at White Bank Stadium, home of Oldham Boro’ Football Club, and that is the position we are working towards finalising.
“We are advised that this will hopefully be confirmed within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime we continue to be patient in working with Oldham Council and other partners in this scheme to deliver a long- term solution to the club’s problems in not having a base within the town.
“Ultimately, that is what everybody connected with the club – fans, staff, coaches, players and sponsors – wants to see and we believe that is what will happen.
“A little bit more short-term pain will bring long-term gain and I again stress my appreciation of the fans’ support and patience in allowing us to deal with this matter.”

The club plans to hold an open meeting with season ticket holders on Friday, with further meetings planned with other fans and local residents.

Their first Championship 1 home game of the season is against Hunslet on March 14th.