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Clarice Stevens funeral in Altrincham on December 11

​The funeral service for Clarice Stevens, a proud, dedicated Oldham RLFC supporter for 73 years, will be held in Timperley (Altrincham) on Wednesday, December 11.

The cortege will assemble at 2pm at the Arthur Gresty Funeral Home and Chapel of Rest at The Greystones, 305, Manchester Road, West Timperley, Altrincham WA14 5PH.

It will move on to Altrincham Crematorium, Whitehouse Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5RH for 2.30pm.

It will be family flowers only, the family asking others to make donations in lieu of flowers to Oldham RLFC.

A supporter since she was aged 17, Clarice died in Wythenshawe Hospital last week at the age of 90.

Until late last season she wouldn’t hesitate to travel on public transport from her home in Timperley to watch the Roughyeds’ home games, be they at Sedgley Park in Prestwich, the Vestacare Stadium in Oldham or Bower Fold, Stalybridge.

“I’ve followed Oldham since I was a girl and I’ll be supporting the club to the day I die,” said Clarice last January at a surprise 90th birthday party which was thrown for her at the club.

She added: “I fell in love with the club when I was a teenager. I was an Oldham girl cheering for the Oldham club. Why would I want to support any other club?

“Roughyeds have given me a lifetime’s interest and a lifetime’s enjoyment.”

Her season ticket and her red and white Roughyeds scarf will be with her in the coffin.

Club chairman Chris Hamilton, who numbered Clarice among his closest friends, will head a large Roughyeds contingent in Altrincham on the day of the final hooter for Clarice, whose longevity of loyalty and dedication to the club set an inspirational example to all.



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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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