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‘You’ve got to accept democracy’ — Chalmers

BRADFORD Bulls come to the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (Sun) expecting to be in the play-offs following the decision to stick to just one automatic promotion place.

A 14-team competition, two more teams than this year, will operate in the Championship in 2019.

To create that, there had been speculation that this year’s top two, York City Knights and Bradford Bulls, would go up automatically as well as the winner of a play-off featuring teams finishing third to sixth.

That didn’t happen. Instead, the RFL decided the champions will go up automatically along with the winner of a two-to-five play-off, as was always the intention.

There will, however, be a showdown between the team that finishes bottom of the Championship and the losing team in the League 1 play-off final for the right to play in the second tier next year.

Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers told the Telegraph and Argus:

“It’s only right that we should earn our place in the Championship. It doesn’t change our mission and what we have to do.

“We had plans to play in the play-offs and that’s unchanged.

“Every point counts and its all hands to the pump; competition at the top of League 1 will be as active as ever.”

Chalmers headed the Championship and League 1 Advisory Board, and the clubs it represented, in opposing Super League-led proposals to get rid of the 8s.

A major off-shoot was a fear that clubs beneath Super League might face reduced central funding when the current TV deal expires at the end of 2021.

Chalmers had claimed the change wasn’t in the interests of the game as a whole, but after 68 per cent voted in favour he accepted the verdict.

He added:

“I have total respect for clubs voting in a way they believe to be in their best interests. You have to accept democracy at work.

“History will judge. Everyone got to vote so whether you agree or not, play on.”

It is thought nine Championship or League 1 clubs broke ranks to vote in favour.

Also on the Advisory Board were John Flatman (York), Mark Sawyer (Dewsbury), Mark Campbell (Featherstone) and Kevin Nicholas (Batley).


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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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