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We WILL have programmes in 2020

WHILE some clubs have previously ditched the sale of match-day programmes, and others will follow suit in the coming season, Oldham RLFC has decided to continue with the sale of traditional programmes as a service to fans.

For various reasons this is no longer a money-making exercise — hence the decision of many clubs to either go online or abandon programmes entirely — but the majority view of our ten-strong management committee was to retain the status quo.

One of the reasons to stay traditional is the fact that many of our supporters have told us many times over that they prefer a written programme and would be disappointed if it were to become another thing of the past in a rapidly-changing world.

We have listened to what they have said in the hope that supporters will realise there is a lot of work involved in regular programme production with very little financial return, if any, for the club.

Alongside membership of the Club Cash lottery at £1 a week, purchase of a match-day programme is another way in which fans can actively support their club in times when every £1 matters and does make a difference.

For our part, we are changing programme format this year to give it a different look with new features and a greater emphasis on what’s going on at YOUR club and within YOUR team, starting with the first issue for the visit of Widnes Vikings to Bower Fold on Sunday, February 2, kick-off 3pm.

Any fans with questions about this or other decisions of the management team can throw them at us this Thursday night, 7pm start, at the Vestacare Stadium when head coach Matt Diskin and some of the players will be in attendance for a pre-season meet-and-greet session.

With a new coach, different coaching philosophies, a new backroom staff and a lot of new players we feel we are on the threshold of new beginnings in the Betfred Championship, the start of which will be little more than a week away by the time we get to Thursday.

Next week Matt and the players want to focus entirely on the Widnes Vikings game, but they will relish the opportunity to meet their fans, chat and answer questions in the social club this Thursday evening.

We hope as many fans as possible will turn up, not only for the Q and A sessions, but to offer their support to the lads who will wear the Roughyeds jersey with pride and on our behalf in the long, hard season that lies ahead.

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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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