It’s back to school for the Eagles

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CLUB officials at Sheffield Eagles are facing a mammoth task to stage the next home game at a private school.

The game against Dewsbury Rams will be played at Mount St Mary’s College, Spinkhill on Friday (7.30pm).The switch will hit the Eagles financially with a loss of corporate revenue and ticket prices reduced to £10 adults and £5 for concessions.

“It’s a very big job, we have to start from scratch on planning the match, where the spectators will go, catering, the turnstiles, every detail,” said Simon Proctor club general manager. “We’re being given massive help by the school and I’m confident we will get it done.”

Spinkhill, 10 miles south of Sheffield city centre, has limited public transport links and fans were given information at last Sunday’s home game.

Mr Proctor said: “We recognise the difficulty of getting to Mount St Mary’s and if people are having problems getting there we ask them to contact us today and we are hoping to lay on a supporters’ bus.”

The switch was forced because Bramall Lane and Don Valley Stadium are unavailable and Dewsbury refused alternative dates. After a dispute the clubs agreed the venue late last week. The contrast between Mount St Mary’s and Sheffield United’s stadium where the Eagles played last Sunday could not be greater.

Bramall Lane offers 32,000 seats. Mount St Mary’s pitch is in a bowl formed with steep grass banks on two sides. “It will be different. There are benches on one banking with space for about 400 to sit but there’s standing all around the pitch and people will get a very good view” said Proctor. Eagles go into the game on the back of a 70-12 win over Hunslet Hawks.