Roughyeds look ahead to return of fans

Date published: 29 April 2021

Oldham Rugby League Club chairman Chris Hamilton has given fans an idea of what to expect when they are allowed back into grounds.

Guidance to clubs was vague and subject to change, he said, but ground capacities will be reduced, social distancing will still be in place, and fans will have to wear masks.

In a message to supporters on the Roughyeds website, he said: "Tickets will have to be purchased online to allow for track-and-trace and the allocation of seats.

"At the moment, guidelines don't allow for away supporters to attend matches, but the RFL is working on this with DCMS (Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) in trying to allow fans to travel."

He also urged fans to back the club financially while there was no cash through the turnstiles.

He added: "We have no income so please continue to support us by buying club merchandise, joining the lottery or by buying the pay-to-view pass to watch our games on Our League, particularly home games from which, after costs, we get most of the profit.

"All this makes a huge difference, which is vital to the club."

This Saturday, Oldham play Halifax Panthers at Bower Fold (12.45pm kick-off) and to watch on Our League will cost only £4.95 if paid for before midnight tomorrow (Friday).

To book on the day of the game will cost £10.

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