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Away replicas a reminder of a fabulous year

WE are proud to launch our 2021 replica away shirt which, like the home shirt which went on sale last December, is a throwback to the kit the players wore in that fabulous season of 1989-90 when Roughyeds, then in the Second Division, made the rugby league world sit up as headline-hitting giant-killers.

They were involved in 15 cup-ties; went desperately close to reaching Wembley for the first time; stunned First Division big guns Wigan, Widnes and St Helens in cup-tie spectaculars; and finished it all off with a never-to-be-forgotten 30-29 win against Hull KR in the Second Division premiership final at Old Trafford.

Oldham captain Mike Ford holds aloft the Premiership Trophy
Oldham captain Mike Ford holds aloft the Premiership Trophy

Widnes were World Club Champions, fielding a team of glittering stars, when unfashionable Oldham turned them over 16-4 on their own patch, Naughton Park, in the third round of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup on February 25, 1990.

The Roughyeds’ back-three forwards, Keith Newton, Shaun Allen, John Cogger, would have cost massively less in total than any one of numerous big names in the Widnes line-up.

Oldham faced up to the World Club Champs — arguably the best club side in the world after turning over Canberra Raiders at Old Trafford — like this: Duncan Platt; Richard Irving, Des Foy, John Henderson, Paul Lord; Brett Clark, Mike Ford; Leo Casey, Richard Russell, John Fieldhouse, Keith Newton, Shaun Allen, John Cogger. Subs: Tommy Martyn, Keith Atkinson.

A squad that included half a dozen Oldhamers got to within 80 minutes of Wembley with four goals by Platt and tries by Henderson and Newton — just one of many big-game victories that made 1989-90 a season to remember even now, more than 30 years later.

It’s a joy to keep those memories alive with this year’s replica jerseys, both home and away versions of which are based on the designs worn by Cogger and Co in a season when Roughyeds not only won promotion, but came within a whisker of reaching Wembley and earned the respect of the entire Rugby League.

Chairman John Chadwick said:

“We did the Second Division proud.”

And after that fabulous comeback to win the Second Division Premiership against Hull KR — playing proudly in their blue and white Boddington’s away kit — they later met fans outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the company of the Mayor, Councillor Elsie Shaw and the leader of the council, Councillor John Battye.

Roger Halstead, back then rugby league reporter for the Oldham Evening Chronicle, now the club’s media manager, wrote:

“The players later travelled by open-top bus to Watersheddings where thousands of supporters packed the car park to welcome home their heroes.

“Each player was given a rousing reception as he entered the club . . . then came the inevitable rendering of ‘Simply The Best’.

“It was that sort of day !”

We kept those memories alive with the launch of the home kit in December and now we’ve taken it a stage further by launching the away kit on similar lines, only mainly in blue and white as opposed to red and white.

Prices are the same — £38 for children, £45 for adults — and sizes range from 26 (small youths) to 52 (5XL). Adult sizes/prices start from 36 (small).

They are due in within the next three weeks, hopefully sooner, but we are now taking pre-orders with payment and the shirts will be despatched as soon as they arrive.

It goes without saying that, like all clubs right now, Roughyeds are in need of financial support and backing from fans; more now than ever before given that behind-closed-doors rugby is due to start soon with no income through the turnstiles but a lot of expense to meet broadcasting costs.

Purchase of away replica shirts can be done on-line HERE.

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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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