Oldham RFL Crowds Up on last season

Date published: 08 August 2019

Oldham RLFC have seen attendance figures at the Vestacare Stadium, are already well up compared to the 2018 season.

The RFL has revealed that, up to the end of June this year, Oldham attendances were up by 21 per cent, the third highest increase among Betfred League 1 clubs.

Of the eight league games played at the Vestacare in the 2019 season so far, every one has shown an increase on the equivalent game last year.

Game-by-game comparisons (league games only) are as follows (2019 first, last year in brackets):

Hunslet 652 (544); Keighley 591 (530);  Skolars 709 (419); Workington 765 (486); West Wales 552 (274); North Wales 616 (466); Whitehaven 546 (413); Coventry 451 (373).

Chairman Chris Hamilton and his management team are expecting their biggest crowd this year when high-flying Newcastle Thunder come to the Vestacare this Sunday at 3pm..

The same game last year was watched by 455 people, so it will have to increase by more than 300, if it is to beat the season's previous best of 765, which turned up for the Workington game on the opening day of the season back in February.

There's one home game left after Newcastle and that's against Doncaster on Sunday week, August 18th when the club stages its Mayoral Day and 999 game.

Rangi Chase alone --- who thought we'd ever see him at the Vestacare Stadium --- should pull in some numbers in addition to those members of the emergency services and the NHS  who might be attracted by the admission price of  £9.99 on production of their ID cards.

Civic dignitaries will be present, headed by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband Adrian, a former Oldham player of some repute.

There will be lots of stalls and activities for children and for a donation of £1, which will go towards the Mayor's charities, fans can have their picture taken with the famous Rugby League World Cup.

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