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‘Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye’

THERE was an emotional send-off after the London Skolars game for keen home-and-away supporters Gareth Hughes and his partner Caroline, who are heading for the sun to start a new life on the Greek island of Rhodes.

Players, fellow fans and club officials combined to send “Taffy” and Caroline on their way with the very best of wishes and in the hope that it won’t be long before they’re back for a visit which will take in a Roughyeds game.

Gareth (45) has been watching Oldham since he was introduced to game and club by his uncle when he was a small byy. In more recent times he got Caroline interested and now she’s just as keen as he is.

He said:

“It’s a wrench to leave and we’re both going to miss the rugby, and everything associated with it — the lads, game-day atmosphere and the friendship of fellow fans etc — like you’ll never believe.

“But we’ll keep in touch, that’s for sure, and we’ll be back now and again to keep everybody on their toes!”

As for his last game, he was just relieved that Roughyeds got home 15-14.

“They put us through it,” he added, “but I wouldn’t expect anything else.

“There’s some big games coming up now and we’ve wished the lads all the luck in the world. We’ll be glued to the twitter updates, make no mistake.”



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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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