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Shez podcast interview not to be missed

BRENDAN Sheridan, our assistant coach, who survived a massive Covid scare more than a year ago, is this week’s guest on our official Oldham RLFC Podcast, which is now in its third week and receiving hits from all over the world.

We’ve had messages from America and Australia from Oldham fans, saying how much they enjoyed our first two interviews of club captain Gareth Owen and then Jack Spencer, who has recently played his 100th Roughyeds game.

Brendan, known throughout rugby league as ‘Shez’, is No 3 and the interview is one that’s not to be missed.

“It blew me away,”

said our club’s social media guru Dan Bamber.

Kris and Jamie Hollingworth. life-long Roughyeds fans, have been taken on board to conduct the interviews, and a jolly good job they make of it too.

Said Dan:

“The whole idea is about informality. We wanted the interviews to be something similar to what you would get when a few blokes were chatting over a pint in a pub and that’s exactly what we’ve got.

“Kris and Jamie hit just the right note. We’re absolutely delighted with the way the Podcast is going and we think fans will be too.”

As well as talking about all things Roughyeds, Shez describes how he battled back from the brink while in an induced coma in Pinderfield Hospital, Wakefield and tells about his mental health issues and the work he does now in raising awareness of men’s mental health.

He makes a point of describing how so many people in rugby league helped him — Matt Diskin, Chris Hamilton, the Oldham players, and Steve McCormack at RL Cares, to name but a few.

Said Dan:

“We need to spread the word about our Podcast, which will be going out every Thursday. Well done Kris and Jamie, they’re just what we wanted.”



Also available now is our online programme for the Halifax game, 24 pages of rugby league views, facts, figures and pictures old and new. mainly about Roughyeds, but also featuring the upcoming World Cup, national newspaper coverage of the greatest game and a new book on the former Fitton Hill Club.

Access is FREE for season-ticket holders, but it’s open to anyone at a cost of £2.50 per issue or £15 for the full season.

One of the most interesting facts to emerge in this particular issue concerns Danny Langtree. Why not give it a go and see what you think.

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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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