Club apology after 82-0 defeat

OLDHAM Rugby League Club have apologised to supporters, sponsors and other stakeholders for the team’s “unacceptable” performance in last Sunday’s 82-0 hammering by Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.

Bradford’s full-time professionals ran in 15 tries — five of them by centre Kris Welham —- to inflict Oldham’s biggest defeat since they were smashed 84-0 at Widnes in 1999.

Immediately after the game assistant coach Lee Spencer said: “They (Oldham’s players) were beaten before they went on the pitch.”

In the aftermath of Sunday’s doom and gloom, coach Scott Naylor was joined by club chairman Chris Hamilton after training last night to tell the players that their performance fell way below what was expected of them.

Hamilton said later: “We reminded the players of their responsibilities to the club, coaches, themselves and the fans whenever they put on the shirt.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I want to apologise for what was served up on the field at Bradford on Sunday.

“It was a very bad afternoon but we have spoken to the players about it and now we want to say ‘sorry’.

“It’s been put to bed now and I want to assure supporters that everyone at the club is fully focused on our remaining four games.

“We want to show them what we are really all about as a club and also as a squad of players.”

Next up for Roughyeds is a Bank Holiday clash with Sheffield Eagles —- a full-time professional outfit which Naylor’s men beat home and away in the regular season — at Bower Fold on Monday, August 29 (3pm kick-off).

If Roughyeds were to win and other results went their way, Naylor’s men would be assured of Championship rugby again in 2017.

Sammy Gee, injured at Bradford, has not broken an ankle, as first feared, but has severely damaged the ligaments, which will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Danny Grimshaw is still sidelined by a long-standing groin injury, but it is hoped that he will be ready to squeeze in a couple of games before the season ends.

Scott Turner is unavailable for the Sheffield game and new loan capture James Mendeika, a centre from Bradford Bulls, will link up with Roughyeds next week.

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.

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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.

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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.

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