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In the footsteps of sport’s all-time greats

​AS the 2019 rugby league season reaches its crescendo, supporters of the sport have a never-to-be-forgotten opportunity to walk on hallowed turf in the footsteps of some of English sport’s all-time greats.

It’s one thing to watch a Wembley final — any final — from the comfort of a best-seat viewpoint, courtesy of Club Wembley; it’s something very different to meet up in the bowels of our iconic national stadium; to soak up the pre-game atmosphere behind the scenes; and then to join the big Wembley parade around the pitch perimeter, looking out for friends and neighbours as you pass by.

Last year, as we proudly showed our allegiance behind the Oldham flag, we heard a chant of “Oldham, Oldham” from high up in the assembled crowd and we looked up to see Kyran Johnson waving frantically to us as we strolled by.

These were memories that won’t be forgotten in a hurry by those who joined us on the Roughyeds’ trip and, during the journey down to Wembley, were involved in a draw to see who would have the honour and privilege of carrying the Oldham flag.

This year’s trip is on Saturday, August 24,when we will see two games for the price of one — the Coral Challenge Cup final which kicks off at 3pm and then the inaugural 1895 Cup final, which starts at 5.30pm.

It promises to be a fantastic day out for all rugby league fans who can take the pressure and stress out of the trip by coming with us, enjoying the company of fellow Oldham supporters and letting others battle against motorway traffic or worry about the cost of parking your vehicle at or close-to Wembley.

For £65 you get executive coach travel, a Club Wembley seat, an invitation to join in the big Wembley parade and the opportunity to spend a memorable day in the company of fellow Roughyeds supporters.

You will also be supporting and helping YOUR Oldham club because there are still a few seats remaining on the coach and, for obvious reasons, we don’t want to be travelling light if we can possibly avoid it.

To book online go to our payment site or call the club on 07904 898 177, preferably between 10am and 3pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please note that if you are booking ‘over the counter’ between the above times you will need to pay by cash or cheque only.

Anne Kearns, a member of the club’s management team, said:

“We had a brilliant trip last year, as anyone who went on it will testify.

“We’ve only a few seats left but the more we can fill the better it is for the club, especially if we can display the ‘sold out’ notice.

“On behalf of the club I would urge fans who might be thinking about it to take the plunge . . . you won’t be disappointed.

“As part of the RFL we are doing our bit to ensure that the sport’s biggest day is a huge success. We have a responsibility to our governing body to do our best and that’s where you come in because we can’t do it without you.

“Rugby League needs a big presence at Wembley on August 24 and we intend to play our part.”



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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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