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It’s Thunder in the Promotion Final at Vestacare Stadium

NEWCASTLE Thunder smashed Doncaster 34-4 at Kingston Park to set up a finely-balanced Oldham v Thunder Betfred League 1 Promotion Final at the Vestacare Stadium next Sunday, October 6 (kick-off 3pm).

Thunder and former Roughyeds on-loan centre Kieran Gill — remember him? — scored a try hat-trick to take his total for the season to 28, and to become the Gateshead/Newcastle club’s record holder for most tries in a season, beating the previous best of 25 set by Matt Daylight in Thunder’s 1999 Super League campaign.

Tickets for next Sunday’s Grand Final, or Promotion Final (call it what you will) have been on open sale to non-season-ticket holders since last Wednesday and will again be on sale each day this week from the Roughyeds office inside the Vestacare Stadium during the times given below:

Monday, 10am to 6pm; Tuesday, 10am to 3pm; Wednesday, 10am to 6pm; Thursday, 10am to 3pm; Friday 10am to 6pm.

Normal league-match prices apply and the final is NOT all-ticket. You can pay at the turnstiles on game day, but Roughyeds hope fans will seriously consider buying tickets in advance to facilitate a quicker and easier match operation based on the turnstile area.

Payment at the office will be by cash or cheque only at these prices:

Adults, standing £14, sitting £16; concessions, standing £12, sitting £14; under-16s, standing £2, sitting £5.

It’s an all-pay, shared-gate final (like a cup-tie), but Oldham’s existing seat season-ticket holders can claim their normal seats by calling into the office during the times named above but only up to 6pm on Wednesday, which is the deadline for reserving existing season-ticket seats.

After that they will go on general sale so seat holders don’t have a lot of time left in which to claim their regular seats — just Monday (10am to 6pm), Tuesday (10am to 3pm) and Wednesday (10am to 6pm).

They need to have with them their season-ticket book and voucher D.

Also available for our biggest match since we beat Keighley Cougars in the 2015 Promotion Final on the same ground, but on a grass pitch with a slope back then, will be hospitality places at a cost of £35 a head.

That includes a seat in the stand; three-course food; pre and post-match interviews and presentations; 24-page, full-colour big-match programme; team sheet and access to a pay bar.

To book call into the office, ring 07904 898177 during the office hours given above; or use the ‘enquiries’ email address as given on the Roughyeds website.

Win or lose, it will be our last game of the season and the game in which head coach Scott Naylor waves farewell after seven years in charge.

Watch this website for regular bulletins each day this week, bringing you all the big-match news and updates as they happen.

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The final will be screened live on the RFL’s OuRLeague app. Registration is FREE and the more people join, giving Oldham as the team they support, the more funding we get from the sport’s governing body.

We are asking anyone considering joining to do so please via the OurLeague website by tomorrow (Monday) at the latest because that’s the cut-off point for 2020 funding.

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Club Cash

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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