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Ex-Oldham winger Ian Holland dies

We are saddened to report the passing of former Oldham winger Ian Holland, a goalkicking winger at Watersheddings between January, 1974 and August, 1975.

He scored seven tries and 22 goals in 28 appearances spread over the second half of the 1973-4 season and the first half of the following campaign.

Roughyeds had finished ninth in a one-division set-up in 1972-73, finishing higher than clubs like Hull KR, Widnes, Leigh, Wigan, Halifax, Bradford Northern, Huddersfield and Hull.

However, by the time the 73-74 season had started, coach Graham Starkey had joined Wigan and his senior commanders on the field, Cliff Hill and Frank Foster had also gone, along with county winger Norman Hodgkinson.

One game in, Bob Irving joined Starkey at Central Park in an £11,000 deal and Oldham were desperate to rebuild.

Griff Jenkins, a legend at the club as coach of the fabulous 1950s side, turned back the clock to return as Starkey’s successor and one of the first new signings was Great Britain prop Terry Clawson.

In the months that followed Oldham found it tough going in a new First Division and despite the recruitment of several new signings, including Ian Holland from Salford for a fee of £4,500, the club was relegated despite finishing fourth bottom out of 16.
They finished above Hull KR, Leigh and Whitehaven, but all four went down.

Ian Holland had earned county rugby union honours before signing for Salford in 1973.

He joined Roughyeds in January, 1974 and made his debut on January 6 that year against Hull KR at Watersheddings — the first of his 28 appearances in which he played outside several centres but always on the left wing and mainly outside centre Tony Wainwright.

He played for five clubs in total —- Salford, Oldham, Swinton, Barrow and Rochdale Hornets where he ended his playing days after a five-year stay in which he captained the side for a spell.

The sincere condolences of all at Oldham RLFC go out to Ian’s family and friends.

The funeral will be at St Helens Crematorium at 3pm on Friday, May 29.

We are told Ian’s death had no connection with Covid 19.

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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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