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Looking at ground options for big Hull KR cup tie

OLDHAM can’t play their big fifth-round Challenge Cup tie against Super League’s Hull KR at the Vestacare Stadium . . . and that’s official.

The Rugby Football League ruling came as no surprise to the Roughyeds, who have been given special dispensation to use Vestacare for Betfred League 1 games even though it hasn’t enough seats to match minimum requirements.

The tie, scheduled for the weekend of April 21 and 22, will have to be played somewhere else.

Said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton:

“We knew we couldn’t play Super League opposition at the Vestacare Stadium so the RFL’s confirmation about the Hull KR tie having to go somewhere else came as no surprise.

“Apart from other matters, the capacity at Vestacare was always going to be an issue for a cup-tie as attractive as this one.

“We’ve got to play elsewhere so we are currently looking at all options.”

Two years ago Roughyeds pulled off one of the Challenge Cup’s biggest-ever upsets when they beat Hull KR 36-22 at Craven Park in the Robins’ first Challenge Cup outing since their Wembley defeat by Leeds Rhinos in the 2015 final.



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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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