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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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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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