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New boss Diskin meets the fans

Man on the mic . . . that’s our new head coach Matt Diskin, who fronted a meet-and-greet session with fans in the Vestacare Stadium social club ahead of the new Championship season.

He was joined on the stage by his new backroom staff and his new signings, while the other players joined supporters in the audience.

Matt Diskin
Matt Diskin

Matt Diskin

Flanked (above) by winger Harry Aaronson, Diskin introduced his assistant boss Brendan Sheridan, his strength and conditioning guru Tim Abeyie, a former international sprinter, and his head physio Chris Melling, himself a former Super League player with Wigan Warriors and Harlequins RL, now re-named London Broncos.

Also in the spotlight with the boss were new boys James Worthington, John Hutchings, Lewis Charnock, Jode Sheriffe, Daniel Igbinedion, Dan Abram and Matthew Fletcher as well as the trio who were with the club on loan last year but are now fully-fledged Oldham players, namely Declan Kay, Adam Brook and Harry Aaronson.

The new season starts next Sunday, February 2 when Widnes Vikings and their former Australian Test team boss Tim Sheens arrive at Bower Fold, Stalybridge to provide our opposition on day 1 of the new Championship season, kick-off 3pm.

Diskin told fans he was more than happy with his staff and his playing squad, while acknowledging, in response to the floor, that he was short on numbers.

He added: “We won’t be signing for the sake of making up numbers. It’s difficult at this time of year to get the right players at the right price but we hope to bring in two more soon.”

He said the 14-club Championship was, in his opinion, the most competitive of rugby league’s three professional or part-time professional league competitions and on any day any team could beat any other.

Roughyeds would be up against some full-time teams and many with massively bigger budgets and funding, but they could pull off some surprises and he was confident they would.

He felt his job was to keep Oldham in the Championship in 2020 and, longer term, to establish Roughyeds as a Championship side.

He confirmed, too, that Roughyeds would be out to play crowd-pleasing, entertaining rugby, utilising skills with ball in hand and getting the ball wide at every opportunity, adding: “We won’t survive in this division on five drives and a kick.”

It was a night with a hugely positive feel to it as fans and players came together in unison, but there was one downside when it was revealed that centre Cameron Leeming had broken a bone in his hand at work and would have it in plaster for six weeks.



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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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