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Ex-Players on recruitment drive

Joe Warburton is the new secretary of the Oldham RL Ex-Players Association, who are looking for new members in a major recruitment drive.

Membership has been extended to include anyone who has ever been involved officially with Oldham RLFC . . . player, coach, physio, groundsman, sponge-man etc, according to a recruitment leaflet currently being circulated.

To contact Joe ring 07882848340 or email him at: joewarby9@aol.com.

The treasurer is John Watkins, tel: 07974612038.

Membership costs £10 a year and meetings are held monthly at Springhead Liberal Club in Oldham, usually on the first Monday of the month.

Joe is particularly keen at this time to hear from players who were involved in a Boxing Day Second Division derby at Rochdale in 1989. Hornets won 24-12 in front of a magnificent crowd of 8,150.

Hornets are inviting as many players as possible from that game — both teams — to the next Rochdale-Oldham derby which will be played for the Law Cup on Sunday, January 12 at 3pm.

Oldham lined up like this: Gary Hyde; Charlie McAlister, Des Foy, Richard Irving, Paul Lord; Brett Clark, Mike Ford; John Fairbank, Richard Russell, John Fieldhouse, Trevor Croston, Keith Newton, John Cogger. Subs, Kevin Meadows, Keith Atkinson.

McAlister, Foy, Clark, Cogger and Atkinson live overseas, but that still leaves ten players who might be able to represent their former club for one last time while also meeting up with former team mates.

Joe will be delighted to hear from any member of that team or from anyone else who has the credentials to join the Ex-Players, who have a full-house annual dinner which always attracts players from far and wide.

Guest speaker at the last dinner, on November 1, was Adrian Morley.

The Association was well represented at Gallery Oldham on Saturday when the Heritage Trust officially handed over their magnificent collection of memorabilia to Oldham Council for safe keeping and regular exhibiting, while also launching their new website, built, designed and programmed by Dave Naylor.

The Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander, was present along with her Consort husband Adrian, who doubled up as both a Civic representative and a member of the Ex-Players Association.

Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton and local MP Debbie Abrahams were also in attendance as well as former club commercial manager Ray Hill, ex-club doctor, Dr Donald Walton and, among others from the Ex-Players, Martin Murphy, Mike Elliott, Brian Clark, Joe Warburton, John Watkins, Dave Kenway, Frank Hilton and Tony Finan.

“The Ex-Players did us proud,” said Mike Turner, the lifelong fan and local historian who has devoted most of his time in the last 20 years or so to writing books on Oldham RLFC, tracking and logging the club’s history and running the Oldham RLFC Heritage Trust.

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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