Following Rochdale Hornets incredible win against Toulouse Olympique in the Kingstone Press League One Promotion Final last week, the trophy has been on a tour of the local area. It has found its way to some Rochdale landmarks including the newly erected Gracie Fields statue, Springhill Hospice and of course the iconic Rochdale Town Hall.
The trophy also visited the Constituency Office of Rochdale’s MP, Simon Danczuk. Paul Ormerod, the Rochdale Hornets President accompanied the trophy and spoke with the MP about the club’s remarkable achievements in 2016.
“It’s great for the club to be able to parade the trophy to the people of Rochdale. We have worked incredibly hard for this and we want to shout about it” explained Ormerod.
Hornets topped the table for large parts of 2016 before they were pipped to the league leaders shield by Toulouse Olympique and finished second. This set up a Promotion Final in France which would see the winner promoted to the Championship for 2017.
Ormerod continued: “I think we have done the town proud in winning the competition and we are back where we belong in the second tier of professional rugby league. We will kick on from here and hope to develop both on and off the field.”
Simon Danczuk, who is a member of Rochdale Hornets, expressed his pride that the club has put the town back on the rugby league map.
“It’s great news for Rochdale. People should be proud that we have a club like Rochdale Hornets in the town. They don’t have a massive budget and what they have achieved has come from hard work and determination” said Danczuk.
Rochdale Hornets have recently revealed plans to take the trophy on a tour of schools in the town and talk to kids about the value of teamwork and togetherness in every day life.
Danczuk finished by saying: “It is wonderful to see the achievements of the Hornets in front of me in solid silver. It will be great for others to do the same as there are some valuable lessons to be learnt.”