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Promotion will make a huge difference — Hamilton

​PROMOTION to the Betfred Championship will make “so much difference” to the club and its future, said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton as fans danced with delight and players celebrated with their trophy on the stage inside the Vestacare Stadium social club.

“To be playing the likes of Toulouse, Featherstone, Leigh and many more of that calibre will make a huge difference,” said the chairman.

“It will require a lot of hard work that’s already started but for tonight and for the next few days it will be all about celebrating what we’ve achieved this season.”

By winning 11 of their last 12 games, following a 31-0 defeat at Doncaster which coach Scott Naylor described as “embarrassing”, Oldham finished second to Whitehaven, who went up automatically.

They then beat Doncaster and Newcastle Thunder at home in the five-club play-off to earn the right to join the Cumbrians in the Championship in 2020.

The chairman was in hospital for a replacement knee only five days before the Promotion Final, after which the players carried the trophy over to him in the stand and each gave him a hug.

Said skipper Gareth Owen, who received the trophy from the RFL’s Chris Brindley MBE,:

“It was a weird game. We dominated the first half without getting the rewards.

“Trailing by only two points at half-time, and with the use of a tricky wind to come, Thunder would be buzzing at half-time but we got the job done thanks to Jimmy Beckett’s match-winner and then we closed the game down.

“I felt we should have gone up as champions, but that’s rugby league. We did it the hard way, the Oldham way.

“Next year will be all about surviving in the higher division and then consolidating from there.”

Hamilton said of his club captain:

“He’s a proud Oldhamer and a great lad to have as captain.He’s led by example for three years.

“He’s always positive, he can gee people up and he leads from the front.”

Full-back Ritchie Hawkyard won the man-of-the-match award for his heroism in defence and his optimism in attack.

The Magic Moment prize went to winger Declan Kay for his try-saving interception to prevent a late try for Newcastle.

He said:

“I’ve only been at the club six weeks but the moment I walked through the door I could sense the camaraderie and the terrific team spirit.”


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Club Cash

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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The 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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