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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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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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