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CHASING promotion and placed second to Whitehaven in the Betfred League 1 table, Oldham’s last home game of the regular season against Doncaster on Sunday will be no ordinary affair.

Oldham could go top if they win and leaders Whitehaven slip up at Keighley.

And after providing sporting entertainment of the highest calibre in beating big-spenders Newcastle Thunder 28-20, Roughyeds deserve to pull in their biggest crowd of the season.

Lifelong rugby league fan Ron Whisker, from York, said:

“It was a fantastic game. I’ve watched two Super League games and a Championship game recently and none of them could match the Oldham-Thunder game for entertainment value.”

Watched by Andy Wilson, the RFL’s head of communications, Roughyeds had a curtain-raiser featuring Waterhead and Westhoughton Lions under-7s; flag bearers; player escorts; and a visit by the local Foodbank.

Then the players went out and produced a marvellous second-half performance to become the first side to beat Thunder in more than two months.

The game was a terrific advert for League 1 with quality rugby league played in a great spirit — tough but fair — and well handled by Aussie referee Matt Rossleigh.

Now, three wins from their last three games and Roughyeds will be guaranteed second place and pole position in the play-offs.

Given that Doncaster have beaten Roughyeds twice already this season — 24-12 here in the 1895 Cup and 31-0 at Doncaster in the league — Roughyeds have plenty of avenging to do against a side that, down the years, has become something of a bogey team.

This last home game of the season in the regular fixture list will double-up as the club’s Mayoral and 999 Day with visits by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband Adrian Alaxander, the former Oldham RLFC forward as well as other dignitaries.

The Emergency Services will be present and on production of ID cards all who work for Police, Ambulance, Fire Services and NHS will gain admission for £9.99.

Turnstiles will open at 1pm and there will be a full programme of entertainments for adults and children alike, helping to raise money for the club and the Mayor’s charities.
For £1 fans can have their pictures taken with the Rugby League World Cup.

There will also be tombola (more than 75 prizes); hook a duck; throwing wet sponges at players (and maybe the chairman), hoopla, ice cream van, face painting, beer tent and loads more . . . plus a quality, top-of-the-table rugby league game to boot.

If it’s half as good as the Oldham-Thunder game it will be well worth a visit.



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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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