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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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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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