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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.



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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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