Local referee Hicks will handle Wembley final

​OUR congratulations go to local referee Robert Hicks, who will take charge of Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley between Catalans Dragons and Warrington Wolves.

He is the latest of several Oldham men to have officiated at one of world rugby league’s most famous events.

A former head boy at Hulme Grammar School, Robert is the son of a former Oldham forward, Ray Hicks, who played for the Watersheddings-based club in the 1970s.

He is also a grandson of the late Ken Fisher, a former Oldham chairman in the days when it was a members’ club, run by an elected committee.

Robert, who took charge of the semi-final between Catalans and St Helens, has officiated at all levels of the game in the past eight years.

In 2016, he handled the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors.

He also has a wealth of international experience, having taken charge of Australia v France in the group stages of RLWC2017 and officiating as touchjudge at several other games, including the semi-final between Tonga and England in Auckland, New Zealand.

Robert Hicks
Robert Hicks

You can buy upgraded tickets for the final from the Oldham club, priced at £30 for adults, £22.50 for over-65s and £10 for under-16s for the lower tier of West Stand which is much closer to the pitch than the seats for which these tickets were originally intended.

To buy ring Anne Kearns on 07811 988 426 tomorrow (Thurs) or on Friday, between 10am and 3pm on both days.

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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