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JIMMY Beckett, the young prop whose match-winning try against Newcastle Thunder last October clinched promotion for Oldham RLFC, is back with the Roughyeds on a season-long loan from Featherstone Rovers.

As with all long-term loan deals, Rovers have a recall clause which kicks in after 28 days, but unless they feel a need to have the 20-year-old front-rower back he will remain on loan at Oldham for the entire Betfred Championship campaign.

He was 19 when he initially joined Roughyeds on loan last August and he subsequently played in six games off the bench, including the two play-off games against Doncaster in a semi-final qualifier and then against Thunder in the Promotion Final.

In total he figured prominently in two wins against Doncaster and two against Newcastle as well as in wins at Coventry Bears (50-6) and London Skolars (15-14).
His never-to-be-forgotten moment, though, was in the last game of the season. Picture the scene. With 16 minutes left against Thunder, and promotion resting on the result, Oldham trailed 14-12.

Kyran Johnson went up the left wing and from the play-the-ball the ball was moved smartly inside. Up popped Beckett from nowhere and a previously rock-solid Thunder defence opened up for the youngster, who sailed gleefully through to score near the posts. Paul Crook goaled and Roughyeds managed to hold on to win 18-14 — their 11th win in 12 outings.

Announcing Beckett’s return to the club, a delighted chairman Chris Hamilton said:

“Jimmy did well in recent pre-season games for Rovers but he wanted to come back and we wanted him back.

“We’ve been working on this for a while and we’re delighted to get it over the line.

“Jimmy will be in contention for our first league game against Widnes Vikings on Sunday at Bower Fold, Stalybridge.”

A Featherstone lad, Beckett played for amateurs Featherstone Lions as a boy and actually played against Oldham in a Challenge Cup tie when he was 17.

He also represented England Community Lions against Wales and Scotland, earning himself at 18 a place n the Castleford Tigers academy.

His heart was always at Rovers, however, and he was delighted to sign a two-year contract at the club where he was once a ball boy. He is now starting out on year two.
He said when coming to Oldham last August:

“Oldham are a good team. I can only benefit from playing in a side that’s going for promotion.

“I need game time against experienced players and that’s what I’ll get at Oldham. There’s nothing to compare with first-team football.”

Little did we know then that the 6ft 3in, 103 kgs youngster would be Oldham’s match-winner in a Promotion Final and then return the next year on a season-long loan.



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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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