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Happy Birthday George! 100 not out

Lifelong Roughyeds fan George Cheetham (pictured) got a couple of surprise birthday presents on his 100th birthday — flowers from the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Ginny Alexander and a 2019 promotion-season Oldham RLFC shirt from club chairman Chris Hamilton.

The Mayor couldn’t visit George on his special day because of Covid regulations, but club-chairman Chris, a good friend of the borough’s leading citizen, was there to chat with sprightly George and to present him with his promotion shirt.

In his younger days George was in the 25th Army Tank Brigade and saw service in North Africa and Italy.

His passion was always in watching Oldham Rugby home and away and he is still an avid rugby league spectator, watching Super League on television.

For much of his life, he was so keen that, as well as watching all Roughyeds' matches, he would attend training sessions at Watersheddings on Tuesday and Thursday nights. His favourite player was Bernard Ganley.

George married his first wife Ida in 1946. She passed away in 1975. Five years later he married Doris and they had 37 happy years together before Doris also died.

George has two daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

His recipe for a long life is to have patience, never give up and do everything in moderation.


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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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