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.
“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.”