Oldham move to Bower Fold

Oldham RLFC have confirmed their move to Stalybridge, or Bower Fold to be more precise, for the 2020 season.

The stadium, which also hosts football team Stalybridge Celtic, hosted Oldham when they were last in the Championship, it was their temporary home in 2016 and 2017.

This move is happening because their traditional home, Vestacre Stadium, does not meet the RFL’s criteria for a ground in the second tier.

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “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.”

Gorski, the Celtic chairman, added: “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.”

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