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RFL tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh

Statement from Simon Johnson, RFL Chair:

On behalf of the Rugby League community, I extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen on the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We join the Royal Family in mourning the passing of The Duke and in reflecting with pride on his selfless service to the country.

The Queen is a former Patron of the sport and our most recent Patron, the Duke of Sussex, has lost his dear grandfather. We extend our deepest sympathies to him, too.

The Duke of Edinburgh attended the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on five occasions, two of which were alongside Her Majesty.

When I commenced my role, I watched a Pathe film of HRH meeting the players in advance of the 1949 Challenge Cup Final between Bradford Northern and Halifax and later presenting the Cup to Bradford. It was remarkable to see, in black and white, how His Royal Highness fulfilled his duties with our great sport over the years.

As a sport, we will stand in tribute and in reflection at our Challenge Cup matches this weekend to mark the life of The Duke of Edinburgh, whose life was a model of dedication to public service.


Club Cash

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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