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Staff Focus — Sharron Black

Sharron Black is probably better known as the wife of our head of security and ground safety officer, Phil Black.

But where Roughyeds are concerned there’s a lot more to our Sharron than meets the eye.

It’s time to get to know her better and more about her love of the club, so that’s why I got her on the mobile for a chat, writes JENNY McGRANE, who is the latest addition to the club’s media team and the latest, and youngest, member of our club management group.

She was born in the rugby league-mad town of Widnes and she still lives there.

As a proud Widnesian, rugby league has always been part of her life. As she says,

“you can never get away from it even if you wanted to”

She got hooked on Oldham RLFC after starting working as control room operator on match days.

Even though she spends game time in the control room she loves her job and often goes home with an aching face from all the laughter in there. arising from banter between herself, Chris (Hamilton), Robin Highfield and John Davies.

Most fans will never realise how much work goes on and how many people are involved these days just to put a match on while conforming with RFL regulations, health and safety and issues like that.

She thinks the biggest character at the club is Roary.

“He has the patience of a saint,”she said, “and he is fabulous with kids and adults alike. He is a fantastic mascot.”

And the biggest character she has ever worked with ? Chris Hamilton.

She added:

“I love the man to bits! He has a dry sense of humour, the best ever. He is a very funny, lovely man . . . and my opinion doesn’t change even when he moans that I’ve got the shade of his coffee wrong.”

Like a lot of people at the club, Sharron would love to see the arrival of someone, even a player, who had ‘shed loads of disposable income to plough into the club, which would help us to develop in the areas we want to’.

And who would she take with her to a desert island ? Without hesitation . . . Scott Naylor.

She explained:

“He’s seriously scary ! And that’s why I would want him on an island with me. I swear that any marauding animal or an islander with a spear would turn tail and run if Scott so much as looked at them !”

Sharron doesn’t see much of our home games because of the demands of her control-room duties, but she feels it has generally been a good season so far, notwithstanding the surprising and bitterly disappointing 31-0 defeat at Doncaster.

“We’ve had two or three hiccups — so do most other clubs — but by and large the lads play with heart and passion. And yes, I still think we’ll finish top even though we’ve a lot of work to do now to catch up.”

Promoted or not, Sharron wouldn’t swop her Oldham RLFC job for the world . . . even if it is a trek from Widnes to Oldham.



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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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