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July date confirmed for 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final

The Rugby Football League today confirms that the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final will be played on Saturday July 18 at Wembley Stadium.

The July date is available as a result of Wembley’s extensive involvement in the UEFA Euro 2020 football finals in June and July.

It will be the first time since 2004, when St Helens beat Wigan in Cardiff on May 15, that the Challenge Cup Final has not been staged in August.

Tickets will go on general sale in October, with the RFL to make changes to its ticketing system this autumn to improve the customer experience.

Supporters can register their interest for tickets now at rugby-league.com/ccf2020.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Moving the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final to mid-July in 2020 presents us with a real opportunity to attract a capacity crowd for Rugby League’s showpiece event at Wembley. We wanted to give our supporters as much time as possible to plan for that.

“It means that Rugby League’s big weekend at Wembley will occur on the weekend after the final of the Euros and Wimbledon and the weekend before the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, so a fantastic opportunity within the summer of sport next year.

“It will also be at a time when fewer people are away on holiday and we will be working hard over the next 11 months to make sports fans, families and event-goers aware of what an amazing event it is with such extraordinary athletes performing on the pitch.

“With the final being played during term time, it gives us a great opportunity to work with schools that play Rugby League, particularly focusing on the significant number of schools in London that play our sport.

“It will be the first time in the Challenge Cup’s 123-year history that the Final has been played in July, and we hope that Rugby League supporters will embrace that opportunity and help us make it a big success.”

The 118th Challenge Cup Final will be played this Saturday at Wembley Stadium (August 24th), with St Helens and Warrington Wolves, who have won the Cup a combined total of 20 times, from 38 final appearances, transporting their old local rivalry to London for the first time.

The match will be preceded by the Warners Champion Schools Year 7 Boys Final between Standish High School from Wigan and Great Sankey High School from Warrington in the Steven Mullaney Memorial Match.

And this year, for the first time, there will be a third match at Wembley on Challenge Cup Final day after Saints have played Warrington, with Sheffield Eagles facing Widnes Vikings in the first final of the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup – a new competition for non-Super League clubs.

Limited tickets are still available for this Saturday’s action at rugby-league.com/tickets from £20 Adults & £5 U16s.



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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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