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Congrats to the Mayor and her Consort

OLDHAM RLFC is delighted to offer its congratulations to Councillor Ginny Alexander and her Consort husband, former Oldham councillor and Oldham RLFC forward Adrian Alexander, on the extension of her term of office as Mayor until May, 2021.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Mayor’s fund-raising and civic appointments, hence the extension of her duties as the metropolitan borough’s First Citizen for another year, to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the full Council on June 17.

The club is hugely grateful for the support and backing of both the Mayor and her Consort and also the borough’s Youth Mayor for 2019-20 Samah Khalil, all of whom made several visits to the Vestacare Stadium to watch Roughyeds home games during our 2019 promotion season.

Although he is usually seen resplendent in his chain of office, the Mayor’s Consort is still known popularly at the club as “our Alex” — a fond throwback to his days as a talented and ball-handling front-row forward at Waterheddings.

He played in 80 games between 1979 and 1983, scoring 12 tries –an unusually high total for a prop — and becoming a fans’ favourite with his fellow forward capture from Rugby Union in the south of England, Bob Mordell.

Talking about her second year as Mayor, Councillor Ginny Alexander said:

“It’s a huge honour to be Mayor of Oldham, but in the last few weeks the role has changed hugely due to the pandemic.

“Before the lockdown I was (regularly) attending events around the borough and also representing the town further afield.

“Since the lockdown I’ve not been able to do any of that which is a real shame because I like meeting people face to face.

“Extending my term of office will hopefully give me the chance to start doing that again and I’ll also be able to carry on fund-raising again which is an important part of the mayoral role.”

The congratulations of club chairman Chris Hamilton and all at the club are offered to the Mayor and her Consort, together with best wishes for another successful year.

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Club Cash

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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