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Mayoral 999 Day ‘a real success’

THE biggest community event ever staged by Oldham Rugby League Club went down well and was very successful, said club chairman Chris Hamilton.

“The rain held off and it proved a massive day for the club both on and off the pitch,”

said the chairman, referring to Oldham’s 40-14 win against Doncaster in the Betfred League 1 promotion race as well as events in the club’s Mayoral 999 Day, which took place for two hours before the game.

Present at both were the Worshipful the Mayor and Mayor’s Consort of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander and Mr Adrian Alexander, her husband, as well as the Youth Mayor of the borough, Samah Khalil, and Debbie Abrahams MP and her husband John Abrahams.

Prior to kick-off, the Mayor was introduced to the crowd , the second biggest of the season, by the town crier of Shaw and Crompton, Mr Marcus Emms, before she delivered the match ball to the referee, John McMullen.

Flag bearers were scouts from the 6th/15th Lancashire Otters, based in Middleton, and the 7th Manchester Group, led by Jonathan Collinson-Taylor.

The Otters included several generations from one family, headed by Sue Martin; her daughter Michelle Higgs; her grand-daughter Charlotte Martin (Akela); Michelle’s grand-daughter Lilly Bestley, aged eight and Charlotte’s daughter Maisie McCormack, aged two, an honorary scout who was dressed in uniform.

The town crier of Shaw and Crompton, the only town crier in Greater Manchester, was there with his wife Misha, with whom he visits sick children all over the country and all the year round, dressed as Santa.

The Emergency Services, Fire, Police, Ambulance and Oldham Mountain Rescue Team were there with examples of their various vehicles for public inspection and anyone who worked for those services or for the NHS got into the game for £9.99 as opposed to the normal price of £14.


TOP LEFT: The Stephen Gartland Foundation, left to right, Brad Gartland, Roughyeds mascot Roary, Peter Duffy.

TOP RIGHT: Roary and Anne Kearns, of the club’s management team, with the Rugby League World Cup.

ABOVE: Left to right (with Roary to the rear), Adrian Alexander, the Mayor’s Consort; The Worshipful the Mayor of Oldham Metropolitan Borough, Councillor Ginny Alexander; Debbie Abrahams MP; Samah Khalil, the Youth Mayor; Mr John Abrahams.


One of the biggest attractions was an opportunity for fans to have pictures taken with the trophy for the Rugby League World Cup, which will next be contested in England in 2021.

For the first time the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions will be staged in a single celebratory event, culminating in an epic Finals Weekend to crown the champions of each.

In the men’s competition there will be four pools of four matches competing in up to 14 stadia at venues across England.

Also popular at the Roughyeds’ event were appearances in the stocks by club chairman Chris Hamilton and centre Jack Holmes, who wasn’t in the team to face Doncaster.

Among those throwing wet sponges at the chairman, watched by supporters, were other players like Paul Crook and Danny Langtree, of whom Chris later said: “Danny put everything he had into his throw . . . luckily for me, he missed !”

For younger children there was an ice cream van, face painting and hook-a-duck.

Several of the Mayor’s chosen charities had stalls or exhibitions, including the local youth zone Mahdlo; the Christie Oldham; Maggie’s; RSPCA; Pennine Pen Animal Rescue; and the Stephen Gartland Foundation, which raises funds for junior rugby league teams and also funds medical treatment and equipment for sick children.

In charge of the Foundation’s stand were Brad Gartland, son of the late Stephen Gartland, assisted by Peter Duffy and Keith Hook.

Also with stands were Alpha Plus, who organise the fostering of children; Positive Steps, Oldham; MacMillan Cancer Support; the Ronald McDonald Charities (supporting families with children in hospital); and Donkeystone Brewing Company of Saddleworth.

Music was provided by a local Performing Arts group, the Brit Theatre.

Oldham RLFC wishes to thank all who contributed to an enjoyable and extremely positive afternoon.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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