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Joyce Pilkington dies, aged 82

IT is with the club’s deepest sympathy and condolences to the family that we report the death of Joyce Pilkington, one of Oldham RLFC’s longest-serving and most loyal supporters. She was 82.

She was a regular at the Vestacare Stadium until April this year and was, for many years, a game-day volunteer, mainly selling Golden Gamble tickets at the gateway to the stand and always proud to wear her red and white scarf.

When that got too much for her she handed over the role to her daughter Lynn, but continued to attend matches to support the team she had watched and cherished for most of her life.

First taken to Watersheddings by her dad when she was a small girl, Joyce married an equally devoted supporter, the late Donald Pilkington, who was chairman of the Supporters Club for many years.

He was also the club’s kit manager for a time and together he and Joyce shared a love of Oldham RLFC which was to last throughout their married life.

Outside family, much of her life was spent helping Donald with Supporters’ Club matters and assisting behind the scenes at Watersheddings in a variety of roles. Wherever and whenever she could help, Joyce was among the first to roll up her sleeves.

Nothing was too much for her if she was helping and supporting her club — a devotion she carried with her all her life and along whatever twists and turns the club would take.
She was admitted to the Royal Oldham Hospital after a fall earlier this year, but left there in mid-July to start respite care at Springfield House in Waterhead and it was from there that she was taken back to the Royal Oldham where she died last week.

Her daughter Lynn said:

“She was a devoted Roughyed to the end, as was dad, who died several years ago.”

Joyce is survived by her daughter Lynn; two sons, Ian and Martin, who was once a rugby league referee; daughter-in-law Tracy; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Chairman Chris Hamilton and the club send heartfelt condolences to Lynn and the family.

Funeral arrangements are not yet known, but once they are available they will be circulated on our website and social media platforms.



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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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