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Player focus . . . Ben Davies

Our next player focus is on our hugely popular prop-forward Ben Davies.

After being taken to a training session by his uncles at the age of seven, Ben got the rugby bug and has been playing ever since, initially for Leigh East, writes JENNY McGRANE.

He then signed for Wigan Warriors and at the start of 2010 he was loaned out to Widnes. From there Ben went on to Halifax and Whitehaven.

Before the start of the 2017 season he signed for Oldham after playing against us in our first season of Championship rugby.

His hero growing up was former Oldham and St Helens star Tommy Martyn, while the best player he has played against is former Leeds, Warrington and Bradford forward Adrian Morley.

Ben Davies

He loves a moan at training and describes himself as an old head who is ‘laid back, sarcastic and daft’.

Away from rugby, his hero is Oasis front man, Noel Gallagher and his hobbies include reading and eating out.

He would take Phil Joy with him to a desert island so that he could drown him at sea and get away with it.

His thoughts on the season so far?

‘We haven’t hit our straps yet. We’ve played well in patches but not consistently enough. We can beat anyone on our day so we’ll do okay in the play-offs.”



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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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