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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.


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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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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