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RIP John Rae aged 79

THE thoughts and condolences of everyone at Oldham RLFC go out to the family and friends of former Roughyeds forward John Rae, who has died in his native Cumbria at the age of 79.

John Rae
John Rae

Our thanks also go to Mike Turner and the Oldham RL Heritage Trust for passing on the news of John’s death and supplying us with the picture.

Our then manager Gus Risman, who for obvious reasons had his finger on the pulse of rugby league at all levels in Cumbria, signed John, or ‘Johnny’ as he was widely known, from Cumbrian amateur club Wath Brow.

The young forward was a native of Pica, a small village between Workington and Whitehaven.

A back-row forward, he played the first of his 41 games for Oldham (12 tries) on March 4, 1961.

When Bradford Northern, as they were then called, were re-forming in 1964 they asked other clubs for assistance with the recruitment of players and both John and centre Brian Lord moved to Odsal.

A year later, John was picked for Great Britain in the second Test against New Zealand and about the same time he helped Northern to win the Yorkshire Cup.

In his four seasons with Bradford he made 132 appearances (40 tries) before persistent knee trouble forced his premature retirement from the game at the age of 27.



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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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