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AS Scott Naylor has said so often, Oldham’s Roughyeds Supporters Association (ORSA) plays a key role in its hands-on backing of the squad and coaching staff.

Depending on available funds, ORSA contributes regularly to the cost of dressing-room requirements as well as offering season-long sponsorship of a player.

Its latest contribution was to sponsor the Supporters’ Player of the Year at the recent Awards Night.

To help as it does, ORSA has to fund-raise and one of its regular events is its monthly Quiz Night, the latest of which will take place tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 29) at the Vestacare Stadium.

Billed as a night of family fun with a Christmas theme, it starts at 8pm and admission to the quiz costs a nominal £1.

There are prizes, raffles and an available jackpot worth £200.

For the cost of a few quid you can enjoy a convivial evening with fellow fans and directly help ORSA and the parent club at the same time.

Season Tickets

A REMINDER that you can buy season tickets at discounted prizes up to December 14. They are ideal Christmas presents for Roughyeds fans.

You can buy online; by post; or ‘over the counter’ at the club office, which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday (cash or cheque), 10am to 3pm.

By post, send a cheque made out to ORLFC, to: Oldham RLFC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Limehurst Village, Oldham OL8 3JH (tel: 07904 898177).

Everybody who buys a season ticket will receive a newly-designed club scarf, worth £10, as part of the transaction.

Prices are as follows:

  • Standing: adults £126; concessions £108; under-16s £15.
  • Sitting: adults £144; concessions £126; under-16s £40.

Back the boys” and buy a season ticket to get vital funds into the club during a period when we are signing up players and getting ready for 2019 with little money coming in.

WE have been asked to spread news of Lester Chattein, who was a well-known administrator on the rugby league scene in Oldham up to a few years ago.

Now living near Derby, he has broken a hip in a fall and has been diagnosed terminally ill with cancer.

He would love to hear from some of his old mates in Oldham.

To find out more, or to get contact details, ring Nicola Tickle on 07769294103 or write to her at 4, Rivington St, Oldham OL1 3EW.

We have passed on these details to Phil Bradbury of the Oldham Amateur League — an organisation which, in 2011, presented Lester with a long-service award.
Lester also served on the BARLA board as a rep for the North-West Counties junior league.

IT’S been a hectic few days in the media department with the start of pre-season training; the announcement of the 2019 fixtures; the signing of Emmerson Whittel ; and news of next Tuesday night’s open forum for fans at the Vestacare Stadium.

We have a great start to the new campaign with home games against Workington Town and Whitehaven on the first two Sundays.

The new 1895 Cup, which gives clubs outside Super League a realistic chance of going all the way to Wembley, will provide additional anticipation ahead of the big kick-off in February.

But the big news this week concerned the forthcoming public forum. We hope to get a good turn-out on the night.

It will be interesting to hear what’s said.

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Club Cash

AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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