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Summer Bash tickets now on sale from Oldham club

Summer Bash tickets are now on sale from Oldham RLFC and we ask all our fans to buy their tickets from us because the money then stays with the club rather than with the RFL.

It works like this. Each club gets a ticket allocation and each club has to pay the RFL a not inconsiderable amount, running well into four figures, towards the costs of staging the two-day event.

The only way a club can recoup that money, or at least some of it, is through its own ticket sales so every Summer Bash ticket bought from us is of direct benefit to your club at a time when every penny counts.

We can’t stress that too much. If you plan to go to the Summer Bash weekend at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool on Saturday, May 30 and/or on Sunday, May 31 then please get your tickets from the Roughyeds office at the Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham OL8 3JH on any Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10am and 3pm.

You can ring between those times on 07904 898177 or make contact by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

Summer Bash games are hugely significant because Betfred Championship league points are at stake.

Oldham play Swinton Lions on the Sunday (May 31) with a 1pm kick-off. The full weekend programme is like this:

SATURDAY (May 30): Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams (3pm); Halifax v York City Knights (5.15pm); Featherstone Rovers v Bradford Bulls (7.30pm).

SUNDAY (May 31): OLDHAM v Swinton Lions (1pm); Sheffield Eagles v Whitehaven (3.15pm); Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings (5.30pm).

CLUB SEASON-TICKET HOLDERS CAN BUY SUMMER BASH TICKETS FOR HALF PRICE AND THEY ARE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR SEASON-TICKET BOOKS INTO THE OFFICE WHEN BUYING THEIR TICKETS FOR BLACKPOOL. ROUGHYEDS WILL TAKE VOUCHER ‘A’.

Ticket prices are as follows:

FOR ONE DAY (Saturday OR Sunday): adults £25; concessions £12.50; season-ticket adults £12.50; season-ticket concessions £6.25.

FOR BOTH DAYS: adults £40; concessions £20; season-ticket adult £20; season-ticket concessions £10.

Three sides of Bloomfield Road will be open — the Matthews West Stand (named after the legendary Stanley Matthews); the Armfield South Stand (named after the great Jimmy Armfield); and the Mortensen North Stand (named after that great Blackpool and England centre-forward Stan Mortensen).

All seats will be unreserved and fans from the various clubs will be accommodated like this:

South Stand (including South-West): OLDHAM, Dewsbury Rams, Halifax, Bradford Bulls, Whitehaven, Widnes Vikings.

North Stand: Batley Bulldogs, York City Knights, Featherstone Rovers, Swinton Lions, Sheffield Eagles, Leigh Centurions.

Oldham fans will be placed in the South and South-West stands as indicated by the orange/amber coloured areas of the seating plan.

They can sit anywhere between blocks N and Z (half of Matthews West and all of Armfield South) as there is free-flowing access throughout that area.

The RFL has historically allocated seats for this venue, but it was thought more sensible to follow the Magic Weekend model, allowing fans the freedom to group together and make some noise when watching their own team but to sit elsewhere during other games.

Said RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer:

“Summer Bash at Blackpool has become a highlight of the Rugby League calendar and we are sure the 2020 event will again provide some great moments for the fans in the stadium and for those watching at home.”

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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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