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Wolves ace Cooper man behind Oldham’s new kit deal

A Warrington-based company that is steeped in Rugby League has signed a two-year deal to become newly-promoted Oldham’s kit and leisurewear suppliers.

Mike Cooper, the Warrington Wolves prop, is a director and co-joint owner of 1895 Sports, whose managing director, John Welch, has been involved in the sport for 30 years and is the current chairman of Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL).

1895 Sports is so called because that was the year northern clubs broke away from the Rugby Union to form a new body that became the Rugby Football League.

It claims, on its website, that it will supply training wear, leisurewear and playing kit that will inspire, motivate and influence its customers.

It was formed in 2014 and has been going from strength to strength since, its marketing arm benefiting from the popularity of Cooper, a high-profile Warrington Wolves and England star who has also played in the NRL with St George Illawarra.

Done deal. Watched by Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton, Mike Cooper puts pen to paper on Oldham’s new two-year deal with his kit manufacturing company, 1895 Sports

Oldham were put in touch with 1895 Sports by John Roddy, managing director of the Roughyeds’ new main sponsors, CDX Security and a former chairman of Leigh Centurions and Swinton Lions.

“We have a good relationship with CDX Security, another company with extensive ties to Rugby League, and it was John Roddy’s personal recommendation that set the ball rolling,”

said John Welch.

“We are delighted to become Roughyeds kit and replica suppliers for the next two years.”

Commenting on the new link-up with 1895 Sports, Chris Hamilton said:

“We are pleased to have agreed this new deal with 1895 Sports which coincides with our promotion back to the Championship.

“We are looking to them to provide the club and its supporters with good quality merchandise and some different designs to those we have had previously.

“From what we have seen already they will be a good partner for us and we are looking forward to working with them.

“In the next couple of days we will be giving fans an opportunity to purchase a celebration tee shirt and/or polo shirt in recognition of our promotion.

“There will be other exciting announcements in the near future.”

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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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