Rovers bumper crowd as stands open

Yesterday saw over 6,000 spectators at the Big Fella’s Stadium for the visit of Bradford Bulls in the Kingstone Press Championship and the first opening of the new stands built at the stadium in a project led by volunteers. Despite a disappointing display by Rovers on the pitch which saw the Bulls win 40-4 it was a successful day off the pitch for the club.

Featherstone Rovers Chairman Mark Campbell said “It was a fantastic sight to see supporters in the new stands and I’d like to thank everyone who made it possible. It’s been a long and intensive project to get to this point and there is still plenty of work to do on them. The last couple of weeks have been hectic for everyone getting the stadium and pitch ready for our biggest game since our 2012 Challenge Cup run.

“In true Featherstone spirit, everyone has mucked in to ensure that the game could go ahead at the Big Fella’s Stadium and to see such a healthy crowd was great for the club and the Championship. Bradford Bulls fans travelled in great numbers and we’ve received some good feedback from them about how much they enjoyed visiting us and the improvements we are making to our stadium.

“Both sets of supporters were well behaved and created a cracking atmosphere despite the poor weather. Despite the performance we’ll be hoping for another good turnout for the visit of Leigh Centurions in a fortnight’s time.”

Featherstone Rovers invited a host of former players who have strong ties with both clubs including Steve Evans, Jimmy Thompson, Keith Bridges, Francis Jarvis, Peter Fox, Dale Fennell, David Hobbs and Paul Newlove.