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Lions den beckons in another January run-out

​AHEAD of tonight’s (Tuesday, December 4) public forum at the Vestacare Stadium, Oldham have announced a second pre-season warm-up at Swinton Lions on Sunday, January 27 (3pm kick-off).

Roughyeds go to Barrow on Sunday, January 13 before taking on the Lions at Heywood Road a fortnight later in the first clash of these derby rivals since a Championship Shield game on September 10, 2017 which Swinton won 29-6 to stay in the second-tier and send Roughyeds down.

That game was also played at Heywood Road in Sale where Scott Naylor’s new-look squad will be keen to put on a performance that erases thr bad memories of Oldham’s last visit.
The Lions finished bottom of the Championship in 2018, but kept their place thanks to a restructuring of the divisions and a home win against Workington Town of Betfred League 1 in an inter-divisional play-off to determine whether the Lions dropped down or the Cumbrians moved up.

“All the Swinton boys, and especially coach Stuart Littler, deserve a lot of credit for managing to stay up,” said Naylor.

“Having already been to Barrow, we’ll be glad to be closer to home in this one, but the Lions will be ready for us, you can be sure of that.

“We’ll be going over there to play some good rugby and hopefully to get out of it what we want to get out of it.

“That’s what these pre-season games are all about and this one will be no different.

“It’s an important game because you would say Swinton are our second closest rivals after Rochdale.”

It will be a memorable occasion for new Oldham signing Richie Hawkyard, who had eight seasons in the Lions den before leaving for Keighley and ultimately arriving at the Vestacare Stadium early this close season.

Admission prices will be £14 adults, £10 concessions and £3 under-16s.

Swinton chairman Andy Mazey’s first game as new Lions chief was the one that kept his side in the Championship at Oldham’s expense.

“It was a good start for me and I remember it well,” he said.

“We just managed to stay in the Championship last season, but next year we’ll be hoping to do it without the help of restructuring.

“This Oldham game came about because I hadn’t seen Chris Hamilton (Oldham chairman) for a while because of his heart surgery, so we met up for a coffee to talk about our clubs and this intriguing fixture came up as a result of our chat.

“Oldham are looking strong after all the signings they’ve made and we’ve done some good business as well to land Gavin Bennion from Salford, Rob Fairclough from St Helens and two from Rochdale, Billy Brickhill and Lewis Hatton.”

Meeting Tonight

Tonight’s open meeting of fans at the Vestacare Stadium starts at 7pm.

It will be headed by Julie Collins, an Oldham fan who has her own marketing company and is eager to lead Roughyeds down a similar route to that taken so superbly by York City Knights in the past 18 months.

It’s an event not to be missed by Roughyeds fans who have the club at heart and wish to see it progress in these difficult times for so many clubs at this level.



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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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