Rovers hope for record summer era crowd

Pat Cluskey: "We see it as a chance to show off the club."
Pat Cluskey: "We see it as a chance to show off the club."

Featherstone Rovers are hoping for their biggest crowd of the summer era at Big Fellas Stadium when they host Leeds Rhinos in Saturday’s opening Middle 8s fixture.

Chief executive Pat Cluskey is confident the fixture will attract more than the 6,353 who saw Rovers take on Castleford in the National League Cup 11 years ago.

More recently, 6,346 watched last year’s visit of Bradford Bulls in the Championship and Cluskey said: “We’re hoping to beat that.”

The game is not all-ticket and fans will be able to pay on the day, provided the 7,000 capacity is not reached.

The match will be televised live on Sky Sports, but Cluskey said: “We see it as a chance to show off the club and the hard work done by the volunteers, who built our new stands. There’s also a rare opportunity to travel by train – Featherstone station is not open on Sundays, but it is on a Saturday.

“We have got an offer of admission for all three home Qualifiers for £50 for season ticket holders and £54 for non-season ticket holders and that has been well-recieved.

“A lot of the people buying tickets for Saturday are not regular supporters, which shows we have the potential to attract new fans when the opposition is of the calibre of Leeds Rhinos.”