Awards Night little more than a week away

THE supporters organisation ORSA (Roughyeds Supporters Association) will again sponsor the fans’ player-of-the-year award at the Roughyeds Awards Night in the Vestacare Stadium social club on Friday, November 8.

The Awards Night will double-up as a promotion celebration for fans and players alike.

Tackling-machine Liam Bent was voted player of the year by fans in 2018 on the strength of his unbelievable work in defence.

Anne Kearns, who stepped into the breach to guide the club through chairman Chris Hamilton’s sick leave after major heart surgery, was named Unsung Hero 2018.

Three other awards — players’ player of the year; club-man of the year; and coach’s player of the year — were all carried off by triple winner Danny Langtree, who scored 18 tries from second-row in a brilliant season.

It earned him a two-year contract at Hull but it’s history now that he was back with us by Easter and, despite missing the first few games of the season, he still finished with 18 tries, all but one of which was scored in Betfred League 1, making him the highest-scoring forward in the division.

You don’t finish second and then clinch promotion via the play-offs if you’re a one-man side, so ‘Langers’ could have several rivals this time, among them Ritchie Hawkyard, Zack McComb, Dave Hewitt, who had his best season yet in the Oldham jersey, Phil Joy, Scott Law, Liam Bent and Danny Bridge.

Three awards are still available for sponsorship. Anyone interested is asked to ring the club on 07904 898177.

The format will be similar to last year’s, including stand-up bingo; raffle; the promotion season’s highlights; the awards; and pie and mash supper with a vegetarian option.

Lots of fans have already voted online for their choice of player of the year.

You can also buy tickets, £15, online or pay by cheque or cash only at the Roughyeds office tomorrow (Fri) between 10am and 3pm or on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week between the same times. If you’re leaving it until Friday you would be advised to ring first on the above number to make sure there are some tickets still left.

Anne Kearns, the event organiser, said:

“We had a terrific Awards Night last year and given that we will have promotion to celebrate this time it should be even better,

“It’s a chance for players and fans to celebrate together and to look back on a fabulous season. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by.”

Club Cash Lottery

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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he 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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