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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.

Phil and Laura on their big day
Phil and Laura on their big day

“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.

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.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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