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ROARY the lion, a great ambassador for Oldham Rugby League Club, dropped in on Waterhead ARLFC’s three-to-six-year-olds to give the tiny tots a big surprise — and a roar or two !

The boys and girls loved him,” said coach Matthew Taylor, who took on the role last June with five children and now boasts more than 30 on his roster.

He is assisted by his son Coen, who plays for the under-11s, and Joshua Eckersley, who’s in the under-13s.

Every player had a picture taken with Roary, who also did some dancing with the children and threw a ball around with them.

Added Matthew:

“Our numbers are growing so rapidly that we’ll soon have to split into two sessions a week, taking the younger ones and the older ones separately.

“As soon as we get a kit sorted out for them we’d love to take the children down to the Vestacare Stadium on a game day, meet up with Roary again and perhaps have the boys and girls walking out with the Roughyeds team.

“That would be fantastic for them.”

With the backing of Oldham RL Club and his sponsor, Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre, Roary will be happy to accept any invitation so long as his busy diary permits.

As the Roughyeds’ very own Lion King, the man in the costume is 22-year-old Nathan Murgatroyd, who has been the club’s mascot since he was 15.

He expects to be lead lion in the proposed formation of a new junior Roughyeds supporters’ club to be known as Roary’s Pride.

“I’ll support any cause, charity or fund-raiser. I just want to do my bit for Oldham RLFC, the borough and the community,”

said Nathan.

His next assignment is a double act with Oldham Athletic’s Chaddy the Owl at the Fierce Dance Oldham Christmas Show and Awards Night at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday, December 21.

Five men from Andy’s Man Club Oldham and five from Keira’s Wishes (Dr Kershaw’s) will compete in a street-dance contest called ‘Man Don’t Dance’ to raise funds jointly for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and for Andy’s Man Club Oldham.

Three of the five dancing for Keira’s Wishes — Dave Thomas, Mark Smith and David Murgatroyd — are die-hard Roughyeds fans. The others are Jeff Elliott and Derek Harvey.

The five dancing for Andy’s Man Club are Paul Schofield, Steven Millard, Danny Potaman, Rick Bibey and Darren Stone.

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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