Murgy 'proud and privileged' on his big night out

​OLDHAM RL Club’s David Murgatroyd, better known around the club as ‘Murgy’, said he was ‘proud and privileged’ to be involved in the Oldham Sports Awards at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday night, September 20.

As official club photographer, member of the Roughyeds’ management team, a leading light in the club’s media team, founder and organiser of Roary’s Pride (our new group for under-16s) and a man who will turn his hand or his mic to anything in which he can help his beloved Roughyeds, Murgy was nominated at the Awards Night in the Volunteer of the Year category.

He was well supported by two full tables of his friends and fellow Oldham RLFC fans, including chairman Chris Hamilton.

Murgy and the other Volunteer-of-the-Year nominees — Ian Ward of Santos FC, Kirsty Mallen of Chadderton Park Sports Club and Pam Hazelton of Oldham Netball Club — were called on stage to receive their certificates from netball’s one and only Tracey Neville MBE.

The award went to Pam Hazelton, head coach of Oldham Netball Club, which holds three national titles at under-14s, under-16s and senior levels.

Oldham Netball Club was also named Club of the Year.

Added Murgy (50): “Just to be part of a wonderful event like this is a great honour and a great privilege.

“Pam Hazelton and the Oldham Netball Club fully deserved their awards. My personal congratulations go to them and I would love nothing better than to see Oldham Netball Club at one of our home games one day soon, perhaps acting as flag bearers.”

Picture shows (left to right): John Abrahams (former captain of Lancashire Cricket Club); the Youth Mayor of Oldham, Samah Khalil; the Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Ginny Alexander; Debbie Abrahams MP; Chris Hamilton; David Murgatroyd.

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