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Championship 2020 will be toughest yet — Diskin

​Matt Diskin and his new No 2, Brendan Sheridan, will go face to face with Oldham players for the first time tomorrow (Tues) night when pre-season training gets underway at the Vestacare Stadium.

Coaches and players will have a 30-minute ‘Getting to know you’ session before they take to the pitch.

Hot topic of conversation is bound to be the 2020 Betfred Championship fixture list which gives Roughyeds a tough opener against Widnes Vikings at Bower Fold on Sunday, February 2.

Next up is a trip across the English Channel and down to the south of France for the clash with Toulouse Olympique.

Seven months and no doubt a multitude of twists and turns later, the regular part of the league campaign will come to an end with home games against Toulouse and London Broncos and a trip to Widnes Vikings.

In between there will be a period in mid-season when Matt’s marauders have only one home game in seven from April 10 (Good Friday) to June 14 and the visit to Bower Fold of Leigh Centurions.

This is partially due to the need for the pitch to have a “rest” at the height of the growing season and to allow for any seasonal remedial work which might need to be done.

Said Oldham’s new team boss:

“We always knew it would be a big challenge and the fixtures tell us the same. Normally in a full list of a season’s games there are maybe a couple in which the challenge might not be quite as tough as the rest, but not in this one.

“Every game is a real challenge for every club. It’s wide open at the top.

“As for us, in our first season up, we’ll have a good pre-season and if we continue to work hard and roll up our sleeves in every game we’ll get the results we deserve.”

Season Tickets

A reminder to fans that Early Bird season tickets continue to be sold at the Roughyeds office inside the Vestacare Stadium this week between 10am and 3pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.”

You can buy Early Bird tickets online, via the Roughyeds online store, until the end of the month but a lot of fans prefer to purchase in person (cheque or cash only) at the office.

There are substantial discounts to be had up to Christmas but to enjoy the biggest savings you’ve got to grab yourself an Early Bird before the end of this month.
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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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