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A third generation Maders signs for Oldham

YOUNG Harry Maders has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and his father by putting pen to paper on an Oldham RLFC contract.

The 19-year-old utility back, from Moorside, has signed his first professional contract in a deal that covers the whole of the 2019 Betfred League 1 season and runs through to November 30.

It’s a dream come true not only for the teenager, but for his dad Martin and his grandad Dennis, who were both proud to sign for their home-town club, Dennis back in 1965 and Martin on December 29, 1997 when the then fledgling Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd paid Huddersfield an undisclosed fee for his services.

Three days later Martin was in the re-formed Oldham club’s side that played its very first game at Rochdale and won the Law Cup with a convincing 36-16 win in front of more than 3,000 fans, most of them from Oldham.

Roughyeds lined up like this:

Mead; Eckersley, Wilde, Cooper, McNicholas; Barker, Flanagan; Guest, Hough, MADERS, Quinlan, Prescott, Jackman. Subs: Robinson, Round, Leuila, Diggle, Sinfield.

Ten of the 18 were Oldhamers and their pride and passion glowed like beacons on a night charged with emotion.

Martin went on to play 18 games for Roughyeds, exactly the same number of first-team games that his dad Dennis played for Oldham between 1965 and 1970.

A back-row forward, Dennis spent most of his Watersheddings days in the ‘A’ team, but a highlight of his career was an appearance in the 1968 Lancashire Cup final against St Helens at Central Park.

More than 50 years on teenager Harry works for his grandad Dennis in the family electrical business — and Dennis is still supporting his home-town club via membership of its Club Cash lottery.

Said Harry:

“I’m proud to sign for Oldham and I know my dad and grandad are too. I’ll be giving it my best shot, that’s for sure.”

He becomes the youngest member of Oldham’s 24-man squad and its fourth Oldhamer alongside club captain Gareth Owen, Phil Joy and Danny Bridge.

He played at Waterhead from the age of seven and then, aged 15, went to Salford Red Devils on scholarship. He playedn in the under-16s and then the under-19s before heading off to Huddersfield where he had a year in the under-19s.

He trained with Oldham throughout their pre-season work for 2018 and then went back to Waterhead.

He again impressed Scott Naylor and his backroom team during this year’s pre-season work and was rewarded with the contract after playing well as a trialist in warm-up games against Championship opposition.

Said Naylor:

“We were more than happy to look at Harry again 12 months down the line. He was very professional in everything he did, attending and working hard in 99 per cent of our sessions, spanning nearly three months.

“We signed him initially on trialist forms so he could play in our pre-season games and he didn’t look at all out of place against Championship sides.

“He has built himself up and improved massively since last year. I know he will continue to work hard and get better and better as the season goes on.”

This story illustrates perfectly that persistence, determination and consistency of purpose can and does pay off.

It also underlines that there is a future at Oldham RLFC for local lads who have passed through the systems at Super League clubs but then find themselves back at their amateur clubs but still with loads to offer the game.


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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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