Phil's biggest match of the lot !

CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes have been pouring in on social media for two of our popular players who have passed never-to-be-forgotten milestones in their private lives.

Prop Phil Joy married his fiancee, Laura, at St Thomas’s Church, Moorside on Saturday and tomorrow (Tuesday) they head off to celebrate together in Rhodes, one of the Greek islands.

“We knew we’d be restricted by Covid and social-distancing, but everything went to plan and we had a cracking day,”

said Phil (29), who has played for his home-town club since he was 19, clocking up 160 senior games.

He and Laura have a baby son, Harrison, who is already a regular Oldham supporter.

“Laura and I would like to publicly thank all those who have messaged us with best wishes,”

added Phil, who has recently signed a new two-year contract in the hope and expectation that he and the club will together enjoy a period in which Roughyeds become an established Championship club.

Phil and Laura on their big day

Similar sentiments are expressed by our exciting centre Cam Leeming. He and his partner, Steph, have been receiving the congratulations of fans after becoming the proud parents of a baby daughter, Lotte Margot, who weighed in at 7lbs 1oz.

Cam, who runs his own business as a personal trainer in South Leeds, tweeted: “Welcome to the newest member of the team. Lotte Margot Leeming. I’ve never been prouder of Steph, an absolute trooper, who smashed through labour to deliver our beautiful baby girl.”

Joy and Leeming are just two of 21 players whom Roughyeds have already announced as having signed for 2021 and there will be more signing news coming out this week, starting tomorrow (Tuesday) and timed to go out on our social media platforms at 7pm.

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.

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: 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.

Best of luck!

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