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Brian Barwick officially stood down as Chairman of the Rugby Football League at today’s Annual General Meeting in Doncaster, and has been succeeded as Interim Chair by Simon Johnson, the RFL’s Senior Non-Executive Director.

The AGM also approved the reappointment of Chris Brindley MBE as a Non-Executive Director for a second three-year term, and the appointment of the former Arsenal and England footballer Tony Adams MBE to the honorary, ceremonial role of President for the next 12 months – in recognition of the contribution he has already made to the sport through his Sporting Chance charity, with which the RFL entered an official partnership in 2011.

Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium was an appropriate venue for Carl Hall, a New Zealander who signed for the Dons in 1988 after his first trip to England with the Junior Kiwis, to be appointed as Vice President, also for a 12-month period.

Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, handed his chains of office to Adams after serving as President for the last 12 months; and Pat Crawshaw, who became the RFL’s first female vice president in July 2018 after decades of stalwart service to the community and women’s game, handed the Vice-Presidential chains to Hall.

Brian Barwick, who took over as the RFL Chairman in February 2013, had announced in April that he would not be standing for a third three-year term. He was thanked for his service to the game by the St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus on behalf of the clubs, and presented with a signed, framed print of the England wing Tommy Makinson completing a hat-trick in front of the Kop at Anfield in last autumn’s home Test series against New Zealand.

Simon Johnson joined the RFL Board as a Non-Executive Director in July 2014, having previously worked in sport as Senior Lawyer at the Premier League, and as Director of Corporate Affairs at the Football Association.

“I am incredibly proud to have been asked by the RFL Board to serve this great game as Interim Chair,” he said. “I am also honoured to begin my term at the same time as our appointments of Tony Adams as President and Carl Hall as Vice President.

“My term as Interim Chair will cover a very exciting period for the game of Rugby League – starting this weekend, with the Coral Challenge Cups Triple Header in Bolton.”

The AGM also approved the RFL’s consolidated accounts for the year ending December 31 2018 which show a loss of £327,000 – attributed to an historically low attendance at the 2018 Challenge Cup Final. The adopted budget for 2019 generates a profit of £207,000 to increase cash and reserves, ahead of further projected profits in 2020 and 2021.



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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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