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Apology to fans for Challenge Cup let-down

OLDHAM RL Club has issued an apology to fans who turned up at the Vestacare Stadium this evening to be photographed with the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup only to be left disappointed because it wasn’t there.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton:

“We are really sorry to everyone who turned up for what became a waste of their time because of the trophy’s non-appearance.

“This was due solely to an error by the RFL and it had nothing to do with the club.

“Nevertheless, we are bitterly disappointed that everything was arranged with the RFL for the Challenge Cup to be with us tonight, only for us to be subsequently told that it had been double-booked.

“I would like to thank our supporters who, despite their disappointment, were very patient and very understanding.

“I have already spoken to a few people at the RFL tonight to express our feelings and dialogue will be continued tomorrow.

“As our supporters are already aware we will be attempting to recompense them via the RFL.”

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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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