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Chris on BBC Radio Manchester

​AHEAD of the Final Push at the top end of a massively competitive Betfred League 1, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton will be a studio guest of BBC Radio Manchester’s Rugby League Hour, which starts this evening (Thursday) at 6pm.

He is expected to be quizzed about the Roughyeds’ chances of promotion, either by finishing top or winning a five-team play-off.

With five games left, Oldham currently lie third, three points behind leaders Whitehaven and one point behind Newcastle Thunder.

Key to the Roughyeds final position will be two potentially cracking home games against Newcastle on Sunday, August 11 and against Doncaster on Sunday, August 18.

Under the direction of Denis Betts and Simon Finnigan, Newcastle have won their last six games to fly up the table and reach second.

They’ve already described their game at the Vestacare Stadium as their biggest for years (given that they want to pip Whitehaven for top spot and go up automatically).

Roughyeds also need every point they can get to knock ‘Haven off top spot or to finish second and get the best possible advantages in the play-offs.

Potentially, this game has the ingredients to provide Roughyeds with their biggest crowd of the season.

Seven days later Doncaster come to town with the much celebrated Rangi Chase, one of the most exciting attacking players at any level of the sport across the world.

Roughyeds themselves have some big announcements to make about these two games so watch this space.

Other clubs too have equally exciting games coming up over the next few weeks as final places take shape.

To get Oldham’s reaction from the top, tune in to Radio Manchester at 6pm this evening and listen to what club chairman Chris Hamilton has to say.


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Club Cash

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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