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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