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Fans forum called for Tuesday, March 5

THREE months to the day since Oldham RLFC held a public meeting and fans’ forum in the Vestacare Social Club there will be another opportunity for supporters to find out what’s going on behind the scenes at a similar open forum on Tuesday, March 5.

It will start at 7pm in the Vestacare club-house, like last time, as the Roughyeds keep a promise to meet fans on a regular basis and tell them how much progress has been made on the various initiatives that were discussed at the December meeting.

Julie Collins of Purpose Business and Marketing Ltd, a mad-keen Roughyeds fan and a member of the club’s recently-formed managerial team, will again play a lead role at the forum.

“We’ve a whole raft of things going on in the background and its important we keep our supporters, sponsors and friends of the club in the loop,”

said Julie.

About 50 fans attended the inaugural meeting but chairman Chris Hamilton and his managerial team hope March 5 will attract at least double that number.

Chris has penned a two-page article in the match-day programme for Sunday’s Betfred League 1 game against Whitehaven at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off) in which he outlines what needs to be done for the future health of the club in the sport’s changing landscape.

One of the main ways for fans to give invaluable support, with no cost to themselves, is to sign up for the OuRLeague app and go on there regularly to keep abreast of the many League 1 news items, features and other snippets.

As game of the week, it currently shows all tries from the Oldham v Workington match as well as making interesting predictions for this week’s home clash with Whitehaven.

And you can go back on there on Friday to discover whether Aaron Jones-Bishop’s second try against Town ;last Sunday was judged to be Championship and League 1 try of the week.

Come Sunday you can buy a match-day programme for £3 and read all about upcoming initiatives which include a readers’ poll for the best club logo and the launch of a junior members’ club for under-16s, Roary’s Pride.

Guest contributors Ian Wilson, Mike Turner and George Cowburn have interesting things to say and there’s a double-page, centre-spread picture of the class of 2019, the squad that will hopefully do us proud in the season that stretches ahead.

Oldham have won their last four games against Whitehaven and they are anxious to make it five, particularly after going down to Workington at home last week.

“That makes this Sunday’s game even more important than usual,”

said coach Scott Naylor.

The Cumbrians from the Recreation Ground didn’t even record a point against Roughyeds last year, losing 14-0 at home and 20-0 away.

Their last win against Scott’s men was a 14-6 Championship triumph at the Rec in April, 2016 but you go back to 2012 to find the last time they won in Oldham.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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