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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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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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