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Halstead in book signing session on Sunday

​AUTHOR Craig Halstead will be at the all-important Oldham-Whitehaven game at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, selling signed copies of his book, ‘Roughyeds — Against All The Odds’, which retails at £12.95. All profits go to the club.

The book covers the first 20 years of the ‘new’ club’s battle to grow and find its own identity and it provides a fascinating story told by players, coaches, fans and club officials.

One example is former director Sean Whitehead’s first-hand account of the launch of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd and his revealing thoughts about owner and chairman Chris Hamilton, the one man to hold an official and unbroken connection with the club from its early beginnings in the autumn of 1997 to the present day.

Also . . .

A one-off feature in this Sunday’s Roughyed Review, the club’s 24-page full-colour game-day magazine (£3), is a colouring competition for 12s and under, linked to Roary, the club mascot, and providing cash prizes of £10, £5 and £2.50.

It’s timed to give our young fans something to do in these long, hot days of the school holidays so get out your crayons or paint brushes, you young Roughyeds, and let’s see if you can give Roary some colour. He’s been looking a bit washed out lately !

We also spotlight Joe Snape (11), who won our fans’ best mobile-phone picture competition at the West Wales Raiders game and you can read all the usual features by Anne Kearns, Scott Naylor and George Cowburn plus Dave Naylor’s Fan Focus, squad statistics and his look at Whitehaven.

We spotlight the battle for play-off places; look at three Oldham players who have reached or are on the verge of reaching personal milestones; and provide you, for a bit of fun, with the opportunity to come up with an appropriate caption to a picture which illustrates . . . ??? (now that would be telling, wouldn’t it).

All will be revealed in Sunday’s Roughyed Review, selling at £3 and a good read for fans, young and old alike. If you haven’t seen an earlier issue GIVE IT A TRY !

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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