RFL Annual General Meeting

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.

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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

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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