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Ritchie goes pink if he can raise £250

​POPULAR Ritchie Hawkyard, the Oldham and former Keighley Cougars full-back, is keen to help his previous club to raise money to fight cancer.

Roughyeds go to Cougar Park on Saturday evening (6.30pm kick-off) in a crucial Betfred League One game for both clubs.

Keighley have made it a cancer awareness game and Ritchie has said he will dye his hair pink for the game so long as Oldham fans will chip in to raise a modest £250 in total for the Cougars’ anti-cancer fund.

Said Ritchie:

“Every little helps and it’s all going to a great cause.”

You can find out how to contribute by going to the Titch Goes Pink JustGiving page and seeing what he has to say.

Cougars chairman Mick O’Neill, meanwhile, has told the Bradford Telegraph and Argus why he took the shock decision to sack coach Craig Lingard even though he has guided the side to five wins and a draw out of eight league games.

He said Cougars had to go flat out to win promotion as quickly as possible before the predicted restructuring by the RFL.

He said the club needed fresh management talent to take it forward.

He added:

“The decision has upset a number of our fans and I’d like to place on record that Craig Lingard is a fine man with a professional spirit.

“He stood by the club in some of the darkest times in it history and everyone connected with Keighley Cougars respects and appreciates that commitment. That’s why, when we took over in January, we agreed to continue his contract without hesitation.

“In the last few months we’ve had time to look at what works and what doesn’t and everyone has worked tirelessly on and off the field to get the club out of this horrible division.”

Three players who left Keighley at the height of the club’s financial turmoil early in the year — Hawkyard, prop Scott Law and utility forward Emmerson Whittel —- will be expected to be in the Oldham line-up on Saturday.

Oldham have been beaten in each of their last seven games at Cougar Park.



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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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