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.

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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