WE have already announced the names of the 17 lucky members of ‘Roary’s Pride’ who have been drawn out of a hat to be player escorts at the big game against Hunslet at the Vestacare Stadium on Good Friday (this Friday coming, so not long away).
All remaining ‘Pride’ members are invited to be flag bearers on the day, carrying the giant Oldham and Hunslet flags and making an appearance on the pitch before kick-off.
These are never-to-be-forgotten opportunities for young fans and we hope and trust most of them, with parents or guardians, will be with us on the big day.
FOR OBVIOUS REASONS, HOWEVER, ‘PRIDE’ LEADER DAVE MURGATROYD AND CLUB CHAIRMAN CHRIS HAMILTON NEED TO KNOW NUMBERS SO WE ARE ASKING PARENTS TO CONFIRM TO DAVE M BY WEDNESDAY AT THE LATEST — SOONER IF POSSIBLE — IF THEY WILL BE BRINGING THEIR CHILDREN TO THE GAME ON FRIDAY.
You can contact Dave by phone on 07718660505 (if he’s on voicemail leave a message with all relevant details) or to the following email addresses:
On Friday all Pride members and parents are asked to be at the ground no later than 2.30pm to assemble and to receive confirmation of what to do and where to go.
Some children will be too young to perform escort or flag duties on their own, but parental assistance will be encouraged and welcomed.
Each member present will receive his or her membership certificate and we are hoping to organise a half-time parade around the pitch.
The first Pride meeting will be held in the main room of the Vestacare Stadium social club at 9am on Saturday, May 18, the day before our home game against Coventry Bears.
Roary will be there to share the day with his pride of lion cubs, as will some of the players, to whom we will be talking about their early playing days.
Also, if plans materialise and there are no emergency calls for our local fire fighters to attend, we will have a visit from Blue Watch at the Hollins Road Fire Station just up the road.
They will bring a fire engine for us to have a look at; show us their kit and explain its component parts; and give us a short safety talk aimed at young children.
“By necessity, that has to be subject to the demands on the fire fighters on the day, but that always applies with emergency services,” said Murgy.
“More immediately, we really do need to know the names of Pride members who will be with us next Friday.”
Parents of children who have not yet joined Roary’s Pride can also contact Murgy for more information or to discover how to go through the joining process.