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Oldham surge into Betfred Championship as celebrations begin

The celebrations began within minutes of the hooter sounding the end of Oldham’s nerve-jangling 18-14 win against Newcastle Thunder in the Promotion Final at the Vestacare Stadium today.

A crowd of 1,204 watched the RFL’s Chris Brindley MBE present Roughyeds skipper Gareth Owen with the Promotion Trophy.

Club chairman Chris Hamilton couldn’t join the party on the pitch because he was on crutches following a knee operation but every single player climbed the wall to the stand to give him a hug and to show off the trophy.

Th players then did their post-match victory song on the pitch before applauding their fans.

Inside a heaving club-house, departing head coach Scott Naylor told fans: “Seven years is a long time, but I was keen to get the team back where it belongs and I think I can leave with my head held high.”

Celebrations looked like going on long into the night as Thunder headed for home.

Tries by Danny Langtree, Zack McComb and Jimmy Beckett, each one goaled by Paul Crook, gave Roughyeds an 18-14 win and elevated them into the Betfred Championship next year.

Full match report and lots more reaction to follow.



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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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