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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 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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