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Martin ‘reluctantly’ released from his contract

OLDHAM have confirmed that utility back Joe Martin has played his last game for Roughyeds and has left the club.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Having received an offer to play in Australia, he asked to be released from his contract.

“It came completely out of the blue, given that it hadn’t been long since he was given a professional contract by the club.

“Naturally, we were not happy about the situation. However, the player clearly wanted to go and said it was an opportunity he was keen to take so reluctantly we have had to agree to release him from his contract.”

In the seven weeks that he was an Oldham professional he made two appearances and scored two tries.

Cup-tie not all ticket

OLDHAM are keen to make it clear that their forthcoming Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Hull KR at Bower Fold, Stalybridge on Sunday, April 22 (3pm), ‘Groundhog Day’, is NOT all-ticket.

Cash turnstiles will be open on the day, but by selling tickets in advance the club hopes to ease a lot of turnstile congestion and speed up the flow of fans into the ground.

You can buy tickets every day next week, Monday to Friday inclusive, from 9.30am to 3pm at the Oldham RLFC office inside the Vestacare Stadium. Tickets are also available today (Friday) between the same times.

The tie is billed by Oldham as ‘Groundhog Day’ in a reference to their stunning Challenge Cup win at Hull KR in 2016 which represented one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport’s famous knock-out competition.

Hunslet away

TIME of kick-off in the Hunslet versus Oldham game at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday, June 24, has been put back from 3pm to 3.30pm to avoid clashing with the England football team’s World Cup game that day.



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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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