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‘More than a fan; a person with a real passion for Oldham RLFC’

Joyce Pilkington had the welfare of Oldham Rugby in mind right to the end.

Following her funeral service at Oldham Crematorium on Tuesday, August 20, there was a retiring collection to be split between ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters Association) and the RSPCA.

And in a moving eulogy the Rev Gary Ridley, a Methodist Minister, said: “Joyce was more than a fan; she had a real passion for the club to which she devoted much of her life.”

She died, aged 82, in the Royal Oldham Hospital after serving as a match-day volunteer (selling Golden Gamble tickets and looking after stand transfers) until a few months before her death.

When the time came to hand over to somebody else, her daughter Lynn took over.

Joyce’s beloved red and white scarf, which she wore at every match and every Roughyeds occasion, was on the coffin and floral tributes were in the club colours, red and white.

Fans in club replica shirts were among those in attendance to pay their last respects to Joyce, whose love affair with Oldham Rugby spanned a lifetime and whose late husband, Donald, was chairman of the Supporters’ Club back in Watersheddings days.

Shane Tupaea was there to represent the playing staff from back then, while Trevor Heywood, an official of the old Supporters Club before, during and after Joyce’s late husband’s chairmanship was also present.

Also paying respects were Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton; the club’s media manager Roger Halstead; Sue and Mike Kivlin, representing the Rugby Oldham Supporters’ Trust; Lynda and John McAndrew representing ORSA, of which John is chairman; and a representative of the Lancashire Federation of Supporters’ Clubs.

The traditional rugby league hymn, “Abide With Me”, always a feature of Challenge Cup finals at Wembley, as it will be again this Saturday before the St Helens v Warrington Wolves final, was the music on both entrance to and departure from the Crematorium.

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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

The 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.

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