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Fan Focus — Graeme Lee

OUR latest ‘fan focus’ puts the spotlight on Anthony Bowman’s sponsor, Graeme Lee.

Graeme began to watch Oldham in 1951 when he first went to Watersheddings with his grandad.

He can remember sitting on the concrete wall in front of the terraces, but he can’t remember which game it was.

Graeme Lee

Nearly 70 years on, Graeme continues to support Oldham because he finds it an hospitable club with a nice, warm family atmosphere. He told me: “You can chat with anyone and even the players are approachable.”, writes JENNY McGRANE.

His most memorable game was the day Oldham put Super League side Hull KR out of the Challenge Cup in 2016.

“I’ll bet you could hear the cheers all the way back to Oldham,”

he said.

Graeme’s favourite player is Phil Joy, whom he has watched since he was playing at Waterhead, He graduated to Oldham reserves, in the same team as Steve Nield, Danny Langtree, Michael Ward and Kenny Hughes, and then he made a first-team spot his own in 2013.

“He’s like a stick of rock, with ‘Oldham’ written right through him.”

said Graeme.

Another player he enjoyed watching was Marcus St Hilaire — a top player, he said, and a really nice person.

He was sorry to see Danny Langtree leave the club but, like everyone else at Roughyeds, he knew it was a great opportunity for him to join a Super League club, although it was still a sad day.

“Unfortunately it didn’t work out for him but it was a great day for us when he came back.

“When he played his first game back in Oldham he got one of the biggest cheers of the season, a quiet man off the field but certainly not on the pitch,”

Thoughts on the season so far?

Said Graeme:

“We are having an up and down season but fortunately so is everyone else in our division, so our chances of automatic promotion are still good although we are half way through the season and we can’t afford to have any more bad results.

“It’s nice to see London Skolars doing well. I think it’s good for the game and it shows other non-heartland clubs that we’re not just a Northern game.

“Coventry had a good start to the season and have made some of the more established clubs take note. Finally West Wales keep bringing young talent through and they can take heart from the fact that, not all that long ago, even Oldham went a whole season without a single win.Thankfully it hasn’t happened since.’



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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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