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 !

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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

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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