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Jolly Jack heading for a milestone

THOUGH it’s too early yet to know what Matt Diskin will do with his team selection for Saturday’s first-round Betfred Challenge Cup tie against Barrow Raiders at Bower Fold, Jack Spencer has a special reason for hoping he’ll be in the 17.

Jolly Jack, as he is popularly known around the club, has 99 Roughyeds' appearances under his belt — friendlies don’t count and he’s been waiting to hit the milestone since the home game against Dewsbury Rams on March 8 last year.

“I’ve had to be patient, but when I finally hit the milestone and run out for my 100th game I’ll be a proud man,”

said Jack (30), son of a former assistant coach at the club.

He added:

“I’ve been at a few clubs, but when I arrived at Oldham in 2016, ahead of the club’s step-up to the Championship, I quicky realised it was the club for me to put down my roots and settle in for the long stay.

“I’ve never wanted to move and now, five years on, I feel just the same.”

The former Salford, Barrow and Halifax forward, who has also played in Australia and in France, didn’t play in this year’s first friendly at Featherstone because he was carrying a knock.

He had his first run-out for a year in the Halifax friendly and he came through unscathed.

“We’re all just a little bit off the pace yet because we’ve been out so long,” he added. “That’s the same for all clubs, of course, and, also like other clubs, we’ll get up there the more matches we play.

“It will take a few weeks for us to get up to speed, but everyone is working really hard t get there.”

With the possibility of several senior players being back in contention by weekend, selection will hinge to a large extent on whether Tyler Dupree, David Hewitt, Phil Joy, Ben Heaton, Kyran Johnson and Ryan Ince can prove their fitness.

League 1 side Barrow, who were dealt a blow a few weeks ago when star signing Shaun Lunt changed his mind and retired from the game after taking a new job outside rugby, will be coming to Bower Fold having gone 12 months without a game.

Their League 1 season doesn’t start until May so they have decided to keep their friendlies on hold until then and go into the Challenge Cup “cold”.

Said coach Paul Crarey:

“We have worked closely with our conditioning coach to put special measures in place. We’ve done a lot of aerobic and contact work, but the new rules might catch us out.”

Adam Walne could make his Barrow debur. Since leaving Super League outfit, Hddersfield Giants last year, he is now re-united with his brother Jordan at the 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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