Anne talks-up girl power !

ANNE Kearns, who’s running Oldham RL Club while chairman Chris Hamilton is laid up after major heart surgery, is appealing to women to play a lead role in increasing attendances at the Vestacare Stadium.

Launching what she calls THE FEMALE FAN CHALLENGE, former nurse Anne is urging every woman who supports Roughyeds regularly to take a female friend, neighbour, relative or work colleague to this Sunday’s home game against Workington Town or next week’s visit by West Wales Raiders.

Using her own experience as an example, she said:

“There must be thousands of women out there who are completely oblivious of rugby league yet who would love the sport if somebody took the time and interest to introduce them to it.

“Until three years ago I was one of them. They don’t play rugby league in Bury, where I live, and I was completely unaware of it. The first time I was invited to an Oldham match I wondered what on earth I was letting myself in for, but I was fascinated by everything about it.

“I was immediately hooked on the atmosphere, the banter of the fans, the stirring, honest-to-goodness action on the pitch and the fierce, yet very sporting rivalry, of the players.

“I’ve hardly missed a game, home or away, ever since and when I got even more involved by offering volunteer help behind the scenes it opened up a whole new chapter in my life.

“We have lots of women among our fan base and I firmly believe that together we can make a huge difference if we all pledge to spread the word among other women in our lives and bring another woman with us to the next home game.

“They won’t all take to it bit I’m sure the majority will — and it’s a challenge that can snowball if we all work hard at it .”

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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