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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.

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.



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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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