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‘We have to punch above our weight’, Scott

​SCOTT Naylor, who is half-way through a current two-year deal, will soon be starting out on his seventh season as Oldham RLFC head coach.

He is the club’s longest-serving team boss since Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd was launched 21 seasons ago.

Since his arrival at what was then known as Whitebank in the autumn of 2012, succeeding New Zealander Tony Benson, he has witnessed highs and lows, including two losing Grand Finals in tier three, promotion to the Championship in 2015 and relegation with an injury-ravaged squad in 2017 after two seasons in tier two.

The 2014 Grand Final against Hunslet at Headingley went down to a heart-breaking golden-point drop goal in extra time.

However, Naylor’s men were finally rewarded for their tier-three consistency 12 months later when they finished top of League 1 with 19 wins from 22 games and then beat second-placed Keighley Cougars 31-20 in a Promotion Final at Whitebank watched by a ground-record crowd of 1,405.

They stayed in the Championship in 2016 but then suffered a horrendous run of injuries in 2017 which ended in relegation back to League 1 for 2018.

In the season just ended they scraped into the play-offs in fifth place on the last weekend of the regular season only to suffer their heaviest defeat of the year, 47-0, in a disappointing finale at Bradford Bulls.

Naylor must now start all over again in a smaller, 12-club League 1 in 2019 which will comprise six heartland clubs in Oldham, Doncaster, Workington Town or Swinton Lions, Whitehaven, Hunslet and Keighley.

They will be joined by Newcastle Thunder, tipped to be a force next year, North Wales Crusaders, Coventry Bears, London Skolars, Hemel Stags and West Wales Raiders.

Immediately after the play-off defeat at Bradford, Scott said:

“We need to improve on all fronts so that come the end of next season we are not in this situation again.”
He has since intimated that, even in League 1, Roughyeds have to punch above their weight financially.

He told the trade paper League Express:

“I’m not complaining. I accept the reality of our situation and I am fully committed to using whatever budget we have to try and get back into the Championship.

“It’s just important that people see where we are as a club and understand that to gain promotion we have to punch well above our weight.

“I’m getting ready for my seventh season as coach (at Oldham), but I’m learning all the time and there were a lot of lessons to come out of this year.”

The RFL’s latest match review panel has concluded that the sin-bin was sufficient punishment for the three players who got yellow cards at Odsal, namely Oldham’s Lee Kershaw and Gareth Owen and Bradford’s Ross Peltier.



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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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