Fans advised to buy Rovers cup tickets

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FEATHERSTONE’S Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against holders Wigan at Bigfellas Stadium tomorrow evening is not all ticket but supporters are advised to buy tickets in advance.

A club spokesman said: “Due to a large crowd expected and to minimise queues, supporters are advised to purchase a ticket if possible.”

Tickets will remain on sale at Bigfellas Stadium until 2pm tomorrow (Friday). Tickets cannot be ordered for collection on the day.

Ticket prices are standing £16 adults, £10 concessions and £5 juniors and seating (main stand and family/community stand) £18 adults, £12 concessions and £7 juniors.

There will be cash turnstiles open on Friday evening when gates will open at 6pm. People paying cash at the turnstiles are asked to help by bringing the correct money.

Wigan Warriors supporters have been allocated the Railway End Terrace and a section of the Community/ Family Stand towards the Railway End. There will be no changing ends permitted at half time.

There will be a barbecue located at the Railway End and also a hog roast located near the turnstiles for home supporters as well as two ice cream vans at either end.

After the match, Rovers coach Daryl Powell will be interviewed in the clubhouse. There will be entertainment provided by a DJ.

Meanwhile, Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured) believes the club’s application for a Super League licence is being taken in a “serious light’ by the RFL.

Poskitt was among Rovers representatives who met last week with Blake Solly, the RFL’s director of standards and licensing, to discuss the application.

“We are very positive after meeting Blake that our ambitions to achieve Super League status are being received in a serious light by the RFL,” said Poskitt.

“Blake has pointed out a couple of areas for development, but we have already put in place measures to address these issues. When we meet Blake again, we are sure we will be able to demonstrate the positive moves we have made to develop in these areas.”

“Overall the impression we have is that Featherstone Rovers are now being taken seriously by the whole rugby league community - as well as the RFL”

Rovers chairman Mark Campbell, who outlined plans for the development of the club’s ground at the meeting, said: “Rovers are in a unique situation within rugby league. The club owns the ground and the surrounding land which gives us the opportunity to develop the area and bring much needed jobs to the area.

“We are the hub of this community and we want to drive the town forward and deliver Super League rugby to the fans and wider community.”

Campbell and Poskitt intend meeting with the RFL on regular basis to drive the Super League application forward.

Blake Solly commented: “Featherstone Rovers are in good financial order and the development of their ground is in progress.

“With better facilities the club can attract more fans which is vital for a successful licence bid. Overall I think the club are heading in the right direction and I look forward to our future meetings to hear about their progress.”

On Saturday, Featherstone’s under 18s take on Huddersfield Giants in an Academy League match at Bigfellas Stadium (2.30pm).

The Rovers under 15s and under 16s games against Huddersfield have been postponed.

Latest £500 Rovers lottery winners are J Denton (M6609), J Novak-Diss (F0454), G Moss (C6730), D Sheppard (N0736), J Wilkinson (G2774). £5 consolation prizes: C Moody (V0313), T Evans (W3645), K Glover (V3645), H Price (V0522), G Hope (W1244).

The £500 golden gamble prize at the Featherstone-Castleford cup game is still unclaimed. The winning ticket is 8278.