Joy operation a success

PHIL Joy’s shoulder operation, performed in Wilmslow, went according to plan and was said to be successful.

The Oldham prop dislocated the joint in the third game of the season against London Broncos at Bower Fold on February 19 and did it again in his first game back against Batley Bulldogs in the Etihad Campus on May 21.

Within eight hours of leaving for Wilmslow yesterday he was back home in Oldham — job done.

And he plans to walk into the dressing room at Bower Fold before tomorrow’s crucial Championship game against Dewsbury Rams (8pm) to give his team mates his moral support.

He said: “I was in good hands and the surgeon was delighted with how it went.

“I know I’m out for the rest of this season, obviously, so I’ve plenty of time and I can do my rehab steadily and on a week-to-week basis.

“Recovery time is about four months which will take me through to the start of pre-season training in November and then I’ll still have another three or four months before it all starts again in earnest.”

A one-club man with more than seven years’ service to Roughyeds behind him, Joy added: “The plan is for me to be ready for the start of next season, but I’m not rushing and I’m not setting targets or deadlines.

“If I did that and I thought I was falling behind schedule I’d only get frustrated so everything I do between now and next February or so will be done strictly on a weekly basis.”

He has been a stalwart of the Roughyeds’ front-row ever since Scott Naylor arrived at the club to succeed Tony Benson in the autumn of 2012 and his absence this season has been a massive loss.

Naylor once said famously: “I never realised how much we’d miss him until he wasn’t there any more.”

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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