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Staff Focus — Dave ‘Murgy’ Murgatroyd

​Our next staff member to come under the spotlight is club photographer Dave ‘Murgy’ Murgatroyd, who does more than take pictures; he’s also our very own lion tamer!

Yes, ‘Murgy’ is head man at Roary’s Pride and, as such, he manages to tame our wonderful club mascot and keep him in line.

All Dave’s family have been Oldham Rugby fans for many years. His father and his uncle used to go to Watersheddings as boys and once his parents became an item they used to go as a couple. Safe to say, Dave has Oldham Rugby in his blood, writes JENNY McGRANE.

​His favourite part of the photographer’s job is that, on game days, he gets the best seat in the house and he is as close to the action as he possibly can be — on the touchline.
As a member of the club’s new management team, he is also excited by all the plans we have to push the club forward.

Roary’s Pride, our new junior supporters’ club, was Dave’s brainchild and he is delighted to report that it has had a successful start and that there will be a second get-together for young members and their parents on Saturday, June 22, starting at 9am.

He said:

“I’m thrlled and excited by the way Pride is going. We have had one highly successful meeting and I’m sure the next one on June 22 will be just as good.”

He thinks the biggest character in the squad is Gaz Owen because, unless we lose,

“he is always smiling, always talking on the pitch, and he’s engaged to a Murgatroyd so he’s got good taste as well.”

​He names Roary as the biggest character he has ever worked with and says of our popular and well-loved lion:

“He’s great to work with; a bit quiet at times but he can bust a few moves if he wants to!

“But, boy, does it scare me when people ask him to hold babies.”

​Murgy would love to see Lucas (Onyango) back at the club. He said: “I always loved Lucas and it would be great if he could catch a few more games and come back to let us know how he is going on.

“I would also like to see Mike Ford back here to watch a game or two . . . and I wouldn’t mind seeing his lad putting on an Oldham jersey as well.”

And his player companion on a desert island ? Danny Langtree ? No. Zack McComb? No. Gaz Owen? No.

“I wouldn’t want any player,” he revealed. “They all eat too much and food might be rationed.

No, I’d be happy if it was just me and my camera and perhaps a few books: ‘Idiots Guide to Survival’, ‘Raft Building for Idiots’, ‘Fishing for Beginners’.

With the books, my camera and my own company I’d probably stay for a few months.”

He refuses to reveal his thoughts on the season for fear of putting a jinx on what remains of it, but he does feel the club ‘will need to buy some more brasso!

​Murgy has been working at the club since 2008 and he has loved every minute of it — the highs, the lows, the people, players, fellow photographers and the fans; most of all the fans.



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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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