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How the play-offs work

Promotion from Betfred League 1 to the Championship at the end of this 2019 season will be via two routes.

Two clubs will go up and the bottom two from the Championship will be relegated.

The team finishing top of League 1 will go up automatically.

Joining them will be the winner of a five-club play-off, teams finishing 2 to 6 inclusive.

It works like this:

Round 1 (September 15):

Elimination Final, game A, 5 v 6 (losers eliminated)
Qualifying Final, game B, 3 v 4.

Round 2 (September 22):

First Semi-Final, game C, loser of QF (game B) v winner of EF (game A).
Second Semi-Final, game D, 2 v winner of QF (game B).

Round 3 (September 29):

Preliminary Final, loser of SF2 (game D) v winner of Semi-Final 1 (game C).

October 6:

Play-Off Final, winner of second Semi-Final v winner of Preliminary Final.

NOTE: The structure is so designed that if each game goes to form and league position it will produce a final of 2 v 3 with the Play-Off Final taking place at the home ground of club 2.

If Oldham were to finish 2, they would sit out September 15; be at home to the winners of 3 v 4 on September 22; and if they won that would go straight through to the Play-off final on October 6 which would be at the Vestacare Stadium.

The extent of the benefits to be gained from finishing 2 as opposed to 3 cannot be stressed too much.

Remaining games of the current six are s follows:

  • Whitehaven (28 pts): West Wales (h), Coventry Bears (a)
  • OLDHAM (26): Coventry Bears (a), Hunslet (a).
  • Newcastle (25): North Wales (h), Keighley Cougars (a)
  • Hunslet (22): London Skolars (a), Workington (h), OLDHAM (h)
  • Doncaster (20): Keighley (h), Workington (a)
  • Workington (19): Hunslet (a), Doncaster (h)


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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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