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Wembley beckons in new 1895 Cup

EIGHT Betfred League 1 clubs, including Oldham, will compete in the new 1895 Cup which will provide clubs outside Super League with a realistic and mouth-watering chance of playing at Wembley on Challenge Cup Final day.

Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor told fans at last Tuesday’s public forum that he was excited by the new knock-out competition even though some midweek games would put extra pressure on part-time players and their clubs.

Answering a question from lifelong fan Peter Hilton, he said Roughyeds would be going all out to take the club to Wembley for the first time — a tantalising prize that was no longer a realistic target in the Challenge Cup.

“We need a good run in the Challenge Cup for financial reasons,” said Scott. “The 1895 Cup will be different. Every club in it will be aiming to go all the way.”

Since then the RFL has confirmed that the eight League 1 clubs competing in the first round over the weekend of May 4 and 5 will be Doncaster, Hunslet, Keighley Cougars, Newcastle Thunder, OLDHAM, West Wales Raiders, Whitehaven and Workington Town.

The draw will produce four first-round ties, the winners of which will progress to round two where they will go into the hat with 12 Championship clubs, namely Barrow Raiders, Batley Bulldogs, Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Rams, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, Leigh Centurions, Rochdale Hornets, Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights.

Eight winners will then progress to the quarter-finals and so on, culminating on Saturday, August 24 with the final at Wembley, played AFTER the Challenge Cup final.
The RFL will work to attract a broadcast partner to broadcast a minimum of one tie each round as well as both semi-finals and the final.

Should the broadcast partnership allow it, the RFL will broadcast live a minimum of one game from each round on the OurLeague platform plus both semi-finals and final.
If permitted, the RFL will also work with competing clubs to explore other broadcast opportunities.

There will be no prize money in the first year but gate receipts up to and including the semi-finals (but NOT in the final) will be shared in accordance with Challenge Cup rules.

DIARY DATES:

Round one, Saturday, Sunday, May 4 and 5; round two, Wednesday, June 5, though clubs may mutually agree to play over the weekend of June 1 and 2; quarter-finals, Wednesday, June 26; semi-finals, Sunday, July 28; final, Saturday, August 24 (Wembley).

SEASON TICKETS

Monday sees the start of the last week for the purchase of 2019 season tickets. You can buy online via the Roughyeds online store; by post to Oldham RLFC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Limehurst Village, Oldham OL8 3JH (cheques made payable to ORLFC); or in person at the club office inside the ground, cash or cheque only.

If you are buying at the office please note that it will be open from 10am to 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.



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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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