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Roary’s Pride meet next Saturday, June 22

​THE second Roary’s Pride meeting will be held next Saturday, June 22, in the social club at the Vestacare Stadium, starting at 9am.

Greater Manchester Police will be in attendance to talk to our young members about their community work, but we will also be proud and privileged to have two special guests who you can read about in Roughyed Review, the match-day programme which will be on sale at today’s (Sun) game against Keighley Cougars.

Pride members and their parents are all invited to this second meeting of our new supporters group which is led by David Murgatroyd with the help of Sophie Nixon and, of course, Roary whom we believe is the best mascot in rugby league.

We will also welcome new members and their parents if anyone wishes to turn up and join next Saturday morning.

Phil Joy, Kyran Johnson and a third player, not yet named, will also be present to mingle with members, sign autographs and talk about their early careers and how they started out on the first rung of the ladder to playing professionally.

‘Roughyed Review’ (the programme) is a 24-page, full colour magazine of news and views relating to all things Roughyeds.

You can read the views of Chris Hamilton and Scott Naylor, articles by Michael Turner, George Cowburn and Ian Wilson, news about a new sponsor (Shire Self Storage of Chadderton), news of our special flag bearers from Belarus and a two-page special by Dave Naylor on our opponents, Keighley Cougars.

Throw in pictures by Dave Murgatroyd and Dave Naylor and images from yesteryear by the Oldham RL Heritage Trust and we believe the ‘Review’ is a good read and full value for money at £3, especially for collectors and those who will treasure them in years to come.

League 1

If we beat Keighley we’ll move to third in the table behind Whitehaven and London Skolars.

Results in Betfred League 1 so far this weekend were: Hunslet 20, Doncaster 22; London Skolars 51, West Wales Raiders 6.

A win against Keighley will take us above Hunslet thanks to a better for-and-against points difference,

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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