Local company named as contractor
At half time during the visit of Bradford City, Mr Corney and Paul Whitehead, Managing Director of Holroy Developments, took to the Boundary Park pitch as the news was announced to the 7,180 crowd, which included Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon.
Construction of the new North Stand at Boundary Park took another huge step forward yesterday when Latics' Chairman Simon Corney officially announced that Oldham-based Holroy Developments are to be the contractor.
"I'm delighted that the construction contract could be awarded to an Oldham-based company. This is a very exciting time for Oldham Athletic, both on and off the pitch, and the new North Stand is central to this. We're all working hard to deliver an exceptional project that we can all be very proud of."
Mr Corney said: "This is a real step forward for us as a club. The new stand is vital to our future and it will be a superb facility for the town.
Mr Whitehead added: "I'd like to thank Simon Corney and the board of directors for awarding us the contract to build the new North Stand.
"On a personal level, this is a privilege and we look forward to providing the club with a fantastic facility that the supporters have been looking forward to. With the current feel-good factor around the club, the new stand gives everyone something to look forward to over the coming months as the structure takes shape.
"As a community club, it is welcomed that the club has sought to keep this work within the town and we are already working with several local contractors and suppliers to see that benefit extended."
The handover was witnessed by Councillor McMahon who commented: "It is fantastic news to see development is now getting underway on a new North Stand at Boundary Park.
"I am delighted that Holroy has been chosen to deliver this vital project. This is a local firm which shares our ethos about using local people and the local supply chain in their projects, which perfectly complements our Get Oldham Working campaign.
"I can't wait to see the new stand finished and I would like to congratulate Simon Corney, the club and their fans for their vision and patience in getting this delivered. There are huge benefits to be had from this development - and not just for Latics.
"This town needs a strong Oldham Athletic. History shows us - most recently with last season’s FA Cup exploits - that when the club prospers, so do local people and so does our local economy."
Mr Corney (right) is pictured shaking hands on the contract with Mr Whitehead.