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Time to celebrate, then its back to business

VOTING for our fans’ Player of the Year accolade finished last Friday and the focus now settles on the Awards Night this Friday (Nov 8) at the Vestacare Stadium when various trophies will be presented as we look back at what Roughyeds achieved in 2019.

What a year! A second-place finish in Betfred League 1; a breathtaking run of 11 wins from the last 12 games; promotion via the play-offs; and a couple of stirring, magical end-of-season performances to see off Doncaster and highly-fancied Newcastle Thunder en route to the Betfred Championship 2020.

Such a lot to look forward to as well.

New challenges in a higher division; visits from the likes of London Broncos, Leigh Centurions, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax, etc; new players in the squad; a new head coach in former Leeds Rhinos star Matt Diskin; new main sponsors in CDX Security; and ambitious marketing, media and community projects as we reach out to fans and potential new fans across the Metropolitan Borough.

On and off the field, all at the club are united in their excitement about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Friday night though will be all about 2019 and the celebrating of a fantastic 2019 campaign.

Talking of last season, who was YOUR favourite player? Who had YOU on the edge of your seat? And who would YOU like to see presented with the fans’ POY award?

Could it be jack-in-a-box Ritchie Hawkyard? Or either of the centres, Zack McComb and Cameron Leeming? Or one of the half-backs in points machine Paul Crook or Mr tactics Dave Hewitt? Or what about the big guys like Phil Joy or ever-present Scott Law ? Then there’s Danny Langtree and Danny Bridge ? Or Jack Spencer ? Or tackling machine Liam Bent, who won it last year?

The list of your potential winners is endless and all will be revealed on Friday.

Tickets priced at £15 are still available if purchased online before 3pm on Wednesday or in person (cash or cheque) at the Roughyeds office inside the Vestacare Stadium between 10am and 3pm today (Monday, Nov 4) or on Wednesday, (Nov 6).

Tickets include the awards, a review of the season via Roughyeds TV and Peter Gray, music and a spot of end-of-season fun by Ritchie ‘Titch’ Hawkyard, other attractions and a pie and mash supper with vegetarian option.

Again, you can book online or in person at the office (cash or cheque only) on Monday (10am to 3pm) or on Wednesday (10am to 3pm).

That will be the deadline because we need to let the caterer have numbers by close of play on Wednesday.

Anne Kearns, who is organising the event, said:

“We’ve a lot to celebrate and it’s going to be a fabulous night. Let’s make it a night to remember before we put the promotion season to bed and move on to bigger things in the Championship.

“The easiest way is for fans to purchase tickets online, but many prefer to do it with cash over the counter and I’ll be in the office from 10am to 3pm on Monday and Wednesday to sell tickets.”



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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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