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Fans favourite Lucas back at the club

ONE-TIME fans’ favourite Lucas Onyango, the Kenyan winger who had six good seasons with Oldham, is back at the club to assist the coaching and backroom staff on match days.

Since leaving Roughyeds for Oxford at the end of the 2012 season, he’s qualified to work in sport with a degree in coaching and sports development and a masters in exercise and sports science.

Aged 36, his playing days are over, but he is keen to find his feet in a sporting environment and what better place to try, he said, than the club for which he scored 73 tries in 108 appearances between 2007 and 2012 and appeared in three Grand Finals in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Lucas got in touch a few weeks ago to say he would like to get involved again at the club.

“We are more than happy to help him with that so he will be assisting initially at home games in and around the dressing room and from the bench.”

Lucas watched the Keighley Cougars pre-season game and he was in action for the first time at the cup-tie against Featherstone Lions, helping with the warm-up and other duties during the game.

He said:

“I loved my time with Oldham and although I live in Manchester I’ve always regarded Oldham, town and club, as my second home. It’s great to be back here.”

Following the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup third-round win against Feathertone Lions, attention now switches to the first home Betfred League 1 clash against Hemel Stags at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm). Tonight’s training session has been cancelled because of the weather.

Challenge Cup Draw

The draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup will be made live tonight on the BBC Sport website from 7pm. Eleven Betfred Championship sides will join the 13 third-round winners, including Roughyeds.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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