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Player Focus Jack Spencer

Our next player focus is on prop Jack Spencer. Jack has been playing rugby since he was six years old after his dad Lee ‘Spanner’ Spencer took him to Folly Lane where he coached at the time.

He then went on to play for Salford between 2010-2011 as well as playing highly competitive seasons in France and Australia, writes JENNY McGRANE.

Once back in the UK, Jack signed for Barrow and after a season moved to Halifax. He then got a call from ‘Nobby’ (Scott Naylor) when the Oldham boss got wind Jack was looking for a move from Halifax.

As ‘Spanner’, the senior Spencer, was already at the club it was a good fit for the team. Jack is now in his forth season here. As a kid he was a big Salford fan and his favourite player was long serving hooker Malcolm Alker and also ex Salford, Leeds, Bradford and Warrington prop Adrian Morley. Morley is also the best player he has ever played against.

When asked how he would describe himself Jack responded with ‘best passer, best kicker, best drinker’.

His choice of squad member to take to a desert would be ‘anyone who isn’t from Yorkshire, especially Zack McComb because he doesn’t shut up and his jokes are rubbish’.

Jack’s thoughts on the season so far are this:

“We have shown glimpses of how good we can be but we haven’t played for 80 mins yet all year. When we do that I don’t think any team in this league can beat us. We will finish top of the league when we start to do that.”

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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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