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The Oldham Times, six days a week, back on board

ROUGHYEDS are delighted to confirm that the ‘new’ Oldham Times, now out six days a week, will again be Oldham RLFC sponsors and partners during the forthcoming 2021 season.

The paper, which first moved into the borough more than three years ago as a weekly, is now on sale six days a week, every morning from Monday to Saturday inclusive.

It says it is “proud” to sponsor Oldham RLFC — and the club is equally happy to have The Oldham Times back on board for 2021 and proudly carrying the paper’s title-cum-logo on the right breast of our official match-day kit and replicas, as opposed to the back of the shorts last year.

Said club chairman Chris Hamilton:

“The decision of The Oldham Times to publish daily, every day other than Sunday, is great news for both the town and the club.

“From the club’s point of view it gives us opportunities to keep the club in the public eye six days a week, getting out our message to both fans and potential new supporters.

“We’ll be working with the paper on a number of things over the next 12 months, including a weekly write-up from within the club, initially by me and concentrating on all the things we have had to do relating to training and other protocols caused by Covid as we prepare for a scheduled return to action next month.

“Once all that is out of the way, head coach Matt Diskin will take over the column, concentrating more on the playing side.

“We are very pleased to again have this partnership with The Oldham Times this year and we wish the paper well in its decision to go daily and thus buck the trend of how things are going generally in the newspaper industry.”

The season is scheduled to start with the first round of the Betfred Challenge Cup on the weekend of Sunday, March 21 — only six weeks away.

Draws for the first two rounds will be on Thursday, February 11 and will comprise 13 of the 14 Betfred Championship clubs, including Oldham but not French club Toulouse Olympique, plus three clubs from League 1, namely Barrow Raiders, Keighley Cougars and West Wales Raiders.



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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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