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Your chance to meet-and-greet Matt and the boys

IN line with the commitment we made last year to have regular meetings with fans we can announce that supporters are invited to a meet-and-greet session with our new coach Matt Diskin and the players in the Vestacare Stadium club-house next Thursday, January 23 at 7pm.

Matt and some of the players will come in after training and Matt will introduce himself and the new signings, talk to you about the season ahead and then field any of your questions in a Q and A session.

Also present to address fans and answer questions will be members of the club’s volunteer management team which was formed last year to support and assist club chairman Chris Hamilton and which now meets on a regular basis and works hard collectively behind the scenes to take the club forward with initiatives and community projects off the field.

These are in support of anything Matt and his new backroom staff can achieve on the field.

Many have been the changes on the playing side in the last few months with the arrival of Matt as head coach, of Brendan Sheridan as his assistant coach, of Tim Abeyie as conditioner and of Chris Melling as physiotherapist.

Gareth Owen continues as captain alongside many of our well-known favourites, but we also have several new signings whom you can meet next Thursday night — James Worthington, John Hutchings, Jode Sheriffe, Dan Abram, Lewis Charnock, Daniel Igbinedion and our latest capture, local boy Matthew Fletcher.

Said club chairman Chris:

“This is part of our ongoing plan to meet fans on a regular basis. There seems to be no better time than before the start of a new season in the Betfred Championship when we have a new coach and new players to unveil.

“It will give the management team an opportunity to update supporters with what we are doing and what we are planning and also to listen to what fans have to say and see things from their side of the fence, as it were.

“In 2019 we did some great things off the field, involving the community, getting more people to matches and receiving a lot of very positive feedback.

“We aim to at least match all that, and more, now that we are in the Betfred Championship.”

The club hopes as many fans as possible turn up for this open night on the threshold of our return to the higher division on the back of the promotion we achieved last year.

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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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