Former Oldham players from the southern hemisphere are the latest to respond positively to our request for as many people as possible to sign up for the OuRLeague app.
It’s FREE to register but anyone who does and gives OLDHAM as the team they support — that’s the important bit — is helping the club in terms of numbers, which are collected and collated by the Rugby Football League.
In a major change of operation, central funding to clubs is now dependant on clubs ticking a number of boxes, one of which is the amount of a club’s website and social media activity, including registrations with OuRLeague.
Since last September, our memberships of this dedicated rugby league app have risen dramatically from 748 to 1,214.
Our 748 figure in September placed us in 11th place out of the 26 Championship and League 1 clubs.
Current standings are not yet available, but we are clearly doing well, although we need to keep up the tempo.
On the back of that John Davies, a member of our new management team, sent out a letter for overseas supporters and ex-players alike.
Craig Halstead, who has written two books on the club, is in direct touch with many of our former players who are now back in their native Australia or New Zealand.
He sent John’s letter out to them directly and several of them have replied to say they have now signed up for OuRLeague or they will be doing when thy get a minute.
They include Bruce ‘Bruiser’ Clark, John Cogger, Dane Morgan, Bryan Henare and our very own John Hough, the first player to sign for Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd, who now lives in Perth, Western Australia.
The Houghs will be back in England at Easter and John intends to be at the home game against Hunslet on Good Friday.
From nearer home, Craig has also had positive replies from Damian Munro, Paul Norton and two friends who support Hull KR but who will register Oldham as their “second team”.
“Figures from the RFL show we are doing well and that’s hugely encouraging. Thanks to everyone concerned,”
said club chairman Chris Hamilton.
The club asks all supporters to register with OuRLeague and to please urge friends, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues etc to do the same.
“Please don’t leave it to others. We are grateful for your support at matches and in buying season tickets etc but we need you to support this and other initiatives we have going as well.”
OurLeague, Your Club, Our Town
Oldham RLFC and the borough’s community clubs have produced a lot of world-class players over the years and local people have passionately supported our teams in red and white hoops, previously at Watersheddings and now at the Vestacare Stadium.
Players and supporters move on, however, and with this in mind we are asking for supporters and ex-players who have moved away and are maybe living overseas to sign up to the Rugby League’s OurLeague App and follow OLDHAM RLFC.
This simple act can assist our club to move forward and help to secure our future.
We are asking supporters and players past and present to download the OurLeague App and register Oldham as their favourite team.
This will allow you to keep up to date with all your rugby leagues news, video highlights, and live streaming of games directly on to your phone from anywhere on the planet.
Put simply, we need your help and continued support. No matter where you live, no matter which country you live in, you can continue to support YOUR club.
Oldham RLFC management team
Supporters can register for #OurLeague by clicking this link.