Eagles could nest again at Owlerton

Owlerton Stadium......
Owlerton Stadium......

Sheffield Eagles could be on their way back to Owlerton Stadium where the club was launched 29 years ago.

The greyhound and speedway stadium may provide a lifeline in the Eagles’ desperate search for a new home with Don Valley Stadium due to be demolished.

Chairman Ian Swire says: “Owlerton may be the only option left” if the club is to remain in the city - something dear to the fans’ hearts.

Eagles officials hope to meet Qwlerton’s management tomorrow to discuss a possible return and set up a feasibility study on work needed to bring the stadium back into use for rugby league.

A concrete strip between the pitch and the racetrack would need to be removed and the Eagles may want to re-open some terracing.

The Eagles will seek financial help from the city council citing the investment made to bring Woodbourn Stadium back into use for athletics.

“We are pretty confident that Owlerton can be made to work but it would definitely need some investment,” said Swire.

“Sheffield City Council is providing capital sums to relocate athletics to Woodbourn Road and it is to be hoped that they can also assist rugby league to relocate to Owlerton if the feasibility study is positive.”

Swire believes the Eagles deserved “one-off assistance” because of their work in the community.

“Thousands of kids play rugby league in Sheffield and without the Eagles at the pinnacle that would not happen,” he said.

Eagles played their first game at Owlerton in September 1984 leaving in 1989 following changed crowd rules in the wake of the Hillsborough disaster.