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The Law man comes to town

​OLDHAM’S search for more front-row strength and experience has produced the seventh new signing of the close season in ‘The Judge’ from Cougar Park, Scott Law.

They don’t come much more experienced than 33-year-old Law, who has played more than 200 games for Keighley in his nine years there and previously played for Halifax.

It was while he was at Halifax as a young prop that he had a brief spell at Rochdale on loan.

He then went back to the amateur game for a season with top NCL side Siddall before embarking on his near decade-long association with the Cougars — a partnership that has ended as a direct result of the strive that currently engulfs the Keighley club.

Only last season he was named the Cougars’ Player of the Year.

He follows another experienced campaigner, Richie Hawkyard, from Cougar Park to the Vestacare Stadium as Roughyeds continue to build a squad, designed on the right mix of youth and know-how, which will hopefully be pushing for promotion to the Championship.

Law comes with the strong endorsement of Hawkyard, with whom he cleaned up the trophies at the Cougars’ recent Awards Night.

While ‘the Judge’ won Player of the Year, ‘Titch’ Hawkyard walked off with Man of Steel, players’ player and supporters’ top player.

Said Law:

“I think ‘Titch’ must have had something to do with it.

“Chris (Hamilton) phoned me, said Oldham were looking for a prop and then sold the club to me really well. I was waiting to see if things would get any better at Keighley, but when they didn’t I decided, like ‘Titch’, that it was time to go.

“Having been at Keighley for so many years, it will be a bit daunting at first to go to a new club, but it’s a massive new challenge and I’m up for it big style.
“I’m really looking forward to getting over there and getting cracking.”

Law, who has signed a one-year deal, lives in Halifax, as do Zack McComb, Jamie Greenwood and Anthony Bowman.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“We’ve lost a few forwards, among them Adam Neal, Danny Langtree, Craig Briscoe, Adam Jones, so it was important we brought in replacements.

“Ben Calland was the first and now comes Scott Law, who is a prop of vast experience, having been at Keighley for nearly ten years.

“He’ll bring a lot to us in the way of experience in the front-row, both on the field and in showing the younger lads a thing or two.

“I’m sure he’ll fit in really well. We needed another prop and he’ll bring a lot to the squad.”

Roughyeds currently have 20 players on contract.

Backs: Dave Hewitt, Danny Grimshaw, Paul Crook, Richie Hawkyard, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Anthony Bowman, Jack Holmes, Zack McComb, Kyran Johnson.
Forwards: Luke Nelmes, Jack Spencer, Liam Bent, Ben Calland, Matty Wilkinson, Ben Davies, Gareth Owen, Phil Joy, Jamie Greenwood, Danny Bridge, Scott Law.

As befits our geographical situation close to the Lancashire-Yorkshire border the squad comprises of 11 Lancastrians and nine Yorkshiremen.

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ON a day when ORSA have announced that their next Quiz Night on Thursday, November 29 will have a Christmas theme it is relevant to say that season tickets will make excellent Christmas presents for Roughyeds supporters.



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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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