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Vestacare venue for Law Cup clash

​OLDHAM’S defence of the Law Cup against derby rivals Rochdale Hornets will take place at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, January 20 with a 3pm kick-off.

It will be the first Law Cup showdown in the Roughyeds den since 2011 when a side coached by Kiwi Tony Benson won 34-28, although as recently as 2017 Hornets triumphed at Stalybridge 24-12 to regain the trophy for the first time since they surrendered their hold on it in 2011.

Oldham got it back in January, 2018 with a 28-24 win in a thriller at the Crown Oil Arena.

The stage is now set for another derby cracker in the 16th instalment of the Law Cup story since the reformation of the Oldham club in 1997.

Twelve of those previous 15 games have been at Rochdale with only three played on the Oldham side of Summit Hill.

Since then, honours have been equally shared with Oldham edging it by eight wins to seven.

The latest showdown will be the second of three pre-season warm-up games for Scott Naylor’s men — at Barrow on January 13, at home to Rochdale on January 20 and then Swinton Lions away on January 27.

Said Roughyeds boss Naylor:

“This is a game with our close rivals that doesn’t need bigging up.

“Like all derbies, it’s a massive game for both clubs and both sets of fans and it’s nice that Rochdale are coming to us for a change.

“Their new coach, Carl Forster, is clearly more comfortable at the thought of coming to Oldham for a pre-season game than were some of his predecessors.

“Rochdale are a Championship team. They did well to survive in that division last year and they’ll come to the Vestacare with just as much determination as we’ll have.

“I can’t stress too much the importance of this game for both clubs as we embark on a brand-new season.”

Usual admission prices will apply, namely £14 (adults), £12 (concessions) and £2 (under-16s) to stand and £16 (adults), £14 (concessions) and £5 (under-16s) to sit.

Both teams will feature a significant number of new faces, including Paddy Flynn, Scott Moore and Ellis Gillam for Hornets and Richie Hawkyard, Ben Calland, Jamie Greenwood, Anthony Bowman, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Emmerson Whittel and Scott Law for Roughyeds.

The vital need for fans to purchase season tickets to keep the wolf from the door in the close season was again emphasised at Tuesday’s fans’ forum.

Naylor touched on it when pointing out that squad building was governed by a strict budget and club representatives went further than that in saying that not enough income was currently flowing into the club ― a situation that would need to improve if the club was to move forward.

A match missed for holidays might well cancel out the cash benefits of buying a season ticket but club reps argue it’s a small price to pay for ensuring the club’s survival.
Back the boys; get your season ticket; and be part of your club’s big push to turn things round on the financial front.

The office is open tomorrow (Fri) from 10am to 3pm for season ticket sales, but you can also buy online via the club website or by post to Oldham RLFC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham, OL8 3JH, tel: 07904 898177.



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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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