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.

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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