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Wembley trip in August

​FOLLOWING the huge success of last year’s club trip to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final — and the number of very upbeat messages we got back from fans afterwards — we are again planning a similar trip in August this year.

The major difference this year is that Wembley 2019 will be a double-header — first the Coral Challenge Cup final, starting at 3pm, followed as soon as possible afterwards by the final of the new 1895 Cup, the new knock-out competition for clubs in the Betfred Championship and Betfred League 1.

We are at home to Whitehaven in the opening round of the 1895 Cup on Sunday, May 5 so it will, in fact, be our next game at the Vestacare Stadium after the huge game with league leaders Hunslet on Good Friday (3pm), which will almost certainly coincide with Danny Langtree’s first appearance since his return home this week.

‘Langers’ was back training with us on Thursday night and he was very disappointed that we were without a game this weekend.

As things have worked out though his “welcome home” appearance will be at the Vestacare Stadium and that couldn’t have been better for the club, the team, the fans and himself.
It will be a ‘must see’ game — Oldham v Hunslet at the Vestacare Stadium next Friday at 3pm.

Our next match after that is on Saturday, April 27 against West Wales Raiders in Llanelli, followed by the 1895 Cup tie against Whitehaven at home on Sunday, May 5 when we set out on the road to Wembley and by which time we should have Danny Bridge back in the frame too.

Everyone who went on our club trip to Wembley last year agreed it was a great day out which they thoroughly enjoyed.

In the programme for the next home game against Coventry Bears, Roger Halstead wrote:

“The 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final at Wembley will go down in history for French club Catalans Dragons famous victory over Warrington Wolves and the award of the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match to Dragons’ full-back Tony Gigot, the first Frenchman to lift that iconic piece of silverware.

“For everyone associated with the Oldham club, though, it was the day Roughyeds went to Wembley with 45 supporters taking part in the pre-match parade of the stadium. led by lifelong fan John Illing, who had the honour of carrying the club’s flag.

” ‘When I was asked to do it I was a little bit embarrassed at first, but once I had got used to the idea I was as proud as punch,’ said John (51), whose brother Peter made it a great day for the Illings by winning a club raffle on the way down to London.

“Murgy gave us a song, with croaky backing from Roger H, and it was interesting to learn that roughly half of us fancied the French with the other half going for the Wolves.

“On the journey south and the return trip north we had a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and hot chocolate served up by Anne and Nigel and everyone agreed a good time was had by all.

“We’re looking forward to next year already,” was he message coming through loud and clear from the rear end of the buss.

“Anne and Co take note!”

Well, Anne and Co have taken note and we are planning to go again this year so make a note for your diary . . . Saturday, August 24, 2019.

We are currently awaiting details from the RFL and working on building in a programme for the day to accommodate both finals so more information will be forthcoming when we have it.

In the meantime watch this space — and get yourself in the mood for the big home game against the league leaders on Good Friday.


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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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