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Rugby Codebreakers

There’s a TV re-run tonight, 11.50pm on BBC1, of the brilliant documentary called ‘The Rugby Codebreakers’ which looks at the way the many Welsh Rugby Union players were treated in their homeland when they decided to “go north” and turn pro in Rugby League.

It follows ‘Match Of The Day 2’ and if anyone out there still hasn’t seen it, then don’t miss it this time round; it’s a brilliant production. Carolyn Hitt presents a look at the Welsh players, during the 100-year amateur era, who switched codes rom Union to League — considered by many in Wales and the south of England to be a taboo.

Though presented by the Welsh and first shown on BBC Wales, it depicts Rugby League in a good light and concludes that all the wrongs of the mass migration of rugby players from the Principality to the mill towns of the North of England had their origins in The Valleys. — Roger Halstead.


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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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