BILLY Reveley, an 11-year-old Roughyeds fanatic, is the lucky winner of the prize to be Oldham RLFC’s mascot for the day when Scott Naylor’s men play Hull KR in the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm kick-off).
A Limehurst Lions player and last season’s under-12s player of the year, Billy has inherited his devotion to Oldham RL Club from his mum Karen and his grandad Gerald Brierley, the well-known presenter on Oldham Community Radio.
Alongside the club captain, he will lead out the Oldham team ahead of the Groundhog Day tie in which Roughyeds will aim to cause a major upset against the full-time Super League stars of Hull KR for the second time in three years.
To win the prize, under-16 fans were invited to correctly answer the question: When did Oldham last beat Hull KR in the Challenge Cup ?
Like many others, Billy had it spot-on (2016) — and then he was the lucky one when club captain Gareth Owen pulled out the winning entry.
Said mum Karen:
“We live in Stockport now, but I’m an Oldham girl and I’ve been an Oldham fan all my life. Billy was hooked on rugby, the team and the club from the day we took him to his first match.
“He loves playing rugby too and Limehurst Lions is our nearest club. It’s a long way to go, but he loves playing there so much that we are more than happy to take him.
“As for winning this prize, he’s absolutely thrilled, completely made up. It will be something he’ll remember all his life. Phil Joy is his favourite player.
“He’s absolutely buzzing now so I don’t know what he’ll be like on Sunday.”
An all-rounder — good at maths and science and all sports —- Billy is a year 7 pupil at Trinity High School, Manchester.
On Sunday, he and his family will be guests of the club, which wishes to thank everyone who took time to enter the competition.