Player Focus Paul Crook

Our second player focus of the week is on Paul Crook. Like most of our players Paul ‘Crooky’ Crook has been playing rugby since a young age.

When he was six years old he was asked by a friend to go down to Blackbrook Rugby Club in St Helens and he has been playing ever since.

After progressing through the ranks at the St Helens academy, Paul made his Super League debut for Widnes in 2005 against London Broncos.

He went on to make 14 appearances for Widnes before having spells at Doncaster and Swinton. In 2010 Paul signed for Rochdale Hornets where he became a fans’ favourite over the next seven seasons.

He played 166 times and became the club’s all-time top points scorer with 1,499 points to smash a record that had stood for 82 years. Paul also celebrated two league promotions in 2013 and 2016 with Rochdale.

He then signed for Whitehaven, making 27 appearances and scoring 245 points in 2017.

After talks with Chris Hamilton and Scott Naylor, Paul signed for Oldham in 2018. Paul chose to sign for Oldham because he ‘knew they always build a very good team and are competing for trophies year after year.’ He liked the pressure of being in teams like that.

To date Paul has made 35 appearances for Oldham and has scored 350 points. Aged 32, he describes himself as ‘the old man’ of the team; is ‘calm, reliable and logical’; and would be Mr Sensible if he was a Mr Man.

Away from rugby, Paul is a secondary school teacher in St Helens and spends his free time with his wife, Emma and their two boys, Josh and Harry.

He also enjoys a round of golf as well as dabbling in property renovations. His only sporting hero is Manchester United legend Paul Scholes. Crooky is a massive United fan.
The best player Paul has played against is former St Helens centre, Australian Jamie Lyon

When deciding who to take to a desert island Paul said it would definitely be Zack McComb ‘for entertainment value’ and club captain Gareth Owen ‘because if something attacked us Gaz, would happily fight anything’.

Thoughts on the season so far?

‘We have had our ups and downs and know we should have performed better to see some of the games through at the beginning of the season but I think we are coming good at the right time now and hopefully we can start to build some momentum going into the business end of the season’

Where will we finish?

‘Hopefully first, that’s everyone’s goal

said the points machine from St Helens.

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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