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Admission prices slashed for Thunder’s visit

APART from Paul Crook (broken toe), Oldham RL Club expect to choose from a full-strength squad for Sunday’s pre-season clash with fellow League 1 promotion aspirants Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm).

Several players picked up knocks at Swinton Lions and final decisions will be made later in the week, but the club’s medical staff have told coach Scott Naylor he has reason to be optimistic, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

“I’ll know more on Thursday night,” said Naylor, who will be looking to give a home debut to new boy Adam Brook, a half-back who has arrived at the Vestacare on a season-long loan from Halifax.

He got half a game at Swinton, but most Roughyeds fans will get their first glimpse of the former Bradford Bulls academy and Keighley Cougars half-back against a strong Thunder side that has set out its stall to win promotion this year.

They have spent considerable money to sign top-quality men like Liam Finn from Wakefield Trinity, Misi Taulupapa and Keal Carlile from Featherstone and Jy-Mel Coleman from London Skolars.

Kieran Gill (22), a centre who needs no introduction to Roughyeds fans, having had two loan spells here, has gone to the north-east on long-term loan from Castleford Tigers.

Powerful winger Mo Agoro is another ex-Oldham man, while French international half-back Remi Marginet (29) is expected to be a key man in Thunder’s promotion bid.

All eyes though will be on Samoan international centre Taulupapa, who has played in the NRL with New Zealand Warriors and Cronulla Sharks and has accepted the captaincy of the ambitious Tyneside outfit.

Said coach Jason Payne: “We have a lot of natural leaders in the team and Misi will have some great characters backing him all the way.”

Oldham expect Thunder to pose a threat that will be every bit as tough as those presented by Championship sides Barrow Raiders, Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions.

Said Naylor:

“They look seriously strong . They’ve spent big and it will be interesting to see how we go.”

Oldham have slashed admission prices, charging £10 adults, £8 concessions and FREE for under-16s with a paying adult. The usual £2 transfer to seats will apply.


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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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