Sheffield Eagles’ farewell to Don Valley

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Sheffield Eagles fans are being urged to come out and show their support for the club in the final ever game at Don Valley Stadium tomorrow evening.

It’s a chance to make a statement as the Eagles battle to find a new home base in the city after the stadium is demolished.

“We need the fans to get behind us, we need a big crowd for the last ever rugby league game at Don Valley,” said coach Mark Aston.

“We need a send-off and that bit of confidence which is lacking at this time and the crowd can help.”

Eagles had a preliminary meeting with managers at Owlerton Stadium yesterday on a possible return to the venue where the club was launched 29 years ago.

On the field the Eagles must beat Dewsbury Rams in the final play-off elimination round, or their season is over.

A win sets up a semi-final against Halifax next Thursday night and keeps alive the hope of a third successive Grand Final and retaining the Championship title.

Eagles face the sudden death round after losing to Halifax last weekend – their third defeat in a row.

They will go into tomorrow’s game (kick-off 6.30pm) as favourites after beating the Rams four times in all competitions this season.

“We’re hungry for another shot at Halifax,” said Aston.

“It’s no walkover. Dewsbury have hit a bit of form and we’ve dipped and things aren’t going for us.”

He added: “The pleasing thing is that I can see the guys have turned the corner. They have the belief and the focus and realise it’s the last chance saloon and they have to win.”

Aston says a win will reward the fans many of whom sent letters of support to the Star this week backing the Eagles.

“The letters were great and it shows there is the passion out there. There’s been a lot of work put in over the last 13 years and the last thing we want is any more turbulence,” he said. “We need the people to show their support in this city of sport and it would be great if they come out and get behind us.

“We had hoped we had gone through the battle to establish the club and we’ve brought trophies to the city.”