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Record viewing figures for our Play-Off final

THE Betfred League 1 play-off final at Oldham generated record viewing figures for a League 1 game on Our League this season and was the fourth best overall.

Nearly 6,000 watched Roughyeds beat Newcastle Thunder in a classic on Our League and a further 37,500 was the combined figure on Twitch for the Oldham game and the Betfred £1M match in Toronto.

Moreover, the attendance of 1,204 was the biggest this season at the Vestacare Stadium and the fifth best in League 1 all year.

The Toronto game generated record viewing figures for Championship games on Sky Sports this season with an average match audience of more than 143,000 which peaked at more than 245,000.

An RFL spokesman said:

“These figures show the benefit of getting our major games on to Sky Sports Main Event and the challenge we face in having games played on a Saturday evening when they clash with programmes like Strictly.”

Newly-promoted Oldham, who have since appointed Matt Diskin as head coach on a two-year contract, have been receiving congratulatory messages from home and abroad.

One, from Australia, was sent by former Roughyeds forward Mal Graham, who had two spells at the club in the mid-1980s.

He arrived here with his fellow Aussie Gary Warnecke ahead of the 85-86 season.

The highlight of his first season was a second-row appearance alongside Mick Worrall in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford at Central Park, Wigan.

He transferred to Bradford Bulls for the following year but returned to Oldham in 87-88 as assistant player-coach on a panel headed by Eric Fitzsimons and also featuring Iain MacCorquodale.

Graham made an ever-present 38 appearances that year — 65 games, 37 tries overall — as Oldham won the Second Division title, the Second Division premiership and reached the John Player Trophy semi-final.

Highlight was the Premiership final at Old Trafford where Graham was in the second-row with Colin Hawkyard as Roughyeds snatched a thriller against Featherstone Rovers, 28-26.

It was good to hear from Mal and to know that news of our big move up in the world had spread quickly to the southern hemisphere.

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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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