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Mayor’s Consort is no stranger to rugby league

​JUST a reminder to ‘Roary’s Pride’ members and parents that the new junior supporters’ club is having its second meeting in the Vestacare Stadium social club this coming Saturday, June 22, starting at 9am.

Guests of honour will be The Worshipful The Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander and Adrian Alexander, her husband.

David Murgatroyd, leader and organiser of ‘Roary’s Pride’, said:

“We will be honoured and privileged to have the Mayor and her Consort with us on June 22.”

Adrian Alexander, the Mayor’s husband and Consort, is best known locally as a former Oldham councillor and as a prominent member of the local Labour Party.

It wasn’t always so. Between 1979 and 1983 he was an Oldham RLFC forward of some repute, playing 80 games for the Roughyeds after making a big name for himself in rugby union.

This former Thames Valley Grammar School boy was captain of Harlequins with England under-23s and Barbarians honours already on his CV when he turned pro for Oldham and signed only a few days after his fellow Londoner and rugby union ace Bob Mordell.

A full England cap was imminent for ‘Alex’, as we called him in those days, at the time he came north and his signing caught the headlines on the back pages of national newspapers and occupied many column inches, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

He was an Oldham councillor from 2011 until earlier this year and in 2014 he persuaded his Oldham-born wife Ginny to become a councillor.

The rest, as they say, is history.



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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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