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Watch our Promotion Final win again — a great day for Roughyeds

IT was a great day for Roughyeds . . . that memorable afternoon on October 6 last year when we beat big-spending Newcastle Thunder 18-14 at the Vestacare Stadium to clinch promotion to the Betfred Championship.

It was a Promotion Final that had everything – thrills, spills, great tries, desperation tackles and Jimmy Beckett’s 63rd-minute winner which provided the 19-year-old and all the Oldham fans in a crowd of 1,204 with memories that will last a lifetime in Jimmy’s case and probably nearly as long for everyone else.

Even after the young on-loan prop’s decisive score there were many more heart-stopping moments as Thunder piled on the pressure in search of the winning try; none more so than when Declan Kay read a defensive situation perfectly and intercepted a pass that was destined to put in his opposite number at the corner.

Thunder led three times at 4-0, 8-6 (half-time) and 14-12 but in the end tries by Danny Langtree, Zack McComb and Jimmy Beckett, each goaled by Paul Crook, saw Roughyeds home and the promotion celebrations could begin.

You can see it all again at 7pm this Friday night, May 8, [on YouTube][1]. Don’t miss it — a great game, a great occasion and a reminder of what we’re missing during this Covid-19 shut-down and what we can look forward to when action resumes.

For the record Oldham lined up on that memorable day like this:

Hawkyard; Kay, McComb, Leeming, Johnson; Crook, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Law, Bridge, Langtree, Bent. Subs: Spencer, Wilkinson, Whittel, Beckett.

Like many other clubs who are streaming big games from the past, we have opened a virtual on-line store to raise vital income for the club during the current national crisis.

To help the club get through this unprecedented situation, the idea is for people to virtually ‘buy’ what they would normally buy at a home game.

The system is fully secure and fans who take part will get a receipt sent to their email address.

People can start to buy NOW and can continue to do so up to the game, during the game and after the game (especially when we’ve won !).



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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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