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RIP Alan Bintley, a fan for 77 years

IT is with deep regret and sadness that we record the death of Alan Bintley, an Oldham RLFC supporter for more than 70 years.

Pictured with the Challenge Cup, Alan has passed away at the age of 85 after watching and cheering for Roughyeds since 1943.

For more than 30 years he and his daughter Hilary were season-ticket holders.

In a message to club chairman Chris Hamilton, Hilary said that due to her dad’s ill-health they had been unable to get to games for the last 16 months but during that time they had been keeping in touch with the club via the website and closely following games together — as they had done for the previous 30 years as season-ticket holders — on Twitter.

She concluded:

“I hope the club is managing to get through these strange times and I look forward to getting started again.”

The club’s thanks go to Alan for his lifelong support and backing and the sincere condolences of Chris and everyone at the club go to Hilary and the family.

Alan was born to be a Roughyeds fan. His dad before him was a Watersheddings regular and Alan was taken to his first game when he was about eight.

The first time he went out with the girl who was to become his wife, Dorothy, he took her to an Oldham game; not that a trip to watch her hometown team was anything new to Dorothy, who was herself a regular fan, having inherited her interest from her dad.

“Both my grandads were keen supporters so we go back at least three generations,”

said Alan’s daughter Hilary, herself a season-ticket holder with her dad for 30 years.

She added:

“Mum hasn’t been much in recent years. It was always my dad and me. But she has never lost her early interest.

“Dad was in hospital and then in a care home for a few months at the start of last year after first breaking his hip and then having a stroke, but Mum and I went to see him every day and when he was in the care home he always wanted us to take in the many books that have been written about Oldham RLFC and we would spend hours going through them with him page by page. He loved that.”

Because of the pandemic it will be a family-only funeral at Oldham Crematorium on Thursday, but Dorothy and Hilary will arrange a memorial service at Moorhouse Methodists in Milnrow as soon as they are able.

The family have been regulars at Moorhouse Methodists since before they moved to live in Delph in 1976.

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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.

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