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The house that Jack built stands firm and solid

​JACK Spencer, seven games short of 100 in the Oldham RL jersey, has signed a new deal to cover his fifth season at the club.

In his two seasons of Championship rugby, relegation, two seasons of League 1 fare and then promotion back to the Championship he’s experienced the highs and lows of life as a Roughyed.

“We’ve had ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed every twist and turn,”

said Jack, who followed his Dad — former assistant coach Lee Spencer — to Oldham ahead of the 2016 Championship campaign.

Like his father before him, Jack has helped to build the culture, work ethic and special bonding for which the Roughyeds dressing room is renowned.

He’s also spent the last 12 months doing up the house he’s bought in Swinton — that’s as well as working full time in his father’s fireplace business; training three times a week with Roughyeds; and playing on Sundays.

“I’m 28 and right now I feel like 48, but by the time pre-season training starts again I’ll have rested up, had a holiday and be looking forward to starting all over again in a higher division, with a new coach and alongside some new team mates.

“It’s going to be tough in the Championship, but we’ll have the squad to deal with it and to hold our own.

“I hadn’t played in League 1 before 2018 and it was harder than I thought it would be, but only for some of the games. In the rest it was a bit easier.

“The difference this time is that every game will be like a cup final. It will be relentless. And more games too.

“We had a lot of injuries in 2017 but with better luck on that front it should make a big difference this time.

“I go back a long way with Scott and Peter (departing coaches Scott Naylor and Peter Carey), but that’s rugby league; indeed, it’s sport in general. Players and coaches leave and those left behind say their fond farewells and then got on with it.

“Matt (new coach Matt Diskin) will be bringing new ideas and new methods into the club. It’s a fresh start and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Diskin said of Spencer:

“He’s the sort of forward every pack needs — hard-working, solid, a quality player and with a wealth of experience behind him.”

Players Awards Night

A reminder that the Players’ Awards Night 2019 will be held at the Vestacare Stadium on Friday night, November 8.

Ritchie ‘Titch’ Hawkyard will be disc jockey and Dave Murgatroyd will be MC.

Votes for Supporters’ Play of the Year need to be made on our voting page by midnight this Friday, November 1.

Tickets at £15 a head include hot supper and they can be bought at our online store or in person (cash or cheque) at the Roughyeds office at the Vestacare Stadium on Wednesday and Friday this week (10am to 3pm) or on Monday, Wednesday and Friday next week between the same times.

Tickets are limited and will go on a first come first served basis.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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