Bower Fold here we come

WITH the start of Oldham RL Club’s Championship campaign fast approaching, match-day staff and regular volunteers will be at Stalybridge FC tonight for a guided tour of Bower Fold and the stadium’s facilities.
Headed by club chairman Chris Hamilton, the Roughyeds’ game-day admin ‘team’ will familiarise themselves with the lay-out of the ground, especially in relation to turnstiles, transfer points and spectator areas.
The first game at Bower Fold, where Oldham are playing home games in 2016 because Whitebank doesn’t meet RFL standards, will see the visit of London Broncos on Sunday, February 7 (3pm).
“It will be a red-letter day in the history of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd. The players hope to take the field to a massive reception after winning promotion last year,” said Hamilton.
“We expect our biggest crowd for ages. It will be a baptism of fire (Broncos are full-time professionals and tipped to do well) and we need to have all staff fully acquainted with the stadium and its facilities.”
Coach Scott Naylor, who gave Bower Fold the thumbs-up on a visit before Christmas, won’t be there tonight because he will be leading training for Sunday’s warm-up game at Barrow (3pm).
His pre-season schedules were thrown into disarray by the postponement of last weekend’s Law Cup game at Rochdale.
If the RFL approve, that game will now be played on Sunday, January 31, giving Roughyeds a tough run-in to Championship curtain-up with warm-up games at Barrow and at Rochdale before the big kick-off against Broncos.
Barrrow’s new signings for 2016 include Leigh Centurions duo Oliver Wilkes and Martin Aspinwall plus full-back Ryan Fieldhouse from Dewsbury Rams and BARLA international second-row man Danny Morrow from Walney.
Wilkes will captain his home-town club, which drew 10-10 with Workington Town at Craven Park on Sunday.
Oldham’s players had a successful pre-season promo in Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre on Saturday, signing autographs, meeting fans and displaying the two trophies they won last season.
Said Hamilton: “Mike Flanagan and his staff always make us welcome there and this time was no exception.  It was good for the players to meet supporters and receive their best wishes ahead of the tough and extremely important season that lies ahead.”

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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