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It’s here at last — and all set to go

AFTER a long and tough training schedule stretching back to mid-November, Roughyeds have their first pre-season hit-out at Barrow on Sunday (3pm) and according to head coach Scott Naylor the lads are chomping at the bit.

Of the new signings, Emerson Whittel is unavailable because of a long-standing arrangement that was in place before he signed for the club.

However, his fellow new boys Richie Hawkyard, Ben Calland, Scott Law, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jamie Greenwod and Anthony Bowman are all expected to put on Oldham jerseys for the first time.

Said Scott:

“Both physically and mentally, it’s always tough up there, but the lads have worked extremely hard in getting to this stage and now they can’t wait to get out on the field.”

It’s all pay on the gate, £10 for adults, £7 concessions and £3 for under-16s but they go FREE if accompanied by a paying adult.

Roughyeds will be travelling north without Whittel, the suspended Danny Bridge and the injured Paul Crook, Ben Davies and Danny Grimshaw, but the rest of the squad will be given a good run-out ahead of next week’s Law Cup clash with Rochdale Hornets at the Vestacare Stadium.

Added Scott:

“We know what to expect, having been to Barrow for our first run-out for the last three or four years.

“It’s never been anything but exceptionally tough both physically and mentally and this one is going to be no different. That’s the main reason I like going up there. It’s what you want when you’re getting ready for a new season.

“Most of Barrow’s win in the Championship last season were at home and they claimed some notable scalps from the upper end of the division.

“They see Craven Park as a fortress so we’ve got a tough job on but the lads are all looking forward to it and are ready to go.

“It’s a pity not all of the boys will be with us, but those who are playing can’t wait to get back into action again after all the hard work they’ve put in since we returned to training.”

Barrow will also include a few new faces, but it isn’t yet known whether they will blood their trio of new PNG players, who were due to arrive this week.

Coach Paul Crarey has told the North-West Evening Mail, the local paper in Barrow, that his players are so keen to get started that he compares it with the ‘caged tiger syndrome’.

He added:

“We’re ready to face a tough Oldham outfit. They have a massive pack that will test our middle.

“Scott Naylor’s sides are always mentally prepared, tough and hard to beat.”

Season Tickets

A reminder to Roughyeds fans that today (Friday) is the last chance to get discounted season tickets for the 2019 campaign.

The office inside the Vestacare Stadium will be open between 10am and 3pm (cash or cheque only), but you can buy online via the Roughyeds Store until midnight, paying by debit or credit card.



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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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