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Ex-Oldham hooker Roger O’Mahoney dies

THE funeral of former Oldham hooker Roger O’Mahoney, who died recently in Spain, will be held at Rochdale Crematorium this Friday, October 12, starting at 9.50am.

One of the few rugby league players to come from Heywood, a soccer stronghold, he turned pro with Oldham from Rochdale amateurs Spotland Rangers and made his Roughyeds debut in season 1972-73 at a time when the renowned Kevin Taylor was in his prime.

In his first four seasons at Watersheddings, O’Mahoney learned his trade in a hugely-successful Oldham ‘A’ team which won silverware in a competition for reserve teams then known as the Lancashire Combination.

As the Taylor years drew to a close, O’Mahoney came into his own and enjoyed his best seasons in 1976-77, 1977-78 and 1978-79 when he became a senior-side regular.

He was an ever-present in 77-78, playing in all 33 games, and in 78-79 he figured in 28 out of 31 games, missing only three matches in two full seasons.

In his nine full seasons at Oldham he totalled 122 appearances, scoring nine tries.

By 1979-80 onwards, and following the arrival of Alan McCurrie from Wakefield Trinity, O’Mahoney’s senior appearances were on the slide and in September, 1982 he went to Warrington on loan at a time when the Wire were suffering an injury-crisis which particularly hit their No 9 position.

In those days players who wore no 9 were REAL hookers, not like those in the modern game with its uncontested scrums and ‘hookers’ who would be more appropriately named ‘dummy halves’ because of their specialist work behind the ruck, rather than in the scrimmage.

Such an impact did O’Mahoney make at Wilderspool while on loan that he was quickly signed permanently with Oldham receiving a transfer fee of £5,000.

And in his first full season with the Wire he won the Player of the Year award.

The condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC go to the O’Mahoney family at this difficult time.



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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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