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Birthday Memories of the Late Clive Sullivan MBE

BY the time the late, great Clive Sullivan MBE joined Oldham in 1980 he was well past his peak, yet Watersheddings fans were still privileged to watch the Welsh wing wizard in Oldham’s red and white.

Clive Sullivan
Clive Sullivan
He scored three tries in18 games for Roughyeds in a season when the club management gambled on experience in a failed attempt to stay in the First Division.

All but one of his 18 games were on the left-wing where he had no fewer than FIVE centres in player-coach Bill Francis, Brian Caffery, Clive Hunter, Mick Parrish and Ashley McEwen.

He died from cancer at the age of 42, but he would have been 78 today and along with his other clubs, Hull, Hull KR and Doncaster, we are honoured to offer birthday memories of the first black man to captain a British national sports team.

He led Great Britain to World Cup glory in 1972 — the last time we won it — and he will be forever revered on Humberside, where he scored 250 tries in 352 games for Hull and 118 tries in 213 games for Rovers. If ever one man went close to uniting a city divided by rugby league it was Cardiff-born Clive Sullivan, who had the main trunk road into the city named after him.

He was a great player and a lovely guy — a true legend of our sport and one who wore Oldham colours with pride. We salute you posthumously, Clive, and thanks for the memories in this World Cup year.


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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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