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We'll never forget him — and now we've got a special t-shirt

IN the run-up to Christmas we have launched a new tee-shirt to commemorate Rugby League’s 125th Anniversary and the part played in that historic event by Oldham’s very own Joseph Platt.

This special memento of Oldham’s leading role in the birth of our favourite game carries an image of the great man, who was added to Rugby League’s Roll of Honour at the end of August, and the club badge that was in use in 1895.

As its first secretary, Joseph Platt administered the Northern Union (later to become the Rugby League) for many years from its birth in 1895, from his office in Queen Street, Oldham where a blue plaque describes him as the ‘father figure’ of Rugby League.

Purchase of this unique tee-shirt is a great way to support Roughyeds in these difficult times; to celebrate Rugby League’s 125-year milestone; to increase awareness of Joseph Platt and the part played by the Oldham club in the sport’s early days.

They are available on pre-order ONLY from now until November 6 via the club’s on-line shop, but any problem and you can ring us on 07904 898 177. Delivery time is expected to be three weeks.

They are available in all sizes from extra small youths (XSY) all the way up to 6XL.

They are priced at £25 from XSY up to extra-large youths (XLY) and then £29 from small adult up to 6XL.

Hurry please to put in your orders because November 6 isn’t far away.


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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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