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Shop stock offered at discounted prices

AS another thank-you, and show of appreciation, to fans for their ever-growing support this season, the club is again offering merchandise and shop stock at discounted prices for a limited period.

“We want to see as many fans as possible in club branded clothing and proud to show their allegiance to the Roughyeds,”

said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

From midnight tonight (Tuesday) fans will be able to buy online at the pre-order rates that were applicable earlier this year.

Those who prefer to buy over the counter can do so at the club’s office inside the Vestacare Stadium between 10am and 3pm (cash or cheque only) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you wish to make contact first either ring the club between those times and on those days on 07904 898177 or email: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

On offer at bargain prices will be:

Home and away replicas, (adults down from £45 to £36; children’s (up to and including extra large boys, down from £38 to £30).

Hoodies, (adults down from £45 to £36; children’s down from £35 to £30).

Polos, (adult sizes only, down from £30 to £24).


Please note that due to a large take-up since we announced the latest merchandise bargains we are currently sold out of extra-large polo shirts and medium-sized home AND away replicas.

Our next two Betfred League 1 games are hugely important against sides fancied to be in the promotion mix at the end of the season — Newcastle Thunder away this Sunday,April 7 and current unbeaten leaders Hunslet at home on Good Friday, April 19 — and it would be brilliant on that occasion to see lots of fans at the Vestacare wearing their club colours.

The Bower Fold crowd of 1,247 for the Widnes Vikings cup-tie was perhaps not as many as some people would have anticipated but of the nine fourth-round ties at which attendances were announced — three weren’t — it ranked second.

There were 600 more at the Keighley-Bradford derby clash, but there were more people at Stalybridge than at Barrow Raiders, Batley Bulldogs, Dewsbury Rams, Hunslet, Sheffield Eagles, Thatto Heath and Whitehaven.

There was a large contingent from Widnes, of course,but a big thank-you to all our fans who have shown their loyalty to the club this year.

We’ll look forward to seeing some of you at Kingston Park but hopefully a lot more of you at the Vestacare Stadium on Good Friday when we go head to head with Hunslet, the early-season surprise packets of Betfred League 1.


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Club Cash

AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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