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Roughyeds crowd figures on the rise

IN anticipation of their two biggest gates of the season during ‘Awesome August’, Oldham RLFC can announce that attendance figures at the Vestacare Stadium are already well up compared to the 2018 season.

The RFL has revealed that, up to the end of June this year, Oldham attendances were up by 21 per cent — the third highest increase among Betfred League 1 clubs.

Of the eight league games played at the Vestacare in the 2019 season so far, every one has shown an increase on the equivalent game last year.

Game-by-game comparisons (league games only) are as follows (2019 first, last year in brackets):

Hunslet 652 (544); Keighley 591 (530); Skolars 709 (419); Workington 765 (486); West Wales 552 (274); North Wales 616 (466); Whitehaven 546 (413); Coventry 451 (373).

Chairman Chris Hamilton and his management team are expecting their biggest crowd this year when high-flying Newcastle Thunder come to the Vestacare this Sunday (3pm).

The same game last year was watched by 455 so it will have to increase by more than 300 if it is to beat the season’s previous best of 765 which turned up for the Workington game on the opening day of the season back in February.

There’s one home game left after Newcastle and that’s against Doncaster on Sunday week, August 18 when the club stages its Mayoral Day and 999 game.

Rangi Chase alone — who thought we’d ever see him at the Vestacare Stadium — should pull in some numbers in addition to those members of the emergency services and the NHS who might be attracted by the admission price of £9.99 (get it ?) on production of their ID cards.

Civic dignitaries will be present, headed by the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband Adrian, a former Oldham player of some repute. What a nostalgic day it will be for him.

There will be lots of stalls and activities for children and for a donation of £1, which will go towards the Mayor’s charities, fans can have their picture taken with the famous Rugby League World Cup.

What odds against the biggest crowd of the year this Sunday and then an even bigger crowd seven days later?

They’re not massively improving, but they are definitely on the rise — and that’s a big step in the right direction.



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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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