Rooney hopes Rovers-Lions clash will be regular fixture

Featherstone Lions coach Jamie Rooney.
Featherstone Lions coach Jamie Rooney.

Featherstone Lions coach Jamie Rooney hopes the amateur club’s pre-season game at Featherstone Rovers will become a regular fixture.

National Conference League side Lions visit Big Fellas Stadium this Sunday (3pm kick-off).

“We’ve got a talented side and it will be good for the people of Featherstone to see the quality players that we develop down at the Lions,” said Rooney.

“I know both clubs are hoping for a good turnout by the local community and hopefully this can become a regular fixture in the calendar.”

Former Rovers star Rooney added: “We are all looking forward to the fixture and it will be good preparation for our lads to test themselves against a professional club.

“Our season starts after Rovers so our pre-season preparations are behind that of Rovers who have been training since the beginning of November but it will be interesting to see how we get on.

“It will be a good experience for our boys, the vast majority of them are from the town and have grown up watching Featherstone Rovers so it’s great that this game is taking place. We would like to thank Rovers for the invitation and we will give them a game on Sunday. Our side is quite young, the average age is only around 24 years of age so it will be a good opportunity for some lads who possibly are thinking of making a step up in the sport.”

Admission on Sunday is £5 adults, £3 concessions and £1 juniors.

Pre-match hospitality is available in the 1921 Suite (£10 upgrade) for a one course meal served at 2pm which includes pre and post-match interviews, waitress service and the opportunity to watch the game from the 1921 Suite.

For more information ring 01977 702386 or email