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​CDX Security of Warrington have given newly-promoted Oldham RL Club an early leg-up for next season’s Championship campaign by confirming that they will be backing Roughyeds with sponsorship.

They were big-match sponsors for each of Oldham’s two Betfred League 1 play-off games, the second of which, against Newcastle, provided an 18-14 win and a pathway to the higher division.

CDX managing director John Roddy has since revealed that the decision to back Roughyeds in 2020 was made before last Sunday’s promotion decider and was to apply whatever the outcome.

Explaining the background to the link-up, he said:

“I have, in the past, been chairman of two rugby league clubs and in those capacities I got to know (Oldham chairman) Chris Hamilton well.

“As opposing chairmen he would win some and I would win some, but we always had a pint afterwards and we became good friends.

“We met in Worsley more recently and Chris was so passionate about his hopes and his dreams for the Oldham club that he easily persuaded me to do some sponsorship with Roughyeds.

“I’ve told him we’ll be back next season too and would have been win or lose in the Promotion Final.”

Gareth Owen, Chris Hamilton and CDX Chairman John Roddy

Also present at the final were The Worshipful the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander; the Youth Mayor, Samah Khalil; Debbie Abrahams MP; the RFL’s Chris Brindley MBE, who presented the trophy to Oldham captain Gareth Owen; former club director Sean Whitehead, of Lansdowne Roofing; the Past Players Association; Chris Noble MBE, chairman of Sheffield Eagles; and more recent ex-players like Richard Lepori, Scott Turner, Michael Ward and Miles Greenwood.

Chris Noble said:

“I’m absolutely made up for Chris (Hamilton). Nobody knows the effort he has put in to keep this club going for the past 20 years.”

Gracious in defeat, the Thunder players remained on the pitch and applauded their victorious opponents during the presentation ceremony.

And managing director Mick Hogan said:

“Well done to Oldham, They were better than us on the day.

“We may have excellent facilities and resources, but nobody has a god-given right to win because of that.

“Oldham ran hard and tackled well and they got what they deserved, which was success on the field.

“What they have had to do to keep the club going is quite incredible. They have proved that its about community spirit and desire.”



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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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