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.