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Jimmy Reynolds funeral in Leigh on Friday

​THE funeral of former Oldham forward Jimmy Reynolds, who died before Christmas, will be held in his home town of Leigh this Friday, January 10.

For more information ring Mick Aspey of The Spinners Arms, Firs Lane, Leigh, WN7 4UB (tel: 07731316331), who suggests anyone wishing to attend from Oldham should meet up at Leigh Miners ARLFC at 1pm or later after 5.30pm at The Spinners Arms.

Jimmy, a hard-working, tough tackling loose-forward who always played well above his weight, scored 22 tries for Oldham in 137 senior games between 1970 and 1978.

He made his debut in a 17-16 defeat by Dewsbury on September 26, 1970 in the following team: Martin Murphy; Ray Clark, Terry Garrett, Trevor Buckley, Phil Larder; Tommy Davies, Ged Smith; Ken Wilson, Kevin Taylor, Keith Ashcroft, Bob Irving, Frank Walker, Jimmy Reynolds. Subs: Mike Elliott, Ray Fletcher.

Oldham fans and Barrow fans stood side by side at Craven Park last Sunday in a minute’s silence for the great Frank Foster, a prop who transformed Oldham’s fortunes in the second half of season 1971-2 and then in 1972-3 before becoming Barrow’s coach.

The Foster era was when Jimmy Reynolds was at his best, playing at No 13 behind fellow forwards Ken Wilson, Kevin Taylor, Frank Foster, Keith Ashcroft, Bob Irving, Arthur Daley, Frank Walker and Bill Churm.

Prominent names in the backs at that time were Martin Murphy, Mike Elliott, Phil Larder, Joe Collins, Mick Siddalll, Norman Hodgkinson, Cliff Hill, Tommy Davies and Mick McCone, all under the tutelage of player-coach Graham Starkey, a man who was way ahead of his time and who later became coach and then manager.

A grafter who played a similar role to that of the Roughyeds current loose-forward Liam Bent, Reynolds played in each of the 13 league games at the end of the 71-72 season which produced 12 wins with Foster settling in at No 10.

In the same period they almost pulled off a mighty shock against St Helens in the Challenge Cup, losing 8-6 at Watersheddings.

The run of league wins included 13-9 at Whitehaven, 17-14 at Featherstone, 9-2 at Rochdale and 22-9 at home to Warrington.

The team that day: Murphy; Elliott, Larder, Siddall, Hodgkinson; Hill, McCone; Wilson, Taylor, Foster, Irving, Churm, Reynolds. Subs: Davies, Daley.

The condolences of all at Oldham RLFC, headed by chairman Chris Hamilton, are extended to the Reynolds family with fond and everlasting memories of golden years gone by.


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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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