Awesome August!

OLDHAM RLFC today announced and launched ‘Awesome August!’, a massive programme of community projects built around two equally-huge home games in a tight and tense promotion race at the top of Betfred League 1.

Currently lying third, Roughyeds play second-placed Newcastle Thunder on Sunday, August 11 and fourth-placed Doncaster on Sunday, August 18, both at the Vestacare Stadium.

As things stand now, although there’s a full programme of matches first this coming weekend, Roughyeds will go second to Whitehaven if they beat Newcastle, who have described the Vestacare showdown as their biggest game for years.

There will be a curtain raiser featuring Waterhead under-7s v Westhoughton Lions under 7s, who will be making their first visit to the Vestacare Stadium.

Oldham Foodbank will also have a station at the ground and the club is asking fans to donate generously as they did last time.

The Doncaster match on the following Sunday (August 18) represents the club’s Mayoral 999 day.

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander, and her Consort husband Adrian Alexander, a former Oldham RLFC player, will be there, hopefully with the leader of Oldham Council, Sean Fielding, and local MPs Debbie Abrahams, Jim McMahon and Angela Raynor.

The club is also hoping to have Fire, Police and Ambulance services in attendance with vehicles, and there will be stalls, a pop-up bar by Donkeystone Brewery of Greenfield, an ice cream van, other stalls, loads of give-aways and players in stocks as wet-sponge targets for eager fans.

Face painting for children, tombola and other entertaining events are also on the agenda.

The club is also hoping that fans will be able to have their pictures taken with the Challenge Cup, the World Cup and the 1895 Cup or any combination of those.

Gates will open at 1pm on this day and will remain open until kick off time at 3pm and then re-open for one hour afterwards.

Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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