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The OLDHAM club needs more OLDHAM support

A desperately poor crowd of 684 at Bower Fold last Sunday highlighted the severe problems Oldham RL Club faces when trying to compete in the Betfred Championship.

Of the seven Championship games last weekend, Oldham’s clash with Dewsbury Rams was the only one to fall short of four figures at the gate and it was even surpassed by two attendances in Betfred League 1.

Barrow Raiders v Coventry Bears pulled in 1,253 and Newcastle Thunder at home to Workington Town was watched by 873.

In the Championship, attendances were as follows: Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles, 2,707 (played out of town at Dewsbury); Featherstone Rovers v Swinton Lions, 1,874; Leigh Centurions v Halifax, 3,095; Oldham v Dewsbury Rams, 684; Toulouse Olympique v Batley Bulldogs, 2,817; Widnes Vikings v Whitehaven, 2,977; York City Knights v London Broncos, 1,364.

Roughyeds’ first two home league gates were 1,726 against Widnes Vikings and 1,189 for the visit of Bradford Bulls but in each case those figures were swollen by significant away support, especially at the Widnes game.

Reality struck home last weekend when Dewsbury brought relatively few fans and the overall figure slumped to fewer than 700 — and that for an important game in which newly-promoted Roughyeds needed all the vocal and moral support they could get against a Rams side that had already turned over Halifax away and Widnes Vikings at home.

Disappointed members of the club’s management team realise the club can’t rely on away supporters to swell numbers — and income!

They say that if the club is to make real and lasting progress it will have to increase its own fan base from the thousands of Oldham people who like rugby league and show an interest in the club’s fortunes, but who rarely attend games any more.

It’s only five months since promotion from Betfred League 1 was clinched with victory over Newcastle Thunder at the Vestacare Stadium amidst joyous scenes, excitement and plenty of celebrations.

Life in the Championship was always going to be tough and so it is proving, but the club now needs the backing of the town’s rugby league community at the turnstiles more than ever to help it negotiate this next step up the ladder, which it earned by right last season.



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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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