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More than 6,000 watched our win at Whitehaven on OuRLeague

Nearly 6,100 fans watched our crucial 16-14 win at Whitehaven on Sunday night — the third highest ever.

Delighted members of the Roughyeds’ management team were told this week that the exact figure was 6,088, a hugely-encouraging figure for Oldham, for Whitehaven, for the RFL and for the game as a whole.

The hope from Roughyeds’ point of view is that many of those who watched Matt Diskin’s boys win at Whitehaven for the second time in their last three visits will turn up at Bower Fold to watch our next Betfred Championship game against Bradford Bulls on Sunday, March 1 (3pm kick-off).

The win, in which Dan Abram starred with four goals and a penalty try, lifted Oldham to ninth place above Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Rams, Whitehaven, York City Knights and Sheffield Eagles but that was to change 48 hours later when Dewsbury won 18-16 at Halifax to go above Roughyeds on for-and-against difference.

Nevertheless, Oldham remain above Bradford who, like Roughyeds, are involved in Coral Challenge Cup action this weekend and will therefore come to Bower Fold on March 1 still seeking their first league win of the campaign.

Roughyeds, meanwhile, are encouraged by their increasing social media activity across all their platforms.

The club’s Twitter followers have gone up from 8,048 in January to 8,239 currently — up 191 in the space of a few weeks.

They have 2,722 followers on Facebook and 976 on Instagram, but the biggest success stories are on Twitter and OuRLeague in which they are placed 12th out of 25 Championship and League 1 clubs in the table of OuRLeague membership figures, which stands at 2,275.

Whitehaven are one place above Roughyeds with 2,355 and Dewsbury one rung beneath them with 2,193.

In the days leading up to the Whitehaven game 115 signed up as Oldham followers on OuRLeague and 98 joined on the night.

Conscious that a lot of the club’s older fans might appreciate assistance in signing up, Roughyeds will have a special stand at the home game against Dewsbury Rams on March 8 at which management committee members Jenny Travis and Ben Whisker will be available to help if anyone wishes to sign up on their smartphones.

They will be in the room which is used as a game-day shop and is situated in the area close to the turnstiles inside the ground.

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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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