Oldham hopeful of taking games to football ground

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton has admitted he is still hopeful that the newly-promoted Championship side will be able to host their home games at Oldham Athletic’s SportsDirect.com Park next year.

The Roughyeds’ current home ground of Whitebank does not meet the required standards by the RFL to host tier two games, meaning they have had to look for somewhere new.

Hamilton and Athletic rival Simon Corney have had several meetings to find a new ground for Roughyeds, and Hamilton is hopeful of an agreement being reached.


But Roughyeds say chairman-to-chairman talks will continue as the clubs attempt to work through various matters which need to be addressed before any agreement on a ground share can be concluded.

Said Hamilton: “I share the frustrations of our fans. The club would love to be announcing admission and season-ticket prices for next season, and getting them on sale, but that’s obviously not possible until we know where we are playing.

“I hope supporters can appreciate that we are not now in direct control of things. There are issues that Simon (Corney) has to ensure are covered before any kind of formal agreement can be settled.

“Among other things, there are potential issues with the wear and tear on the pitch during the winter months.

“We are continuing to move forward though and we remain hopeful.”