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No 18 jersey dedicated to fans

OUR loud and proud fans will be our 18th man this year — and they’ll have a Roughyeds squad shirt to prove it!

Charged with handing out numbered squad jerseys, coach Matt Diskin backed chairman Chris Hamilton’s idea that No.18 should be allocated to fans.

Diskin will announce his squad numbers tomorrow (Friday) — and shirt No 18 will be dedicated to the men, women, boys and girls whose devotion and backing helps to keep us in business.

For the first time since squad numbers were introduced into Rugby League more than 20 years ago, a numbered Oldham jersey will ‘belong’ outside the dressing room.

Said the chairman:

“It’s a way of showing our gratitude to everyone who has helped us — season-ticket holders, sponsors, other fans, all those who bought our special NHS and Joseph Platt shirts, those who have made donations, gone out of their way to keep lottery money coming in or bought replica jerseys. I could go on.

“A big thank-you from the club and from me personally.

“Ahead of a new season, with all its uncertainties and with no income through the turnstiles in the first few weeks at least, it’s good to know fans are behind us . All we ask is that they continue to do what they’ve been doing.

“It will be even tougher in the next few weeks because we will now have more expense — players, broadcasting, ground rental etc — but still with nothing coming in.”

Said Diskin:

“We’ve had so much help from so many people, I can only say it’s been phenomenal.

“It has enabled us to put together a good squad . It’s been humbling and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate it.

“I’m privileged to present the No 18 jersey to supporters in recognition of all they do for the club.”

This year’s replica kit, home and away, is itself a throwback to 1990 and to days and games which fans still talk about more than 30 years later.

The popularity of team and players back then, when Aussie blond boy John Cogger was king, is reflected in brisk sales since the 2021 away kit was launched a few days ago.

Replicas and other merchandise can be ordered on-line via the club website or by phone during normal office hours to 07904 898 177 with payment by card.

Healthy interest is also being shown in acquiring access to the streaming of games on Our League, featuring Roughyeds in action against Halifax on Saturday, March 13 (friendly) and Barrow Raiders on Saturday, March 20 in the first round of the Challenge Cup.

Don’t forget squad numbers — out tomorrow.



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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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