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Beware of scam messages about streaming

THE RFL has asked clubs to bring the attention of supporters to the current circulation on social media and via emails of rogue messages directing rugby league fans to unofficial sites on which to watch streamed matches.

Fans need to be aware that these are scam messages and they should be deleted immediately.

People who act on them will NOT see the game they’ve paid for and nor will the club concerned receive the pay-to-view contribution.

Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton:

“The RFL is very concerned about this and all clubs have been asked to get out this warning to their fans.

“The message is this: Make sure you do match streaming on the official channel, which is Our League.”

One of the Our League commentators when we beat Swinton Lions 28-20 at Bower Fold on Good Friday was our former front-row forward and, for a short time, caretaker player-coach John Fieldhouse.

He was paired up with a seasoned radio and TV commentator David Parkinson, a Leigh Centurions supporter who is well known on the RL media circuit.

John Fieldhouse (left) on Our League commentary duty at Bower Fold on Good Friday
John Fieldhouse (left) on Our League commentary duty at Bower Fold on Good Friday

It was the second time in our five games this season, including the two friendlies, that we have had one of our ex-players in the Our League commentary box.

Centre Darren Abram, father of our goalkicking full-back Dan, was on duty when Barrow Raiders were at Bower Fold in the first round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

It’s good to see the RFL involving former players in their massive Our League operation.

The governing body is working really hard, on behalf of both clubs and fans, to minimise the hardships of the pandemic and it deserves all the support it can get.

Our next match is at Batley Bulldogs, where our former forward Michael Ward is in explosive form, on Saturday, April 17, kick-off 12.45. The Our League presentation will be free to Batley season-ticket holders, but it will be the first time this season that Oldham season-ticket holders will be required to use pay-to-view so its worth reminding fans that it costs £4.95 to purchase before the day of the game and £10 on game day.

So please support the boys, the Oldham club and the RFL by arranging to watch Our League match coverage of the Batley game at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium on April 17.

And beware of those scams . . . Our League is the way to go !


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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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