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Staff focus – Pete Carey

PETE Carey’s father played for Swinton so our assistant coach has rugby league in his blood.

He started playing when he was 15 and spent 28 years at Folly Lane as player and coach before joining Salford where he coached at academy level for another 13 years.

He also coached Swinton under-21s before joining his former colleagues Scott Naylor and Lee ‘Spanner’ Spencer at Oldham, writes JENNY McGRANE, a member of our media team.

He knew Scott from previously working with him with Salford under-21s.

‘Spanner’ was and still is his best mate so it was good that the three of them worked together for a spell at Oldham before ‘Spanner’ decided to take a break from the game.

Pete likes every aspect of coaching but what he likes most about the job is watching and appreciating all the hard work the players put in and then seeing them get their rewards as the team develops and improves over the course of a season.

When I asked him to name the biggest character in the current Oldham squad he didn’t hesitate to come back with:

“Gaz Owen, definitely.

“He loves himself; hates to get beaten at anything he does; has a great attitude on and off the field; and has a big influence in the dressing room.

“Oh, and don’t forget to put this: I taught him all he knows!”.

He named George Tyson as the biggest character he had ever worked with. “Great lad,” he added. “Say no more.”

Who would he sign if money was no object and he could take his pick?

“A player who’s won the lottery and wants to invest in the team,” said Pete before naming Zack McComb as his choice of a companion on a desert island, adding: “I’d leave him there too . . . he’s a nuisance!”.

Bit of a joker is our Pete, but he was deadly serious when I asked him for his thoughts on the season up to now.

He said:

“We are a small, tightly-knit squad which is starting to gel as a team and play the way we want them to.

“We are playing some great rugby and our defence is improving all the time. If we continue to make progress we will definitely be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

And where does he see us finishing in the Betfred League 1 table ? He finished with a one-word answer: “Top!”



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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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