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RIP Billy Patterson

​THE sincere condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC are extended to the family of former Roughyeds winger Billy Patterson, who has died at his home in Bredbury.

Billy played 72 senior games for Oldham between 1960 and 1964, numbering Brian Lord, Alan Davies, John Noon , Vinnie Nestor and Keith Holden among the centres he partnered.

Oldham-born, Billy will be remembered fondly by older supporters as a slightly-built winger with the heart of a lion and amazing courage.

He scored 29 tries and kicked 12 goals for 111 points and was a classic example of the player who performed ‘well above his weight’.

The funeral will be at Stockport Crematorium this Thursday, October 11 at 1.45pm.

John Watkins and Bob Henthorn will be present to represent the Oldham Players’ Association, whose annual dinner will be on Friday, November 2 at the St Herbert’s Function Room, Broadway, Chadderton.

Malcolm Lord will MC the evening; Lee Briers will be guest speaker; and comedy will be provided by Mick Martin.

For tickets contact Bernard Halford (07714-520063) or John Watkins (07974-612038).

On the following Friday, November 9, Oldham RLFC will stage its annual Player Awards Night at the Vestacare Stadium when fans and players can look back together on the 2018 season and look ahead to 2019, which will be Scott’s seventh season in charge.

For tickets, priced £12.50 including hot supper, ring Anne Kearns on 07811-988426 or go to the Oldham RLFC online store to buy on-line.


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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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