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Leeds fan at the Vestacare in round-the-grounds trip

JAMES Taylor has clocked up many thousands of miles on his rugby league journey . . . and he’s not finished yet.

A Leeds Rhinos fan, 38-year-old James set out many years ago on an adventure to visit every ground in the UK where pro rugby league is played.

Last weekend he stopped off at ground No 46 — the Vestacare Stadium in Oldham where he watched Roughyeds cruise into the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup with an 80-10 win against the amateurs of Haydock.

He wore a coat to combat the cold, windy weather which spoiled his usual plan to proudly display his Rhinos shirt “to get people talking”.

“I was at the Vestacare on a double mission —- to visit the ground for the first time but also because I’m planning to watch a game in every round of the Challenge Cup this year,”

said James, who is a match-day volunteer at Headingley, working on the door of the ticket office.

Full time, he works in catering at a school in Bradford.

“It pays for my rugby league habit and that’s the main thing,”

added James, who was introduced to the South Stand experience at Headingley by a friend when they were both in High School.

“I was immediately hooked — and I’ve been hooked ever since,”

added this rugby league nut, who is often accompanied by his partner Laura on his trips around the country.

Apart from Catalans, he’s been to every Super League ground as well as to some of the ‘old’ grounds like Wilderspool, Knowsley Road and The Willows.

He’s also ticked off Wembley — old and new — and Murrayfield, but he’s still lots of other grounds to visit and when he’s completed his UK tour he will target Toulouse, Catalans and Toronto.

“That’s a lot more ambitious but I’m sure I’ll get to them one day, especially Catalans when Leeds go there. I was planning to do it last year but circumstances stopped me.”

And what of his Vestacare experience ?

He said:

“It was a nice little ground; compact, and you are very close to the action, which is good.

“The people there were very friendly and I enjoyed the game. Weather conditions made it difficult but both teams did well to put on a good game and Oldham scored some brilliant tries.”



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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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