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No return ‘home’ for Larder

PHIL Larder, Keighley’s new director of coaching, won’t be at the Oldham game on Sunday​ because he’s on a pre-booked holiday in Spain.

“I’ll be fully committed to Cougars when I get back,”

said the Oldham-born ex-centre who rose to become Great Britain coach in rugby league and defence coach for both England and the British and Irish Lions in rugby union.

The Oldham Past Players Association are doing some sponsorship on Sunday and their party usually contains Martin Murphy and Mike Elliott.

For several years in the 1970s Murphy, Elliott, Larder were the first three names on the Roughyeds’ team sheet, amassing a stunning 1,236 games and 316 tries between them.

A rare reunion on Sunday would have been something special but it won’t happen because of Larder’s holiday.

With Larder’s full backing and support Rhys Lovegrove, who was the sacked Craig Lingard’s No 2, has been promoted to head coach.

Larder said of the young Australian and former Hull KR player:

“He’s young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I’ll be his adviser and mentor. I’ll be there to support him. I don’t want to tread on toes.

“When I saw the Oldham game (Oldham won 52-12) I sensed a lot of frustration, which was understandable given all that’s gone on at the club.

“We’ve got to start building for next year; bring some players in; have a good pre-season; get as fit as we can possibly be; and then we can go on and win it.”

Fans who go to the Oldham v Keighley game at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick) will be given a half-price voucher for the next home game against West Wales Raiders on Sunday, June 30.



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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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