OLDHAM Rugby League Club has confirmed home games next season on promotion to the Betfred Championship will be played at Bower Fold, home of Stalybridge Celtic.Bower Fold, which is covered on all four sides, was the Roughyeds’ temporary ‘home’ in 2016 and 2017 when they were last in the Betfred Championship.
They cannot play at their permanent base, the Vestacare Stadium in Limehurst Village, Oldham, because it does not 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.”
Celtic chairman Mr Gorski said: “Chris (Hamilton) and I have developed a close personal friendship over the years and I was thrilled for him when Oldham won promotion.
“He’s put an immense amount of time and effort into achieving his success and I’m so pleased for him.
“We at Celtic are continuing to look for much-needed revenue streams and we’re delighted to see the Roughyeds’ return.
“We will again make every effort to make Oldham fans feel fully at home.”