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Divine intervention as Gideons reach out to Roughyeds

THE local branch of Gideons International (Oldham and North Manchester) has presented our club with a Bible and has offered players and backroom staff a copy of ‘New Testament and Psalms’ which has the club name and crest on its front cover.

It’s part of a Gideons initiative to reach out to sporting, business and other organisations across the country and to spread the Gospel’s good news, in our case via our club chaplain, the Rev Tony Ford.

Tony, a regular at Roughyeds’ training nights, was joined recently by two Gideons representatives, Ian Whitehead and Eric Johnson, who presented our chairman Chris Hamilton with a club Bible.

Their visit followed similar representations to Greater Manchester Police and the North-West Ambulance Service.

Said Tony:

“Gideons Bibles are available to sports clubs across the country where they have a chaplain. It’s a great move.

“Most of our players and some of the backroom staff have taken them home.

“We’ve also adopted a club prayer, which is printed in the back of the book, under the club crest.”

Ian and Eric are heavily involved at separate local churches, but both are proud to be also working for Gideons, who are best known for placing Bibles in hotel rooms around the world.

Said Ian:

“We aim to get the scriptures to as many people as we can. This is a tiny part of a global initiative.”


Loving God, you give each of us
special gifts and You
call us to serve You and one
another in particular ways.

Help us to do the very best we
can, sharing our talents
and skills.
Bless our club and season.

When we have the
opportunity to excel, encourage
us toward excellence in
Heart, Mind and Body.

When challenges and obstacles
come our way, remind us to
fulfil our responsibilities and
commitment to our club.

Help us, Loving God, to always
do our best at whatever we do.

We pray this in the name of
Jesus, our Lord, Amen.


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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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