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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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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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