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More front-row strength is a priority

STILL in need of three or four more players to complete their 2020 squad, Oldham RLFC have identified another front-row man as a key priority.

They currently have four props on board — Phil Joy, Jack Spencer, Ben Davies and new signing Jode Sheriffe — but another big man to share the heavy workload up front is regarded as a must.

Said chairman Chris Hamilton:

“Our coach Matt Diskin is happy with the quality we’ve got in the squad , but we still need to up the numbers a littler bit.

“We need another prop and we’ve got a couple of irons in the fire, but nothing is firmed-up yet.”

Two members of last season’s squad who were not retained, centre Jack Holmes and utility forward Ben Calland, have moved on and found new clubs.

Holmes has joined North Wales Crusaders, while Calland has signed for another Betfred League 1 club Rochdale Hornets, where his elder brother Matt is coach.

Oldham go to Hornets in the annual Law Cup clash on January 12, seeking to make it three Law Cup wins in a row.

Rochdale, soon to be taken over by the consortium that was in charge at Swinton until a few months ago, are working hard to make the January 12 game at the Crown Oil Arena a special one.

It’s 30 years since a Second Division match between these derby rivals attracted a crowd of more than 8,000 and Hornets are linking up with their Past Players Association to stage a reunion of players from their 1989 side.

Chief executive Steve Kerr has been in contact with Joe Warburton, new secretary of the Oldham Past Players Association, and has extended a reunion invitation to the Oldham players of the day with their wives or partners.

Also invited to be Hornets guests at the Law Cup are current members of the Oldham society’s high command — the regulars who attend monthly meetings and always turn out to represent the association when needed.

Players who turned out for Oldham in that Second Division thriller on Boxing Day, 1989 are urged to make contact with Joe Warburton on 07882848340.

Said Kerr:

“It would be nice if we could invite all members of the Oldham Past Players but I’m afraid that’s not practical.

“The invite is to members of the 1989 Oldham side that played here on that memorable day, plus their wives, and also to the active members of the Oldham Past Players, the regulars if you like, and their wives too.

“All we ask is that Joe gives us a list of who is coming a couple of days before the game.”

The Rochdale game will be the second of two pre-season matches that Oldham have already arranged.

They open up with a game at Barrow on January 5, followed by the Law Cup clash a week later.

They are also exploring the possibility of adding a third game to these two, possibly on January 19.


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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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