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Limehurst Lions boy wins mascot prize

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.



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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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