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THE shock waves from the news that Widnes Vikings have been placed into administration are still reverberating around Rugby League.

In recent months several clubs have fired financial distress signals as the sport as a whole comes to terms with the realities of balancing the books in this day and age.

Here at Oldham our chairman Chris Hamilton has 22 years of experience behind him and is one of the longest-serving club administrators in the game.

He has battled for two decades, much of that time bearing full responsibility on his own, to keep our beloved club in business so when he has something to say it’s worth listening to.

In his programme notes for the Whitehaven game tomorrow he describes the last 12 months as the worst he has ever known in terms of financial problems at clubs generally and says there is an urgent need for the game as a whole to look at issues involved.

Outlining how Oldham are tackling the situation, and revealing how plans are in place and steps are already being taken to meet modern-day challenges head-on, Chris reveals the names of those fans who form a new management board in a two-page article that gives the club’s blueprint for battling on and moving forwards.

You can read all about it in “How the chairman sees it”, published in our second issue of “Roughyed Review” this season which will be on sale at the Whitehaven game tomorrow (Sunday), priced at £3 for 24 pages of news, views and pictures from around the club.

A lot of club are no longer publishing programmes or are doing an online version, but we believe there is still a demand among many of our fans for the written version so we’ve retained ‘Roughyed Review’, and will do so for as long as we can justify it financially.

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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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