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.