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Proud to be escorts on Good Friday

THE countdown has started for the big game on Good Friday when the Vestacare Stadium should be rocking for the visit of Betfred League 1 leaders Hunslet and the “welcome home” party for Oldham’s Danny Langtree.

Fans have already expressed their surprise and elation at the return of ‘Langers’, going on forums and social media to praise the club for fighting off fierce competition to bring the free-scoring second-row man back home on contract to November, 2020.

It’s a statement of intent by club chairman Chris Hamilton, who has been publicly praised by coach Scott Naylor for funding the return of the club’s prodigal son, a fans’ favourite for several years before his move to Super League side Hull FC at the end of last season.

Oldham’s players will each have a young fan as an escort as they leave the tunnel.

The lucky 17 are all members of the club’s new Roary’s Pride members club for young supporters.

From a current membership of more than 50, the 17 names required were pulled out of a hat by ORSA chairman John McAndrew, the Roughyeds’ Club Cash lottery administrator and a member of the nine-strong management team, headed by the chairman.

They are: Harley James Cook, James Ackroyd, Owen Gilder Jones, Thomas Claber, Abbie Dronsfield, Ollie Dronsfield, Travis Snape, Millie Cooper-Wilson, Evie Wood, Edward McGrane, Madelaine Kouacevic, Alfie Riley, Callum Brown, Arthur Collier, Dominic Williamson-Nuttall, Emel Erdemir, Jessica Lucy Davies.

If any are too young to do it on their own they can be accompanied by an adult.

The rest of the ‘Pride’ junior members will be flag bearers for both Oldham and Hunslet, making it a big day for club mascot Roary and his pride of young lion cubs. As with the escorts, children needing parental assistance can have it.

‘Pride’ youngsters, accompanied by parents or guardians, need to be at the ground no later than 2.30pm, escorts assembling at the tunnel and others going to the bottom of the ground ready for their duties with the two giant flags.

There is also a possibility that Roary and all members of his pride will do a lap of honour at half-time with their membership certificates which they will have received on arrival at the stadium.

“It will be a big day for Roary and his pride,”

said Julie Collins, another member of the management team who has been talking with sponsors Rugby Oldham about the possibility of some sort of joint membership scheme involving Pride members or their relevant adults.

To supervise the joining of Pride on behalf of your young ones speak to a club official, acquire a membership form from the Roughyeds office, or ring the leader, David ‘Murgy’ Murgatroyd on 07718660505.

The membership fee is £10 which includes Roary-branded merchandise including string-pull bag, baseball cap, water bottle, pencil etc plus a signed photograph of Roary, who will help to run the club with Murgy and 19-year-old Sophie Nixon.



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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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