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 Lottery

In challenging times for businesses we are again stressing our urgent need for more financial support via the Club Cash lottery from both existing and new members.

With door-to-door collections temporarily abandoned, some have paid up front to cover a few weeks; moved to direct debit; or completed a bank transfer but the overall result has seen a drop in lottery income of nearly 50 per cent.

This trend is hitting all clubs and organisations and we have had to temporarily modify the weekly prize structure in line with the number of people taking part.

We still have a weekly first prize of £1,000 and other prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus some £10 consolation prizes and we urgently and seriously need people to help us on this.

One way is to download a direct debit form here and follow the instructions.

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