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St Anne’s little ones looking forward to their big day at Bower Fold.

The little ones from Oldham St Anne’s will again have a dual role to play ahead of our big kick-off at Bower Fold on Sunday when we entertain Widnes Vikings in our first Betfred Championship game of the new season.

The under-6s and under-7s in green and gold will play a curtain-raiser and later act as flag bearers as momentum builds towards the big kick-off.

Some of the Saints’ youngsters are pictured here with their three coaches, Carl, Dave and Darren and an un-named helper.

They are looking forward to the season ahead in the knowledge that their boys have grown in confidence on the rugby field in the last 12 months and have a bright future ahead of them.

Furthermore, they thoroughly enjoy being involved in the Roughyeds’ game-day experience; throwing the ball around in a stadium like Bower Fold; and then watching their town’s professional club at a level only one tier down from Super League and including big-name traditional clubs like Bradford Bulls, Featherstone Rovers, Widnes Vikings and Leigh Centurions , all of whom have won the Challenge Cup at Wembley, and Oldham, of course.

Even six year olds know all about the magic of Wembley, but they might not know that Widnes, then known as the ‘Cup kings’, made seven trips to Wembley in a ten-year period in the 1970s and 1980s.

Like Oldham, they were among the original 22 clubs that formed the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, making the two clubs in action on Sunday two of the world’s first and oldest rugby league clubs.

Rugby League is 125 years old this year and both Oldham and Widnes were in there right from the start.

To this day, Widnes remain the last English club to beat a touring Australian national side.

And in 1989 they became the first World Club Champions when they beat Australian champions Canberra Raiders 30-18 at Old Trafford.

That’s your rugby league history lesson ahead of Sunday’s big day boys. Enjoy it . . . you’ll remember it for the rest of your lives!

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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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