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Across the generations . . .

THIS picture, taken at the Skolars game last week, is a classic example of how support of the Roughyeds can be enjoyment for life.

Clarice Stevens, our longest-serving fan, celebrated her 90th birthday a few weeks ago and she’s been watching her home-town team regularly since she was 17 and she was first taken to Watersheddings.

Remarkarkbly, she still travels to home games from her home in Timperley, Cheshire, using public transport.

In her lap is our youngest supporter, baby Edward, who was at the match in his specially-designed Roughyeds baby-suite. It was his second visit to a game at the Vestacare Stadium and he was still only 20 days old !

Mum Jenny McGrane (nee Travis) has also been a fan for many years, as have her parents Mike and Viv.

“It’s in the blood,” said Jenny. “I was determined to get little Andrew to a match as soon as we could and I first brought him to the Haydock cup-tie when he was six days old.

“If he shows a fraction of the loyalty to Roughyeds that Clarice has done he’ll do well.”

As one of the first to sign up for Roary’s Pride, our new members’ club for under-16s, he’s certainly started out right. More than 50 young supporters joined on launch day and you can join any time by getting a form from the club (tel: 07904 898177) and returning it with the £10 annual membership fee.

Our mascot Roary, head of his Pride of members, is sponsored by Spindles Town Square Shopping Centre, while the Roary’s Pride club is sponsored by the Rugby Oldham Supporters’ Trust.



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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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