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Wembley final should be a cracker

HISTORY will be made at Wembley on Saturday, August 24 when Warrington Wolves and St Helens clash for the first time in a Challenge Cup final.

RFL officials will be rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of a full, or near full, Wembley to see these North-West derby rivals and the top two teams in Super League go head to head to get their hands on the Coral Challenge Cup.

Personal stories surrounding the final are endless, writes ROGER HALSTEAD.

Rival coaches Justin Holbrook (Saints) and Steve Price (Warrington) have been pals since they were in the same school team in Sydney, Australia.

And did you know that Saints’ young forwards Jack Ashworth and Matty Lees played their early rugby in this area, Ashworth hailing from Rochdale and Lees (21) from Newhey, where he still lives at the family home.

His dad, Carl, who works in Shaw, naturally follows his boy and Saints these days, but he retains a connection and his support for Roughyeds as a member of Oldham’s Club Cash lottery.

As a teenager, Ashworth (24) played a couple of times for the then Oldham reserves team.

Another Wembley first will be the final of the 1895 Cup between Sheffield Eagles and Widnes Vikings, which will be played after the Coral Challenge Cup, kicking off at 5.30pm.

Eagles chairman Chris Noble MBE lives and works in Tameside.

There are still a few seats available on the Oldham club’s official trip to Wembley.

For £65 you see both finals from a Club Wembley seat; enjoy executive coach travel; and if you wish take part in the big Wembley parade with fellow Roughyeds fans in which you walk around the Wembley perimeter behind the Oldham flag.

“It’s a fabulous experience,”

said the Roughyeds’ Anne Kearns.

You can book at our online store or ring the club on 07904 898 177.



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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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