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Oldham looking forward to tough challenge

​ROUGHYEDS have deliberately organised a tough programme of pre-season games in which the first three of four are against Championship opposition.

To play Barrow Raiders (away), derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at home in what should be a compelling Law Cup clash and then Swinton Lions away on successive Sundays is a schedule that would severely test any side in League One.

As if that wasn’t enough, rejuvenated Newcastle Thunder come to the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, February 3 in the fourth and final warm-up encounter — another hit-out that will hopefully attract a sizeable crowd at a time when every head counts.

To make matters even tougher Barrow have just announced the signing of former Salford Red Devils forward Jordan Walne.

And Rochdale have snapped up goalkicking half-back, full-back or hooker Dan Abram (23), who was at Whitehaven last year.

The son of ex-Rochdale and Oldham centre Darren Abram, Dan rejoins his former Haven boss Carl Forster, who is now in charge at Hornets in a player-coach capacity.

Former player Lee Durrant has also returned to the club in the joint roles of team manager and welfare officer.

Scott Naylor is looking to add to his 22-man Oldham squad, which will be denied the services of Danny Bridge until the end of April because of suspension.

It all kicks off for Roughyeds at Barrow next Sunday (January 13) when there could be as many as seven new faces in the squad to travel — Richie Hawkyard, Scott Law, Emerson Whittel, Anthony Bowman, Jamie Greenwood, Ben Calland and Aaron Jones-Bishop.

“We’ve given ourselves a tough pre-season schedule on purpose because we need to get used to that sort of opposition ahead of our first two league games against Workington and Whitehaven,”

said Scott, whose Roughyeds have been tipped by Garry Schofield to finish top and win automatic promotion to the Championship.

Season Tickets

Season tickets at discounted prices are on sale until the end of this week (Friday, Jan 11), either online or at the office inside the Vestacare Stadium (cash or cheque), which will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 3pm.

The hope that as many fans as possible will give the club a lift by paying for the season up front cannot be stressed too much.



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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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