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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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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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