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Keighley and Craig Lingard part company

​Keighley Cougars have parted company with head coach Craig Lingard ahead of Oldham’s visit to Cougar Park in a Betfred League 1 game on Saturday evening, kick-off 6.30pm.

He becomes the third League 1 team boss to lose his job this season, following changes at Newcastle Thunder and Workington Town.

Many people will be shocked to see Lingard go, given that the Cougars were in turmoil early in the year when it emerged that players and staff had gone unpaid under previous owners.

Several players left the club, including Ritchie Hawkyard, Scott Law and Emmerson Whittel, who came to Oldham.

Anthony Bowman and Adam Brook have also had Keighley connections in the past, although Brook is now on-loan here from Halifax.

Bowman played a one-off game for Cougars last year after returning from a spell in Western Australia, appearing at stand-off in the side that beat Roughyeds 15-8 at Cougar Park.

It was Oldham’s seventh defeat in a row at Cougar Park — definitely not a happy hunting ground for Roughyeds.

Despite the close-season turmoil and the RFL’s deduction of 12 league points, Lingard stuck with the club and, in his third year there, has guided a new-look squad to five wins and a draw from eight league games.

In normal circumstances they would now be third in the table behind Whitehaven and London Skolars.

In charge of the side against Oldham will be assistant coach Rhys Lovegrove and head of strength and conditioning Paul Royston, assisted by Gary Moorby in his role as director of rugby.

In a statement, the club said it was time to look elsewhere in order to take the club forward.

It continued:

“The club is very grateful for Craig’s contribution, often in difficult circumstances, and he will remain a very popular figure at the club.”



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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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