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Hornets sign Kenny Hughes

AHEAD of tomorrow’s Law Cup derby against Rochdale Hornets at the Crown Oil Arena (3pm kick-off), Hornets have signed two more players from Thatto Heath — Kenny Hughes and Jamie Tracey.

Neither is included in Rochdale’s 20-man squad for tomorrow but the signings will be of interest to Roughyeds supporters nevertheless, particularly that of hooker Hughes, who played more than 150 games for Oldham over many years before leaving for #North Wales Crusaders at the end of the 2018 season.

Tracey, also a forward, stands 6ft 3 in and tips the scales at 17 stones.

The Hornets squad includes six trialists — Liam Aspin, Ben Forster, Joe Hartley, Adam Jackson, Daniel Nixon and Matthew Whitehead, whose dad, Sean, played for Hornets and later had two spells as a director of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd.

Squad: Ainscough, Aspin, Bloomfield, Ben Calland, Carr, Forster, Fowden, Freeman, Hartley, Hesketh, Jackson, Lea, Marriott, Nixon, Penkywicz, D Sheridan, L Sheridan, Symes, Talu, Whitehead.

From about 1.15pm onwards there will be a function in the lounge hosted by ‘Braddy’ and in the form of a reunion of the Rochdale and Oldham teams that met in a Second Division game in 1989 in front of a crowd of more than 8,000.

The Oldham full-back that day was Gary Hyde, who will be interviewed on stage by ‘Braddy’.

The Past Players’ organisations of the two clubs will also be well represented, the Roughyeds contingent including Kevin Taylor and Adrian Alexander.

Several members of the Hornets 1989 team are expected to be there, including John Woods, Neil Cowie, Martin Hall, Paul McDermott and Chris Myler, who had also played for Oldham.



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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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