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Information for fans ahead of the big game

A CLUB shop selling many different items of Oldham RLFC merchandise will be open inside the Bower Fold ground ahead of the 3pm kick-off at the Coral Challenge Cup tie versus Widnes Vikings.

The rejuvenated Championship side, which has been in blistering form since the club was taken over and came out of administration, expect to have at least as many fans at Stalybridge as they had last week at Rochdale, where the attendance was 1,732.

There will be a black-and-white army in attendance so please arrive in good time to ease congestion at the turnstiles and to give yourself, if you wish, time to browse in the Roughyeds shop (cash or cheque sales only please).

Please note also that Bower Fold is a no-smoking ground although e-cigarettes are permitted.

Roughyed Review, our match-day programme, will be on sale at £3 (24 colour pages) and packed with news, views and pictures, including plenty on the Vikings.

Chris Hamilton and Scott Naylor give the ‘inside’ view of all things Roughyeds, while there are the usual interesting and informative pieces by George Cowburn, Michel Turner and Ian Wilson plus picture specials on both the match itself and on the Community Day.

In view of the fact that our crowds so far this season have been encouraging, it will be interesting to see how this attendance compares with the 1,064 for last year’s Hull KR tie and the 2,394 for the Warrington Wolves tie in 2016, both held at Bower Fold.

This season’s crowds in league matches at the Vestacare Stadium have been as follows: 765 v Workington; 546 v Whitehaven; 709 v London Skolars.

The Skolars attendance was clearly boosted significantly by our Roary’s Pride and The Oldham Pledge initiatives, but the fact remains it was the highest figure for a Skolars game since 2010, easily beating the previous six and up by nearly 300 on the equivalent fixture last year.

Since we moved to what was then Whitebank in 2010, Skolars crowds have been as follows:

2010, 747; 2011, 566; 2012, 487; 2013, 515; 2014, 486; 2015, 423; 2018, 419; 2019, 709.

The RFL reports that last weekend was good for League 1 attendances generally with cumulative attendances for that particular round of fixtures up 25 per cent on last year’s equivalent — rising from 2,670 to 3,142 excluding fixtures involving Bradford and York.

The report from HQ goes on: “There were particularly good attendances for Keighley and Oldham, who increased their crowds by 45 per cent and 69 per cent respectively on their equivalent 2018 fixture.”

To get mentioned in RFL despatches like that can only do the club good back at HQ so our message to supporters is this: please keep up the good work by attending games, supporting our initiatives, using our lively and informative website and social media platforms and signing up for the OuRLeague app, which is free to join.

Last week’s OuRLeague Championship Review/Wrap Up had 23,900 views, the highest of the season.

Try Of The Week, which covers both Championship and League 1, had the second highest number of views (17,000) and the second highest number of votes (1,224).


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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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