The Joseph Platt Roll of Honour ceremony

CHRISTOPHER Hamilton (pictured), chairman of Oldham RLFC, was present in Huddersfield today at the RFL’s special event to mark the sport’s 125th birthday and also to officially add Joseph Platt of Oldham, first secretary of what was then the pioneer Northern Union, to our sport’s prestigious Roll of Honour.

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Strict COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines were observed at the event which was attended by civic and RFL dignitaries, headed by Ralph Rimmer, chief executive of the Rugby Football League.

In its early years, Joseph Platt, who is buried in Chadderton Cemetery, is believed to have administered the Northern Union, which became the Rugby League in 1922, from his business offices in Queen Street, Oldham. A blue plaque marks the building in Queen Street and describes the long-serving Oldham club official as “the father figure” of Rugby League.

Mr Hamilton said:

“To think it was today 125 years ago that those club representatives took the decision that led to the birth of the game we know and love today as Rugby League is quite remarkable.

“Where would we have been today if that group of men hadn’t made that historic decision?

“I am honoured and privileged to represent the town of Oldham and Oldham RLFC at this special occasion which recognises what Joseph Platt did for our sport in those early years. Without any shadow of doubt, he fully deserved his induction to the RFL’s Roll of Honour.”

Club Cash Lottery

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.

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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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

he 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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