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In memory of Eddie Bayliss, ex-Oldham RLFC official and local cricket stalwart

OLDHAM RLFC is saddened to report the passing of former club committee man Eddie Bayliss, who has died peacefully after a short illness, aged 83, at a nursing home in Chadderton. It is not thought to be related in any way to Covid-19.

The sincere condolences of everyone at the Roughyeds, headed by chairman Chris Hamilton and including staff, players and supporters, go to Eddie’s family at this sad time.

Also a well-known and highly-respected figure in local cricket circles, Eddie was on the committee at Watersheddings for three years in the days when Oldham RLFC was still a members’ club. Not all simultaneously, his committee colleagues during those three years included the likes of Nigel Tench, Bob Ogden, Paul Lovett, Keith Broadbent, Malcolm Greenway, Keith Potter, Jack Bowden and Fred Howarth.

Harvey Ashworth was club chairman and Dr Donald Walton was club doctor.

Eddie continued to have a close connection with the club for some years after the governing committee was succeeded by the club’s first board of directors on becoming a limited company.

Eddie had always had a keen interest in cricket and after watching his son Lee playing in the Saddleworth and District League he became an umpire in that league and he wore the white coat for more than 20 years until he stepped down in 2017.

It was during his early years of standing in the middle that he became chairman of the Saddleworth League in 2002 when he succeeded Ian Schofield. Little did he know then that in subsequent years he would be heavily involved with the reorganisation of local league cricket which initially saw the merger of the Saddleworth and District League with the Central Lancashire League.

They came together as the Pennine League, but that league soon folded with clubs going their separate ways, many of them into the new Greater Manchester League.

For several years Eddie had a regular slot on Oldham Community Radio in his capacity as Saddleworth League chairman — an initiative which made him well known to listeners and to station personnel David McGealy, Gerald Brierley and Gilbert Symes, himself something of a local radio legend in Saddleworth.

“He was a very popular and well-known figure in local sporting circles and he will be missed by everyone who knew him,” said his son Lee.

Eddie leaves his wife Carol, two sons in Brett and Lee, a step-daughter Deborah, grandchildren Connor, James, Thomas, Georgia and Jacob and a great grandchild, Rose.

His funeral is next Thursday, April 16 at 1.30pm at Oldham Crematorium. Attendance is restricted to ten family members because of social-distancing but the family will be having a church service and a wake to celebrate Eddie’s life at a later date when life is back to normal.

In the meantime cards and/or messages of sympathy and condolences can be sent to Mrs C Bayliss at 33, Old Mill House, Old Mill House Lane, Springhead, Oldham OL4 5TS.


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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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